Atlanta Studies Network

The Atlanta Studies Network is a collaboration between librarians in Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), ECDS GIS expert and faculty member Michael Page, ECDS digital projects coordinator Sarah Melton, Emory faculty and graduate students, and colleagues at Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta Studies Network unites several initiatives:

  • Atlanta Studies website, an open access journal about various aspects of the Atlanta metropolitan region
  • Digital Atlanta Maps, which makes historical maps from MARBL freely available online
  • Digital Atlanta Geocoder, a shared mapping tool to visualize and analyze the city’s growth from the late 1920s through the early 1950s
  • Atlanta Explorer project, a collaboration with architectural firm nVis360, MARBL, GIS staff, graduate students, and faculty to create an interactive virtual city for the years 1928-1940

About the Projects

Atlanta Studies Website

The Atlanta Studies Website presents scholarship about the Atlanta metropolitan region. Atlanta grew up fast. Little more than a rail terminus where saloons outnumbered churches just a century and a half ago, it became a regional leader, a national power, and an Olympic City. Its ambition did not go unnoticed, beckoning academic scrutiny and study. The Atlanta Studies website features new scholarship. Whether examining Atlanta’s political culture, public space, or social policy, our contributors provide thoughtful analysis of metropolitan life past and present. As an open access, digital publication, the Atlanta Studies website seeks new ways to communicate and collaborate, to study and to learn.

Read more about the website, including highlights and the origins of the site in an article published by Emory's Library and Information Technology Services.

Project Coordinator: Sarah Melton
Graduate Fellow in Digital Humanities: Karen McCarthy (current), Edward Hatfield (former)
Laney Graduate School Brown Dissertation Fellow: Stephanie Rodgers
Gradute Student Researcher: Matthew Pierce

Atlanta Maps

This project makes maps available online to examine the geography of a changing city, stimulate learning about Atlanta’s past, and inspire partnerships. All maps on this site are digitized from MARBL's collection.

The project's zoomable maps are generated using Deep Zoom and displayed using OpenSeadragon.

Visit the project site to explore maps from an 1878 Atlanta city atlas, 1928 survey of the city, and more. We will continue to add historical maps. Share your ideas, suggestions, or memories in the comments sections available below each map.

Project Coordinator: Michael Page
Geospatial Librarian: Megan Slemons
Graduate Research Assistant: Stephanie Rodgers

Digital Atlanta Geocoder

Providing new ways to integrate spatial and non-spatial data in research and the classroom, this digital tool can be used to visualize and analyze historical Atlanta. The project team created an application similar to Google Maps that serves as a digital research tool for Atlanta from the late 1920s through the early 1950s.

A geocoder transforms data such as addresses into locations so they can be quickly plotted on a map. The geocoder will assign addresses and map all of the 250,000 building footprints in Atlanta and its environs in 1930. Students, faculty, and researchers can then add layers and tag attributes to a series of addressess in the historic city.

Geospatial Librarian: Michael Page
MARBL Librarian: Randy Gue
Project Coordinator: Stewart Varner 

The Atlanta Explorer Project

A collaboration with Atlanta architectural firm nVis360, MARBL, GIS staff, graduate students, and faculty, the Atlanta Explorer creates an interactive virtual city for 1928-1940. This exciting project has wide potential for urban studies projects everywhere to understand the built environment and social history, and for using crowd-sourced information about particular sites and structures.

This video provides an overview of the Atlanta Explorer project, including the history of its development, and next steps.

Project Coordinator: Allen Tullos
Geospatial Librarian: Michael Page