Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

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Constructed in 1982, the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library is named in honor of the late Robert Winship Woodruff, philanthropist and former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. The library supports the teaching, learning and research missions of four institutions of higher education that comprise the world's largest consortium of HBCUs: Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. As the "center of the Center," the AUC Woodruff Library is the intellectual and information hub of the Atlanta University Center.

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library's collection strengths include African American culture, African American history, and civil rights.
111 James P. Brawley Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30314


Name Description
Africana Digital Ethnography Project (ADEPt) Audio, moving image, and print submissions to the African Digital Ethnography Project, dating from 2011 to 2018.
Anna E. Hall Collection Photographs and scrapbooks dating from 1892 to 1964 belonging to African American missionary and Methodist deaconess Anna E. Hall.
Asa G. Hilliard, III Papers, Audio-Visual Materials Series Speeches, lectures, and presentations given by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard and others between 1964 and 2000 on Afrocentricity, Egypt, Black history, education, and school psychology.
Atlanta Community Relations Commission Collection This collection consists of records generated by Eliza Paschall and the Atlanta Community Relations Commission (ACRC) during her year as Executive Director of the ACRC.
Atlanta-Rome District CME Church Collection Photographs and sound recordings of the Atlanta-Rome District Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church congregations and events from 1910 to 2011.
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations Theses and dissertations from 1932 to 2018 of Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University.
Atlanta University Center Scholarship Bibliographies Scholarly and research contributions of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) community dating from 2006 to 2018
Atlanta University Photographs Photographs of Atlanta University before its consolidation with Clark College, containing photographs dating from 1858 to 1995, with the bulk of the material falling between 1905 and 1968.
Atlanta Urban League Papers The Atlanta Urban League (AUL) was established in 1920 as an affiliate of the National Urban League. The AUL served as an organization dedicated to addressing the social and economic concerns of African Americans in the city of Atlanta.
AUC Author Series Interviews dating from 2011 to 2016 conducted by librarians at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library featuring authors from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.
AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library Events This series contains video recordings of lectures and events delivered at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library.
AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library Lectures Video recordings of lectures delivered at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library in 2018
AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library Staff Publications Publications of Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library staff, dated from 2009 to 2018
AUC Woodruff Library Oral History Collection Oral history interviews recorded in 2017 at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Bishop J. Howard Dell Collection Materials dating from 1949 to 1994 that include photographs of Church of God in Christ churches in Southern states, and audiovisual recordings of sermons, speeches, and meetings of Interdenominational Theological Center homiletics professor J. Howard Dell.
Bo Richmond Photograph Collection Roosevelt "Bo" Richmond was an amateur photographer from Alabama. He photographed events, buildings, people, and documented the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Bulletin of the Interdenominational Theological Center Yearly publication from 1959 to 2005 of the Interdenominational Theological Center about the academic affairs of the college.
C. Eric Lincoln Collection Photographs from 1904 to 2000 documenting portraiture, family, research, and events participated in by African American scholar and minister C. Eric Lincoln.
C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series Collection Photographs, moving image, and sound recordings dating from 1982 to 2017 documenting the C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series, hosted by Clark Atlanta University's Department of Religion and Philosophy and featuring speakers who are prominent in the fields of religion and sociology.
Chandler Family Papers Photographs from 1920 to 1988 from the Gladstone Chandler Family Papers collection, documenting the personal and professional life of Gladstone Chandler and the Chandler family.
Clarence A. Bacote Papers The Bacote papers document an important period in the history of Atlanta, and of Atlanta University. The activities of one very prominent scholar and community leader help provide an important piece of the history of the university and its community.
Clark Atlanta University Faculty Publications Open access scholarship of the faculty of Clark Atlanta University, from 1987 to 2018
Clark Atlanta University Panther Student newspaper dating from 1989 to present of Clark Atlanta University.
Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies Vertical Files The Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies Vertical Files consist of newsletters, brochures, and booklets surrounding the program dating from 1944 to 2004.
Clark College and Clark Atlanta University Photographs Late nineteenth and early-twentieth century photograph collection that documents the history of Clark College, its students, and alumni.
Clark College Catalogs Catalogs of Clark College from 1883 to the 1970s.
