Beverly Dubose, Jr. Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama correspondence
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Beverly Dubose, Jr. Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: DuBose, Beverly M., 1918-1986
Creator: Georgia Historical Commission.
Creator: Georgia. Dept. of Natural Resources.
Creator: National Register of Historic Places.
Title: Beverly Dubose, Jr. Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama correspondence
Dates: 1958-1984, undated
Quantity: 1.04 linear ft. (two document cases and one half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS515

Biographical/Historical Note

Beverly Dubose Jr. (1918-1986) was born in Georgia to Beverly Dubose Sr. and Lula D. Additional biographical information about Beverly Dubose Jr. has not been determined.

The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama is an immense circular painting depicting an American Civil War battle known as the Battle of Atlanta that occurred on July 22, 1864. In 1887, the American Panorama Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the company responsible for producing the painting, debuted it in Detroit, Michigan. The company displayed the painting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and sold the painting to an Indianapolis art exhibit company in 1888, which in turn sold it to Paul Atkinson of Madison, Georgia, in 1890. Atkinson first displayed the painting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then moved it to Atlanta, Georgia, in February 1892. The painting was displayed in a circular building on Edgewood Avenue in downtown Atlanta and eventually became the property of Atlanta businessman George V. Gress. Gress donated the painting to the City of Atlanta in March 1898, along with a circular building in which to display it in Grant Park. The city constructed a new building in 1921 and as of 2012 the painting remains at the same location. In 1934, the city hired artists to add a diorama as a foreground for the painting with funds provided by the Works Progress Administration. Then in 1979 funds were raised to repair the painting due to damage caused by deterioration and a water leak. The painting itself depicts the battle on July 22, 1864 at about 4:30pm. Visible is the Atlanta skyline, Sherman's headquarters, and in the distance the battle at Leggett's Hill.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence to and from the Georgia Historical Commission, the Georgia National Register Board, the National Register Board, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources regarding placing the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama on the Historic Register. The majority of the material focuses on the restoration of the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Atlanta Cyclorama (Atlanta, Ga.)--Correspondence.
Atlanta Cyclorama (Atlanta, Ga.).
Historic sites--Conservation and restoration--Georgia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Beverly Dubose, Jr. Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama correspondence, MSS 515, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1992


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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

Container List




11Georgia Historical Commission act of creation and mission, undated
2Georgia Historical Commission, 1958
3Georgia Historical Commission, 1959
4Georgia Historical Commission, 1961
5Georgia Historical Commission, 1962
6Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1963-1964
7Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1969
8Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1970-1971
9Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1972
10Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1973
11Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1974
12Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1975
13Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1976
14Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1977
15Georgia Historical Commission correspondence, 1978
16Miscellaneous correspondence, 1984
17Georgia Historical Commission minutes and activity summary, 1970-1971
18Georgia Historical Commission act to change to Department of Natural Resources, 1972
19Audit report, Georgia Historical Commission, 1969-1970
20Audit report, Georgia Historical Commission, 1970-1971



21Georgia Historical Commission, audit report, 1971-1972
2Georgia Historical Commission, audit report, 1972-1973
3Georgia Historical Commission, Georgia amendment regarding, undated
4Georgia National Register Advisory Commission, 1975
5Georgia National Register review agenda, 1977
6National Register Board, correspondence, 1972
7National Register Advisory Commission, minutes and agenda, 1976
8Georgia Historic Preservation plan, 1972
9Georgia Historic Preservation plan, volume 2, undated
10Historic sites, topical, undated
11University of Georgia archaeology file, undated
12Archaeology, 1972
13Department of Natural Resources, 1973-1974
14Department of Natural Resources, 1975
15Department of Natural Resources, 1976



31National Historic Preservation, 1975-1976, undated
2Cyclorama Restoration, Incorporated, correspondence, 1979
3Atlanta Cyclorama design presentation, undated
4Clinton Historical Society, 1974
5Aboriginal, historic, undated
6Appendices, undated