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J. Richardson Jones film Film

Collection number: ahc.VIS179

Scope and Contents of the Records

The collection, in its original format, contains a series of sixty-five reels of primarily silent black and white nitrate film commissioned by Eugene M. White to promote the prosperous African-American communities in Atlanta during the 1930s. The footage documents a variety of activities including sporting events, homecoming, golf, motorcycle racing, occupational activities, and baseball. Included in the footage is the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team playing a game at Ponce De Leon Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the footage depicts African-Americans engaged in white-collar professions such as secretaries, newspaper printers, cashiers, and bookkeepers. There is also a small section of film with audio, reporting the return of A.L. Richardson, President of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, from the "Holy Land."


  • circa 1938


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

The footage contained within this collection are film clips from Parade of Progress of Colored Atlanta commissioned by Eugene M. Martin (1888-1969) and produced by J. Richardson Jones (c. 1901-1948). "Eugene M. Martin, the Executive Secretary of Atlanta Life Insurance, commissioned Jones to produce a newsreel advertising the black-owned company to prospective employees and clients." In 1939, the newsreel premiered in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1942, Jones produced a two-hour sequel featuring successful African-Americans in the United States. Jones also wrote for the Atlanta Daily World and other African-American periodicals.


1 film reel(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged by catalogue number.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John and Lillian Goodlett, 1994 (1994.324)

Other Formats

A DVD access copy is available for entire film.


McCaskill, Barbara and Christina L. Davis, The University of Georgia, email to author, 2009 October 20

General Physical Description note

29 minutes playing time of 35mm black and white nitrate movie film transferred to digital format (1 DVD)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2009.

J. Richardson Jones film Film c. 1936-1938ahc.VIS 179
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
October 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