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Marietta Housing Authority Records, 1938-2012

Identifier: SC-M-003

Content Description

The Marietta Housing Authority (MHA) was created by the Mayor and Council of Marietta, Georgia on May 9, 1938, with the first meeting of the MHA Board of Commissioners taking place in June 30, 1938.

Founded in the midst of the Great Depression and the New Deal, the Marietta Housing Authority has undertaken a variety of housing projects over the years. This collection begins with the very first meeting of the MHA’s Board of Commissioners. It continues through the group’s merging with the Acworth Housing Authority in 2009 and ends in 2012.

The housing projects covered in the collection include two from the Great Depression, Clay Homes and Fort Hill Homes. Additionally, there are several projects connected to the Bell Bomber Plant from World War II. Post-war projects include Lyman Homes, which was built for African Americans in the age of segregation, and its white counterpart, Boston Homes. Later projects of the MHA included efforts at urban renewal during the 1950s and 1960s, in addition to senior housing, apartments, and other subdivisions. The photographs, records, and publications contained in this collection document all of these efforts in Marietta and Acworth.

More information about MHA can be found on their website:


  • circa 1938-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws.  Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. KSU archives staff have taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove sensitive information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work.  However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kennesaw State University and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the Kennesaw State University Archives.

Physical Access Restrictions

For preservation reasons, and sometimes lack of necessary equipment, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. Access to all original media, especially in obsolete formats, will require production of listening or viewing copies. Request to access these materials must be made in advance, please contact the staff in Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material must be secured from the repository and/or copyright holder.


34 cubic feet (26 record cartons; 10 document cases; 6 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



The Marietta Housing Authority Records are arranged into two series' and multiple subseries':

  1. Series 1: Administrative/General Files
  2. Sub-Series 1.1: Meetings, 1938-2011
  3. Sub-Series 1.2: Printed Materials, circa 1938-2012
  4. Sub-Series 1.3: General Files, circa 1989-2008
  5. Sub-Series 1.4: Acworth Housing Authority, circa 1950-1990s
  6. Series 2: Housing Projects
  7. Sub-Series 2.1: Clay Homes, GA 10-1R, circa 1982-2006
  8. Sub-Series 2.2: Fort Hill Homes, GA 10-2, circa 1989-2009
  9. Sub-Series 2.3: Renovation of Fort Hill Homes & Branson Addition, GA06P010501-01 & 02, circa 2002-2005
  10. Sub-Series 2.4: Branson Homes, GA 10-5 and GA 10-7, circa 1992-2009
  11. Sub-Series 2.5: Johnny Walker Homes, GA 10-6, circa 1965, 1990s-2000s
  12. Sub-Series 2.6: Boston Homes, GA 10-4, circa 1989-2009
  13. Sub-Series 2.7: Lyman Homes GA 10-3, circa 1951, 1990-1992, 2002-2008
  14. Sub-Series 2.8: Dorsey Manor, GA 10-8, circa 1970, 1989-2009
  15. Sub-Series 2.9: Marietta Place Apartments, GA 10-9, circa 1989-1994
  16. Subseries 2.10: Henderson Arms, circa 1980-2004
  17. Sub-Series 2.11: Old Administration Building, 1995
  18. Sub-Series 2.12: Central Services Building, circa 1993-1994, 2002-2006
  19. Sub-Series 2.13: Cole Street Grocery, 1993
  20. Sub-Series 2.14: Dwelling Units Turnover and Emergency Modernization/Repairs at Fort Hill Homes, circa 2007-2010
  21. Sub-Series 2.15: Multiple Housing Projects, circa 1963, 1989-2000s
  22. Sub-Series 2.16: Multiple Housing Projects: Michael Brown's Files (CFP Manager), circa 1999-2008
  23. Sub-Series 2.17: Multiple Housing Projects/Events: Photographic Materials, circa 1970s-2004
  24. Sub-Series 2.18: Multiple Housing Projects: Technical Drawings, circa 1940-2011

Method of Acquisition

Records donated by Marietta Housing Authority Executive Director Ray C. Buday on August 23, 2012 (Accessions 12-014 and 15-007).

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Revision Statements

  • 2020 March: revised by Maggie Thomas
  • 2022 September 22: updated by MARB volunteer, Andrew Bramlett

Repository Details

Part of the Kennesaw State University Archives Repository

1000 Chastain Road
MD 1704
Kennesaw GA 30144 GKJ