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Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. photographs of Midtown Historic District

Collection number: ahc.VIS265

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of images of the historic Midtown area in Atlanta, Georgia. The photographs were taken for draft nomination on the National Register of Historic Places for Midtown. Included are photos of churches, Henry Grady High School, stores and businesses, street scapes, apartments, and homes in the Midtown area. Types of homes photographed vary among bungalows, duplexes, row houses, carriage houses, alley dwellings, and cottages. Of special interest are photographs of the residences of Julian La Rosa Harris, Ralph McGill (editor of the Atlanta Constitution), and historian and artist Wilbur Kurtz. Architects and designers of photographed structures include Gottfried Norrman, W.T. Downing, Lewis Crook, Leila Ross Wilburn, and Haralson Bleckley.


  • 1997


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

Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. (1946-) is a native of Columbus, Georgia, who graduated from Columbus High School and recieved a bachelor of arts degree in History from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Thomas served nearly four years in the United States Air Force, then in 1973 worked for the Historic Preservation Section/Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Atlanta. While with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, he researched and documented historic sites like the Midtown Historic District. From 1978 until 2006, Thomas was a historian for the National Register of Historic Places. He served and is still serving on numerous boards, such as the Georgia Historical Society, the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, the Georgia Postcard Club, and the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Thomas is also a Fellow of the Society of Georgia Archivists and a recipient of awards such as the Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities. Thomas writes a weekly genealogy column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has published two books, Columbus, Georgia in Vintage Postcards and Fort Benning, Images of American Series.


285 image(s) (285 color photographic prints)



Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1999

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2017.

Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. photographs of Midtown Historic District
Maeve Vitale
July 2017
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 the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305