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Delta Air Lines Public Relations Department Photographs of Atlanta, Georgia

Collection number: ahc.VIS107

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection is comprised of images taken by Delta Airlines corporate photographers and utilized for promotional purposes by the company. The photographs are of geographic locations in the metropolitan Atlanta region, but most of the images are of downtown Atlanta. Included are aerial views and cityscapes of downtown Atlanta, street scenes, parks, churches, shopping districts, private residences, hotels, colleges and universities, and Atlanta landmarks. Buildings include the Atlanta City Hall, Atlanta Stadium, Georgia State Farmers Market, the Capitol City Club, Atlanta Civic Center, the Cyclorama, Dinkler Plaza Hotel, Fox Theater, the Governor’s Mansion in Ansley Park, the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta Memorial Arts Center, Morningside Baptist Church, Atlanta Municipal Auditorium, Piedmont Driving Club, and the Wren’s Nest. There are several images of what was the Western Union building on 48 Marietta Street that contained the law office of future president Woodrow Wilson. The collection contains images of Atlanta’s parks and recreational areas such as Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead, Zoo Atlanta in Grant Park, Stone Mountain, Piedmont Park, and Plaza Park. Other photographs include images of Atlanta Municipal Airport, shops and restaurants in Underground Atlanta, interstate highways that surround Atlanta, and the campuses of Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University.


  • 1953-1972


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

Delta Airlines began in Macon, Georgia in 1924 as a crop dusting company called Huff Daland Dusters. The company moved to Monroe, Louisiana in 1925 and soon had the largest privately owned aircraft fleet in the world. In 1928 the company was renamed Delta Air Service. Passenger operations began in 1929, and in 1934, the company secured a contract to deliver mail on a southern route that stretched from Texas to South Carolina. In 1941, the company established its corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1945 changed its name to Delta Airlines, Inc. After years of directing its resources towards the war effort, Delta entered a period of rapid growth, in part through a string of mergers. In 1953 Delta merged with Chicago and Southern Airlines, and followed by absorbing Northeast Airlines in 1972 and Western Airlines in 1987. In 1991, Delta acquired the transatlantic routes of Pan American World Airways and became a major provider of worldwide service.


416 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection is located in cold storage (cs) as indicated in the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of cold storage item(s) before viewing material.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Delta Airlines, 1986 (1986.278)

General Physical Description note

Extent: 416 black and white negatives

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007

Delta Air Lines Public Relations Department Photographs of Atlanta, Georgia
Helen Matthews
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305