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Douglas H. Davis, Sr. photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS301

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs of aerial views of Atlanta and vicinity, and of Valdosta, Georgia. Included are images of Southern Railway shops; downtown Atlanta; Ponce de Leon Baseball Park; Gammon Theological Seminary; and Oglethorpe University and Georgia School of Techonology campuses. Of interest are photographs pertaining to Davis as an aviator and his early days of commercial flying.


  • 1929-1934, 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

Douglas H. Davis, Sr. (1899-1934) was born in Zebulon, Georgia, to Jonathan A. Davis (1866-1935) and Etta Ogletree Davis (1868-1946). Davis had 11 siblings. He attended Griffin High School in Griffin, Georgia, but left school in his senior year to enlist in the United States Army Air Service. He graduated at the top of his military class and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Davis also became a flight instructor. He trained under and was a friend of Orville and Wilbur Wright. After discharge from the military in 1919, Davis sold and repaired airplanes, acquired a Waco Aircraft Company dealership before switching to Travel Air Manufacturing. Davis married Glenna Mae D'Hollosay (1904-2001) on December 25, 1925. They had one son, Douglas H. Davis, Jr. (1928-1962), who become a successful painter before dying in the Air France Boeing 707 crash on takeoff from Orly Field, Paris, on June 3, 1962. In 1930, Davis became president of Douglas Davis Flying Service and School of Aviation, located at Candler Field. A pioneer Atlanta aviator, Davis was killed after breaking the existing world speed record for a land plane at the National Air Races in Cleveland in 1934. Davis was inducted into the OX5 Club of America Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 1991.


27 image(s) (27 black and white photographic prints)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1963


VIS 301 was previously cataloged as DVS.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2018.

Douglas H. Davis, Sr. photographs
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Felicia D. Render
June 2018
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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