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Georgia Historical Society
Research Center
501 Whitaker Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Phone: (912) 651-2128


About this Database

Founded in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) Research Center is located in historic Savannah, Georgia. The Research Center preserves an unparalleled collection of Georgia history, including more than 4 million manuscripts, 100,000 photographs, 30,000 architectural drawings, 15,000 rare and non-rare books, and thousands of maps, portraits, and artifacts. Our vast collection includes such treasures as an original draft of the U.S. Constitution, one of only a handful in existence; a compass and snuff box belonging to Georgia founder James Oglethorpe; records related to the Cherokee Removal and Trail of Tears of 1836; and the correspondence of national figures such as U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

This database contains finding aids of over 2,000 archival collections held by the GHS Research Center. Finding aids contain administrative information, biographical/historical information, rights information, and detailed inventories of the contents of the collections. Archival collections include family and personal papers, military records, records of social and cultural organizations, and business records documenting the history of Georgia from the 18th through the 20th century. Format types include architectural drawings, agendas and meeting minutes, personal and business correspondence, diaries, financial records, genealogy materials, legal records, maps, photographs, research notes, scrapbooks, vital records, and many more. Some finding aids include links to original items that have been digitized.

GHS finding aids are encoded in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) version 2002. Archival description adheres to accepted national standards.

Search the Library and Archives Catalog for a complete listing of cataloged books, pamphlets, serials, maps, and archival collections. Search the Digital Image Catalog for digital images of collection originals including artifacts, portraits, photographs, prints, and other materials (please note, only a portion of our holdings are currently digitized and new images are added regularly).