For general information about starting archival research, see our Archival Research Guide.
Local archives with African-American historical materials:
Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University, home of the Archives Research Center
If you have questions about finding aids or an archives' holdings, look for contact information and contact the archives directly. Archivists know their collections well and can help you learn more about a collection, whether you can order reproductions of materials, etc.
If you are planning to visit an archives, it's best to contact the archives directly before you visit, to learn about registration procedures and other rules the archives may have for using their resources.
Use Archive Grid to locate special collections in libraries and archives across North America. For example, you can search for people, agencies, keyword, location, or specific libraries.
These aren't comprehensive databases! You still need to check other finding aids.
GSU Library Special Collections and Archives Located on the 8th floor of Library South. Collection areas are Southern Labor, Popular Music, Women's Collections, Georgia Government Documentation Project, University Archives, Rare Books, and Photographs.
Atlanta History Center Archives (Kenan Research Center) Collects primary and secondary source materials in all formats conveying the history of Atlanta and the culture of the American south. Besides Atlanta materials, collection strengths include the Civil War, southeast family history, architecture & decorative arts, and garden history.
Georgia Archives Run by the Archives & History Division of the Georgia government - collects, manages, and preserves official records of Georgia from 1732 to the present. Materials include vital records, land records, federal and state census records, photographs, and much more.
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History A division of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System - the nation's second largest archives specializing in the history of African Americans and Africans in the Diaspora. Collection info
The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum This cultural center and archive collects artifacts and information about Jewish history. Areas of strength include the Holocaust and the experience of Jews in the Southeast, particularly Georgia and Alabama.
Emory University's Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) Collections span more than 800 years of history — with particular depth in modern literature, African American history, and the history of Georgia and the South.
Archives and Special Collections, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center Special Collections/Archives for the Atlanta University Center, including Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Georgia Includes the Rare Book Collection, Historical Manuscripts, and the Georgiana Collection. Subject interests include Georgia, book arts, theater, music, history, literature, journalism and genealogy.
Georgia Historical Society Oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. Locations in Atlanta and Savannah.
U. S. National Archives and Records Administration: Preserves documents and records of the US Federal government.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL): Major research center for the study and interpretation of peoples of African descent.