Atlanta History (journal)

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Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South  
Discipline History
Language English
Publication details
Former name(s)
Atlanta Historical Bulletin, The Atlanta Historical Journal
Publication history
1927 to 2006
Atlanta History Center (United States)
Frequency Quarterly
Standard abbreviations
Atlanta Hist.
ISSN 0896-3975

Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South was a publication of the Atlanta Historical Society. It was established in 1927 with one issue per year as the Atlanta Historical Bulletin.[1] In 1937, the journal began publishing three or four issues annually. At least one issue per year was published during World War II. By the middle 1950s, the publication again failed to have issues available each year. There were no issues between 1957 and 1965, with nearly a decade represented by Vol. X. Things proceeded smoothly from 1966 until the 1990s, except for no issues during the year 1974. There were occasional combined issues (1-2 or 3-4) too, and Volume XLV is particularly spotty signaling a major slowdown.

The issue dated Spring 1978 changed the name to The Atlanta Historical Journal and the issue dated Spring 1987 finally changed the name to Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South, then edited by Bradley R. Rice. with a similar design to the previous volumes. The issue marked Fall 1993 announced the opening of the new museum at the history center and presented a new logo, design, and layout for the magazine which continued into 2006. The last issue was Vol. 48 No. 1, dated Spring 2006.[citation needed]

Franklin M. Garrett's death in March 2000 may have contributed to the current slowdown.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Beginning with the resumption of the Bulletin in 1965 with issue No.39, a chapter or two from Franklin Garrett's book Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of its People and Events was included in each issue up to the last issue of 1973 by which time they had reprinted chronologically to 1872 – almost the entirety of Volume I.

By the 1980s, Atlanta History offered a $100 prize, the Alex W. Bealer Award, to the best article on a non-Atlanta topic appearing each year in the periodical. Bealer was an old-time craftsman and blacksmith from Atlanta who wrote extensively on the crafts, blacksmithing, log cabins, and the Trail of Tears.


  1. ^ "Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-07-23.

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