College Language Association Collection Since its inception, the CLA developed its constitution, has held annual meetings at host institutions, published a variety of publications - "The News-Bulletin", "Bulletin of the CLA", "CLA Bulletin", "CLA Journal", "CLA Newsletter" and "CLA Notes". The CLA continued building upon their objectives stated in the 1941 Constitution: 1) improving the study and teaching of language skills, 2) cultivating the appreciation of literature, and 3) sharing each other's productive interest to the group as represented in the collection.
Communication Arts Forum Journal published in 2007 that promotes scholarly and professional exchanges that address diverse interests of educators, researchers, practitioners and policymakers engaged in the fields of mass media, speech communication, and theatre arts.
Communication & Social Change Issues of the journal Communication and Social Change, from 2007 and 2008.
Continuum: The Spelman Undergraduate Research Journal 2017 edition of Continuum, Spelman College's undergraduate research journal that features research that affects African American women and African American women’s contributions to research.
Countee Cullen-Harold Jackman Memorial Collection The Cullen Jackman Memorial Collection, dating from 1881-1995 documents the artistic and creative nature of those of African descent.
David Roberts Oral History Collection Oral history interviews of Atlanta's African American community conducted by Roberts, an Atlanta University student, in the summer of 1973
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Clark Atlanta University, Sigma Chapter Collection The collection primarily documents the activities of the Sigma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority on the campus of Clark Atlanta University and in the Atlanta area.
Digital Collection of Robert W. Woodruff Library (AUC) Bulletins and photographs documenting the early history of Atlanta University Center (AUC)'s historically Black educational institutions from 1869 to 1959.
Documenting the AUC Response to COVID-19 Collection The collection includes digital photos, personal reflections, essays, and audio/video stories created in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that represents changes to campus life and the experiences of the AUC community.
Documenting the Perspectives of Past HBCU Presidents, An Oral History Project Oral history interviews conducted in 2012 and 2013 with presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Edward A. Jones Photograph Collection Photographs dating from 1920 to 1972, documenting the personal and professional life of Morehouse faculty member Edward Allen Jones.
Gammon Theological Seminary Catalogs Catalogs of African American, Atlanta-based Gammon Theological Seminary from 1885 to 1939.
General Photographs Collection The General Photograph collection includes photographs documenting the African American experience dating from 1928 to 1996.
George A. Sewell Papers, Photographs Photographs dating from 1905 to 1971 documenting the life of African American professor, pastor, author, and Morris Brown graduate George Alexander Sewell.
George A. Towns Collection This collection consists of the papers of Towns from 1851 to 1963. It includes correspondence, literary works, diaries, photographs, and publications.
Grace Towns Hamilton Papers Grace Towns Hamilton (1907-1992) was a civic leader and Georgia General Assembly member. She is known as the first African American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly. She represented the Vine City area of Atlanta in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1965 to 1984.
Hale Woodruff Collection, Audiotapes Audiotape interviews conducted with Hale Woodruff, his colleagues and students by Winifred Stoelting in doing research for her dissertation, Hale Woodruff, Artist and Teacher: Through the Atlanta Years, Emory University, 1978.
Hoyt William Fuller Collection The Hoyt William Fuller Collection documents his career from 1943-1981.
Hugh M. Gloster Photograph Collection Photographs from 1967 to 1987 from the Hugh Gloster Collection, documenting President Dr. Hugh Gloster's time at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Indices to Atlanta University Historical Theses and Dissertations Indices to Atlanta University historical theses and dissertations, dating from 1931 to 1975
Inside Morehouse Student newspaper dating from 2008 to 2015 of Morehouse College.
Interdenominational Theological Center Audio Visual Collection Audio recordings spanning the years 1943 to 1969 of sermons and presentations given to ITC students during the 1960s.
Interdenominational Theological Center Bachelor Papers Bachelor of Divinity thesis papers and senior essays of Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) students dating from 1947 to 1980.
Interdenominational Theological Center Faculty Publications Open access scholarship of the faculty of the Interdenominational Theological Center dating from 2014 to 2018.
Interdenominational Theological Center- Gammon Photographs Late nineteenth and early-twentieth century photograph collection that documents the history of the Interdenominational Theological Center with items representing Gammon Theological Seminary.
