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The State of Georgia, showing the major campaign areas and engagement sites of the War between the States, 1861-1865.
The State of Georgia, showing the major campaign areas and engagement sites of the War between the States, 1861-1865.
1 map, col., 73 x 61 cm.
[Atlanta], Georgia Dept. of Commerce, 1961.
Geography and Map Division.
Call Number:
G3921.S5 1961 .S5 CW 129.9

American Folklife Center

Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Georgia Collections

The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.

Folklife in Your State: Georgia

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain large amounts of rich and varied materials from Georgia that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are substantial holdings of music, storytelling and interviews made in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, featuring African American folk music, Sacred Harp singing, and southern Georgia fiddling; and the Foxfire project collection from Rabun Gap. Georgia's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations is available on the Center's Web page.

South Central Georgia Folklife Project

The collection consists of approximately 376 sound recordings, 14,300 photographs, 13 containers of manuscripts, 8 videocassettes, and 31 pen-and-ink drawings that document the folklife of south-central Georgia from July-August 1977. Topics of research were hymn singing, vernacular architecture, occupations, foodways, jokes, and stories from the region. Approximately 300 hours of audio and various local events were recorded.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle school students. This site contains a wide variety of information related to the American Revolution and the founding fathers.

Explore the States

State of Georgia

Jump Back in Time

The Largest Slave Auction, March 3, 1859
[The 436 men, women, children, and infants, all of whom had been born on his plantations, were brought to a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia.]

The First Coca-Cola Served, May 8, 1886
[Dr. John S. Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.]

Booker T. Washington Speaks at the Cotton States and International Exposition, September 18, 1895
[Washington used the opening of the Cotton States and International Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, to send his message of industry, patience, and tolerance.]


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The American Negro Exhibit

Featured is an occupational pie chart demonstrating that African Americans were engaged in the same basic employment as whites and a graph highlighting the diversity of African American businesses in 1900. It was prepared at Atlanta University where W.E.B. Du Bois was a professor of sociology at the time.

Bartram's Travels

Bartram travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida.

Civil Rights

Includes photographs taken in Georgia by Danny Lyon, the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

A Georgia Courthouse

This photograph of the interior of Green County Courthouse in Greensboro, Georgia, is by photographer Stephen Shore.

Photograph Album for the Paris Exposition

For the Paris Exposition Universelle, W.E.B. Du Bois assembled a unique set of photographic albums for display. These four unique volumes are titled Types of American Negroes (volumes 1-3) and Negro Life in Georgia (volume 4).

Plan of Savannah

In 1733, James Edward Oglethorpe planned Georgia's first European settlement around several small squares, designed to defend settlers against invasion from Native Americans and the Spanish.

Global Gateway

France In America

Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century. Search the project of find items related to Georgia, including a map of Georgia, from the Latest Authorities.

Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier

Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier is a bilingual, multi-format English-Spanish digital library site that explores the interactions between Spain and the United States in America from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. Search the project to find items related to Georgia, including a 1742 document offering historical proof of Spanish title to Georgia.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in Georgia.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states and territories, including Georgia.

Prints and Photographs Division

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

The image lists includes prints and photographs relating to historical events to 1899; general subjects such as education, daily life, miners and mining; and views of U.S. locations (text and images). Images of Georgia are included in the guide.

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading United States--Georgia to find digital images related to Georgia, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term Georgia or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features and Activities

American Memory Timeline

A comprehensive look at America's history through primary sources. Explore documents relating to the establishment of the Georgia Colony.

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on Georgia to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in American Memory.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions

Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.

Today in History

March 3

On March 3, 1859, journalist Q. K. Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson) attended an auction of 436 men, women, and children formerly held by Pierce M. Butler. Butler's slaves were auctioned in order to pay debts incurred in gambling and the financial crash of 1857-58. Doesticks' account, What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation?, includes vivid descriptions of the largest recorded slave auction in U.S. history. The grim sale, which took place over two rainy days on the eve of the Civil War, was referred to as "The Weeping Time."

May 8

Dr. John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist and inventor of patent medicines, sold the first Coca-Cola on May 8, 1886, at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.

September 1

On September 1, 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood evacuated Atlanta, leaving the city, a crucial supply center for the Confederacy, in Union hands.

September 18

On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington delivered his famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech at the opening of the Cotton States and International Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. Washington, the founder and president of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, was the first African-American man ever to address a racially-mixed Southern audience.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from Georgia.



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