African American History

African American history in Atlanta is documented in the Kenan Research Center’s strong collections of civic and political leaders, photojournalists, and oral history resources. The Research Center features the professional papers of mid-20th century business, civic, and political leaders, including Austin T. Walden, Grace Towns Hamilton, Henry Rucker, and Walter Aiken. The Research Center also features a robust collection of photography that documents the African American experience in Atlanta from the 19th century onward. Of particular interest is the photography of Atlanta photojournalist Boyd Lewis, which documents the rise of Atlanta’s African American political class in the 1970s. The Research Center’s collection of oral history interviews offers the perspectives of African Americans on segregation and racial justice, neighborhood development, employment, sports, academia, and the law.

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Professional Papers and Organizational Records

Long, Rucker, Aiken Family Papers

Graham W. Jackson Papers

Atlanta Lung Association Records

Austin T. Walden Papers

Photography Collections

African American Visual Arts Collection

Boyd Lewis Photographs

Oral History Collections

Living Atlanta Oral History Recordings

Voices Across the Color Line Oral History Recordings

Vine City/Domed Stadium Oral History Recordings

For more information about our archival collections, please call 404.814.4040 or email

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