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U.S.S. Atlanta collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Title: U.S.S. Atlanta collection
Dates: 1941-1946, 1979, undated
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 document case)
Quantity: Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS221

Biographical/Historical Note

Five U. S. naval vessels have been named for Atlanta, Georgia. The first, a Confederate ironclad christened CSS Atlanta, was captured in 1863 and served in the United States Navy before being decommissioned in 1865. The second, a protected cruiser, launched in 1884 and was decommissioned later in 1912. U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51), the third vessel, was an antiaircraft light cruiser commanded by Captain Samuel P. Jenkins and sponsored by Atlanta author, Margaret Mitchell. In 1942 the ship sank during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The fourth one (CL-104), commissioned 3 December 1944 and also sponsored by Mitchell, was a Cleveland-class light cruiser active during World War II in the Pacific campaigns. War bonds purchased by the city’s citizenry paid for the building of the cruiser which was recalled in 1949. Sponsored by Mrs. Sam Nunn, the fifth U.S.S. Atlanta (SSN-712), a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine, was launched in 1980 and decommissioned in 1999.

Scope and Content Note

The artificial collection documents through a booklet, correspondence, an invitation, programs, war savings bonds and other printed material the efforts of Atlantans, among them Margaret Mitchell, to support and commemorate the third and fourth iterations of the U.S.S. Atlanta, primarily between 1941 and 1946. To a lesser extent, the activities of these two naval cruisers are documented through a printed summary and naval communications. The collection does not contain material related to the first, second, or fifth vessels.


This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject headings provided by staff.

Index Terms

Armored vessels--United States
Atlanta (Light cruiser : CL-104)
Atlanta (Light cruiser : CL-51)
Atlanta Historical Society
Cruisers (Warships)--United States
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
United States. Navy.
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

U.S.S. Atlanta Collection, MSS 221, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information

Gift of various donations: 1978 (1978.573); 1981 (1981.009)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008.


Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

See VIS 76, U. S. S. Atlanta Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Container List




11Booklet, U. S. S. Atlanta, 1944
2CinC POA communications, photocopies, 1945
3Correspondence, photocopy, Margaret Mitchell Marsh to Ruth Blair, 1946
4Invitation, New Atlanta Cruiser, Circa 1943
5Newspaper clippings - U.S.S. Atlanta, 1944
6Newspaper clippings - U.S.S. Atlanta christening, 1941
7Program, American Legion Convention, 1946
8Program, Commissioning Program U. S. S. Atlanta, 1941
9Program, the Peoples’ Party, the New Atlanta Cruiser Drive, Circa 1943
10Program, Presentation of Painting of the U. S. S. Atlanta, 1979
11Publication, Our Navy, 1942
12Summary of the war activities of the U. S. S. Atlanta, undated
13Ticket, 1941
14War savings bonds, 1943


Microfilm drawer 2.6Microfilm - USS Atlanta (CL-51) WO war diary & action rep