Archives & Research

The archives reading room is open to researchers Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please contact our Archivist for an appointment via email or phone with information on your research interests and topics you wish to research.


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The Reading Room is open by appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. To make an appointment to visit the Reading Room, contact Jennifer Blomqvist or phone 404-373-1088 ext. 28



The DeKalb History Center has several resources of use to historians and genealogists, which include:

  • Atlanta City and Suburban Directories, 1887 – 1988 (Do not have each year but a large selection of dates)
  • 10 Volume set of either 1924 0r 1926 originals with updates done between 1930-1966 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for the Atlanta area
  • Franklin Garrett’s cemetery records for DeKalb County (Copies graciously donated by the Atlanta History Center)
  • Biographical files on many DeKalb families
  • An extensive special collections section which houses personal papers, court records, diaries, family bibles, church records, and tax digests
  • An extensive map collection that includes an entire set of 1924 Sanborn Maps for Atlanta, and the 1915 Maynard-Carter-Simmons Atlas of DeKalb County
  • A reading room with histories of DeKalb County, church histories, published family histories and more (open Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays from 10:00 to 4:00 by appointment -

Take a look at our Collections to get started with your research!



The Archives are open to researchers Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, with a hour closure for lunch.  Appointments are required to allow time for the archivist to pull records and to make sure that there is enough space for researchers to work in the Archives. When the Archives is closed or the Archivist is not available, a drop-in researcher may fill out a research request form with their contact information and the information that they are seeking.  The Archivist will contact them after after reviewing their request.


To make an appointment to visit the Archives contact Jennifer Blomqvist by email,, or phone: 404-373-1088, extension 28

We are working with on a program that gives the DeKalb History Center space for documents. We are also able to index them so that all of the users are able to access our records. Access to our page is FREE! Use the link below:


DeKalb History Center on

Currently we have a detailed burial list from Sylvester Cemetery; they did all the work and we simply uploaded it for everyone to use. We also have detailed images from the DeKalb County Inferior Court Register of Free Persons of Color. These records have names, physical descriptions and occupations of free African Americans recorded from 1851-1864. We also have lists detailing the documents in the City of Decatur collection. The collection also includes land, will and marriage lists that you can take to the DeKalb courthouse to get copies for yourself.



The Atlanta Nine

The Atlanta schools were desegregated in the 1960s and in July 2013, two members of the Atlanta Nine were interviewed at the First Iconinium Baptist Church in East Atlanta. Martha Holmes-Jackson and Rosalyn Walton-Lees spoke of their recollections of that time. The DVD and also an audio CD of the presentation are available to researchers in the archives. You can find a transcription HERE as well.


"And I also want to say that I came along at a time when black teachers pushed children to achieve.  And we were receptive; we understood the importance.  We wanted to achieve.  I went into education myself, so I ended up trying to be encouraging to my students the same as my teachers had been to me.  But there was a difference because we valued the education.  We could see beyond the twelfth grade and hoped that we could get to college.  Many of the students that I taught weren’t interested in college; they would just want to get to jobs that paid fairly well.  They wanted the money.  They couldn’t see the—farther into the future and didn’t value—they didn’t have the same set of values that we had, let me put it that way."