The DeKalb History Center collects, preserves and shares the history of DeKalb County, Georgia. Our Archives and Museum are located inside the Historic DeKalb Courthouse in downtown Decatur, just a few miles from metro Atlanta.

Exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Archives Research Reading Room is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment from 10:00 to 4:00 pm with an hour closure for lunch. For an appointment contact our archivist at or 404-373-1088 ext. 28.


You can research many local history topics including genealogy, family history, cemeteries, historic homes and properties, the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement and DeKalb cities, including Stone Mountain, Tucker, Lithonia, Dunwoody, and Brookhaven. We also have many resources for teachers and host children’s programs throughout the year. The Courthouse is available for rent and serves as a popular event facility for weddings, special occasions, corporate functions, luncheons, lectures, political gatherings and parties.

Join us for guided Civil War Walking Tours in downtown Decatur
Tears and Curses: A Human Focus on the Civil War
The Mid-Century Ranch House: Hip and Historic!