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U.S.S. Atlanta collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS221

Scope and Contents of the Records

The artificial collection documents through a booklet, correspondence, an invitation, programs, war savings bonds and other printed material the efforts of Atlantans, among them Margaret Mitchell, to support and commemorate the third and fourth iterations of the U.S.S. Atlanta, primarily between 1941 and 1946. To a lesser extent, the activities of these two naval cruisers are documented through a printed summary and naval communications. The collection does not contain material related to the first, second, or fifth vessels.


  • 1941-1946, 1979, undated

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

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 later 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.


0.25 linear ft. (1 document case)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject headings provided by staff.

Acquisition Information

Gift of various donations: 1978 (1978.573); 1981 (1981.009)

Related Materials

See VIS 76, U. S. S. Atlanta Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

General Physical Description note

Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 document case)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008.

U.S.S. Atlanta 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