Mission of the Digital Archives

The mission of the Digital Archives is to preserve our Unitarian Universalist history and extend our collective memory. To achieve this mission, the Digital Archives provides a rich and accessible repository of Unitarian and Universalist history in the form of newspaper clippings, publications, literature,  newsletters, reports and other original source material that document the actions of Unitarians and Universalists in the Atlanta area from the early 1880’s to the present day.

Uploading documents to the Digital Archives started in 2014 and is expected to continue until 2019.

Archived Documents

The digital archives contains documents and photographs from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (housed at the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University).   Additional information from contemporary newspapers and publications is also included.

Handwritten documents are transcribed.  Typed documents are scanned using Optical Character Read (OCR) technology.  A small number of  documents are presented only in PDF or image format that contain tables or diagrams.  For such documents, an abstract has been provided to support text searches.

Documents included in the Digital Archives:

  • Newsletters
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Directories
  • Orders of Service
  • Special Announcements
  • Annual Reports
  • Financial Records
  • Publications
  • Newspaper Clippings

Access to Information

Access to and use of  information in the Digital Archives is subject to the the Digital Archives Terms of Use policy. There is a desire to make historical information openly available for scholastic research. Most documents are classified as General Information documents. However,  the archives is respectful of personal information.  Such information is classified as “Restricted Information.” See the Digital Archives Access Policy for details.

To access Restricted Information documents, use the website’s Contact page to contact the Archivist and make a request to obtain access.

Cost of Access to Information

There is no charge for access to General Information or Restricted Information documents. However, due to copyright or right of use agreements, a charge may be applied to access and use certain information.  Please contact us for more information if access is denied to protected information.