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Welcome to Special Collections & Archives

About Us

Our collections document southern labor, Georgia State University, music, radio broadcasting, pulp literature, women’s rights, gender and sexuality, and social change. The holdings include books, manuscript collections, digital collections, and materials documenting Atlanta and the Southeastern United States, as well as Georgia State University. We also hold over 8 million photographs primarily documenting 20th century Atlanta as well as a rare book collection focusing on the urban south. These collections also document the human experience through our various oral history projects associated with each collecting area.

Guide to Searching Archives

Our finding aids act as inventories that describe and list the contents of collections and contain information about the person, family, or organization that created the collection. Through this site, you can search and browse these finding aids for our many collections available for research.

To find rare books, search the Library’s Catalog.

To find digitized and born digital items, search Digital Collections.

Contact us at or (404) 413-2880 to schedule an appointment, or for questions about our collections.