Collection Development Policy

Clarke Middle School students visiting the Russell Library

Clarke Middle School students visiting the Russell Library

The Russell Library covers the history and politics of Georgia and the United States from 1900 to the present with emphases on the U.S. Congress, Georgia and local politics, diplomatic service, political observers, editorial cartoonists, legal and judicial history, activists and advocates, Georgia disability history, business and industry, political parties, Latinos in Georgia, and the Georgia Capitol Museum.   

As a major research center on Georgia political and policymaking history, the Russell Library will exhaustively and aggressively collect historical materials and oral histories not only of those individuals and organizations that represent, persuade, or observe the political and public policy arena but also of those civic, grassroots, and under-represented groups that foment and nurture new ideas, workers, and leaders, as specified in its Collecting Criteria, including material written by and about Georgia politics, policy, and other relevant issues.