Interdenominational Theological Center, The Center Quarterly journal from 1960 to 1966 of the Interdenominational Theological Center's cooperating seminaries and the Stewart Missionary Foundation of Africa.
Interdenominational Theological Center, The Foundation Quarterly journal from 1905 and 1980 for the Gammon Theological Seminary, its alumni, and the Stewart Missionary Foundation for Africa.
Interdenominational Theological Center, The Lantern Alumni news publication from 1984 to 2009 highlighting the work of Interdenominational Theological Center alumni and important events and activities.
Interdenominational Theological Center Theses & Dissertations Collection Electronic theses and dissertations written by students of the Interdenominational Theological Center dating from 1950 to 2016
Interdenominational Theological Center Yearbooks Yearbooks from 1945 to 1986 of the Interdenominational Theological Center dating and chronicling the annual activities of Gammon Theological Seminary, The Morehouse School of Religion, Phillips School of Theology, and Turner Theological Seminary.
Isaac R. Clark Memorial Collection Materials dating from 1940 to 1977 belonging to Isaac R. Clark, a professor of homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, that include photographs and sound recordings of Dr. Clark's homiletics class, gospel recordings, student sermons, and lectures from prominent scholars such as Dr. Harry V. Richardson, Andrew Young, and Benjamin E. Mays.
James H. Costen Collection Sound recordings dating from 1972 to 1981 that belonged to James H. Costen, Presbyterian educator, church leader, and president of Atlanta's Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) from 1983-1998, along with photographs taken between 1950 to 1997 documenting buildings and events at the ITC, and images from Boggs Academy in Keysville, Georgia.
James Herbert Touchstone Collection Photographs from 1915 to 1979 documenting the personal and professional life of African American educator, scholar, scientist, and Clark College faculty member James Herbert Touchstone.
James P. Brawley Collection Images from James P. Brawley, former president of Clark College, dating from 1885 to 1985 depicting religious clergy, historical events, and Clark College campus life.
John Hope Records The records of John Hope (1897-1953) include documentation on the development of what would later be called the Atlanta University Center, when Atlanta University aligned with Morehouse College and Spelman College to form an academic consortium. During Hope's eight years as president, the graduate school was launched, the Department of Fine Arts was established, and the Trevor Arnett Library was opened. The Hope Papers include correspondence, administrative, and financial records for all eight years of his presidency, as well as some personal and family records.
John H. Wheeler Collection Items related to John H. Wheeler, who was heavily involved in politics and education through various positions within the federal government and on various boards of trustees for institutions like Morehouse College, Atlanta University, Lincoln Hospital, and the National Scholarship Service for Negro Students.
Johnson Publishing Company Clipping Files Collection Founded in 1942 by African American businessman John H. Johnson, the Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. published Ebony and Jet magazines, as well as other publications. This collection contains newspapers clippings, press releases, and more used as research for the various publications.
Josephine Dibble Murphy Collection, Photographs
Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center Semi-annual scholarly journal from 1973 to 2007 of Interdenominational Theological Center faculty.
Juanita M. Eber Papers The Juanita Marshall Eber collection includes her personal papers, professional correspondence, memorabilia, printed material and photographs.
Levi and Jewell Terrill Collection Photographs and audio recordings dating from 1883 to 1976 belonging to Baptist Church leaders Levi Maurice Terrill and Jewell Evelyn Middlebrooks Terrill, that include meetings and church services from the Greater Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia.
Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection Photographs and sound recordings of sermons, lectures, and discussions about Christianity and other religions, along with African traditions and the Black church collected between 1970 and 2017 as part of the Martin Luther King Fellows in Black Religious Studies, Inc.'s activities and other events documenting scholarship on the Black Church.
Maurice Pennington Political Cartoon Collection The Maurice Pennington political cartoon collection contains sketches of his political cartoons drawn for the Atlanta Inquirer, some original artwork, articles and programs from exhibitions. Most of the works were created during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records The Maynard Jackson mayoral administrative records consist of materials spanning the years 1968 to 1994, including photographs, general correspondence, mayoral campaign materials, and printed and published materials and correspondence related to the Atlanta Child Murders.
