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U.S.S. Atlanta visual arts collection

Identifier: ahc.VIS76

Scope and Contents of the Records

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.


  • 1891-1982, bulk 1944


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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 History

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.


116 item(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

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

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).

Related Materials

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

General Physical Description note

112 black and white photographs, 3 lithographs, and 1 postcard

Processing Information

The collection was reprocessed in 2008.
U.S.S. Atlanta visual arts collection
Wesley Chenault
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid 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