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Van Buren Colley Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS149

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection of photographs includes pictures of Atlanta and rural areas in the metropolitan Atlanta region, including Adamsville, and Alpharetta, and other areas of Fulton County. Included are street scenes in downtown Atlanta, and private residences, such as the interior of the home of Civil War collector Beverly DuBose on 2737 Peachtree Street, the home of Lemuel P. Grant in Grant Park, and farmland on Dunwoody Road. The collection is comprised of photographs of churches, including the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Cathedral of Christ the King, Our Lady of the Assumption, St. John’s Catholic Church, St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, and an unidentified African American church on Baker’s Ferry Road. There are several copy prints dated from the 19th century that Mr. Colley obtained that contain portraits of past church officials, and choir members of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and exterior and interior views of the church. Other photographs include images of Underground Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery, and Fulton County.


  • circa 1873-1970, undated, bulk 1953-1970


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Van Buren Colley was a professional photographer in Atlanta, Georgia. He operated Van Buren Colley Studios on 30 10th Street from approximately 1946-1981. Most of his work was in portrait photography; however, he also did commercial work which took him to various locations in the metropolitan Atlanta area to take photographs. He lived most of his life in Atlanta, but later moved to McDonough with his wife Hallie Richardson Colley (-2003).


109 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Van Buren Colley, 1954, 1970, (1954.018), (1970.253) .

General Physical Description note

109 black and white photographic prints

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.

Van Buren Colley Photographs, circa 1873-1970, undated, bulk 1953-1970ahc.VIS 149
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
August 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305