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Cotten Alston 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: Alston, Cotten, (Robert Cotten III), 1945-
Title: Cotten Alston photographs
Dates: 1972-1998, undated
Quantity: 3215.0 Image(s) (1,626 color transparencies and 1,589 black and white prints)
Identification: ahc.VIS247

Biographical/Historical Note

Cotten Alston (1945-) is a professional photographer and real estate broker in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia to parents Robert C. Alston II (1917-1979) and Tudor Alston (1919-1988). He had one sibling, Daphne Alston Marane (1947-2015). Alston is married to Valerie Alston and has two daughters, May Alston Carr (1985-) and Honour Alston Thorton (1988-). He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, in 1967 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in French. Alston served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant junior grade from 1967-1969. Cotten Alston became a real estate agent in 1972. In 1976, he started his own commercial photography business, Cotten Alston Photography. He produced images for the architectural, real estate, and food industries. In 1998, he dissolved his photography business for a full time career as an associate broker for Harry Norman Realtors, in Atlanta.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains aerial and street views of the Buckhead, downtown, and Midtown areas of Atlanta, Georgia. Included are images of Buckhead restaurants such as OK Cafe and Buckhead Diner. Also featured are the Atlanta History Center's Swan House, Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Underground Atlanta, the Georgia Dome, The Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, The Varsity, Piedmont Park, and Clark College (later named Clark Atlanta University). Other images include natural and historic sites around Georgia, such as the Okefenokee Swamp, Etowah Burial Grounds, and Cumberland Island. The collection also features images of events and activities in and around Atlanta, including a parade celebrating Atlanta's successful Olympic bid in 1990; the Peachtree Road Race in 1992; and a parade in honor of the Atlanta Braves after winning the World Series in 1995. In addition, there are images of Atlanta organizations such as Cable News Network (CNN). These photographs feature images of news anchors, owner Ted Turner, and sports broadcasters Nick Charles and Fred Hickman. Also included are images of the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Braves, and the Atlanta Police Department.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series: 1. Geographic Locations, 2. Events and Activites, 3. Organizations. The collection is arranged alphabetically within each series according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Aerial photography--Georgia--Atlanta
Agnes Scott College.
Alston, Cotten, (Robert Cotten III), 1945-
Andersonville National Historic Site (Ga.)
Atlanta (Ga.)--Aerial views
Atlanta Braves (Baseball team)
Atlanta Hawks (Basketball team).
Baseball teams--Georgia--Atlanta
Buckhead (Atlanta, Ga.)
Buckhead (Atlanta, Ga.)--Aerial views
Cemeteries--Georgia--Atlanta
Champagne Jam
Clark Atlanta University.
Concerts--Georgia--Atlanta
Cumberland Island (Ga)
Decatur (Ga.)
Druid Hills (Atlanta, Ga.)
Earth Day
Etowah Indian Mound State Historic Site (Ga.)
Express highways--Georgia--Atlanta
Festivals--Georgia--Atlanta
Fires--Georgia--Atlanta
Football teams--Georgia--Atlanta
Football--Georgia--Atlanta
Grant Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Historic sites--Conservation and restoration--Georgia
Jimmy Carter Library.
Jonesboro (Ga.)
Marietta, (Ga.)
Midtown (Atlanta, Ga.)
Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta, Ga.)
Okefenokee Swamp (Ga. and Fla.)
Parades & processions--Georgia--Atlanta
Parks--Georgia--Atlanta
Peachtree Corners (Ga.)
Peachtree Road Race (Atlanta, Ga.)
Police--Georgia--Atlanta
Roswell (Ga.)
Sandy Springs (Ga.)
Shopping malls--Georgia--Atlanta
Sports--Georgia--Atlanta
Sportscasters
Stone Mountain (Ga.)
Television production companies--Georgia--Atlanta
Televison news anchors
Turner, Ted
University of Georgia--Football.
Vinings (Ga.)
West End (Atlanta, Ga.)
William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.
World Series (Baseball) (1995).

Physical Access

Some items in this collection are located in cold storage (CS) as indicated in the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of cold storage item(s) before viewing material.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cotten Alston photographs,VIS 247, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2001

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

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.


Container List

 

