||About Archives Research Center
|| Departmental Overview
||Supporting Research, Study, and Scholarship...
The Archives Research Center
department houses over 7,000 linear feet of manuscript collections
and organizational records, and over 35,000 books, pamphlets
and other printed materials. The core of the collection
is built from the Atlanta University Trevor Arnett Library
Negro Collection that was established in 1925, a collection
that is well-known and extensively used and cited by scholars.
The Negro Collection, along with special collections materials
from the other AUC schools, was transferred to the Woodruff
Library when the schools combined their libraries in 1982.
Now in its 82nd year, the archives and special collections
continue to evolve and develop under the auspices of the
Woodruff Library. The collections document the life and
culture of African Americans, particularly in the southeastern
United States, with an emphasis in the areas of education,
literature, politics, government, social work, civil rights
and race relations.
Among the holdings are the papers of abolitionists Thomas
Clarkson and John Brown; the Countee Cullen/Harold Jackman
Memorial Collection and Hoyt Fuller Papers that focus on
black contributions to literature and the arts; and records
of educational organizations such as the Freedmen’s
Aid Society, the Southern Education Foundation, the College
Language Association, and the United Negro College Fund.
Recent acquisitions include the papers of former Atlanta
Mayor Maynard Jackson; educators and scholars C. Eric Lincoln
and Walter Rodney; jazz flutist Wayman Carver; and the personal
library of Africanist, educator and author, John Henrik
Clarke. Learn more about Woodruff Library collections available
for research at: Archives Research Center.
In 2007, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded
$1 million to the Woodruff Library of the AUC to help fund
physical improvements to the Archives Research Center,
such as enhancing the aesthetics of the reading room and
staff areas and expanding and improving the climate control
capabilities and size of the archival storage facilities.
In addition, the contribution will fund the training of
Research Center staff in current digitization processes
and technology, further increasing public access to Library
Archives Research Center materials are available
for research and study to faculties and students of academic
institutions and to the general public. For research inquiries
or to schedule an appointment, contact the Archives
Research Center at firstname.lastname@example.org