The Museum & Archives was founded and incorporated in the State of Georgia in 2012 as an extension of the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute (CTVLI) founded in 2008 by Dr. C. T. Vivian, a Civil Rights Activist, pioneer and humanitarian who has built a life and legacy of service and dedication to improving the quality of life for African American individuals and their communities.
The Museum & Archives will contain a Library that represents over 30 years of book collecting by Dr. Vivian and his wife, Octavia, as well as the personal book collection of Dr. Doris Derby of Atlanta GA. Many of the books were written and published in the 1700 & 1800. The organization will also exhibit many of the personal papers, sermons, etc. of Dr. Vivian.
The organization’s original Board consisted of George Andrews, the CTVLI Chairman and founder and then CEO of Capitol City Bank & Trust Company, Rev. C. T. Vivian, Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon, a museum anthropologist, Henrietta Antoinin, then VP of Public Affairs, Atlanta Life Insurance Company and Rev. Gerald Durley, then Senior Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Attorney Andrew Patterson filed the necessary papers with the Secretary of State.
On May 10, 2014 The Museum & Archives Board sponsored its first, and this far only, fundraiser by paying tribute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. C. T. Vivian. The funds generated have been the seed money to firmly establish our organization. Funds have been used to inventory the over 6000 books from the Vivian and Derby collections, create our website and assist in finding a permanent Museum location. We are grateful to all our event Sponsors and in particular the Coca-Cola Company, our primary sponsor.
We are happy to announce that a permanent location has been found. In 2017 The C.T & Octavia Vivian Museum and Archives Board entered into an agreement with the National Museum’s Foundation and its CEO, Mr. Rodney Mims Cook to locate the Museum inside the Rodney Cook, Jr. Park in Atlanta GA., which should open soon.
**The C. T. & Octavia Archives and Museum is in good standing with the State of GA Secretary of State and the United States Treasure. Its Federal Tax ID # is 46-2631841.