Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History

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The Archives Division offers patrons the opportunity to work with primary source materials which document the experiences of African Americans in Atlanta, the Southeastern region and throughout the nation. The Division's archival collections augment the general reference resources with significant and unique primary source materials. Its holdings include personal papers, records of organizations and institutions, rare books, photographs, prints, posters, oral histories, audio and video resources, ephemeral and subject or thematic materials.

AARL holdings attempt to be comprehensive in the scholarly materials for Atlanta, Georgia, the Southeast, and the United States. The performing and visual arts are also well represented in division holdings. The Division maintains a strong retrospective and current collection of African-American, Caribbean and African newspapers and other serials.
Parent Institution:
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
101 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30303


Name Description
Atlanta Funeral Programs Collection African American funeral programs dating from 1886-2019 held by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
Auburn Avenue Research Library Historic African American Education Collections Late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century manuscript collections that document the historical development of education for African Americans, primarily in the South.
Community Art in Atlanta, 1977-1987: Jim Alexander's Photographs of the Neighborhood Arts Center from the Auburn Avenue Research Library Fifty-five documentary photographs of the Neighborhood Arts Center (1975-1989), an Atlanta-based, African American-centered cultural and community organization.
Edward Randolph Carter and Andrew Jackson Lewis collection Papers of African American Baptist minister and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church (Atlanta, Ga.), Edward Randolph Carter and his grandson, Atlanta educator and principal Andrew Jackson Lewis from 1905 to 1942.
Life of the Child in American Society Collection created for a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) exhibition, the Life of the Child in American Society, with material digitized through the DPLA's Public Libraries Partnership Project.