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Collection of Manuscripts

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.

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Manuscripts & Archival Collection Highlights

The core of the manuscript holdings in Archives Research Center is built upon the Atlanta University Trevor Arnett Library’s Negro Collection. Under the auspices of the Robert W. Woodruff Library, the archival and manuscript holdings continue to develop and expand.

The collections document civil rights, race relations, education, literature, visual and performing arts, religion, politics, and social work. Collections include:

  • The Countee Cullen/Harold Jackman Memorial Collection, and papers of Hoyt Fuller and Wayman Carver that focus on black contributions to literature, music, performing and visual arts
  • Personal papers of scholars C. Eric Lincoln and Walter Rodney, and religious leaders Harry V. Richardson and Edler G. Hawkins
  • Records of civil rights organizations such as the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, Southern Regional Council, and Southern Conference for Human Welfare
  • Files documenting African American education such as the Freedmen’s Aid Society, Southern Education Foundation, and United Negro College Fund collections
  • Records of women’s organizations such as The Chautauqua Circle and The Moles, and
  • Academic professional associations such as the College Language Association, National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and Southern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.

There are also significant holdings about African Americans in Atlanta and documentation about the Atlanta University Center schools – Atlanta University and Clark College – now Clark Atlanta University, The Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Spelman Colleges.

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