Gems of the CollectionPWheatley

Rare Book Collection:
Wheatley, Phyllis.
Poems on various subjects, religious and moral, 1773.

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Auburn Avenue Research Library 

Closed for Expansion


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Due to upcoming renovations and expansion, the three research divisions and administrative support services of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL) have been temporarily relocated to the Central Library, the Georgia State Archives and the Hammonds House Museum. The new main number for the Auburn Avenue Research Library is 404.730.2130.  The Research Library’s resources and services will be available beginning Monday, October 27, 2014. AARL Archives Division collections will be available by appointment only, Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, at the Georgia Archives.


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For information call 404.730.2130


This is a 56,000-square-foot library renovation and expansion of the current library located at Auburn Avenue and Courtland Street. It is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program that is currently underway.


JWRA / Freelon, a joint venture of J. W. Robinson & Associates and Freelon Group, Inc. has contracted with Fulton County to provide design and engineering services for the new library. Heery/Russell is the program management team.


Construction for the expansion and renovation will take approximately 12 months, and the reopening of the renovated and expanded research library is expected in the fourth quarter of 2015. During construction Auburn Avenue Research Library services will be available at the Central Library at One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303, on the corner of Carnegie Way and Forsyth Street.




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Documenting African American Education:  The Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Digital Library of Georgia NHPRC Digitization Project


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                   Mrs. Selena Sloan Butler


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In 2010 the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL), a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS), and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) received funds from the National Historical Papers and Records Commission (NHPRC) to digitize and make Web-accessible late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century manuscript collections that document the historical development of education for African Americans, primarily in the South, from the early 1860s to the early 1950s. The eleven collections digitized for this grant are accessible via our AARL Finding Aids webpage. The collections include: Atlanta University Collection, Adam Knight Spence and John Wesley Work Collection, Samuel Archer Collection, Sanford Lee Papers, Auburn Branch Library Records, Annie L. McPheeters Papers, Helen Adele Johnson Whiting Papers, Peyton Austin Allen Papers, James Frank Harrison Family Collection, Selena Sloan Butler Family Papers and the William B. Matthews Papers.


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