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Ruth Henley photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS368

Scope and Content

This collection contains black and white photographs collected by Ruth Henley of John Willis Henley inside the Fulton County Courthouse and portraits of Atlanta Journal newspaper carriers on a trip to Washington D.C., in 1910, one of whom may be Thomas Henley.


  • 1906-1910


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

Ruth Henley (1905-1983) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to John Willis Henley (1852-1928) and Catherine Henley (1863-1934). Ruth Henley became a nurse at Piedmont Hospital in 1926 after her graduation from the Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing. During her tenure, she served as head nurse of the Obstetrics Unit, director of the nursing education program, and president of the Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. During World War II, Henley was commissioned as a captain in the United States Army and coordinated the Cadet Nursing Program for the Southeast region. She also served as president of the Georgia League of Nurses from 1946-1948 and 1956-1958. In 1969, she wrote One Boundless Reach, a history of the Georgia League of Nurses. Her second book, Sanatorium to Medical Center: A History of the Piedmont Hospital, was published posthumously in 1984. Ruth Henley's father, John Willis Henley, served as Fulton County Assistant District Attorney from 1905 until his death in 1928. He was an active member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Woodward Baptist Church. John and Catherine had nine other children: Colonel John Ralph Henley (1883-1971), James Bates Henley (1886-1938), Stephen Clay Henley (1888-1968), Weldon Henley (1889-1960), Stanton Henley (1891-1968), Thomas Henley (1894-1952), Jessie W. Henley (1897-1980), Frank Henley (1901-1956), and Grace Henley (1907-1974).


7 image(s) (seven black and white photographic prints)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1980

Related Archival Materials

Jessie Willis Henley commencement book, MSS 491f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center


This collection was previously catalogued as HEN.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2019.

Kate Daly
November 2019
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