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History of the City

 From Terminus to Marthasville to Atlanta, the City of Atlanta has a rich history. Here are some resources to learn more about the City's history.

Atlanta: an illustrated history - Andy Ambrose
Call Number: REF F294.A857 A44 2003
Location: Library North 2, Reference collection (Non-Circulating)

Atlanta History Center
Website of the Atlanta History Center

Atlanta: Yesterday & Today - Rebecca Burns
Call Number: F294.A843 B87 2010
Location: Library North 5


Atlanta Case Study Project

Published by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The research series examines the critical policy issues facing City of Atlanta government. 

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This research guide is intended to direct the student to helpful resources for research about Atlanta Government. The selected resources were choosen to highlight components of the government.  It is not an exhaustive list of everything the library has on Atlanta and/or municipal governance. Students should also search the Library's online catalog - GIL - as well as Library Databases.

Students may also make an appointment with a librarian specialist to discuss a research project.

RESEARCH HINT! To futher assist the student - subject headings (standard or formal terms used to describe the content of the item) are included with the library materials. Students may use these subject heading to locate related materials in Library catalogs and databases. ALSO - by clicking on individual title links the student will be directed to the item record which will include a list of related items.


The documents that govern ATL

Act of Incorporation - Atlanta
Call Number: Georgia Legislative Documents - Archive
This database includes the Acts of Incorporation for GA cities, including Atlanta. Acts of Incorporation establish the boundaries of a city; the schedule of election; taxation, etc. RESEARCH NOTE: search for: CITY OF ATLANTA and limit to TITLES (ACTS OR RES).

Atlanta Beltline
Call Number: Website - Atlanta Beltline
The BeltLine Redevelopment Plan "laid out a broad vision for the transit, trails, parks, and redevelopment opportunities around the BeltLine."

Charter - City of Atlanta
Call Number: Website - GA House of Representatives
A city charter establishes the form of Government for a city.

Code of Ordinances - Atlanta
Call Number: Website -
Zoning - Part III; Part 16

Comprehensive Development Plan
Call Number: Website - City of Atlanta
This is the Atlanta Strategic Action Plan (ASAP) for 2007 - 2032.

Constitution of the State of Georgia
Call Number: Website - GA Secretary of State

Dept. of Watershed Management - Atlanta
Call Number: Website - Dept. of Watershed Management
Includes: City of Atlanta Water Quality Report & First Amended Consent Degree

Regional Transportation Plan
Call Number: Website - Atlanta Regional Commission

See Also:

These websites provide information for policy and/or strategic direction of city government.

  • Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP)
    Public-private leadership committee designed to develop public policy initiatives.
  • Federal resources for state & local employees
  • Government Innovators Network
    This site has news and resources on a variety of topics of interest to local and state governments, including economic and community development, health and social services, public infrastructure, and finance.
  • Local Government Environmental Assistance Network
    Provides environmental planning, management, funding, and regulatory information for local governments.
  • Public Technology, Inc.
    is the non-profit technology organization for all cities and counties in the United States. The National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and the International City/County Management Association, three primary local government associations, provide PTI with its policy direction, while a select group of city and county members conduct applied R&D and technology transfer functions.
  • (Pew Center on the States)
    Founded in order to help journalists, policy makers and engaged citizens become better informed about innovative public policies.
  • The Urban Institute
    Mission Statement: The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.

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