Darlene Roth papers
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
- Roth, Darlene R., 1941-2021 (Person)
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
This collection was processed in 2020.
- Atlanta History Center
- Atlanta Urban Design Commission (Ga.)
- Business enterprises -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Chamblee (Ga.)
- Darlene Roth and Associates (Atlanta, Ga.)
- DeKalb County (Ga.)
- Decatur (Ga.)
- Druid Hills (Atlanta, Ga.)
- East Point (Ga.)
- Gainesville (Ga.)
- Georgia State University
- Georgia. Department of Natural Resources (1972- )
- History Group
- Local history
- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
- Neighborhoods -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Public history
- Women-owned business enterprises -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Darlene Roth papers
- Hannah Charak
- July 2021
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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