Georgia State Guide
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 is especially designed for elementary
and middle school students. This site contains a wide variety
of information related to the American Revolution and the
Explore the States
State of Georgia
Jump Back in Time
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.]
First Coca-Cola Served, May 8, 1886
[Dr. John S. Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola at Jacob's
Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.]
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
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 travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia,
East and West Florida.
Includes photographs taken in Georgia by Danny Lyon,
the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
This photograph of the interior of Green County Courthouse
in Greensboro, Georgia, is by photographer Stephen Shore.
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
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.
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.
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
document offering historical proof of Spanish title to Georgia.
Bibliographies and Guides
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.
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,
Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library
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.
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
A comprehensive look at America's history through primary
sources. Explore documents relating to the establishment
of the Georgia
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
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
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.
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'
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."
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.
On September 1, 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood
evacuated Atlanta, leaving the city, a crucial supply
center for the Confederacy, in Union hands.
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.
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.