Research Library & Archives

The Research Library and Archives are a repository for historical collections of the Roswell Historical Society and the City of Roswell. Resources include information about the history of the city of Roswell and its environs, early settlers, the area’s textile mills, the Civil War, Cherokee Indians, local African American heritage, properties in the historic district, family genealogies, local businesses, and social and civic organizations.

Collection Spotlight

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Research library and archives photo collage
Archived collections from the Roswell Historical Society

Featured Exhibit

A Fashion Retrospective:
Highlights From Past Textile Exhibits
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Online Catalog 

The Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives has an extensive collection of photographs, books and maps of the Roswell area and its residents that can be searched here. Our archives date from the 1840s to present-day. Search our online archives and collections catalog by keywords and search terms here. 

Our Collections

Artifacts

spools southern mills historic artifacts

The archives  house a large collection of artifacts including furniture, farm implements, mill items and household objects.

Manuscripts

Roswell HIstoric archives manuscripts

The manuscript collections include personal papers, business records, and material pertaining to social and cultural organizations. 

Newspapers

Roswell opinion historic newspaper

Our extensive newspaper collections include the Roswell Herald and North Fulton Herald from the 1940s-1960s.

Maps

historic roswell map collection

The map collection includes maps of the Southeastern United States, Georgia and its counties, and Roswell and its environs.

Photographs

Primus Randolph, Roswell historic archives collection photograph

The photograph collections contain over 3,000 images of the Roswell area and its residents.

Textiles

Roswell Historical textile dresses collection and exhibit

The textile collections contain vintage clothing, including hats and accessories, and antique quilts.

Books

Roswell historical book collection, The Refugees book cover

There are over 1000 volumes on the history of Roswell, the state of Georgia and its counties, including an extensive collection of rare books.​

Visual Arts

Roswell Historical Society visual arts print collection

The visual arts collection consists of original drawings and prints of area locations.

Resource Guides

Architectural description and conditions assement from preservationist and archivist

Our resource guides contain family, subject, and residence information about Roswell’s sites and families.

Image Reproductions

The Roswell Historical Society and the City of Roswell Research Library and Archives offer limited digital reproduction services of materials in its collections. Fees are based on scanning services and are available for materials that can withstand the process.  More information on ordering and fees below.

 

Use fees for images intended for commercial and non-profit purposes will be assessed.

SUPPORT

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives relies upon RHS members and the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide needed support for our archival operations.

We encourage you to consider donating your historical materials to Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives, where they will be preserved so they can inform and inspire future generations. The Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives. has been collecting books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs videos, personal papers and artifacts about the city of Roswell and its environs since 1994. Much of our collections are the result of donations from individuals, families, and organizations that recognize our facility as a secure and trustworthy repository for housing and caring for historical materials and making them accessible to the public.

Roswell Historical Society Research Library and archives entrance

Please review this Deed of Gift form if you are interested in donating historical material by transferring ownership of your collection to the Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives.

 

OPENING HOURS

1:00 to 4:00

MONDAY & THURSDAY 

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

ADDRESS

ROSWELL CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

950 FORREST STREET, 2ND FLOOR

ROSWELL, GEORGIA 30075

CONTACT ARCHIVIST

edeniro@roswellgov.com

770-594-6405

Roswell Historical Society Research library room