Using the Archives

Conducting Your Research

We look forward to assisting you during your research visit. Here are some things to expect when conducting your research in the Archives Research Center.

As a researcher you will be asked to:

  1. Complete and sign a Research Agreement form once each fiscal year (July 1-June 30);
  2. Provide valid photo identification (i.e., driver's license, student or faculty ID, passport);
  3. Complete a request slip to view research materials;
  4. Sign the archives visitor register at each of your visits;
  5. Refrain from smoking, eating, and drinking in the research room;
  6. Leave personal belongings in the lockers provided including, pens, scanners, cell phones, MP3 players, flash drives, and/or photographic devices.

To facilitate your research you may bring into the research room:

  1. Unbound paper or note cards into the research room;
  2. Personal computers after an inspection of the computer by Archives Research Center Staff.

When using archival collections you can expect to:  

  1. View resources in the research room; 
  2. Show an AUC ID with RWWL barcode to view books if you are an AUC student, faculty or staff member;
  3. Use books with the assistance of Archives staff;
  4. Use materials in limited quantities, usually one box or two books on the table at a time;
  5. Maintain order of documents. Please notify staff of misfiled or missing documents immediately.

The Archives Research Center (ARC) strives to provide patrons with meaningful access to facilities, collections, and services. ARC staff will reasonably augment services for users who identify themselves as needing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or §504 of the Higher Education Act. ARC works collaboratively with the offices of student support services at Clark Atlanta UniversityInterdenominational Theological CenterMorehouse College, and Spelman College to evaluate requests for assistance on a case by case basis.  If you need assistance, please contact or inform the staff at the reference desk. Questions about requested accommodations should be referred to the Associate Library Director.

At the end of your visit, we may ask to examine any notes taken during your visit.

Research Travel Award

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Woodruff Library periodically offers a research travel award to educators, graduate students, and independent researchers who would benefit from access to the rich and unique historical and cultural holdings in the Archives Research Center. Available for research are rare books and over 140 collections of manuscripts, photographs, and archival records documenting the  African American and African diaspora experience in a  broad range of subjects including civil rights, race relations, education, literature, visual and performing arts, religion, politics, and social work. Visit to learn more about the Archives Research Center and browse the collections available for research.

The award will be made based on estimated travel expenses not to exceed $1,500. The application deadline is February 3, 2020. The awardee research period is for June 15, 2020 through May 21, 2021. Contact or 404.978.2052 with questions.

Click here for eligibility requirements and to download an application.


Make An Appointment

We want to ensure you have a successful research visit! Our visitors are encouraged to make an appointment at least 24 business hours in advance to use the archives. Call 404-978-2052 or email us to make an appointment.