The Georgia Room’s African American Collection
The Georgia Room’s African American Collection is a collection of materials highlighting the cultural life and contributions of people of African descent in Marietta and Cobb County. It contains materials highlighting the historical, social, civic, religious, economic, and cultural life of African Americans. The collection contains unique resources such as books and photographs as well as original documents and newspaper clippings in our vertical file collection.
Collection Highlights: (Back to Top)
- Cobb County African American vertical files
- Cobb County Oral History Series
- Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Interviews
- African American National Biography Series
- African American genealogy books/guides
- African American biographies
Recommended Websites and Databases (Back to Top)
- Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society
- Georgia Archives
- African American Funeral Programs
- Freedman’s Bank Records (through HeritageQuest)
- Civil Rights Digital Library
- American Slave Narratives
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Freedom on the Move – an online interactive database listing thousands of fugitive slave advertisements in North America. An account is necessary to use the database, but access to the project is free.
- African American Research
- Library of Congress: Slaves and the Courts, 1740 – 1860
- African American Gateway
- Vanishing Georgia
- Voyages: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
- African Americans in Science(via the American Chemical Society)
- African American Studies CenterThe Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. The Oxford African American Studies Center includes a vast amount of reference articles and scholarly works alongside a carefully selected editorial program of supplementary material made up of more than 400 primary source documents with commentaries, over 2,500 searchable images and multimedia resources, as well as hundreds of charts, tables and graphs, maps, timelines, and learning resources for students and teachers. This rich, dynamic resource is edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, professors, and researchers with more than 10,000 articles by top scholars in the field. At the heart of this unparalleled resource is the 8 volume African American National Biography with online-only articles added throughout the year, the 5 volume Africana, as well as the Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895, the Encyclopedia of African American History 1896-the Present, and Black Women in America (2nd Edition), and more.
African American Authors of Georgia (Back to Top)
The Cobb County Public Library System has compiled a list of African American authors who were born in Georgia or have lived in Georgia for at least five years. If you know of an author that needs to be added, please let us know! 770-528-2333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.