Atlanta Housing Authority Photographs
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Atlanta Housing Authority Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Atlanta Housing Authority.
Title: Atlanta Housing Authority Photographs
Dates: circa 1940
Quantity: 146.0 images
Quantity: Extent: 146 black and white photographic prints
Identification: ahc.VIS96

Biographical/Historical Note

The New Deal inaugurated the first urban public housing developments in Atlanta. In 1934, land was cleared to build Techwood Homes near the campus of Georgia Tech University and University Homes close to Atlanta University and Clark, Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Spelman Colleges. The Atlanta Housing Authority was established in 1938 to eliminate the city’s substandard housing. Johns R. Hope Homes, State Capital Homes, Alonzo F. Herndon Homes, Henry Grady Homes, Clark Howell Homes and John J. Eagan Homes were the six slum clearance and re-housing developments proposed. The Atlanta Housing Authority is organized under Georgia law to develop, acquire, lease and operate affordable housing for low-income families. Today, AHA is the largest housing agency in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains images of substandard housing areas to be cleared for the Capitol, Hope, Grady and Herndon Housing Projects. It also contains images of the Aux Coal Storage Bins and a civil defense unit based at Techwood Homes. The images in this collection were created to document living conditions in these areas prior to their demolition. A key to the photographs’ geographical locations is also stored with this collection. The key includes the project names, their geographical finding number, the number of units in the project, the year and the name and contact information of the manager and superintendent of each project. The captions on the back side of each photograph were added by the Atlanta Housing Authority.


Arrangement

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


Index Terms

Advertising--Georgia--Atlanta
African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta
Automobiles--Georgia--Atlanta
Bearcat Obie's Cafe (Atlanta, Ga.).
Chapel Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Connally Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Craven Alley (Atlanta, Ga.).
Davis Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Fair Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Fraser Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Gemunden Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Greensferry Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.)
Humphries Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
John R. Hope Homes (Atlanta, Ga.)
John Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
King Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Kingsley Alley (Atlanta, Ga.)
Kingstone Alley (Atlanta, Ga.)
Leonard Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Martin Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Rhodes Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Slums--Georgia--Atlanta
Strong Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Terry Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Western Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.)
Woodward Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Atlanta Housing Authority Photographs, VIS 96, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information

Gift of Louis J. Rickman, 1967 (1967.080)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2005


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.


Container List

 

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VIS 96.01VIS 96.01Capitol Homes area, circa 1940 ( 41.0 images )
 

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VIS 96.02VIS 96.02John Hope Homes area, circa 1940 ( 60.0 images )
 

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VIS 96.03VIS 96.03Grady Homes area, circa 1940 ( 32.0 images )
 

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VIS 96.04VIS 96.04Herndon Homes area, circa 1940 ( 7.0 images )
 

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VIS 96.05VIS 96.05Auxiliary Coal Storage Bins, circa 1940 ( 5.0 images )
 

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VIS 96.06VIS 96.06State Guard/Techwood Homes, circa 1940 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 96.07VIS 96.07Key To The Atlanta Housing Authority Low-Rent Housing Projects, undated