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Southern Museum Archives & Library

The Research Center and Archives are closed during Museum special events, including Trains, Trains, Trains! on January 27-28, 2018.

The Southern Museum’s impressive Archives & Library contains 3,000+ linear feet of archival material categorized into over 100 collections. Museum archivists have taken great care in preserving company records, 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 collections include the Glover Machine Works and the David W. Salter Collection.


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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
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Fax: 770.421.8485

Hours of Operation:

Thursday through Saturday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Advanced appointments are recommended. *Note: The research center will close from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm for lunch break.

The Research Center and Archives are closed during Museum special events.

Access to the Collections

  1. All materials 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 call 770.427.2117 ext. 3060.
  2. The Archives administer collections for the purpose of scholarly research. Access and copyright restricts may apply.
  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.
  4. All researchers must check-in at the Museum's front desk where they will be required to fill out a Researcher Registration Form.

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