Virginia Twinam Smith slides
Collection number: ahc.VIS397
Scope and Contents
This collection contains slides of a wide variety of identified plants including herbs, flowering annuals and perennials, native shrubs, vegetables, vines, and trees of the Southeastern States. Also a part of the collection are photographs of public gardens, such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Callaway Gardens, Chattahoochee Nature Center, and the gardens of the Tullie Smith House at the Atlanta History Center. Other images in the Smith collection depict downtown Atlanta, skylines, churches, and buildings with notable architectural features. Also included are photographs of rural areas, cemeteries, and historic buildings such as the Williams-Payne House in Sandy Springs which are also represented in the collection. Of special interest are a large number of street scenes and storefront images of the Little Five Points neighborhood, Atlanta.
- Smith, Virginia Twinam, 1923-2015 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing 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.
Biographical / Historical
Virginia Twinam Smith (1923-2015) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to John Courtenay Twinam Jr. (1899-1946) and Virginia Russell Twinam. The family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Virginia married Robert "Bob" Milburn Smith (1921-1989) in 1943. The couple had two children, Courtenay Howell Smith (1945- ) and Deborah Smith Timberlake (1951- ), and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1954. Virginia Twinam Smith served and volunteered with many cultural arts organizations such as the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Atlanta Arts Festival, and the Atlanta Historical Society's (later Atlanta History Center) Tullie Smith House and Garden (later Smith Family Farm). She worked with the Sandy Springs Historic Community Foundation, where she helped create a photographic record of the Williams-Payne House Museum as well as tours and scripts for docents. Smith helped form the Chattahoochee Unit of the Herb Society of America and lectured on plants to garden clubs and other civic groups. In the early 1980s, Smith began taking photographs to supplement her slide lectures. As her interest in photography grew, she attended and graduated from the Professional Photography program of the Southeastern Center for the Arts in 1988. She was an active member of the Atlanta Photography Group and the Women in Focus organization. She established the Atlanta Photography Group's Georgia Print Purchase Award to purchase photographic prints for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and to support local photographers. In addition to photographing a comprehensive range of plants in the Southeastern States, she captured numerous outdoor sites, events and public venues, including street scenes and historic buildings.
5837 color slide(s)
This collection is arranged in two series: Series I. Plants; and Series II. Places. Both series are arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff. Contol numbers are occasionally out of numeric order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2020. Some control numbers were not used.
- Abandoned buildings -- Georgia
- Architecture, domestic -- Georgia
- Architecture, domestic -- Southern States
- Cityscapes -- 1980-1990
- Cityscapes -- 1990-2000
- Commercial buildings -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Flowering trees -- Southern States
- Gardens -- Southern States
- Herbs -- Southeastern States
- Historic buildings -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Little Five Points (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Native plants for cultivation -- Georgia
- Ornamental shrubs -- Southern States
- Plants, Ornamental -- Southern States
- Skyscrapers -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Storefronts -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Street photography -- Georgia
- Trees in cities -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Tullie Smith House (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Wild flowers -- Identification
- Women photographers -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Virginia Twinam Smith slides
- Jennie Oldfield
- October 2020
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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