Welcome to the ABAA!

Welcome to the webpage of the Atlanta Black Archives Alliance (ABAA). ABAA is an informal group of Atlanta area archivists and librarians. We meet on a monthly basis, at archival institutions throughout the city (for a list of participating institutions, see the “About” page) to develop tools for researchers and program ideas for community outreach, all around Atlanta’s rich African American cultural resources.




Thank you, Atlanta, for a great meeting!

Our first public meeting was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2018 at the Auburn Avenue Public Library. Not only is AARL one of our member institutions, but we wanted our first meeting to be at a central, public location during Black History Month.

Third-seven people attended for a panel discussion, conversation, and delicious refreshments. We hosted three local users of archives to talk about their experiences.

  • Dr. Jeanne Bohannon, of Kennesaw State University, spoke about her ongoing digital project about the Atlanta Student Movement
  • Christi Jackson, Historian for the Conservancy of Historic Washington Park, spoke about the challenges of battling gentrification through historic preservation
  • Dr. Joe Perry, of Georgia State University, spoke about his ongoing efforts to introduce students to archives



Donate today!

ABAA has just launched an Indiegogo campaign!

We are raising money for several reasons.

  1. To incorporate as a non-profit organization. Non-profit status is not free, and this will allows us to apply from grant funds from various agencies that might support our work.
  2. To hire a graphic designer to create a logo for our group.
  3. To assist with our programming!
    1. Free workshops for our community, including K-12 teachers
    2. Pop-up exhibits on Black history and culture
    3. Develop a digital “roadmap” of Atlanta-area African American resources

Please consider a gift today. We have some cool prizes to share. 😉


July meeting: Emory University

On Wednesday, July 19, the ABAA met at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, Rare Book Library at Emory University. After a presentation by Rose Library archivists, the group met with Dr. Clint Fluker, who discussed his day job with Atlanta Studies and his side hustle as one of the co-founder’s of Thrd Space.

For an overview of the Rose Library’s African American collections, you can download our slide presentation, or visit our website.

We also took this snappy picture!

Back row, l to r: Tamika, Felicia, Derek, Traci, Holly and JoyEllen. Front row: Charmaine, Courtney and Gabrielle.