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Hale family visual arts materials

Collection number: ahc.VIS381

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs of Frank Sheffield Hale's family, including members of the Bradley, Davis, Fogle, Harrold, Long, and Sheffield families and their residences. Of special note are photographs of the Hale family farm in Marengo County near Uniontown, Alabama, and the Long family farm in Russell County, Alabama, as well as the Long family's 1984 reunion in Uchee, Alabama. Locations in the collection are unknown unless otherwise noted; however, several of the individuals featured were based in Georgia, Alabama, or the southeastern United States.


  • 1850-2018, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is 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

Frank 'Sheffield' Hale (1960- ), was born to Anne Sheffield Hale (1933-2010) and William Bradley Hale (1933-2011) in Atlanta, Georgia. Anne and Bradley had one other child, Ellen Bradey Hale (Jones). William 'Bradley' Hale, was born to Kathleen Bradley Hale (1899-1984) and Ernest Everett “E. E.” Hale (1898-1984) in Mobile, Alabama. Kathleen and Ernest had one other child who survived to adulthood, Dr. Ernest Everett Hale Jr. (1932-2018). W. Bradley Hale graduated from the University of Alabama with both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor. He also graduated from Harvard Business School in 1958 with a Masters in Business Management. Hale practiced law for 31 years; he was an attorney and managing partner at the Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding. In addition, he served as chairman of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and founding chairman of the advisory board of the Georgia Historical Society. He was also a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as chairman of the Atlanta Historical Society.

Sheffield Hale received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia in 1982 and his Juris Doctor in 1985 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He Married Elizabeth Medlin in 1988. Prior to joining the Atlanta History Center in 2012, he served as Chief Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. (2002-2012) and was a partner practicing corporate law at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, an Atlanta law firm (1986-2002). Hale has served as President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center (2012- ) and is a member of the American Law Institute. Hale has also served as a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Fox Theatre, Inc.; Buckhead Coalition; Midtown Alliance; and Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was a past chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation; the Atlanta History Center; St. Jude's Recovery Center, Inc.; and the State of Georgia's Judicial Nominating Commission. Hale was a recipient of the 2021 Georgia Governor's Award for Arts & Humanities.


2149 item(s) (1,016 black and white photographic prints, 617 color photographic prints, 271 digital images, 35 digital videos, 13 black and white negatives, 11 postcards, seven drawings, four tintypes, two newspaper clippings, two photo albums, one ambrotype, one color photographic painting reproduction, one hand-tinted photographic print, and one newspaper reprint)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff. Control numbers are intentionally out of order to maintain alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2013, with subsequent additions

Related Materials

Sheffield Hale family papers, MSS 1199, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Bias in Description

As archivists, we acknowledge our role as stewards of information. We choose how individuals and organizations are represented and described in our archives. We are not neutral, and bias is reflected in our descriptions, which may not accurately convey the racist or offensive aspects of collection materials. Archivists make mistakes and might use poor judgment. In working with this collection, we often re-use language used by the former owners of the material. This language provides context but often includes bias and prejudices reflective of the time in which it was created. The Kenan Research Center’s work is ongoing to implement reparative language where Library of Congress subject terms are inaccurate and obsolete.

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Description Control

This collection was processed in 2022.

Hale family visual arts materials
Finding aid prepared by Kate Daly and Serena McCracken
October 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305