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Atlanta Real Estate Board photographs and plat maps

Collection number: ahc.VIS431

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographic prints, plat maps, and building plans of properties in Atlanta and Fulton County created for real estate business purposes. Most photographs depict residential and commercial buildings that were torn down to make way for two public housing projects, Techwood Homes and University Homes in 1934. Highlights include appraisal photographs and supporting documents for the Grant Building, the J.M. High Estate, and the Atlanta King Plow Company building.


  • 1922-1935, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

Atlanta Real Estate Board is a professional association established in 1908 when leaders of ten realty firms began to meet informally. Their name was Atlanta Real Estate Men's Exchange in 1909, but by 1911 had changed their name to Atlanta Real Estate Board. In 1922, Atlanta Real Estate Board was granted its charter as a corporation. The organization was later named Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Inc. It is governed by its Board of Directors and is supported by membership dues.

The organization has lobbied for the interests of Realtors, worked to develop higher standards of professional conduct in the realty profession, and sponsored social gatherings for its members. Notably, the Atlanta Real Estate Board offered appraisal services to property owners and others from 1924 to 1983, eventually creating over 10,000 appraisals of commercial and personal property. They discontinued this service due to the number of professional appraisers serving the area. The organization's headquarters were originally located in the Third National Bank Building on Marietta Street, but was later located north of Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Georgia.


385 image(s) (355 black and white photographic prints, 30 plat maps)




This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1987

Related Materials

Manuscript materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Atlanta Real Estate Board photographs and plat maps
Jessica Varsa
June 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305