Immersed within the historic Atlanta University Center is one of the richest collections of primary and secondary resources on African American and African Diaspora history and culture. The Archives Research Center is comprised of an extensive and unique collection of books, personal papers of individuals and families, and administrative records of organizations and institutions. The collections cover a broad range of subjects documenting the impact of race and racism on the lives of Black people and their endeavors for freedom, self-determination, equality, and empowerment. The subject focus expands to embrace documentation on the commonality of culture and interconnectedness of fate, experiences, and aspirations of people of African descent.
The book holdings in the Archives Research Center include first edition titles, limited printings, autographed, unique and rare publications. The primary focus of the collection is the African American experience. In addition, there are significant holdings on African and Caribbean history, politics, literature, and art.
The Library’s digital collections encompass a broad spectrum of theses, dissertations and electronic journals. While many collections may be found accessible online anywhere in the world, some digital collections such as The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection can only be found within the Archives Research Center.
Spanning the period 1944 to 1968, the collection allows insight into Dr. King’s thoughts, personality, ministerial preparation, organizational skills and strategic planning during the Civil Rights period.
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