Series One: Geographic Locations, 1972-1998, undated

1138.0 color transparencies
The majority of images in this series contains aerial and street level views of Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding suburbs which illustrate growth and change of the city in the 1980's and 1990's. Images include natural and historic sites of Georgia such as Andersonville National Cemetery; Etowah Indian Mounds; and the Okefenokee Swamp. Also featured are images of Grant Park; the Atlanta Botanical Gardens; Agnes Scott College; Emory University; the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum; Oakland Cemetery; Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport; Cumberland Mall; Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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VIS 247.001CS Box 1Andersonville National Cemetery, 1972, 4.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.002CS Box 1Atlanta, Buckhead, 1986-1998, undated, 183.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.003CS Box 1Atlanta, Cumberland Mall, 1982-1998, undated, 28.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.004CS Box 1 and 2Atlanta, downtown, 1986-1996, undated, 325.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.005CS Box 2Atlanta, Druid Hills, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, undated, 5.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.006CS Box 2Atlanta, Emory area, undated, 12.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.007CS Box 2Atlanta, Grant Park, 1995, 13.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.008CS Box 2Atlanta, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, 1990, 20.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.009CS Box 2Atlanta, interstates, 1995, 7.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.010CS Box 2Atlanta, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, 1990-1995, 8.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.011CS Box 2 and 3Atlanta, Midtown, 1986-1996, undated, 329.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.012CS Box 3Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery, 1990-1995, 25.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.013CS Box 3Atlanta, West End, Clark Atlanta University, 1989, 8.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.014CS Box 3Cumberland Island, undated, 12.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.015CS Box 3Decatur, Georgia, Agnes Scott College, undated, 6.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.016CS Box 3Dunwoody, Georgia, undated, 32.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.017CS Box 3Etowah, Georgia, undated, 8.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.018CS Box 3Greensboro, Georgia, Reynolds Plantation, 1988, 10.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.019CS Box 3Jonesboro, Georgia, 1995, 5.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.020CS Box 4Lakemont, Georgia, 1995, 23.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.021CS Box 4Lawrenceville, Georgia, undated, 9.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.022CS Box 4Marietta, Georgia, undated, 1.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.023CS Box 4Okefenokee Swamp, undated, 4.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.024CS Box 4Peachtree Corners, Georgia, undated, 8.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.025CS Box 4Roswell, Georgia, 1997, 7.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.026CS Box 4Sandy Springs, Georgia, undated, 6.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.027CS Box 4Stone Mountain, Georgia, 1989-1995, undated, 29.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.028CS Box 4Vinings, Georgia, 1986-1996, undated, 11.0 Image(s)
 

Series Two: Events and Activities, undated, 1976-1995

441.0 color transparencies
This series features images of a parade honoring the Atlanta Braves World Series win in 1995; events surrounding the official launch of Cable News Network (CNN); Champagne Jam pop festival held at Grant Park in 1979; an Earth Day event in 1990; Elvis Presley concert at the Omni Coliseum in 1976; a Rick Nelson concert at the Fox Theatre in 1979; and a football game at the University of Georgia. Other events include Peachtree Road races and a snow storm popularly referred to as "Snow Jam" in 1982. Most of the images were captured as a result of the photographer's personal interest in the subject and not in his capacity as a corporate photographer.

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VIS 247.029CS Box 4Atlanta Braves World Series, 1995, 5.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.030CS Box 4Atlanta Braves World Series parade, 1995, 87.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.031CS Box 4Atlanta Olympic Games parade, 1990, 18.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.032CS Box 4Cable News Network launch, 1980, 16.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.033CS Box 4Champagne Jam, 1979, 29.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.034CS Box 4Earth Day, 1990, 75.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.035CS Box 4 and 5Elvis Presley concert, 1976, 19.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.036CS Box 5Fire, downtown Atlanta, 1978, 4.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.037CS Box 5Holly Springs Music Festival, undated, 7.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.038CS Box 5Interstate construction, 1988, 18.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.039CS Box 5Kool Hot Air Balloon Race, undated, 33.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.040CS Box 5Peachtree Road Race, 1991-1992, undated, 27.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.041CS Box 5Rick Nelson concert, 1979, 4.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.042CS Box 5"Snow Jam", 1982, 90.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.043CS Box 5University of Georgia football game, undated, 9.0 Image(s)
 

Series Three: Organizations, 1979-1996, undated

1636.0 color transparencies and black and white prints
This series mostly contains images of Cable News Network (CNN) and includes images such as the building and grounds of the network; executive staff identified and unidentified; a group shot outside of Turner Studios; events surrounding the official launch party; news anchors; Nick Charles and other sports broadcasters; a satellite "dish farm"; images of Ted Turner; unidentified events; and unidentified group tours. Other items in this collection include sports organizations such as the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks. Also included are images of the Atlanta Police Department.

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VIS 247.044CS Box 5America's Shopping Channel, undated, 4.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.045CS Box 5Atlanta Braves, 1996, 17.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.046CS Box 5Atlanta Falcons, undated, 2.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.047CS Box 5Atlanta Hawks, 1997, 4.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.048CS Box 5Atlanta Police Department, 1986, 8.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.049CS Box 5Cable News Network, 1996, 12.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.050VIS 247.050Cable News Network, building and grounds, 1980, 128.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.051VIS 247.051Cable News Network, executive staff, 1979-1980, 92.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.052VIS 247.052Cable News Network, group shot at Turner Studios, 1979-1980, 1.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.053VIS 247.053Cable News Network, launch party, 1980, 219.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.054VIS 247.054Cable News Network, news anchors, 1980, 344.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.055VIS 247.055Cable News Network, Nick Charles, 1980, 1.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.056VIS 247.056Cable News Network, satellite "dish farm", 1980, 41.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.057VIS 247.057Cable News Network, sports broadcasters, 1980, 58.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.058VIS 247.058Cable News Network, Ted Turner, 1979-1980, 282.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.059VIS 247.059Cable News Network, unidentified events, undated, 223.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.060VIS 247.060Cable News Network, unidentified group tour, 1979, 17.0 Image(s)

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VIS 247.061VIS 247.061Cable News Network, unidentified staff, 1979-1980, 183.0 Image(s)