Bill Horne Marietta Street Film
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Bill Horne Marietta Street Film

Descriptive Summary

Repository: James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Creator: Horne, William A., Jr.
Title: Bill Horne Marietta Street Film
Dates: 1937
Quantity: 1.0 film reels
Quantity: Nine minutes playing time of 8mm black and white acetate film transferred to digital format (DVD)
Identification: ahc.VIS192

Biographical/Historical Note

William A. Horne, Jr. (1910-1991) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Technological High School and Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Horne became president of J.C. Penney and was president of the Jaycees when he shot the film of Marietta Street.

Scope and Content Note

The collection, in its original format, is a single 8mm black and white acetate film. The film captures the roadside environs along Marietta Street and other downtown roadways beginning in or near downtown Atlanta, heading northwest towards Kennesaw Mountain, and ending in the Marietta Square. Mr. Horne appears to be following the inner urban streetcar route. There are several billboards for businesses located in downtown Atlanta: Downtown Chevrolet Co., Henry Grady Hotel, Ansley Hotel, and Hotel Hampton. The route passes beneath several Seaboard Railroad crossings and a large train yard, probably Inman Yards. Also of particular interest in the a streetcar is shown with African-Americans boarding at the rear of the car. During last several minutes of the film is a segment showing an unpaved section of Marietta Street/Road. The car follows the dirt road to a road closed sign and a construction zone. The remaining twenty to thirty seconds of the film captures a portion of the Marietta Square. Recognizable buildings include the Schillings Building and First National Bank.


Collection is arranged by catalog number.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Bridges--Georgia--Fulton County
Business enterprises--Georgia--Atlanta
Cable cars (Streetcars)
Chattahoochee River
Cities and towns--Georgia
Construction--Georgia-- Fulton County
Kennesaw (Ga.)--History
Locomotives--Maintenance and repair

Administrative Information

Existence and Location of Copies

A DVD access copy is available for the entire film.

Preferred Citation

Bill Horne Marietta Street Film, VIS 192, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs.William A. Horne, 1989 (1989.190)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.


Conditions Governing Access

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

William A. Horne, Jr. Papers, MSS 699, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Container List



VIS 192.01VIS 192.01 Bill Horne Marietta Street Film, 1937