Research Guidelines

Located in the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, the Research Library contains over 1500 volumes of rare and non-rare books, periodicals, and academic papers on the history of Coastal Georgia, U.S. lighthouses, maritime topics, as well as more general Georgia history. The Archives Collection contains manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, videos, maps, paintings, and artifacts related to Coastal Georgia.

On-site Research Services

The Research Library is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An appointment is required for access to research services.

Researchers will be asked to complete a Researcher Application form which includes instructions for use of the collection. Requests for photocopies of source material are subject to approval by staff. A photocopying fee will be charged.

Research questions that can be quickly answered and are limited in scope will be handled free of charge. Please submit only one question at a time if sending the request by email. If staff determines that the question requires in-depth research, a fee may be charged: $12 per hour for non-members, $8 per hour for members; one hour minimum.

To make an appointment or to ask a questions, email [email protected].

Photographic Reproduction Services

Limited digital reproduction services for photographs and other items in the Society’s collection are available. The Society reserves the right to deny these services due to condition of the items, copyright issues, and or donor-imposed restrictions.

Digital reproductions of oversize items cannot be done in-house and will be outsourced to a firm selected by the Society. Fees will be discussed at the time of the request.

Those interested in coastal history, including scholars, students, Society members, and the general public, are encouraged to make an appointment by filling out the form below. A staff member will contact you about your request within five business days.

Researcher Application Form