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History Centers and Archives

Historic Newspaper Resources

GALILEO includes numerous newspaper databases. Two that include local, historic material are highlighted below. For a complete list of newspaper resources, please click here or visit http://www.galileo.usg.edu/scholar/oglethorpe/types/newspapers/.

American Memory from the Library of Congress

American Memory from the Library of Congress is a gateway to the Library of Congress's vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture. The original formats include manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books, pamphlets, and sheet music.

Census Records

The Ancestry Library Edition (only available on-campus) collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and Civil War Collection.

Bibliography of Atlanta History

Directory of Historical and Cultural Organizations

The Historical and Cultural Organizations Directory provides links and information for over 600 cultural and historical institutions statewide. This includes archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and historic sites.

GALILEO Archives and Primary Source Resources

GALILEO provides a list of databases that include both archival and primary sources resources available. For the complete list click here or visit http://www.galileo.usg.edu/scholar/oglethorpe/types/archives-primary-sources/.

If you are off-campus and need to access GALILEO, click here or visit http://library.oglethorpe.edu/help/galileo-password/.

Architectural Database

The Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center maintains a significant collection of architectural drawings produced by prominent Atlanta firms.

To access the database of approximately 3,750 jobs dating from 1823 to 1996, click here or visit http://architect.atlantahistorycenter.com/.

Digital Library of Georgia

The Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources. It connects users to a million digital objects in more than 200 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies.

Bill Wilson Photography Collection

The Bill Wilson Photography Collection at the Atlanta History Center is comprised of original negatives, copy prints, and copy negatives created by Bill Wilson and other artists and photographers, whose works were collected by Wilson. The collection offers important documentation on a wide variety of personalities, events, and geographic locations both in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Most of the material is captured on acetate film and color transparencies. 

To access the finding aid for this collection, please click here.

Select Images of Oglethorpe University

Site of Future Campus, ca. 1914
Courtesy of Oglethorpe University Archives

Administration Building (later Phoebe Hearst Hall) Future Site, ca. 1914
Courtesy of Oglethorpe University Archives

Driveway of Oglethorpe University, ca. 1927
Courtesy of Oglethorpe University Archives