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Our Archives is a repository which holds the historical collections of Gwinnett Historical Society. These collections include documents, photographs, genealogies, maps, textiles, personal papers, books, publications, and other artifacts which significantly reflect the history of Gwinnett County from pre-European contact and into the twentieth century.

Collection Spotlight

The City of Lawrenceville

The Whitworth Collection

This collection primarily includes Gwinnett County inferior and superior court record books dating from the nineteenth century and tax records kept by James Oliver Whitworth. 

book from the Whitworth collection
1840 Deed - Joseph W. Patterson et. al. to Joshua Hill

Historical Documents

The GHS archives include historical documents such as: letters, deeds, land grants, minutes and other written materials pertaining to government, business, and social organizations from Gwinnett County.


The GHS Ephemera Collection includes cards, school graduation programs, postcards, posters, pamphlets, tokens, tickets and other items.

Ephemera card
Gwinnett County Marriage Book, 1878 - 1885
Original Court Books

This collection includes a portion of the early Gwinnett County Court ledgers/books: some Superior, Inferior, and Ordinary Court Minutes, Early Marriages, and Deeds. Date range: 1819 – 1920s.

Audio Files & Interviews

Here is only a sampling of our audio files of noted historians such as Franklin M. Garrett (author of Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events) and Don L. Shadburn, (author of  Unhallowed Intrusion:  A History of Cherokee Families in Forsyth, County) speaking at  GHS general membership meetings.

Hubert WaldripMay 1989
00:00 / 16:08
Lucille McDaniel BaldwinApril 1985
00:00 / 44:35
Alice McCabe on "Gwinnett Talks" radio show1989
00:00 / 30:00
Ada Winn (1874-1946)

Historical Photos Pre-1968

The Gwinnett Historical Society photograph collection holds thousands of pictures of the people, their homes, businesses, and towns dating since the invention of photography.

Artifacts & Objects

The GHS archives include a large collection of objects such as furniture, farm implements, other objects used in household and businesses, plus several Native American artifacts found in Gwinnett County.

petroglyph of gwinnett county
quiltted textile in gwinnett historical archives

The Gwinnett Historical Society textile collection contains clothing, including hats and accessories, antique woven counterpanes, handsewn quilts, pillows, and dolls. 

Newspapers & Publications

The Gwinnett Historical society houses a large collection of newspaper articles, magazines and other prominent publications dating back to the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

gwinnett News and publication
railroad vintage map in gwinnett

Vintage Maps

The Gwinnett Historical Society Archives collection includes a limited number of early Gwinnett County maps.

Image Reproductions

The Gwinnett Historical Society and our research library 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.

Loving Aid Society

The Archives are open by appointment only on Fridays from 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. Here is a list of what is available in our ARCHIVE COLLECTION at our location. Email to schedule an appointment to see any of GHS archive collections in-person.

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Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Forever enshrined behind some glass pane,
In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained,
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?
                                              - Eric Bogle


Become a Gwinnett Historical Society member and get unlimited access to our Gwinnett archives. You will receive our quarterly newsletter, The Heritage, exclusive access to our library and archives (of over five thousand historic photographs, documents and genealogy records) and10% off of any of our publications.

Take Part in Preservation

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