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Harry G. Lefever photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS203

Scope and Content

This collection contains black and white photographs collected by Harry G. Lefever through his research and work as a Sociology professor. The photographs document street scenes and residents of inner-city Atlanta neighborhoods, including scenes during and after the 1917 Atlanta fire; street scenes of Baker Street, Butler Street, Chestnut Avenue, Ellis Street, Harris Street, Houston Street, and London Lane; photos of Mrs. A. B. Jefferson, Reverend William Holmes Borders, and W. A. Scott III; and Cabbagetown residents from 1979.


  • approximately 1900s-1979, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is 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

Harry Groff Lefever, born December 7, 1931, attended Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1955. Lefever earned his Master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1962 and his Doctorate of Philosphy from Emory University in 1971. After teaching at Eastern Mennonite College for three years, he joined the Sociology Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1966. Lefever served as the department chair from 1975-1992. In 2003, he retired from teaching and was named Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Spelman College. He received several awards while teaching at Spelman, including the Presidential Award for Scholarly Achievement, the United Negro College Fund Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Fannie Lou Hamer Achievement Award. Lefever wrote several books related to race relations and the Civil Rights Movement, notably Undaunted by the Fight: Spelman College & the Civil Rights Movement 1957-1967 (2005) and Sacred Places: A Guide to Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, Georgia (2008). Lefever's wife, Esther, was a district councilwoman for the Sixth District of Atlanta.


36 image(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2009

Related Archival Materials

Harry G. Lefever papers, MSS 1011, Kenan Research center at the Atlanta History Center.

Description Control

Collection processed in December 2011.

Harry G. Lefever photographs
Paul Crater
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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