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Steve B. Campbell Atlanta Fire Department Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS166

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection is comprised of photographs of fire stations and personnel of the Atlanta Fire Department. Also included are photographs of notable fires in Atlanta during the 20th century. Most of the photographs are group portraits of fire companies taken between 1890 and 1928, and include images of fire stations number 1 through 20. Individual firemen are identified in many of the photographs. There are also photographs of fire companies affiliated with the aforementioned stations. Examples of these include hook and ladder companies, hose companies, chemical engine companies, and engine and hose companies. The collection features photographs of officers and other prominent individuals such as Chiefs William Cody and William Cummings, along with a group portrait that includes Henry Karwisch, William C. Reynolds, and George H. Deihl, the chief officers of the last Volunteer Fire Department in Atlanta. Also included is an 1898 portrait of the baseball team sponsored by the Fire Department. The remaining images are photographs of fires in Atlanta. Included are photographs of the Terminal District Fire of 1908, the J. P. Allen Building Fire of 1916, and the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917.


  • 1882 – 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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/Biographical History

Steve B. Campbell served with the Atlanta Fire Department from approximately 1932 to 1974. He attained the rank of battalion chief and deputy director, and also served as the department’s historian. Additional biographical information has not been determined.


100 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

Images in this collection have been arranged in three subgroups (1) Stations; (2) People and Groups; (3) Fires.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Steve Campbell, 1968 (1968.108, 1968.158), 1970 (1970.91), 1971 (1971.209, 1971.262), 1972 (1972.08).

Related Materials

MSS 587, Steve B. Campbell Papers, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

General Physical Description note

100 black and white photographic prints

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.

Steve B. Campbell Atlanta Fire Department photographs
Paul Crater
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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