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Atlanta's Woman of the Year photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS455

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of Atlanta's Woman of the Year awardees, sponsors, and committee chairs for each year. Of particular note is a photograph of Atlanta's Woman of the Year founder, Charles H. Jagels, in 1943, as well as photographs of Mayors William B. Hartsfield (1890-1971) and Ivan Allen Jr. (1911-2003) with Woman of the Year awardees. Among the hundreds of women selected for Woman of the Year, notable awardees include Leila Denmark (1898-2012) in 1953, Ruth Blair (1889-1974) in 1955, Dorothy Alexander (1904-1986) in 1947, and Lousie Allen (1917-2008).


  • 1943-1972


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

Founded by Charles H. Jagels (1902-1984) in 1943, Atlanta's Woman of the Year Organization is a non-profit civic group whose purpose is to recognize distinguished achievements of women in metropolitan Atlanta. Award categories for Atlanta's Woman of the Year awards include Arts, Business, Civil Service, Social welfare, Education, Professions; select years also included the categories War Effort and Civic Affairs. Additional historical information about Atlanta's Woman of the Year Organization has not been determined.


225 black and white photographic print(s)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1973

Related Materials

Atlanta's Woman of the Year records, MSS 415, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

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This collection was previously cataloged as WOY.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed in 2023.

Atlanta's Woman of the Year photographs
Isadora Clements
September 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305