Visit the Georgia Department of Archives and History - You will be amazed at what you find here.
The mission of the Georgia Archives is to identify, select, preserve, and make accessible records that constitute Georgia's recorded history; to increase the efficiency of State Government through effective records management; and to improve the quality of records and archives management throughout the state.
We support the Secretary of State's vision to become the most customer-friendly agency in state government. We strive to provide innovative, efficient, accurate, and professional service to the citizens of Georgia.
Our organization: We accomplish our mission through the following units:
Archival Services Makes historic records of permanent research value available to the public. Responsible for accessioning and physical processing of records. Describes the Archives’ records and books through indexes and catalogs; maintains the division’s web site and databases. Oversees preservation and reformatting and digitizes records for access. Provides outreach preservation services through consulting, publications and training.
Public Services Helps the public use archival records on-site and by mail or e-mail. Provides opportunities for public involvement through outreach activities as well as our volunteer, internship, and Friends programs.
Records and Information Management Services Helps state agencies and local governments manage current records efficiently through workshops, consultations, technical leaflets, and retention period. State Records Center Stores the inactive records of state agencies until they have reached the end of their retention period.
Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) Helps local governments, historical societies, libraries, museums and other repositories through grants, an awards program, and preferred practices for historical records programs.
Our commitment: We are involved in nationwide initiatives to preserve electronic records, protect privacy, prevent the sale of stolen government documents, and find practical solutions to records problems. In our daily work, we are committed to finding innovative and effective ways to protect the rights and documentary heritage of the people of Georgia.
Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired.
A General Description of our Collection - Following, is a quick overview of the collections of the Georgia Archives.
Records available Online
Online records - Online images of records and full-text searching Finding Aids @ Georgia Archives - Information about original records Georgia Archives GIL Online Catalog - books, periodicals, selected microfilm Online indexes - Searchable name and place indexes as well as the online catalog to our collections. These collections do not have images attached, but they point to records in the archives and are a great place for any researcher to start.
Records available On Site
Vital records - If you're looking for birth, marriage, or death records, start here. The State Archives does not house many of these records, but we'll tell you what we have and where to look for others.
Land records - A guide to Georgia land lotteries
Census Records - Includes both Federal Census For Georgia and Georgia State Census
African American Resources - Historical and Genealogical Records at the Georgia Archives
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus - Records documenting the activities, functions, and interests of the GLBC
Other Resources: This Site
1906 Atlanta Race Riot Resources - Researching the 1906 Atlanta Race Riots at the Georgia Archives.
African-Americans in the Georgia House of Representatives 1868-2000 - Names, Party, Counties and Sessions.
African-Americans in the Georgia State Senate 1868-2000 - Names, Party, Counties and Sessions.
Documenting Family History in Georgia - Tips on methodology and types of Georgia records which document family history.
Documenting Marriages in Georgia - Guide to marriage laws and records in the State of Georgia.
Georgia Militia Districts - Article regarding the history of these jurisdictional districts.
Georgia Tax Records FAQs - Historical and genealogical information found in Georgia tax records.
Governors of Georgia - Names, birth and death dates, places of birth, terms of office, and political parties of Georgia's Governors.
Secretaries of State - Roster of Georgia's Secretaries of State
Items for sale - Maps available for sale on site at the Georgia Archives. More ordering options coming soon.
The African Case - Research materials at the Georgia Archives relating to “The African Case” and the slave trade 1817-ca. 1821
Trustees of the Colony of Georgia (1732 - 1752) - Names and dates.
Women in the Georgia House of Representatives 1923-2000 - Names, Party, District, Counties and Sessions.
Women in the Georgia Senate 1927-2000 - Names, Party, District, Counties and Sessions.
Georgia Info - A wealth of information on Georgia history, demographic statistics, Georgia maps, state symbols, the state economy, tourism, Georgia counties including creation, history, courthouses, officials, etc. from GALILEO and the University of Georgia Libraries.
Georgia Legislative Documents - Searchable full text collection of Acts of the General Assembly from 1799 to 1999, a collection of the Digital Library of Georgia.
Digital Library of Georgia - A gateway to many digital resources related to Georgia's history and culture found in books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and newspapers.
New Georgia Encyclopedia - Articles and images about people, places, events, institutions, history, and culture of Georgia.
Georgia Historical Society - Online catalog of books, pamphlets, serials, and archival materials in the collections of the Georgia Historical Society.
Reference Room hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Original documents are retrieved from 8:30 to 4 p.m., and may be viewed in the Original Document Reading Room until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Closed to the public on Mondays.
Closed for state and most federal holidays as well as on the Saturday immediately preceding a Monday holiday or immediately following a Friday holiday.