Carlisle Family Photographs
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Carlisle Family Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Carlisle family
Title: Carlisle Family Photographs
Dates: circa 1870 – 1960, undated
Quantity: 218.0 Image(s)
Quantity: 218 black and white photographic prints
Identification: ahc.VIS164

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1865 James Cosby Carlisle (1837-1927) married Mary Isabella Dickson (1844-1934). In 1880 the couple moved to Atlanta, Georgia from Abbeville, South Carolina. Mr. Carlisle served in Wade Hampton’s Brigade during the Civil War. The Carlisle’s had three children. Biographical information about their oldest child, Fred has not been determined, however he was once married and he had at least two children, Nell and Ruby. The second child, Isaac (1872-1941) was married to Laura Rhodes and they had three children; William (b. 1900), Isaac Reid, Jr. (1901-1935), and Harry (1904- 1970). It is not known where William attended school in Atlanta; however both Isaac Reid, Jr. and Harry attended Boys High School. Harry Carlisle was awarded a varsity letter in 1921. In addition, both Isaac and Harry attended summer camp at Camp Dixie for Boys. The third child of James and Mary was Annie May Carlisle (1877-1965). She married William G. Johnson, but it has not been determined how many children the couple had.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains portraits of members of four generations of the Carlisle family of Atlanta, Georgia. Also included are photographs that depict activities such as sporting events and summer camp. Photographs of family members include James and Mary Carlisle, and two of their children, Isaac and Annie May. Among the identified photographs are images of the children of Isaac and Laura Carlisle; William Rhodes Carlisle, I. Reed Carlisle, and Harry B. Carlisle. Photographs of members of a fourth generation of Carlisle’s include Reid Carlisle III, and William C. Johnson, Jr., the grandson of Annie May Carlisle. In addition, the collection also features photographs of unidentified individuals who are most likely family members or friends. The remaining images document activities of family members, and include photographs of attendees and staff of Camp Dixie for Boys and Camp Dixie for Girls. Camp Dixie for Boys was a summer camp located in Wiley, Georgia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are many photographs of boys involved in activities such as canoeing, fishing, tennis, boxing, basketball, washing clothes, and playing musical instruments. Camp Dixie for Girls was located in Clayton, Georgia. It has not been determined whether Annie May Carlisle was an attendee. The photographs were taken in the mid-1920’s and it is therefore unlikely that Carlisle family members are pictured. Other photographs include a series of images of a basketball game played in the early 1920s between Tech High School and Boys High School, two Atlanta prep schools. The remaining set of photographs document a military parade in downtown Atlanta shortly after World War I. It has not been determined if members of the Carlisle family performed military service during World War I.


This collection is arranged according to subject

Index Terms

Bathing suits--1920-1930
Carlisle, Isaac, 1872-1941
Carlisle, James Cosby, 1837-1927
Carlisle, Mary Isabella, 1844-1934
Five Points (Atlanta, Ga.)
Johnson, Annie May Carlisle, 1877-1965
Peachtree Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
World War, 1914-1918--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Carlisle Family Photographs, VIS 164, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Harry L. Carlisle, 1975 (1975.377).

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Related Material

MSS 446, Carlisle Family Papers, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Container List



VIS 164.01VIS 164.01 Camp Dixie for Girls, circa 1925 ( 3.0 Image(s) )


VIS 164.02VIS 164.02 Camp Dixie for Boys, circa 1925 ( 101.0 Image(s) )


VIS 164.03VIS 164.03 World War I Victory Parade, Atlanta, Georgia, 1919 ( 9.0 Image(s) )


VIS 164.04VIS 164.04 Boys High Basketball Game, circa 1921 ( 17.0 Image(s) )


VIS 164.05VIS 164.05 Street Car, North Decatur Line, 1946 ( 1.0 image )


VIS 164.06VIS 164.06 Carlisle Family Members, circa 1870 - 1960, undated ( 46.0 Image(s) )


VIS 164.07VIS 164.07 Unidentified portraits, undated ( 41.0 Image(s) )