Welcome to the Southern Museum Archives & Library

***The Southern Museum Archives are temporarily closed for construction and will reopen following the Grand Opening Event June 4, 2016. Public access will resume Thursday, June 9, following the Grand Opening. This temporary closure does not affect the museum’s exhibit or event spaces, which are open during the museum’s regular operating hours.***

We are making great progress on the new Railroad Education Center Library & Archives. The Grand Opening event is scheduled for June 4, 2016 and we'll be posting information about tickets to the event soon.

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The Southern Museum’s impressive Archives & Library contains 5,360 linear feet of archival material categorized into over 100 collections. Museum archivists have taken great care in preserving company records, presidents’ files, accounting and payroll records, engineering drawings, blueprints, glass plate negatives, photographs and correspondence from various businesses representing the railroad industry in the Southeast after the Civil War.

The Museum’s most distinguished collections include the Glover Machine Works, David W. Salter Collection and the Southern Railway Historical Association.

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Archives/Library Use Fee:

Research at the Southern Museum Archives & Library is free to members of the Museum Foundation but there is an archives fee of $10.00 per day for non-members.  The fee is for the research, not for the result; you must pay the fee whether or not we find exactly what you want.

Visitors Information

2829 Cherokee Street
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Kennesaw is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, 45 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 10 minutes from Marietta, GA. The Archives are housed inside the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History.

Contact Information:

Phone: 770.427.2117
E-mail: archives@southernmuseum.org

Fax: 770.421.8485

Hours of Operation:

 Please contact the archivist at archives@southernmuseum.org.

Access to the Collections:

  1. All material are in the public domain and are open to researchers with exception of materials designated by donors as “restricted.” For further information on our holdings, access to collections and duplication fees, please see our website at www.southernmuseum.org or call 770.427.2117 ext 3060.
  2. The Archives administer collections for the purpose of scholarly research. Access and copyright restricts may apply, particularly for non-academic uses.
  3. Researchers wishing to use our collections are encouraged to discuss their research project with an Archives Department staff member three days prior to visiting the Southern Museum Archives & Library.

Procedures for Use of the Collections:

It is the policy of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History to make reasonable accommodations to insure that all qualified persons will have access to the Archives collections. All requests for access to the Archives & Library must be made with a member of the Archives & Library staff and follow the below listed procedures.

  1. All users must sign the Registration Log located in the front of the archives/library reading room. The researcher is required to read the Guidelines for Using Materials in the Archives & Library, fill out Research Application and Researcher Registration forms and signs both. By signing these forms, a researcher agrees to observe the following procedures.
  2. Users must furnish photo identification/drivers license when registering to use the Archives.
  3. Food and drink are not permitted in the research area. No smoking or other tobacco use is allowed in the Archives.
  4. Coats, book bags, briefcases and other personal property must be placed in lockable storage cabinets located in the research area. Keys must be returned to the Archives staff when you check out of the facility.
  5. The use of personal computers is allowed. However, the use of hand-held scanners is prohibited.
  6. Cellular phone and beepers must be turned off while you are in the research area. Please refrain from cell phone use in the research area.
  7. Materials are retrieved by Archives staff based on call slips completed and signed by the researcher.
  8. Ink is prohibited due to the risk of inadvertent damage to documents; notes must be taken in pencil only.
  9. All stacks in the Archives storage area are closed to visitors.
  10. Archival materials must be handled with clean hands and free of hand lotion.
  11. Documents must not be written on, folded, leaned on or otherwise handled in any way likely to damage them.
  12. Only one folder of materials may be opened and in use on the research table at a time. An out card will be used to mark its place in the archival box.
  13. All records must be kept in their present arrangement, loose pages will stay in order if turned like a book. If a mistake is discovered, please call it to the attention of an archives staff member.
  14. When handling photographs, researchers must wear white cotton gloves provided by the archives.
  15. Photocopying is permitted, if it is in accordance with donor agreements and copyright regulations. Fragile or exceptionally valuable materials, or materials that are too large may not be copied in-house. Archives staff does all photocopying. A list of fees for photocopying, photograph reproduction and other duplication services are available upon request and subject to change.
  16. Photocopies are provided for the individual researcher’s personal use and may not be further reproduced, published, broadcast, displayed, offered for sale, transferred to another individual or deposited in another institution without written permission from the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History Archives and the copyright holder.
  17. The materials are provided for reference only. The user agrees not to publish them with the written permission of the Archives, which is obtained by completing the Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form. In no case does permission to publish imply transfer to copyright or proprietary rights. Any publication of material from the Archives must credit the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History Archives.
  18. The user agrees to allow the Archives staff to inspect all materials present at the research table before the researcher departs the Archives.

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