Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library Asa G. Hilliard, III Papers, the Archives Research Center Atlanta, Georgia

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library Asa G. Hilliard, III Papers, the Archives Research Center Atlanta, Georgia

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The Archives Research Center

Immersed within the historic Atlanta University Center is one a rich collection 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.

The mission of the Archives Research Center is to be a cultural asset and active participant in teaching and scholarship, providing collaborative leadership in the preservation, access, and collection development of archival resources. And its vision is to be a premier destination archives, connecting local community and the world to the rich historical and cultural resources at the Atlanta University Center. The core of the manuscript holdings in the 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. Thus, the collections document civil rights, race relations, education, literature, visual and performing arts, religion, politics, and social work.

The 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.

Asa G. Hilliard, III Papers

Within in the Archives Research Center is the Asa G. Hilliard, III papers that spans the years between 1933 and 2007. The bulk of the collection dates from 1971 to 2007. The collection includes organizational files from organizations of which Hilliard was a member, subject files on topics of interest, records from his work at both San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, files related to his speaking engagements, photographs and videos, and manuscripts of articles, books, speeches and reports. The collection also contains some materials related to trials in which Hilliard served as an expert witness. …

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