The National Archives in Morrow Georgia - Serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The National Archives at Atlanta is a center for the study of the history of the South, a diverse region rich with family tradition.
Native Americans were living on the land when the first settlers arrived. African slaves were then brought over, and later came Irish, English, Italian, Russian, and Cuban immigrants.
Their stories, told in the seemingly incongruous records of the federal government, provide evidence of the universal human drama that is American family life. Records in the National Archives tell the story of southern families and communities, technological advances that changed lives, and social and economic forces that shaped the makeup of our society.
Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Free admission.
The facility has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, among them:
Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930;
indexes for all censuses through Ancestry.com;
selected military service records and indexes;
selected pension and bounty-land warrant applications;
indexes to selected passengers arrival records for Eastern and Gulf Coast ports;
indexes to selected naturalization records processed through Federal courts throughout the SE
selected records relating to Native Americans and African Americans.
Researchers using microfilm do not need a researcher's ID card.
Historical Research - Including Court Records
NARA's Southeast Region in Atlanta has approximately 105,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, photographs, and architectural drawings. These records were created or received by the Federal courts and over 100 Federal agencies, and are unique evidence of the impact of Federal government policies and programs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Federal law requires that agencies transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to NARA.
Among the subjects included are: the Vice Admiralty Court of the Province of South Carolina, the evolution of Federal courts, Constitutional rights, the Civil War and reconstruction, economic development, business, organized crime, invention, the arts, censorship, World Wars I and II, the New Deal, and space exploration. Historic names in the files include Wernher Von Braun, Andrew Johnson, David Lilienthal, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Andrew Young.
Photo in the Southeast Region's holdings. Family Residing in house number 1125, Cairo Hollow, 1938, Wheeler Dam, AL.
The Southeast Region also has custody of thousands of photographs and negatives, primarily from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Of the approximately 779,000 photographs and negatives of the Tennessee Valley are photographs of families, homes, towns, and buildings in the area, many of which have vanished. The NASA collection includes approximately 385,586 still pictures and negatives from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama.
Self-service copying of archival documents is available for 20 cents a page (letter and legal size.) Upon request, the staff will make or arrange for copies of oversized documents, certified copies for legal use, photographs, or other specialized copies. Fees vary depending on size and type of reproduction. The availability of photocopies depends on the physical condition of the documents.
Paper copies from microfilm can be made at self-service copiers.
Public programs include workshops on genealogy, research in archives, and teaching history using archival documents; tours of the facility; student internships; exhibits; and lectures. Groups and classes can be accommodated by special arrangement.
Phone - Address - Directions & Website
Phone: 770-968-2100 - Address: 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow Georgia 30260 Directions: The facility is located in Morrow, Georgia approximately ten miles south of Hartsfield Atlanta Airport. From downtown Atlanta, take I-75 South to Exit 233, Morrow. Turn left onto Georgia Highway 54/Jonesboro Road. Travel approximately 1-1/2 miles. The NARA facility is the second building on the right after Clayton State Boulevard. The National Archives Website
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. Closed Sundays, Federal holidays, and Saturdays that precede any Federal Holiday which is observed on a Monday.