Kenan Research Center

Preserving primary source holdings for the study of Atlanta and the surrounding region.

Kenan research center objects with blurred volunteer
Kenan research center books
Kenan research center
Kenan research center
Kenan research center objects
Kenan research center


Kenan Research Center is open by appointment, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am–5:00pm. Appointments can be scheduled for 10:00am–1:30pm, and 1:30–5:00pm each day. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To request an appointment, patrons must contact a staff member at 404.814.4040, or email

When requesting appointments, patrons may ask for collection material to be pulled in advance of their visit. Staff will follow up within 24 hours to confirm the appointment and collection materials requests.

We look forward to serving you.

Holiday Closures

—Memorial Day (and Saturday before)
—July 4th
—Labor Day (and Saturday before)
—Thanksgiving (and the Friday and Saturday following )
—December 24th and 25th
—December 31st and January 1st


Kenan Research Center preserves extensive primary source holdings for the study of Atlanta and the surrounding region, including a special collection for Southeastern horticultural history in our Cherokee Garden Library. The center also has a collection dedicated to collecting and sharing the stories of our veterans through the Veterans History Project.

Researchers can explore much of Atlanta History Center’s museum, archival, and oral history collections online. Because we like sharing history with everyone! Check out our online collections, where you can explore everything from books to newspapers and magazines, manuscripts, and our visual collections of digitized photographs, audio, and video recordings. 

The Research Center is dedicated to James G. Kenan who is remembered for his lifelong philanthropic support of historical scholarship and literature.

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FAQ. Know before you go.

McElreath Hall

Kenan Research Center is located in McElreath Hall.


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