The University of Georgia Libraries have helpful collections for genealogy and family history research. 


Special Collections Libraries include:


The Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library with these online collections:

Annual Publications and Directories & Yearbooks



  • Exhibit Hall
  • The University of Georgia Almost Opens in 1786–A 1786 letter from Yale reveals Abraham Baldwin’s work to open the University campus in Louisville when Athens was still in the Cherokee nation. The first classes are planned for the Fall… …until warfare breaks out with the Creeks just across the border. Read the 1786 misfortunes of Abraham Baldwin & the First Chartered State University.
  • The Old College Compendium–As might be expected of the oldest building in Athens, Old College has led a varied life: skyscraper of the Georgia frontier, fort in the War of 1812, naval facilty (renamed in honor of the U.S.S. Ranger) during World War 2, dormitory, office, classroom and firetrap. Read its history from 1801 onward in this illustrated timeline created for its renovation dedication on October 13, 2006. See Timeline
  • The 1785 Charter of the University of Georgia–Following restoration, the venerable University of Georgia Charter returned to campus for its 220th anniversary in 2005. To preserve its faded writing it generally only is put on display for the public each year on on Founders’ Day, January 27. If you don’t want to wait, you scan visit this high-quality scan of the restored document. To help you interpret the faded writing, our online exhibit also features a history of the document and a transcription, courtesy of The Georgia Review (new window).
  • Still We Remember: Memorial Items Left at the UGA Arch following the Attacks of September 11, 2001. An online exhibit of photographs by Katie Gentilello and Frank Hamrick, University of Georgia September 11, 2001 Arch Memorial Collection Finding Aid (UA 01-021)
  • A Rich Assortment of UGA Images– Images of the University of Georgia section of Hargrett Library’s Historic Images of Athens, Georgia
  • View of the University in 1854–See this famous view of the early university, which appeared in the magazine Gleason’s Pictorial and Drawing Room Companion in May, 1854, together with a short description of the institution.






Oral Histories



Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies with these collections:

The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection for audiovisual collections searchable by collection, by date, or by genre.



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