Political, Cultural, and Social Movements

The Rose Library collects materials that document the history, culture, and politics of Atlanta, Georgia, and the South. These collections highlight the remarkable changes in the region since the end of the Civil War.

Atlanta and the South emerged from the war defeated and out of step with the national mainstream. During the 20th century, activists, artists, athletes, business leaders, elected officials, journalists, and organizations challenged and transformed the region into a bellwether for American politics, culture, and the country’s economy.

At the Rose Library, you can examine a Ron Sherman photograph to see how Atlanta’s skyline has changed, read Dr. Jesse R. Peel’s journals to understand how to confront a public health crisis, learn how to respond to a church bombing by pouring over Eugene Patterson’s newspaper columns, or analyze the plays of Rebecca Ranson to understand how to live a life of art and activism. These are some of the stories you can discover about our city and our South in our library.

Civil Rights and Post-Civil Rights Activism

Political Figures

The collections that make up Modern Politics at the Rose Library document the birth of the Sunbelt South, and the politicians, individuals and organizations who shaped and created the South's contemporary political landscape. In this area, the Rose Library continues to develop its activist and political collections, particularly with the recent addition of the LGBTQ collection. Other strengths include the personal papers of the United States Senator, Sam Nunn and the United States Representatives, James C. Davis and James A. Mackay in addition to the papers of a broad range of political figures from Georgia politics.

Atlanta History and Politics

Women Activists