Atlanta History Center

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Atlanta History Center
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305-1380

Telephone:[2] Kenan Research Center 404-814-4040
Fax: 404.814.4175

Hours and holidays:[3] Kenan Research Center: Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Holidays.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Driving directions
  • Map: Google map: Atlanta History Center
  • Public transportation: [1] Take the MARTA train to the Buckhead Station on the Red Line. Keep your rail ticket as a transfer pass.
    • Take the Peachtree Road exit out of Buckhead Station (not via the bridge) and go up the first set of stairs after exiting the fare gate. At street level is a bus stop where you transfer to southbound bus #110 Peachtree Street/"The Peach". Tell the bus driver that you’d like to exit at West Paces Ferry Road.
      • Exit the bus where Peachtree Street and Roswell Road fork together at Sardis Way. At that forked intersection, make a right on West Paces Ferry Road (toward Johnny Rockets) and proceed west two blocks. The Atlanta History Center is located on the left.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Sources for studing Atlanta and southern regional history and culture. The 42,000 square foot library possesses over 15,000 cubic feet of records, including 33,000 published volumes, more than 2,000 manuscript and photograph collections, and 7,800 rolls of microfilm.[4] Their collection includes African-American history and the Civil Rights movement; Atlanta politics; gay and lesbian historical studies; regional photography and the history of photography; folklore; transportation and economic development; the Beverly M. DuBose Jr. library on Civil War and military ordnance; and Thomas S. Dickey library of the Sons of the American Revolution genealogy collection; family and county histories from Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Alabama. They also have Georgia censuses and indexes, the Garrett Necrology (cemetery survey and obituary abstracts) 1855–1933, Fulton County estate records, and historic Atlanta newspapers.[5]

Tips[edit | edit source]

Special offers tours, sweetheart package, free admission weekends, military discounts, and hotel deals.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot find the record you seek through the Atlanta History Center, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[6]
  • National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers lists, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, and workshops.[7]
  • Federal Records Center, Ellenwood, GA., receives federal agency and court records of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Georgia Archives, Morrow, is the best place to start family history research in Georgia.[8] Genealogies, county histories, newspapers, tax digests, private papers, church records, cemeteries, Bible records, municipal records, census, maps, land plats, photographs, Georgia Confederate service and pension records, colonial, headright & bounty land grants, land lottery, and Georgia county records.
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many Georgia Archives microfilms are also available at branch FamilySearch Centers in local church buildings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and described in their online FamilySearch Catalog.[9]
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases including Georgia and other Southern states.[10]

Similar Collections

  • DeKalb History Center, Decatur, subject files, biographical files, cemetery index, maps, manuscripts, photographs, rare books, memoirs, yearbooks, and Atlanta City and suburban directories.[11]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hours & Directions in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 January 2016).
  2. Contact Us in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 January 2016).
  3. Research in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 January 2016).
  4. Kenan Research Center in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  5. Genealogy and Family History of the Southeastern U.S. in Atlanta History Center (accessed 12 January 2016).
  6. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
  8. Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  11. Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 86. FHL Book 973 D27e 1999, WorldCat 670125599.
  13. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 33. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  14. Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
  15. Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 6 February 2022).
  16. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  17. The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
  18. Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
  19. Collections in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).