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Russell Bellman Gone With the Wind Premiere Film

Collection number: ahc.VIS189

Scope and Content

The collection, in its original format, is a single reel of spliced 16mm black and white, and color film shot by Russell Bellman during the festivities and premiere of Gone With the Wind. The beginning of the footage captures the Atlanta Junior League Ball at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium and was shot in black and white and color. Bellman shot the black and white portion from an elevated position panning the auditorium grandstands and floor area. The color section is floor level and captures guests in costumes entering the auditorium and dancing. The remaining portion of the film was taken the day of the premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre and is shot in color. Bellman captured spectators waiting for the arrival of the principal actors and dignitaries including some arriving by horse drawn carriage decorated with Confederate memorabilia.


  • 1939


Conditions Governing Access

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

The film Gone With the Wind, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell (Marsh), premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939. Biographical information regarding Russell Bellman has not been determined.


1 film reel(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged by catalog number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Russell Bellman, 1973 (1973.161)

Existence and Location of Copies

A DVD access copy is available for entire film.

General Physical Description

6 minutes playing time of 16mm black and white and color acetate film transferred to digital format (DVD)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.

Russell Bellman With the Wind Premiere Film
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
February 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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