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Bill Horne Marietta Street Film

Collection number: ahc.VIS192

Scope and Content

The collection, in its original format, is a single 8mm black and white acetate film. The film captures the roadside environs along Marietta Street and other downtown roadways beginning in or near downtown Atlanta, heading northwest towards Kennesaw Mountain, and ending in the Marietta Square. Mr. Horne appears to be following the inner urban streetcar route. There are several billboards for businesses located in downtown Atlanta: Downtown Chevrolet Co., Henry Grady Hotel, Ansley Hotel, and Hotel Hampton. The route passes beneath several Seaboard Railroad crossings and a large train yard, probably Inman Yards. Also of particular interest, a streetcar is shown with African-Americans boarding at the rear of the car. During last several minutes of the film is a segment showing an unpaved section of Marietta Street/Road. The car follows the dirt road to a road closed sign and a construction zone. The remaining twenty to thirty seconds of the film captures a portion of the Marietta Square. Recognizable buildings include the Schillings Building and First National Bank.


  • 1937


Conditions Governing Access

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

William A. Horne, Jr. (1910-1991) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Technological High School and Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Horne became president of J.C. Penney and was president of the Jaycees when he shot the film of Marietta Street.


1 film reel(s)



System of Arrangement

Collection is arranged by catalog number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs.William A. Horne, 1989 (1989.190)

Existence and Location of Copies

A DVD access copy is available for the entire film.

Related Archival Materials

William A. Horne, Jr. Papers, MSS 699, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

General Physical Description

Nine minutes playing time of 8mm black and white acetate film transferred to digital format (DVD)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.

Bill Horne Marietta Street Film
Melanie Stephan
February 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305