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Bill Wilson photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS99

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection is comprised of original negatives, copy prints, and copy negatives created by Bill Wilson and other artists and photographers, whose works were collected by Wilson. The collection offers important documentation on a wide variety of personalities, events, and geographic locations both in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Most of the material is captured on acetate film and color transparencies.


  • 1938-1984, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

William Bryan Wilson (1914-1993) was born in Henry County, Georgia. His family moved to Atlanta in 1923 where he remained for the rest of his life. Wilson graduated from Tech High School in 1932 and went on to study Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech while working at night for the Associated Press. He worked for the Atlanta Constitution from 1937-1942, and then volunteered for the Navy during World War II working as a photographer. Following the war, Wilson returned to Atlanta where he worked for the Atlanta Journal until he retired in 1979. In 1953, Wilson won several national awards for a photograph he took of the family of Korean War Prisoner of War, J.P. Love upon his return to the United States.


4848 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in four series: 1. People (alphabetical); 2. Events and Activities (alphabetical); 3. Geographic Locations (alphabetical); 4. Works of Other Photographers and Artists (alphabetical).

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection is located in cold storage. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of item(s) before viewing material.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William (Bill) Wilson, 1978 (1978-587)

General Physical Description note

Extent: 4,848 black and white negatives and photographic prints

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2005

Bill Wilson photographs
Helen Matthews
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305