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William B. Hartsfield photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS4

Scope and Content

This collection consists of images of William B. Hartsfield, often with others, taken during his later years as Mayor. Also included are pictures of him with family or friends following the end of his political career.


  • 1950-1971, 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

William Berry Hartsfield (1890-1971) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Charles Green Hartsfield (1849-1918) and Victoria Dagnall Hartsfield (1854-1936). He married Pearl Williams in 1913 and had two children: William Berry Hartsfield Jr. (1916-1993) and Mildred Hartsfield Cheshire (1919-2012). They divorced in 1962 and he married Tollie Tolan that same year. Hartsfield was first elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1922, where he helped establish Atlanta's first airport and was a frequent proponent of air transportation in Atlanta. Hartfield was elected as Atlanta's 49th mayor in 1937 until he lost re-election to Roy Le Craw in 1940. When Le Craw was drafted by the Georgia National Guard after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, he resigned from his position and Hartsfield was re-elected as mayor in a special election. He served until his retirement in 1961. Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was named in Hartsfield's honor, along with Mayor Maynard Jackson.


223 image(s) (223 photographs and negatives)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: Series I. People and Series II. Events and Geographic Locations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1985

Related Archival Materials

William Berry Hartsfield collection, MSS 530 and William B. Hartsfield papers, MSS 811, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

William B. Hartsfield photographs
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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