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Welcome to the Archives Research Center

About the Archives Research Center

The Archives Research Center’s collections primarily document the African American experience through civil rights, race relations, education, literature, visual and performing arts, religion, politics, and social work. The holdings include books, manuscript collections, digital collections, and materials documenting the Atlanta University Center schools, as well as the African American and African Diasporic experience. The core of our manuscript holdings are built upon the Atlanta University Trevor Arnett Library's Negro Collection. These resources contain letters, photographs, writings, yearbooks, programs, minutes, and much more. Under the auspices of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, the archival and manuscript holdings continue to develop and expand.

Guide to Searching Archives

The Archives Research Center finding aids act as inventories that describe and list the contents of collections and contain information about the person, family, or organization that created the collection. Through this site, you will be able to search and browse finding aids for more than 140 collections available for research.

To find rare books, search the Library’s Catalog.

To find digitized and born digital items, search Digital Collections.

Contact us at or (404) 978-2052 to schedule an appointment, or for questions about the Archives Research Center.