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William R. Mitchell Jr. photograph collection

Collection number: ahc.VIS222

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs documented and collected by William R. Mitchell, Jr that appeared in his books, lectures, and architectural studies. The photographs were taken in various Georgia cities including Atlanta, Savannah, Thomasville, Roswell, and Albany. The images are of residential homes and apartments, furnished interiors, historic buildings, parks, streetscapes, churches, and Edward Vason Jones's 19th Century America exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  • 1889-1986, undated


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

William R. Mitchell, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1938. A graduate of Emory University in 1960, he is a cultural historian, historic preservationist, lecturer, and award-winning author. His books have focused on Southern architects primarily the Georgia School of Classicists. These include Edward Vason Jones, 1909-1980: Architect, Connoisseur, and Collector (1995); J. Neel Reid: Architect of Hentz, Reid & Adler and the Georgia School of Classicists (1997); and Lewis Edmund Crook, Jr., Architect, 1898-1967 (1984). He has written architectural histories of notable Southern cities including Classic Atlanta: Landmarks of the Atlanta Spirit (1991); Classic Savannah: History, Home, and Gardens (1987); and Landmark Homes of Georgia, 1733-1983: Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens (1982). Mitchell is a founding trustee of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973, and the Southern Architecture Foundation, Inc. in 1998. The Southern Architecture Foundation is devoted to promoting the understanding and appreciation of Southern architecture through preservation, research, and educational programs.


1463 image(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: I. Lectures and II. Books and architectural studies. Within each series the collection is organized alphabetically by lecture or book title.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located in cold storage (CS) as indicated in the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24-48 hours after retrieval of cold storage item(s) before viewing material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2012

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2014.

William R. Mitchell Jr. photograph collection
Alyssa Foley
June 2014
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
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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