We offer a variety of services to support research and learning:
- Instructional visits
- Research visits and consultations
- Workshops and events
- Publication requests
- Duplication services
- Educator resources
- University records services
We invite you to bring your class to Special Collections and Archives. We can introduce your students or members of your organization to archival research and to our unique collections.
Fill out our instruction request form to arrange a visit. Please note we require two weeks’ notice for instruction sessions and tours.
Research Visits and Consultations
You’re welcome to visit our reading room during open hours to view our collections. An archivist or other staff member will be available to answer questions.
Do you have more in-depth research needs? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a one-on-one consultation with an archivist.
If you have questions about finding, using, or citing archival material, please see our guide to archival research.
Workshops and Events
We offer regular workshops and events throughout the year, from annual receptions celebrating the opening of new exhibits in our gallery to celebrations of Atlanta Pride Month and GSU Homecoming. Most events are open to the public. Mark your
calendar for our most popular programs:
- Oral History Workshop
- Are you interested in documenting your family, community, or organization through oral history, but don’t know where to start? This half-day workshop will teach you how to plan, execute, and preserve your own oral history interviews.
- National History Research Round-Up
- Every fall, we provide a day of research support to local students working on National History Day projects.
- Georgia Women’s Movement Spring Event
- Enjoy engaging speakers and mingle with inspiring women every year when we highlight stories from our Women’s Collections.
- Johnny Mercer Tribute Concert
- The GSU Jazz Band and prominent guest artists bring classic Mercer hits and new arrangements of his work to life in this concert, held every other year in the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Follow us on social media or check out the GSU Library events calendar to get the latest on upcoming events.
Do you want to use an item from our collections in a book, article, film, or other work? Please email us at email@example.com. License or use fees may apply.
Even if you already have a copy, please contact us so we can verify the copyright status of the item and review any restrictions. You may also need to obtain separate permission from the copyright holder.
Do you need copies of materials from our collections for reference or publication? You may download or photograph most collection materials for personal use. For a fee, we can also provide photocopies or publication-quality reproductions.
We will do our best to fulfill your request, but we might be unable to copy some items because of fragile condition, limited staff time, copyright issues, or donor restrictions.
To request copies of something from our collection:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of our duplication request form.
- Complete the form and submit it to email@example.com.
- Are you requesting copies from the Johnny Mercer Collection? Complete and submit our Johnny Mercer Papers (M81-1) and Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers (M95-15) restriction form in addition to the duplication request form.
- Are you requesting copies from the Stetson Kennedy Papers? Complete and submit our Stetson Kennedy Papers restriction form in addition to the duplication request form.
- Confirm the details of your request with our staff.
- Receive and review the order confirmation and total price.
- Receive an invoice from us.
- Follow our instructions to submit your payment online.
Time to Fulfillment
Turnaround time for duplication services varies by request type and volume. Average times are as follows:
- Photocopy requests:
- 1 business day
- Scanning requests:
- 3 business days
- Audio and video duplication requests:
- 10 business days
Large-volume and complex orders may take longer.
For more about our duplication services, please review our full policy and price list.
If you have questions about our duplication services, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support curricula that use our collections, we offer lesson plans that follow national and state standards. We encourage teachers to develop their own lesson plans using primary sources from our collections.
Southern Labor Archives
- Work ‘n’ Progress: Lessons and Stories in Southern Labor History (7th–12th Grade)
- PATCO Strike of 1981 (9th–12th Grade)
Music and Radio Broadcasting Collections
These lesson plans were created by music education graduate students with support from The Johnny Mercer Foundation.
- A Musical Trip Across America (1st Grade)
- American Popular Music, 1900-1950 (8th Grade)
- Creating Mini Demo Tracks: A jazz inspired mini album (7th Grade)
- I Can Be A Song Writer (4th Grade)
- Pop Music Through the Years (8th Grade)
- The American Musical (7th Grade)
- Tune In! Exploring American Radio Broadcasting (6th Grade)
Women’s/Gender & Sexuality Collections
- Silenced Voices: Understanding Domestic Violence through Primary Sources (8th–12th Grade)
- The ERA: Oral Histories Curriculum (8th–12th Grade)
- Exploring Gender Roles in Society, Literature, Art, and Film (8th–12th Grade)
- Georgia Women Speak! (8th–12th Grade)
- Reproductive Rights Classroom Exercise (Undergraduate and Graduate)
University Records Services
We acquire and preserve GSU’s permanently valuable records. University Archives services include locating relevant documents to support the university’s current business needs and providing verified information about the university’s history. If you have questions about GSU records, contact the University Archivist, Laurel Bowen, at email@example.com or 404-413-2887.
If you represent an administrative office that wants to transfer records to us, please complete the following steps:
- Review the Records to Transfer to decide which records to transfer.
- See Documentation for more information.
- Complete the actions described in the Transfer of Records to the University Archives–Procedures.
- Fill out the Request for Transfer form.
- Send the transfer form to the University Archives by interoffice mail or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The University Archivist will review and approve or deny your request.