I’m not sure about you but one of the things I enjoy doing is going to different repositories and browsing their stacks. Be it a public library, an archives, or a research room, I enjoy walking down the aisles to see what resources they offer.
I’ve been fortunate to be able to go behind the scenes of several repositories due to school assignments, volunteer work, and behind the scene tours. Currently, I’m volunteering at the Atlanta History Center (AHC). Being a native of Georgia and Atlanta born and raised, I know that the AHC will probably have some resources that will help me in my research journey.
Today, I decided to take advantage of the slow day to browse the stacks. The layout of the Research Room can be bit a daunting at first and I have to admit, I still haven’t figured out most of it, but there is a Genealogy room where many of the genealogy related materials can be found. It was in there (after locating a book in another part of the collection), that I did my browsing.
The collections at the AHC are organized by Library of Congress Call Numbers. This means for the most part that all of the call numbers begin with letters as oppose to the Dewey Decimal call numbers used usually in public libraries, which begin with numbers.
As a user of libraries that use both call number schemes, I’ve memorized the sections of the items that I typically find interesting. In Library of Congress call numbers, its the E185 section which is where you will find African American History. This isn’t the only place but its a great starting point. The same goes with Dewey Decimal – 929 is the genealogy section which is where you would find most of your genealogy how to books.
So with that in mind, I headed straight for the E185 section and was pleasantly surprised.
This is a picture of some of the titles in the E185 section in the Genealogy Room. They are leaning because I took a few of the books out for a closer look.
Like the 4 volume set of Georgia Free Persons of Color by Michael A. Ports.
The book Lay Down Body by Roberta Hughes Wright and others.
What about Black Marriage Records Hart County
And last but definitely not least, An index of African Americans in the Freedmen’s Bureau.
That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed the post. Happy researching!!