Archives Division


Due to upcoming renovations and expansion, Archives Division of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL) has been temporarily relocated to the Georgia State Archives. The new main number for the Archives Division is 678-364-3775.




The Archives Division collects, preserves and provides access to rare, unique and primary materials concerning people across the African Diaspora, with a concentration on local Atlanta history. Our diverse holdings include personal papers, records of organizations and institutions, photographs, prints, rare books, audio and visual resources, ephemera and subject or thematic materials. Most documents are in English, although there are collections that contain French and Spanish.

Collection Strengths:

  • Local Civil Rights History
  • Southern Women’s Labor History
  • Oral History collections
  • Atlanta photographers
  • Rare Africana maps
  • Arts and Community in Atlanta