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Atlanta Housing Authority photographs

Identifier: ahc.VIS96

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains images of substandard housing areas to be cleared for the Capitol, Hope, Grady and Herndon Housing Projects. It also contains images of the Aux Coal Storage Bins and a civil defense unit based at Techwood Homes. The images in this collection were created to document living conditions in these areas prior to their demolition. A key to the photographs’ geographical locations is also stored with this collection. The key includes the project names, their geographical finding number, the number of units in the project, the year and the name and contact information of the manager and superintendent of each project. The captions on the back side of each photograph were added by the Atlanta Housing Authority.


  • circa 1940


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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 History

The New Deal inaugurated the first urban public housing developments in Atlanta. In 1934, land was cleared to build Techwood Homes near the campus of Georgia Tech University and University Homes close to Atlanta University and Clark, Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Spelman Colleges. The Atlanta Housing Authority was established in 1938 to eliminate the city’s substandard housing. Johns R. Hope Homes, State Capital Homes, Alonzo F. Herndon Homes, Henry Grady Homes, Clark Howell Homes and John J. Eagan Homes were the six slum clearance and re-housing developments proposed. The Atlanta Housing Authority is organized under Georgia law to develop, acquire, lease and operate affordable housing for low-income families. Today, AHA is the largest housing agency in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation.


146 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Louis J. Rickman, 1967 (1967.080)

General Physical Description note

Extent: 146 black and white photographic prints

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2005
Atlanta Housing Authority photographs
Paul Crater
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid 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