Ray Billings photographs
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Ray Billings photographs

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: Billings, Ray Henry, 1922-1979
Title: Ray Billings photographs
Dates: 1958-1973
Quantity: 281.0 Image(s)
Quantity: Extent: 281 color slides
Identification: ahc.VIS176

Biographical/Historical Note

Ray Henry Billings (1922-1979) was a communications engineer for the Atlanta Police Department. He was born in Vernon, Texas to parents Melford Ray Billings (1893-1969) and Louise Dorothy Frank Billings (1898- 1964). Billings served in the 13th Fighter Squadron, United States Air Force. He met his future wife Elizabeth Truitt (1927-) at a dance in Macon for service men and proposed to her at the Dwarf House in Hapeville. After marriage, the couple resided in College Park and had four children: Truitt Ray (1949-2007), Maria Frieda (1951-), Henry Lee (1955-), and Raynette Leila (1957-). Upon completing his service with the Air Force, Billings attended Georgia Tech, graduating in 1950. His first job was with Ford Motor Company. He later became communications engineer for the Atlanta Police Department, designed the Emergency 911 system for the city, and worked with Motorola Corporation in purchasing the 911 towers built for the system. Billings retired from the police department in 1978.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains images of Atlanta taken by Ray Billings, an amateur photographer. The collection consists of images of downtown, parks, high schools, shopping centers, and Atlanta area landmarks. The majority of images consist of aerial views of downtown Atlanta that include images of Adams Park, Adamsville, Atlanta City Hall, Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta Police Department building, Atlanta Stadium, the Baptist Tabernacle, Fulton County Court House, the Georgia State Capitol, Grady Memorial Hospital, the Hurt Building, and Rich’s Department Store. Billings took aerial photos of the city in his efforts to locate suitable locations for police towers. Other images of downtown Atlanta include Hurt Park, Kimball House, and the Fulton County Jail. Images of parks include Ansley Park, Candler Park, Grant Park, Piedmont Park, and others. The collection includes aerial views of several Atlanta high schools including Grady High School, Harper High School, Northside High School, and Fulton High School. In addition, there are several images of a circus at Ponce de Leon Park and photographs of the Billings’ Family on Kennesaw Mountain.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Adams Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Aerial photographs
Aerial views--1970-1980
Anderson Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Ansley Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Atlanta (Ga.)--Pictorial works
Atlanta (Ga.). Police Department.
Bankhead Apartments (Atlanta, Ga.).
Bass High School (Atlanta, Ga.)
Broadview Plaza (Atlanta, Ga.).
Cityscapes--1970-1980
Greenbriar Shopping Center (Atlanta, Ga.)
Lakewood Shopping Center (Atlanta, Ga.)
Loinonia Farm Community (Ga.)
Maddox Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Oakland City Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Ponce de Leon Park (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ray Billings photographs, VIS 176, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information

Gift, multiple donations

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2009


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located in cold storage (CS) as indicated in the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 2 hours after retrieval of cold storage item(s) before viewing material.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is 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.


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VIS 176.01CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Adams Park, 1973 ( 5.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.02CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Adamsville, 1973 ( 4.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.03CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Anderson Park, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.04CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Ansley Park, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.05CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Atlanta Civic Center, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.06CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Atlanta Federal Prison, 1973 ( 13.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.07CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Atlanta Stadium, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.08CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Atlanta Waterworks, 1973 ( 1.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.09CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Atlanta Waterworks, 1973 ( 3.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.10CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Bankhead Apartments, 1973 ( 2.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.11CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Bass High School, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.12CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Blair Village, 1973 ( 6.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.13CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Broadview Plaza, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.14CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Brown High School, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.15CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Brownsmill Golf Course, 1973 ( 2.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.16CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Campbellton Plaza, Campbellton Road, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.17CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Candler Park, 1973 ( 2.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.18CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Cheney Stadium, 1973 ( 2.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.19CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Downtown Atlanta, 1961 ( 15.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.20CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Fort McPherson, Fulton County Jail, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.21CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Fulton High School, 1973 ( 1.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.22CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Grady High School, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.23CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Grant Park, 1973 ( 6.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.24CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Greenbriar Shopping Center, 1973 ( 4.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.25CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Harper High School, 1973 ( 2.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.26CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Hoke Smith High School, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.27CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Howard High School, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.28CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Hunter, Techwood Viaduct, 1973 ( 3.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.29CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Interstates, 1973 ( 2.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.30CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Lenox Square, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.31CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Maddox Park, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.32CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Memorial Drive, Moreland Avenue - Interstate 20, 1973 ( 2.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.33CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Mozley Park, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.34CS-Box 1Aerial Views, National Guard Armory, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.35CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Northside Drive, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.36CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Oakland City Park, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.37CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Omni Coliseum, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.38CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Perkerson Park, 1973 ( 2.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.39CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Piedmont Park, 1973 ( 6.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.40CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Phipps Plaza, 1973 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.41CS-Box 1Aerial Views, South Bend Park, 1973 ( 4.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.42CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Stewart - Lakewood Shopping Center, 1961 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.43CS-Box 1Aerial Views, Tatum Lake, 1973 ( 1.0 color slide )
 

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VIS 176.44CS-Box 1Atlanta Municipal Airport, 1963 ( 23.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.45CS-Box 1Atlanta Police Department, Buildings and Personnel, 1959-1973 ( 38.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.46CS-Box 1Automobile Accident, 1960 ( 4.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.47CS-Box 1Billings Family, Kennesaw Mountain, 1963 ( 10.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.48CS-Box 1Billings, Henry and Raynette, 1968 ( 3.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.49CS-Box 1Circus at Ponce de Leon Park, 1959 ( 14.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.50CS-Box 1Confederate Soldiers' Home of Georgia, 1961 ( 5.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.51CS-Box 1Fulton County Court House, 1959 ( 1.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.52CS-Box 1Fulton County Jail, 1958-1959 ( 17.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.53CS-Box 1Georgia State Capitol, 1961, 1969 ( 7.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.54CS-Box 1Hurt Park, 1959 ( 12.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.55CS-Box 1Kimball House, 1959 ( 7.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.56CS-Box 1Koinonia Farm Community, 1959 ( 17.0 color slides )
 

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VIS 176.57CS-Box 1Interstates, undated ( 2.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.58CS-Box 1Merchandise Mart, 1961 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 176.59CS-Box 1Rich's Department Store, 1961, 1964 ( 2.0 color images )
 

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VIS 176.60CS-Box 1Warren T. Jackson Elementary School, 1971 ( 9.0 color slides )