Open House at the Archives

The archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta on Halloween opened its doors to spotlight interesting items: Atlanta Catholic high school yearbooks, 19th century property deeds, chalices and others. These are the heirlooms of the church.


  1. The chalices date to the early 20th century, predating the establishment of the archdiocese by some 50 years. A few of the contemporary chalices were uncovered as the archbishop's former residence in the Buckhead neighborhood was packed for a move.
  2. The archives holds records dating from 1822. Among the files are school records, sacramental registers, photographs, archbishops’ papers. There are also physical items, like artwork and crosses. Please read more here.
  3. In the photo above, Angelique Richardson, an archivist, talks with Atlanta Aux. Bishop David P. Talley and Linda Smith, an administrative assistant in the archbishop's office.
  4. The archives cares for items from the Mitchell Estate. A nephew of the "Gone with the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell left family heirlooms to the archdiocese, in addition to copyrights to the book. You can read more here.
  5. And the stacks.
  6. This climate-controlled room holds volumens of printed material that tells the story of the Catholic community in North Georgia.