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Georgia History: Primary Resources @ GSU Library / Special Collections and Archives

Contact information for Special Collections and Archives

Location: Library South, 8th floor

Contact: 404.413.2880 or

Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and Saturdays by appointment. Saturday appointments must be made by 4PM on the Thursday prior.

Subject Areas in Special Collections and Archives

The Special Collections and Archives department of the Georgia State University Library collects and preserves unique and rare historical materials in selected subject areas. Most collection materials were created in the mid- to late-20th century and reflect some aspect of social change. The department promotes the use of these materials by the Georgia State University community, scholars and the public. Its goal is to advance scholarship and to further the educational, research, and service missions of the university.

In addition to its manuscript and oral history collections, portions of the materials housed in Special Collections and Archives have been scanned and can be found online in the Library's Digital Collections.

Research areas include:


  • WSB Radio Records - First radio station to broadcast in Atlanta (1922), Program logs document the types of shows they broadcast, Photographs (online) and publicity materials
  • Great Speckled Bird - Atlanta's Undergound Newspaper from 1968-1975 is now digitized online in its entirety.

Civil Rights





Urban Planning and Development

Women’s History