The Special Collections and Archives houses several significant photographs collections that provide visual documentation of local Atlanta, regional, and national issues from the 1930s through to the end of the 1990s.
Lane Brothers Photographs collection consists of photographic negatives and prints of the Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.) and its predecessor the Lane Brothers Photo News Service from ca. 1920-1976. The bulk of the collection consists of images of the Atlanta, Georgia area documenting its economic growth, social changes, and political activities over the years.
Tracy O'Neal Photographs collection documents the history and social life of Atlanta, Georgia through images of organizations, events, facilities, and portraits. Notable are images of the Atlanta labor community, companies, local buildings, and sports.
Ernest G. Welch Photographs collection consists of thousands of images donated by the noted amateur photographer. His collection of images span the globe, and provide an interesting international contrast to other photographic collections that mostly focus on Atlanta and the Southeastern United States.
Tom Coffin Photographs collection includes images of Atlanta and its people. A life-long photographer, Coffin supplemented his work on the Great Speckled Bird with photographs of the counter-culture in the 1960s and 1970s. These images provide a great counter-point to the other visual collections at GSU because they document the informal aspects of life during a turbulent time in the South.