Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama restoration records
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Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama restoration records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Berger, Gustav A., 1920-2006
Title: Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama restoration records
Dates: 1978-1982
Quantity: 0.63 linear ft. (one full and one half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS540

Biographical/Historical Note

Wisconsin veterans of the Battle of Atlanta commissioned a giant painting of the battle in 1885, which they intended to exhibit for profit. Three German painters supervised a staff of fifteen German and Polish artists. They produced a cyclorama that weighed 18,000 pounds, was fifty feet high and 600 feet in circumference. For ten years it traveled with a circus which G. V. Kress of Atlanta, Georgia, purchased in the late 1890s for $2,000. He gave the painting to the City of Atlanta in 1898, along with animals which became the nucleus of the City's zoo collection.

The Cyclorama first hung in an open shed; in 1921 it was placed in the present closed structure and in 1934 the Works Progress Administration added a diorama. Gustav Berger supervised a restoration of the Atlanta Cyclorama building, painting, and diorama which began in 1978 under the auspices of the Historical Conservation Project, Inc. Additional historical information about the Atlanta Cyclorama has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains log books, progress reports, a copy of a master's thesis on panoramic paintings, temperature and humidity readings, and dedication ceremony programs and press releases.

Index Terms

Atlanta Cyclorama (Atlanta, Ga.)
Historic sites--Conservation and restoration--Georgia
Historical Conservation Project, Inc.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama restoration records, MSS 540, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1983


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Related Material

Cyclorama Restoration, VA CYC, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center.

Container List




11Cyclorama restoration record, Bustav Berger log book, 1978-1981
2Cyclorama restoration record, bi-monthly progress reports, undated
3Cyclorama restoration record, log books, 1980-1981
4Cyclorama restoration record, dedication ceremony folder and award ceremony program, undated
5Cyclorama restoration record, temperature and humidity readings, undated



21Cyclorama restoration record, relative humidity and temperature readings, top and bottom painting, undated
2Cyclorama restoration record, Wilcox master's thesis on panoramas, undated