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A Race Against Time

Raised toward our $5,500 Goal
36 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 23, at 12:00 AM EDT
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A Race Against Time

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Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives is planning to open a new exhibit featuring our photographic collections and we need your help! Did you know that Georgia State University is home to over 8 million photographs, slides, negatives and digital photographs?  Our upcoming exhibit “Race Against Time: Saving Atlanta’s Photographic History,” will feature just a fraction of those many images housed and preserved by our archivists.  Georgia State has the most comprehensive collection of photographs documenting 20th century Atlanta in the metropolitan area, including over 6 million photographs from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution photo morgue.  With your help we can share these photos with the public and preserve them for generations to come.


The Impact

Our photographic collections are the most heavily used collections by individuals, corporations, organizations, journalists, publishers, and designers.  We receive approximately 300 photograph requests annually. By creating an exhibit, we can further promote our extensive collections and share them with the community both in physical and digital form.  Fabricating, mounting, promoting, and preservation of photographs for this exhibit will cost us approximately $5,500.  Without any foundation funding, corporate, or individual support at a higher level we would not be able to create a compelling exhibit.  Help us preserve our collections while sharing them with the public by supporting this campaign.


Who We Are

Located on the Atlanta Campus, Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives collects and preserves unique and rare historical materials that connect the GSU community, scholars, and the public to the human experience. By promoting access to its collections through digitization, instruction, and outreach, the department inspires creative expression, encourages student learning and success, and facilitates informed dialog. Our goal is to advance scholarship and to further the educational, research and service missions of the university. To learn more about or special collections please visit 


Share Our Message

Please share this Crowdfunding project with your family, friends and colleagues to help get us one step closer to reaching our goal! You can also spread the word by sharing the link on social media or email it to as many people as possible. The more people that see our Crowdfunding page the better our chances are of reaching our goal to fund our exhibit.


Thank you for your continued support. Our archivists cannot wait to share many of these never before seen images with the public. We know this exhibit would not be possible without you!

Atlanta Cyclorama, 1941 (Tracy O'Neal Collection)


With your gift to A Race Against Time, the Georgia State University Foundation will fund the printing, mounting, and display of photographs from the Georgia State University Special Collection. Any additional funds will help cover costs of the exhibit opening. If this crowdfunding project does not meet its goal or is otherwise unable to commence, the donations collected will offset the costs of the special collections photo exhibit. If the project funds remain inactive for six (6) months, they will be transferred to the Archives Preservation fund.

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Every donation counts! These funds will help us meet our fundraising goal.



This will help us create engaging activities during the exhibit opening.



This amount will help promote the exhibit through a variety of media channels.



This will fund the restoration of one 4" x5" photographic negative for the exhibit.



This will help us purchase display mounts and materials for the exhibit.



This will help us to print one panel for our exhibit cases.



This will help us to enhance our exhibit with interactive technology.