Morehouse College Photographs Photographs depicting the buildings and grounds, students, campus events and visitors, faculty, and individuals associated with Morehouse College, the only all-male historically Black college in the United States, dating from the 1880s to the 1970s.
Morris Brown College Catalog Course catalogs from 1889 to 1998 of historically black, Atlanta-based, liberal arts college Morris Brown College.
Morris Brown College Photographs Photographs depicting Morris Brown College campus life include athletics, building and grounds, students and alumni, departments, events, faculty and staff, groups and organizations and individuals, dating from 1900 to 1990
Morris Brown College Yearbooks Yearbooks from 1923 to 2002 of historically black, Atlanta-based, liberal arts college, Morris Brown College.
National Council of Negro Women: Subject Vertical Files The subject vertical files contain publications and printed materials, such as newspaper clippings, press releases, pamphlets, and flyers from 1930s to 1980s. These items highlight the activities, programs, and events of the National Council of Negro Women.
Neighborhood Union Collection The records of the Neighborhood Union Collection include correspondence, speeches, financial reports, minutes, committee reports, news clippings, programs, photographs, scrapbooks and additional memorabilia preserving a rich legacy and history of one of the earliest private social welfare organizations founded by African American in Atlanta.
Robert E. Penn Collection Photographs dating from 1930 to 1976 that were part of the collected materials of the Reverend Robert E. Penn, a Baptist minister and educator who taught at the Interdenominational Theological Center.
Southern Education Foundation Records, Audiovisual Materials The Southern Education Foundation held its 15th annual conference, Promoting Access Insuring Accountability and Making Standards Work For All Children on November 18-20, 1997. This continuous conference is an annual seminar where education polices are discussed among leaders in education.
Southern Regional Council Papers Finding aid for the Southern Regional Council Papers.
The Athenaeum Student newspaper dating from 1898 to 1925 of Morehouse College.
The Atlanta University Bulletin Catalogs and newsletters from 1910 to 1987 by Atlanta-based, historically black college, Atlanta University.
The BluePrint
The Campus Mirror Student newspaper dating from 1924 to 1950 of Spelman College.
The Clark Atlanta University Panther This digital collection consists of 260 issues spanning dates from 1944 through 2017 of the Clark Atlanta University Panther.
The Commission of Inquiry on the Death of Walter Rodney
The Maroon
The Maroon Tiger Student newspaper dating from 1926 to 2019 of Morehouse College.
The new Spelman spotlight
The Spelman spotlight
The Spotlight
The Wolverine Observer Morris Brown College's student-run publication from 1936 to 2001 including news of interest to the Morris Brown College community and featuring student editorials throughout its pages.
Top Shelf: The Newsletter of the Robert W. Woodruff Library Newsletters from the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library dating from 2006 to 2018.
Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference: Hip Hop Education & Expanding the Archival Imagination Audiovisual recordings of papers and presentations given at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference: "Hip Hop, Education and Expanding the Archival Imagination, held on September 28 to September 29, 2012, at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Virginia Lacy Jones Papers Virginia Lacy Jones (b. 1912 - d. 1984) was a librarian, educator, author, and among library educators known as "the Dean of Deans." She dedicated almost fifty years of her life to the library profession, thirty-six of which she spent as Dean of the School of Library Service at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Her career began at Atlanta University in 1939 as Catalog Librarian in Trevor Arnett Library.
Vivian Henderson Papers Photographs, moving images and sound recordings dating from 1940 to 1976 of Clark College President Vivian Wilson Henderson's activities at Clark College and family life.
Voter Education Project Organizational Records Materials dating from 1895 to 1955 from the Voter Education Project.
Walter Rodney Collection The Walter Rodney Collection is a compilation of materials donated by a number of individuals and institutions. The donations help to broaden the documentation about the life, contributions, influence, and legacy of Walter Rodney.
Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers Theses and dissertations dated 2017 from the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University.
William G. Pickens Papers Dr. William Pickens directed Morehouse College's Interdisciplinary Humanities Program (Mirror Grant Project) in the early 1970s. The Mirror Grant Project was a program designed to teach freshmen and sophomores interdisciplinary mini-courses called "mirrors". These "mirrors" were half a semester in length and provided a humanistic thrust in learning and communication skills.
Yearbooks Yearbooks for Clark Atlanta University from 1946 onward.