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Charles Longstreet Weltner films

Collection number: ahc.VIS360

Scope and Content

This collection documents the political life of Charles Longstreet Weltner and the built landscape of Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1950s and 1960s. Film footage highlights a variety of Weltner's campaign activities including him walking on the sidewalk through a blighted Atlanta neighborhood; Weltner looking over the city of Atlanta from the top of the Merchandise Mart; and scenes most likely used for campaign ads. Included are street scenes of downtown Atlanta, with views of public and private buildings, including Smith Hughes Vocational School for adults (later Atlanta Technical College); 1958 footage of the construction of Grady Memorial Hospital; footage of Fulton County Administration building; the Merchandise Mart (later AmericasMart); the Bellwood Quarry in west Atlanta; and panoramic views of downtown Atlanta. Also included in this collection is a film to promote the development of Atlanta, produced by Southeastern Films and commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. The film is based on Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's 1943 report titled The Greatest Needs of Atlanta and Georgia, a Summary of Opinion. Of special note is another film clip of Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy seated at a desk and speaking into the camera. In this short film, Kennedy is asking Georgia voters to reelect Weltner to Congress. All films are silent, except the footage of Kennedy.


  • approximately 1958-1966, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Recordings are licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivsCC BY-NC license,

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

Charles Longstreet Weltner (1927-1992) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sally Hull (1887-1957) and Philip Weltner (1887-1981), former president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. He earned a bachelor of arts from Oglethorpe University (1948); juris doctor from Columbia University (1950); doctor of laws in English from Tufts University (1967); master of arts from Columbia Theological Seminary (1983); and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Dublin. Weltner practiced law in Atlanta before becoming a memeber of the 88th and 89th United States Congresses (1963-1967). He was elected to represent Georgia's Fifth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, which includes most of Atlanta. As an advocate for racial equality, Weltner voiced his opposition to violence and repression caused by segregation in the 1950s. In 1966, rather than signing a loyalty pledge in support of Lester Maddox, a segregationist who opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act in his campaign for governor, Weltner decided not to run for reelection. In 1967, Weltner became an associate justice of the Supreme Court in Georgia. In 1976, he served as a judge in the Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and he held this position until 1981 when he joined the Georgia Supreme Court.


6 16 mm film(s) (six 16 mm color films)



System of Arrangement

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Patrons who want access to the films listed must use the digital copies available at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1973

Related Archival Materials

Charles Longstreet Weltner papers, MSS 207, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center


Digitization of this collection is made possible by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Access to digitized films is available at

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Charles Longstreet Weltner films
Felicia D. Render
August 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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