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Abstract

On September 10, 2005, the Georgia Archives celebrated its eighty-eighth birthday in a new home, its fourth since 1918. Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox formed a unique partnership with state and federal government officials, one county, two cities, a university, and a foundation to accomplish construction of the 171, ooo square-foot building. The construction took just nineteen months from groundbreaking to opening day, but the events that led to the new archives dated back many years, even decades. In fact, though no one knew it at the time, they began with the construction of an interstate highway.

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