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Archives Research Center General Research Guide: Finding Aids

Identifying and locating primary sources at the Archives Research Center and Beyond

Types of Records

Organization of Materials


  • A group of materials with some unifying characteristic
  • Materials assembled by a person, organization, or repository from a variety of sources.


  • A group of similar records that are arranged according to a filing system and that are related as the result of being created, received or used in the same activity


  • A body of documents within a series readily distinguished from the whole by filing arrangement, type, form, or content.


  • A group of documents related by use or topic, typically housed in a folder.

Description of Materials


  • A human individual


  • A corporate body


  • Theme or topic of a work


  • A package or housing used to hold materials, such as a box or folder


  • A person, family, or corporate body that created, assembled, accumulated, and/or maintained and used records in the context of personal or corporate body activity. A creator can also be responsible for the intellectual content of a single item.


Welcome to the Robert W. Woodruff Library Archives Research Center

The Archives Research Center's holdings include books, manuscript collections, digital collections, and materials documenting the Atlanta University Center schools, as well as the African American and African Diasporic Experience.  These resources contain letters, photographs, writings, yearbooks, programs, minutes, and much more.  This guide is a great source of information to assist in your primary resource research.  Use the tabs above to find useful resources related to the Archives Research Center.

Contact us at or (404) 978-2052 to schedule an appointment, or for questions about the Archives Research Center. See the box to the right for our hours.

What is a Finding Aid?

Finding aids act as inventories that describe and list the contents of collections and contain information about the person, family, or organization that created the collection.

Through the Archives Research Center finding aids website, you will be able to search and browse finding aids for more than 150 collections available for research. Visit the link below to access the Archives Research Center finding aids.



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Archives Research Center Hours

 Semester Research Hours 


Mon. – Thurs. 1pm-7pm
Fri. 1pm-5pm
Sat. Closed
Sun. Closed


*Contact us at about appointments .


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