William B. Hartsfield papers
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William B. Hartsfield papers

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
Creator: Hartsfield, William Berry
Title: William B. Hartsfield papers
Dates: 1943-1970, undated
Quantity: 10.0 Linear feet (one document case, one half document case, and five oversize folders)
Identification: ahc.MSS811

Biographical/Historical Note

William Berry Harsfield (1890-1971) was a native Atlantan and first served on the Atlanta City Council in 1923. During this time, he developed a keen interest in aviation which would prove to become a prominent influence on his as well as on Atlanta, Georgia. Hartsfield served on the State Legislature (1933-1936). He took the office of Mayor of Atlanta in 1937, where for the next twenty-three years, he was its chief executive, except for one brief wartime period. He retired from the office in 1961. Among his most noted achievements include the development of the Atlanta airport, where he personally designed the passenger terminal, which was made completely out of surplus war material. Also, he pushed of the annexation of land as the city grew. Additionally, Hartsfield played a key role in the Civil Rights movement. Additional biographical information about William Berry Hartsfield has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles pertaining to Hartsfield. Also, there are technical publications and articles concerning the growth of the Atlanta airport as well as the city's highways. Articles on flouridation and the Chattahoochee River Basin are also included. The collection has various awards and personal effects such as greeting cards, a checkbook, the Hartsfield coat of arms, and letters.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Hartsfield, William Berry

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William B. Hartsfield papers, MSS 811, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1985


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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




11Airport related material, 1960-1970, undated
2Atlanta census tracts, 1960
3Newspaper clippings (second marriage), 1962
4Hardback: Readers Digest article regarding Hartsfield, 1958 June
5Status report: Atlanta expressways, 1969 October
6Code of Ordinances, 1968, 1970
7Book report on biography of Hartsfield, undated
8Birthday cards, undated
9Invitations, miscellaneous, 1967 January 26, 1983 May 22, undated
10Postcards and letters, miscellaneous, 1906, 1960-1982, undated
11 Facts publication of League of Women Voters, 1965-1968
12Report on Chattahoochee River Basin, 1969
13 Atlanta Journal Constitution Magazine article on Hartsfield, 1961
14Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous, 1965-1970, undated
15 Atlanta Journal Constitution Magazine article on Shafto-Jordan wedding, 1963
16Commencement program, Georgia Tech, 1951
17Campaign sticker, undated
18Various articles on flourination, 1956-1965, undated
19Various receipts and checkbook, 1962-1967
20Minutes of the Committee of Review and Evaluation Urban Program, 1962
21Hartsfield coat of arms, undated
22Staff report: Department of Urban Studies, 1967 June



MSS OS box 2.2851Various awards, 1928-1971, undated
2University of Georgia commencement program and articles, 1943, undated
3Article on Hazel Hamilton (relationship unknown), 1947



34Miscellaneous personal effects, part one, 1956-1965
5Miscellaneous personal effects, part two, 1952-1970
1Brochure, County Unit Amendment, 1952
2 Tropic of Cancer (adult material), page 5, undated
3Christmas card, 1964



MSS OS box 1.2281Award, Theatre Atlanta Women's Guild, 1966 February 3
2Award, Chamber of Commerce, 1957
3Award, Civitan Club of Atlanta, 1955 January 18