State Capitol Restoration Seeks Missing Items

February 26th, 1995


The Georgia State Capitol Commission was created in 1993 to plan the restoration of the Georgia Capitol building to make it once again a showplace. Similar projects have produced excellent results in Alabama, Louisiana, and North Carolina. As part of this effort, a search is on for photographs of the interior of the capitol, especially the house, senate, and Supreme Court chambers, the former State Library, and other rooms and hallways. Arrangements will be made to copy any photographs you have. The commission also seeks information about any objects and furnishings that once were in the capitol in order to copy and reproduce historic, but now missing, light fixtures, carpets, curtains, etc. So check out your attics and your albums and contact Dorothy Olson, Museum Director, Office of the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Atlanta, Ga. 30334 or call 651-6996.

UPDATE: As a result of this column, a copy of the working drawings/architectural plans for the capitol turned up from a private source, a descendant of one of the original building team and were donated to the State Archives. Mrs. Olson has since retired from the Capitol Museum. After the restoration of the State Capitol and its grand reopening, a book was published covering its history, written by Dr. Timothy Crimmins of Georgia State University, and Anne Farrissee, Democracy Restored: A History of the Georgia State Capitol (UGA Press, 2007).


The need for a society for those researching Spanish-speaking America has been felt by many researchers in the metro-Atlanta area. Anyone interested in forming such a group should contact Emma Zell, 4022-C Dunwoody Park Dr., Dunwoody, Ga. 30338 (481-0219). She is interested in gathering together a group of people who have done work in Hispanic records, either in person, via the Mormons, or however. She wants to share research sources, books, case studies, etc.


“Roswell: A Pictorial History” first published in 1985, has been updated and reprinted in a new, second edition. The book contains color prints of the fine homes there, an illustrated, narrative history of the town, which dates from the 1830s. It includes many historic photos and documents, census records from the part of Cobb County that included Roswell (until 1932), a long history of the Civil War and photographs of the mills from which the factory women were taken north by Yankee soldiers. There are numerous photos and stories of the early 20th century and the later restoration movement. The cemeteries are also covered. There is a full-name index. This book is a MUST for anyone with interest in metro-Atlanta’s history. With all the visitors coming to the city next year, anyone living in Roswell certainly will need this book to show the heritage and help answer questions. The cost is $55 plus 6% sales tax and $5 shipping from the Roswell Historical Society, P.O.Box 1636, Roswell, Ga. 30077 or call 992-1665. Copies can be purchased at the society’s headquarters.


I recently visited Augusta and saw the new headquarters of the Augusta Genealogical Society at 1109 Broad. It now occupies an historic bank and uses the vault to store old county records. The society is one of the most aggressive in the south. A visit to their facility is a must if you are in the area or have roots in that region. The collection is growing and donations of books and genealogy magazines are welcome. Dues are $25, Augusta Genealogical Society, P.O.Box 3743, Augusta, Ga. 30914-3743 or call(706) 722-4073.