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Central Atlanta Progress, INC. Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS139

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains images of Atlanta’s physical landscape, including buildings, streets, residences, office parks, retail stores, shopping malls, interstates, and railroads in neighborhoods within the city. Many of the photographs were probably used in presentations to business leaders and task forces that worked on projects related to economic development, transportation, housing, and urban design. The images illustrate the growth of the city, and changes that have occurred in the development of the downtown and Midtown areas during the 1960s and 1970s. In addition, the collection contains photographs of the city’s public officials, business leaders, and staff members of Central Atlanta Progress, as well as events such as parades, festivals, and the presidential campaign visits by Richard M. Nixon. The collection also contains architectural drawings of planned areas in downtown Atlanta.


  • 1960- 1981, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (C.A.P) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that works to improve the economic climate of downtown Atlanta. The organization was formed on January 1, 1967 by the merger of two organizations: Central Atlanta Improvement Association (C.A.I.A.), and the Uptown Association. C.A.I.A. was a not-for profit group composed of property owners and businessmen, founded in August, 1941 to promote the development of the downtown commercial and retail district. The Uptown Association was a group with similar aims formed in the 1920s. district. The Uptown Association was a group with similar aims formed in the 1920s.2 C.A.P. is governed by a Board of Directors and its membership consists largely of corporate chief executives and commercial property owners. The organization has a paid staff and also relies on the staff resources of local governmental agencies and private companies to help carry out its programs and policies. The organization’s primary functions are to stimulate economic development; promote urban development programs, such as enterprise zones; enhance Atlanta’s transportation system; revitalize in-town housing developments; and to increase the aesthetic qualities and safety of downtown Atlanta.


1801 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is divided into four series: 1) Geographic Locations, 2) People, 3) Events, 4) Architectural Plans

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

All of the items in series 1-3 are 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 ofCentral Atlanta Progress, Inc., 1976 (1976.402), 1988 (1988.026), 1992 (1992.223)

General Physical Description note

1,594 transparencies, 194 photographic prints, 13 architectural drawings

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.

Central Atlanta Progress, INC. Photographs, 1960- 1981, undatedahc.VIS 139
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