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Georgia Archives website, now located at http://georgiaarchives.org/

 

Georgia Archives, described in The New Georgia Encyclopedia website

 

Georgia Capitol Museum website

Lunch and Learn

 

The Archives offers free monthly lectures on a wide ranges of topics relating to history and genealogy.  Bring your own lunch and munch while you learn!  No reservations required.

Upcoming lectures include 

11 July: "Using Pre-1850 Censuses: A Case Study" by Susan Sloan, a professional genealogist.

8 August: "The Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South," by Tammy Ingram, author and Professor of History at the College of Charleston.

12 September: "Get To Know the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) ," by Carol Waggoner-Angleton, Special Collections Librarian, Georgia Regents University Summerville Campus, Reese Library 

 

     

Update from the President

 

Timothy Crimmins (portrait)
There is currently a great challenge and opportunity for the Georgia Archives. With the move of the Archives to the Board of Regents last year and the restoration of funds that will permit the Archives to be open five days a week later this year, new staffers are being hired to provide access to manuscripts and to restart collection and education programs. Not since the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II, when draconian budget cuts similar to those from 2008 to 2012 decimated the archives staff, has there been the opportunity to rebuild archival programs. The FOGAH board is working with Director Chris Davidson in his effort to restart programs and to bring back the patrons who disappeared when the Archives was threatened with closure.

For the longer historical perspective on the current challenge, FOGAH member and former member of the Archives staff, Jim Overbeck, has been looking into the history of the Archives. One way of thinking about this past is to look at the photographs of four buildings that have housed the state archives that are displayed in the Georgia Archives lobby: the Georgia Capitol, Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street, the white marble rectangular cuboid (now abandoned) on Capitol Avenue, and the current home of the Georgia Archives in Morrow. When the Capitol opened in 1889, it housed all of state government, including the records of the branches of government and agencies that were located there. The official repository of state records, the Georgia Department of Archives and History, was established by law in 1918. In 1929, the Archives was relocated to from the Capitol to Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street. However, new quarters did not bring new funding. With the onset of the Great Depression, staff was cut and salaries were reduced. It took the increasing prosperity in the state in the aftermath of World War II and the location of the Archives within the authority of the Secretary of State, the history-loving Ben Fortson, to greatly expand programs and offerings.

The Archives now reports within the Board of Regents to Senior Vice Chancellor Steve W. Wrigley. A Ph.D. in history, Dr. Wrigley is as history loving as Ben Fortson, and he brings to his position experience as Governor Zell Miller’s Executive Assistant and also as Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Georgia. Dr. Wrigley used his governmental experience to help restore funds to the Archives and is now working with the Archives staff to develop a vision for the future. FOGAH applauds this effort and is now working with Director Davidson and Dr. Wrigley to advance this vision into an exciting future for the Archives.
 
-- Timothy J. Crimmins 
 

     

Increased Public Hours

 

Access to the Georgia Archives continues to expand!  Beginning July 15, the Archives will be open five days per week, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Please help spread the word -- many people mistakenly believe that the Archives is closed.

     

Ornaments

 

2013 Ornamentwebassets/OrnamentSet.GIFPurchase ornaments from 2004 through 2013, or a set of all ten!

Proceeds from ornaments and other products support FOGAH's efforts to advocate for archives and history in Georgia.