Herbert Jenkins photographs
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Herbert Jenkins 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: Jenkins, Herbert Turner, 1907-1990
Title: Herbert Jenkins photographs
Dates: 1890s-1975, undated
Quantity: 639.0 Image(s) (2 document cases; 1 half document case; 1 oversize box)
Identification: ahc.VIS43

Biographical/Historical Note

Herbert Turner Jenkins (20 March 1907 - 20 July 1990) was born in Lithonia, Georgia, and moved with his family to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1924. From 1924-1931, he worked at the West End Ford Shop, where he also taught new car owners how to drive. Jenkins, the son and grandson of police officers, joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1931 at the age of 24. His early years on the police force included stints as the official driver of Mayor James L. Key and as a member of the police motorcycle squad. He rose to the rank of captain in 1945, and Mayor William B. Hartsfield appointed him chief of police on 2 February 1947. During his tenure, the Atlanta Police Department hired its first African American officers in 1948 and its first women officers in 1957. In 1967, Jenkins was the only southerner named by President Lyndon Johnson to the National Advisory Council on Civil Disorders. Jenkins retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 1972 and was named police chief emeritus for life. He went on to help organize the Fulton County Police Department in 1975 and to serve as a senior research associate of the Center for Research in Social Change at Emory University (1973-1983). Jenkins was married to Margie Mason Jenkins, with whom he had two sons, James Sage and Herbert T. Jenkins, Jr. Jenkins passed away in his home in Atlanta in 1990.


Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists of photographs of Police Chief Herbert Jenkins and Atlanta Police Department personnel throughout Jenkins' career. Noteworthy images of Jenkins include photographs of him as a child, a portrait taken on his first day as a police officer, and a photograph of him being sworn in by Mayor William B. Hartsfield. Other images of note include a series of photographs of the Summerhill riot of 1966, pictures of the first African American patrolmen, and portraits of Atlanta Police Department officials in the 1890s and early 1900s. Also included are images of celebrities and politicians, some of whom are meeting with Jenkins. Among these are images of President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, President Richard M. Nixon, Reverend Billy Graham, comedian Bob Hope, and entertainers Amos and Andy and the Three Stooges.


Index Terms

African American police--Georgia--Atlanta
Allen, Ivan, 1911-2003
Atlanta (Ga.). Police Dept.
Civil rights--Georgia--Atlanta
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
Hartsfield, William Berry
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Key, James Lee, 1867-1939
Lane Brothers Photo News Service (Atlanta, Ga.)
Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003
Massell, Sam
Mayors--Georgia--Atlanta
Neighborhoods--Georgia--Atlanta
Police chiefs--Georgia--Atlanta
Police training--Georgia--Atlanta
Police--Georgia--Atlanta
Police--Uniforms--Georgia--Atlanta
Riots--Georgia--Atlanta
Summerhill (Atlanta, Ga.)
United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
West End Ford Shop (Atlanta, Ga.)
Woodruff, Robert Winship

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Herbert Jenkins photographs, VIS 43, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1982

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


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.


Related Material

Herbert Jenkins papers, MSS 546, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.


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VIS 43.01VIS 43.01VIS 43.01 Herbert Jenkins portraits, 1907-1948, undated ( 33.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.02VIS 43.02VIS 43.02 Herbert Jenkins portraits, 1949-1974, undated ( 63.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.03VIS 43.03VIS 43.03 Herbert Jenkins portraits, undated ( 70.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.04VIS 43.04VIS 43.04 Politicians and celebrities, 1947-1975, undated ( 30.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.05VIS 43.05VIS 43.05 Photographs of Herbert Jenkins, including West End Ford Shop, 1930, 1978, undated ( 12.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.06VIS 43.06VIS 43.06 Summerhill Riot on Boulevard and Capitol Avenue, 1966 ( 28.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.07VIS 43.07VIS 43.07 African American patrolmen; African American school traffic policewomen; Police school; First Community Officers, 1948-1968, undated ( 25.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.08VIS 43.08VIS 43.08 Jenkins meeting with police officials from other countries, 1958-1970, undated ( 69.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.09VIS 43.09VIS 43.09 Jenkins' involvement with youth organizations, 1953-1963, undated ( 26.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.10VIS 43.10VIS 43.10 Jenkins with celebrities, police officers, and visitors, 1947-1971, undated ( 70.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.11VIS 43.11VIS 43.11 Police school graduates and group portraits including Jenkins, 1947-1972, undated ( 70.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.12VIS 43.12VIS 43.12 Jenkins with visiting law enforcement and local officials, 1934-1973, undated ( 43.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.13VIS 43.13VIS 43.13 Jenkins with local and state officials, 1936-1977, undated ( 43.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.14VIS 43.14VIS 43.14 Friends, family, and associates, 1947-1955, undated ( 24.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.15VIS 43.15VIS 43.15 Friends, family, and associates, 1959-1973, undated ( 16.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.16VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.16 Atlanta Police Department motorcycle officers, 1937-1939 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.17VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.17 Atlanta Police group portrait, 1890s ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.18VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.18 Atlanta Police Department bicycle squad, 1900 ( 2.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.19VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.19 Atlanta Police Department day watch, 1890s ( 2.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.20VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.20 Atlanta Police Force, 1890s ( 2.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.21VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.21 Atlanta Police Department superior officers, 1913 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.22VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.22 Acting police chief E.L. Jett with the Atlanta Police Department superior officers, 1925 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.23VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.23 President Lyndon Johnson and the National Advisory Council on Civil Disorders, 1967 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.24VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.24 Mayor William B. Hartsfield swearing in Herbert Jenkins as police chief, 1947 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.25VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.25 Herbert Jenkins and Mayor Hartsfield greeting President Dwight Eisenhower, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.26VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.26 City of Atlanta Crime Commission, 1959 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.27VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.27 Signed Portrait of Franklin M. Kreml, 1950 ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.28VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.28 Signed portrait of Robert W. Woodruff, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 43.29VIS OS Box 45VIS 43.29 Helicopter assists in arrest, 1963 ( 1.0 Image(s) )