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Georgia Room Collections

Collection Overview

The Georgia Room has an extensive collection of historical and genealogical materials on Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, and over half of the rest of the fifty states. Most of the materials in the Georgia Room collection are in book form, although other formats are included, such as photos, maps, and microform.

The Georgia Room has a wealth of resources for individuals looking for information about their family’s history. The Georgia Room does not purchase individual family histories, but does accept them as donations. Our knowledgeable staff members are available to help you with your genealogy research, and while Georgia Room staff do not conduct genealogical research for individuals, they do assist in research projects.

Any outside research requests should be directed to Because of limited staff, Georgia Room employees will spend no longer than one hour on any single mail, fax, electronic, or telephone request. These requests should generally be restricted to straightforward reference (obituary requests, etc.). Requests will not be researched over the phone, they will be written down along with the name, phone number, and email of the researcher. Requests will be handled as soon as possible in the order in which they were received.

Vertical Files Catalogs

This catalog will be updated periodically as it expands and is properly formatted.

The Georgia Room’s African American Collection

Photograph of the Class of 1901 Marietta, Georgia

The Georgia Room’s African American Collection is a collection of materials highlighting the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans in Marietta and Cobb County as well as throughout the southeastern United States. The collection contains materials highlighting the historical, social, civic, religious, economic, and cultural lives of people within the African diaspora living in the South.

The primary part of the African American collection is shelved separately and contains guides for conducting African American genealogy, biographies of notable individuals from Georgia, and those who have shaped the history of local communities. The collection also contains unique resources, such as books and photographs, as well as original documents and newspaper clippings in our vertical file collection.

These materials do not circulate and are not available through Interlibrary Loan.

Collection Highlights

 Recommended Websites and Databases

 African American Authors of Georgia

Cobb County Public Library has compiled a list of African American authors who were born in Georgia or have lived in Georgia for at least five years. If you know of an author that needs to be added, please let us know! Call (770) 528-2333 or email us at