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Noteworthy News: Emory Receives Major Gift to African American Studies Archive

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Emory University has received a gift to its library collections that greatly increases teaching and research opportunities in 20th-century African American studies. A portion of the Hatch/Billops Collection in New York -- an extraordinary collection assembled during the past 35 years -- has been given to Emory by the collectors. The Emory archive will be known as the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch Archives at Emory University.

The Hatch/Billops Collection in New York, built by artist and filmmaker Billops and theater historian Hatch, will continue its active program of documentation and acquisition, including development of the oral history archive and publication of an annual volume of interviews, "Artist and Influence: The Journal of Black American Cultural History."

"Virtually every great research library in the United States has been built upon the core acquisition of a major private library. The Camille Billops and James V. Hatch gift is that order of gift for African American collections at Emory," says Joan Gotwals, university vice provost and director of libraries.

Materials in the process of being transferred to Emory include oral history tapes, scripts of unpublished plays, posters, photographs and many boxes of books and periodicals. …