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Charles Bickerstaff and Joel Hurt Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS134

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains photographs of banks, businesses, theaters, clubs, hotels, and grocery stores in downtown Atlanta, including two structures, the Atlanta Theater and the Equitable Building that were built by engineer and developer Joel Hurt. The collection also contains photographs of the Candler Building, the Century Building, the Empire Building, the English-American Building, and the Piedmont Hotel. Among the images are photographs taken by Tracy Mathewson, Edwards and Sons, and Reeves Studios, all photographers from Atlanta.


  • circa 1893 - 1923


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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/Biographical History

Charles Augustus Bickerstaff (1885-1937) was an insurance executive in Atlanta, Georgia from approximately 1910 to 1937. He was born in Selma, Alabama, and married Mabel Hurt in 1911. At one time, he worked for the Atlanta Home Insurance Company with his father-in-law, Atlanta business pioneer Joel Hurt. Mr. Hurt (1850-1926) graduated from the University of Georgia in 1871, and married Annie Bright Woodruff. The couple moved to Atlanta in 1875. Mr. Hurt was an engineer and real estate developer who built several of Atlanta’s first skyscrapers beginning in 1892 with the Equitable Building. He also established Atlanta’s street railway system, and developed the Inman Park and Druid Hills neighborhoods.


22 black and white photographic print(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Bickerstaff, 1948, 1966 (1966.057).

General Physical Description note

(1 oversized box)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2006.

Charles Bickerstaff and Joel hurt Photographs, circa 1893 - 1923ahc.VIS 134
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
July 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305