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Atlanta History Center Lunch & Learn Report

by Nancy Snell and Ernie Evangelista

The summer edition of SLA Georgia’s Lunch & Learn series took place on July 21st with a visit to the Atlanta History Center’s (AHC) James G. Kenan Research Center. Located in McElreath Hall at the History Center’s West Paces Ferry Road Location, the library – a public archive and research facility – collects primary and secondary source materials documenting the history of Atlanta and the culture of the American South.

Librarian Helen Matthews served as host and demonstrated the depth of the library’s online resources to an audience of ten SLA Georgians and other librarians. She focused her presentation on the AHC’s online features and public accessibility:

  • Terminus – The online catalog Terminus (for books and other printed materials);
  • Finding Aids — For collection inventories
  • Album — For photograph, audio and video collections
  • MARTHA – AHC’s digital archive
  • Architecture Database – Drawings and blueprints.

The Center also serves as the repository for several special libraries including the Cherokee Garden Library of southern gardening, botany, landscape design and agriculture; the Philip T. Shutze and Harvey M. Smith libraries of architecture, decorative arts and design; the Beverly M. DuBose Jr. and Thomas S Dickey libraries on the Civil War and military ordnance and the H. Ross Arnold Jr. library.

Thanks to SLA Georgian Clara R. Williams for organizing the program. Our visit was timely because in August, AHC also hosted tours during the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Pictures from our lunch event can be viewed at our SLA Georgia Flickr site.

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