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Atlanta Gas Light Company Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS185

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographic images from the Corporate Communications Department of the Atlanta Gas Light Company. This department was responsible for advertising and public relations. The images document the Mrs. Georgia Pageant in the 1960s, the Old Stove Roundup, the 1,000,000 and 100,000,000 customer recognition events, promotional events, weather incidents, and Atlanta Gas Light properties around the state of Georgia and one site in Florida. A significant portion of the collection consists of images of company employees.


  • 1884-1994, undated


Conditions Governing 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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 Atlanta Gas Light Company was incorporated in February 1856 to provide gas streetlights for Atlanta. It is the oldest continuously operated company in the city of Atlanta and the second oldest company in the state of Georgia. It functioned as an independent company until 1889 when the United Gas Improvement Company of Philadelphia gained control of the company through a stock purchase. The Atlanta Gas Light Company was a subsidiary of a holding company for the next 58 years. Successive parent companies were Georgia Railway and Electric Company (1903), Georgia Railway and Power Company (1920), Georgia Power Company (1927), Central Public Service Corporation of Chicago (1929), United States Electric and Gas Company of New York (1932), and Consolidated Electric and Gas (1933), which was also based in New York. United States Electric and Gas and Consolidated Electric and Gas were subsidiaries of Central Public Service. In 1947 the Atlanta Gas Light Company again became independent and remained so until 1996 when AGL Resources Inc. was formed to be a holding company for Atlanta Gas Light Company, Virginia Natural Gas, Chattanooga Gas Company, AGL Energy Services, and several non-utility subsidiaries.

Administrative/Biographical History

Tate, James H. Keeper of the Flame: Atlanta Gas Light Company, 1856-1985, Atlanta: Atlanta Gas Light Company, 1985; Atlanta Gas Light Company - About Us,, July 22, 2010; AGL Resources Inc. Annual Report, 2000.

Administrative/Biographical History

Throughout its existence, the Atlanta Gas Light Company has been governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a President and other officers. Presidents include Julius A. Hayden, John W. Duncan, Thomas G. Healey, John H. Mecaslin, William L. Cosgrove, G. W. Brine, Albert E. Peirce, Luke C. Bradley, W. W. Winter, H. Carl Wolf, Rock G. Taber, Duncan A. Crawford, Wallace L. Lee, Joe T. LaBoon, and David R. Jones. Until the deregulation of the natural gas market in Georgia in 1998, the Atlanta Gas Light Company sold natural gas directly to customers in addition to other products and services. The company now operates and maintains the gas pipes, reads meters, maintains the natural gas infrastructure, and distributes gas to certified marketers.


1707 image(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by category of material and, thereunder, alphabetically by folder title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Atlanta Gas Light Company, 2000 (2000.52)

Related Archival Materials

Atlanta Gas Light Records, MSS 931, James G. Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.


1,707 images

Description Control

Collection processed in 2010.

Atlanta Gas Light Company photographs
Joan Clemens
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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