U.S.S. Atlanta visual arts collection
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U.S.S. Atlanta visual arts collection

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: Atlanta (Light cruiser : CL-104)
Title: U.S.S. Atlanta visual arts collection
Dates: 1891-1982, bulk 1944
Quantity: 116.0 Item(s)
Quantity: 112 black and white photographs, 3 lithographs, and 1 postcard
Identification: ahc.VIS76

Biographical/Historical Note

Five U. S. naval vessels have been named for Atlanta, Georgia. The first, a Confederate ironclad christened CSS Atlanta, was captured in 1863 and served in the United States Navy before being decommissioned in 1865. The second, a protected cruiser, launched in 1884 and was decommissioned in 1912. U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51), the third vessel, was an antiaircraft light cruiser commanded by Captain Samuel P. Jenkins and sponsored by Atlanta author, Margaret Mitchell. In 1942 the ship sank during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The fourth one (CL-104), commissioned 3 December 1944 and also sponsored by Mitchell, was a Cleveland-class light cruiser active during World War II in the Pacific campaigns. War bonds purchased by the city’s citizenry paid for the building of the cruiser which was recalled in 1949. Sponsored by Mrs. Sam Nunn, the fifth U.S.S. Atlanta (SSN-712), a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine, was launched in 1980 and decommissioned in 1999.


Scope and Content Note

The artificial collection, ranging from 1891 to 1982, documents the efforts of prominent Atlantans, among them Margaret and Stephens Mitchell and Mayor William B. Hartsfield, to support and commemorate various iterations of the U.S.S. Atlanta, primarily during the early 1940s, through photographic and albumen prints, lithographs, and a postcard. The bulk of the collection contains visual materials (black and white photographs, one lithograph, and one postcard) related to U.S.S. Atlanta, the CL-51 and the CL-104, during World War II, including launch and commission events, operations and servicemen aboard the cruisers. To a lesser extent, the second and fifth vessels are documented through two lithographic prints. The collection does not contain material related to the first vessel.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in order of naval vessel and then chronologically.


Index Terms

Atlanta (Light cruiser : CL-104)
Atlanta (Light cruiser : CL-51)
Atlanta Historical Society
Midway, Battle of, 1942
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

U.S.S. Atlanta visual arts collection, VIS 76, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information

Purchases and various gifts: 1968 (1968.154); 1987 (1987.078); 1991 (1991.137); 1996 (1996.073); 2000 (2000.006, 2000.014); 2002 (2002.117); 2003 (2003.092, 2003.105); 2006 (2006.046); 2008 (2008.0.M028).

Processing Information

The collection was reprocessed in 2008.


Restrictions

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

See MSS 221, U. S. S. Atlanta Collection, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.


Container List

 

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VIS 76.02VIS 76.02U.S.S. Atlanta, lithograph (artist Fred Cozzens), 1893 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 76.01VIS 76.01U.S.S. Atlanta, albumen print, 1891 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 76.03VIS 76.03 U.S.S Atlanta (CL-51), photographs, events related to ship’s launch in Kearney, New Jersey, 1941 ( 35.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 76.04VIS 76.04U.S.S Atlanta (CL-51), photographs, Battle of Midway, 1942 ( 2.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 76.05VIS 76.05U.S.S Atlanta (CL-51), photographs, unidentified operations, 1942 ( 2.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 76.06 VIS 76.06U.S.S Atlanta (CL-51), postcard, 1944 March 8 ( 1 postcard )
 

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VIS 76.07FF 321U.S.S Atlanta (CL-51), lithograph (artist John Ficklen), 1979 ( 1 print )
 

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VIS 76.08VIS 76.08 ,VIS OS Box 27U.S.S Atlanta (CL-104), photographs, events related to ship’s launch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey, 1944 February 5-6 ( 58.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 76.09VIS 76.09U.S.S Atlanta (CL-104), photographs, events related to ship's commission, 1944 December 3 ( 5.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 76.10VIS 76.10U.S.S Atlanta (CL-104), photographs, unidentified servicemen, undated ( 9.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 76.11FF 321U.S.S Atlanta (SSN-712), lithograph (artist Bruce Braithwaite), 1982 ( 1 print )