The DeKalb History Center's collections are composed of a wide variety of materials including subject files, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and rare books. The DHC also maintains a reference library with books pertaining to DeKalb County such as memoirs, yearbooks, and Atlanta City and Suburban Directories. Click on the Collections below to view expanded lists, keeping in mind that in most cases these are lists and not the actual information. You will have to come in to see the documents.


The archives are open to researchers Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment from 10 am to 4 pm. Please contact our Archivist Jennifer Blomqvist for an appointment- or 404-373-1088, extension 28. Please include information on your research topic and details about what you are looking to learn.



Biographical Files - A list of collected files by last name. A file may include research, articles, images and/or family trees.


Dekalb County Cemetery Index - Includes location information only. See Subject Files/Cemeteries list for list of cemeteries that we have additional information about.


Map Collection - A list organized by date.


Oral History - A list of our I Remember Hour series and other audio and video materials.


Photograph Subject Files - A list organized by last name or subject.


Special Collections - These multiple item collections are titled by family name or organization. Many include a detailed folder list.


Special Reference Materials and Periodicals - Rare books, reference volumes, yearbooks and county records such as the Free Persons of Color, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps and city directories.


Subject Files - A list of collected files by subject. A file may contain articles, research, images, etc.


Unless otherwise noted, the images in our collections belong to the DHC, a membership based non-profit, and may only be reproduced with our written permission. If permission is granted, you will be charged a fee and we will need information including, but not limited to, the intended use, publisher, and date of publication. Please contact the archivist for additional information about using images from our collection.