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The first digital collection of documents and materials chronicling the founding of America’s historically Black colleges and universities is now available online at contentdm.auctr.edu. A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Bl

The project, which was funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, represents the first collaborative effort by HBCU libraries to make a historical collection digitally available. The online collection, which is hosted by the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, is the product of a partnership between the HBCU Library Alliance, HBCU institutions, the Southeastern Library Network and Cornell University.

The contents of the collection date back to the early 1800s and include campus charters, student yearbooks, early campus architectural drawings, and a rich assortment of photographs featuring first presidents, graduating classes, famous alumni and churches, which often served as the first classrooms at several of these institutions.

“This is an excellent resource for scholars and others interested in understanding the importance of institutions of higher learning founded by African Americans. It offers direct access to original documents and images chronicling the story of these institutions, which are usually only available to researchers by travel to the institutions themselves,” said Dorothy Autrey, chair of the history and political science department at Alabama State University.

“The HBCU digital library collection opens the door to an area of the African American experience, which can now receive the study and attention it deserves ├╣ the amazing contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the general struggle of a people for freedom and equality.”

The online collection features materials from Alabama State University, Atlanta University Center, Bennett College for Women, Fisk University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Southern University, Tuskegee University, Tennessee State University and Virginia State University. To view materials from the collection, go to contentdm.auctr.edu. For more information visit www.hbculibraries.org/html/programs. html. Special to the NNPA from the California Advocate

“The HBCU digital library collection opens the door to an area of the African American experience, which can now receive the study and attention it deserves├╣the amazing contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the general struggle of a people for freedom and equality.” -Dorothy Autrey

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