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Darlene Roth papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1210

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Darlene Roth's professional work at the History Group, Inc., the Atlanta History Center, and Darlene Roth and Associates, Inc. The bulk of papers are historical surveys and reports about the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area that she completed as research assessments for corporate clients such as MARTA, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. Papers include records, reports, surveys, notes, maps, and correspondence. Two floppy disks marked "UDC," possibly in reference to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, are also included in this collection. Of particular note is Roth's research into land owned by MARTA and records from an investigation of The Abbey, an Atlanta restaurant converted from an old church building.


  • 1854-2004, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Darlene Roth (1941-2021) was born in Los Angeles, California, to Ellis (1915-2014) and Vivian Roth (1936-2007). She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in Philosophy from Occidental College, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from George Washington University. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and married Dana White, a history professor at Emory University. Roth was a historian, teacher, museum curator, writer, and speaker. She worked as a lecturer at Emory University from 1974-1982 and at the History Group, Inc., a professional historical consulting business in Atlanta, from 1976-1982. In 1982 Roth bought the History Group, renaming it Darlene Roth and Associates, and from 1989-1997 served as Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Atlanta History Center (AHC). In addition, she published several books about Atlanta history, including Metropolitan Frontiers: A Short History of Atlanta, and Matronage: Patterns in Women's Organizations, Atlanta, Georgia, 1890-1940. Roth served as a member of the board of directors of the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum.


3.13 linear ft. (eight document cases, two 7.5" floppy disks, and one oversize folder)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1994, with subsequent additions

Related Materials

Darlene Roth and Associates Photographs, VIS 110, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2020.

Darlene Roth papers
Hannah Charak
July 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305