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Roy Bell campaign documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS857f

Scope and Content

This collection documents Roy Bell's 1952 campaign for the position of city Alderman for the 4th Ward. Included are ballots and pamphlets from the Negro Voters League and the League of Women Voters, campaign postcards for other candidates, a bumper sticker, and campaign speeches. The collection also includes newspaper clippings and a draft of the 1952 act to create a new charter for the City of Atlanta.


  • 1952-1953, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

William Roy Bell Jr. (1908-?) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His family moved to Atlanta when he was six months old. He attended Technological High School, but withdrew from classes in 1927. In 1944 he completed his coursework at the Georgia Evening School. Bell worked as a commercial milk salesman as well as a tire salesman at Firestone Stores. He married Alabama native Willie McDonough (1908-2005) and they had one son, William Roy Bell III (1933-?). In 1940, Bell ran for the office of Alderman in Atlanta's 4th Ward under the slogan "Put a Bell in City Hall." He was re-elected in 1944 and served over nine years on the City Council. After retiring from public office, Bell became the AAA Membership Representative for the Georgia Motor Club in 1963.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005

Related Archival Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Roy Bell campaign documents
Hallie Lonial
April 2019
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305