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Athens Regional Library System records

 Record Group
Collection number: MSS-005

Content Description

This collection documents the history of the Athens Regional Library System, from the first Athens library to the current multi-county system. Record formats include scrapbooks, minutes, correspondence, advertisements, photographs, slides, transaction logs, and reports.


  • 1915-present

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Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

Biographical / Historical

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4.17 Linear Feet (10 boxes) : annual reports

4.17 Linear Feet (10 boxes) : Director's correspondence

2.29 Linear Feet (6 boxes) : organizational records

3.55 Linear Feet (7 boxes) : photographs and negatives

7.08 Linear Feet (8 boxes) : Scrapbooks

4.25 Linear Feet (3 paige boxes filed legal, 3 regular)

3.3 Linear Feet (bound volumes)


Records of the Athens Regional Library System, starting with the formation of the original library and its growth into a system with eleven branches serving Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties.


The records are broken into six series for easier management and access - annual reports, board minutes, director's correspondence, organizational records, photographs, and scrapbooks. Most series are arranged chronologically, but some are arranged thematically.


Records are transferred to the Heritage Room based on the ARLS retention policy.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of board minutes can be found on the Internet Archive.

Related Materials

H. Randolph Holder Elijah Clarke NSDAR

Physical Description

Mostly good but includes fragile scrapbooks, brittle papers, and faded photographs. Scrapbooks and many photographs have been scanned and are available through the Digital Library of Georgia.

Athens Regional Library System records
In Progress
Angela Stanley/Ashton Hedrick/Jennifer Sirotkin
October 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library Repository

2025 Baxter Street
Athens GA 30606