The DeKalb History Center has several resources of use to historians and genealogists, which include:
Take a look at our Collections to get started with your research!
The Archives is open to researchers Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., with a hour closure for lunch. Appointments are required to allow time for the archivist to pull records and to make sure that there is enough space for researchers to work in the Archives. When the Archives is closed or the Archivist is not available, a drop-in researcher may fill out a research request form with their contact information and the information that they are seeking. The Archivist will contact them after after reviewing their request.
To make an appointment to visit the Archives contact the Archivist by email or phone. The archives will be closed until May 5. Please check back on May 5 for contact info for our new Archivist.
We are working with Ancestry.com on a program that gives the DeKalb History Center space for documents. We are also able to index them so that all of the Ancestry.com users are able to access our records. Access to our page is FREE! Use the link below:
Currently we have a detailed burial list from Sylvester Cemetery; they did all the work and we simply uploaded it for everyone to use. We also have detailed images from the DeKalb County Inferior Court Register of Free Persons of Color. These records have names, physical descriptions and occupations of free African Americans recorded from 1851-1864. We also have lists detailing the documents in the City of Decatur collection. The collection also includes land, will and marriage lists that you can take to the DeKalb courthouse to get copies for yourself.
The Atlanta Nine
The Atlanta schools were desegregated in the 1960s and in July 2013, two members of the Atlanta Nine were interviewed at the First Iconinium Baptist Church in East Atlanta. Martha Holmes-Jackson and Rosalyn Walton-Lees spoke of their recollections of that time. The DVD and also an audio CD of the presentation are available to researchers in the archives. You can find a transcription HERE as well.
"And I also want to say that I came along at a time when black teachers pushed children to achieve. And we were receptive; we understood the importance. We wanted to achieve. I went into education myself, so I ended up trying to be encouraging to my students the same as my teachers had been to me. But there was a difference because we valued the education. We could see beyond the twelfth grade and hoped that we could get to college. Many of the students that I taught weren’t interested in college; they would just want to get to jobs that paid fairly well. They wanted the money. They couldn’t see the—farther into the future and didn’t value—they didn’t have the same set of values that we had, let me put it that way."