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Hallie B. Brooks papers

 Collection — Box: 1-4
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0153

Scope and contents

The Hallie B. Brooks papers span the years between 1931-1985 with the bulk of the collection dated between 1940 to 1975. It highlights the career and education of Mrs. Brooks. The bulk of the collection focuses on her time at the Atlanta University School of Library Service where she was a professor. These materials include outlines, bibliographies, tests, quizzes, examinations, and lecture notes from multiple library courses. The collection also contains materials related to organizations in which she was affiliated including Chautauqua Circle, Y.W.C.A., NAACP, American Library Association (ALA), Georgia Library Association, and the Atlanta University Women's Club. Of particular note is a medal of John Hope, as well as her certificate of membership in Beta Phi Mu, the library school honor society. Additionally, the collection includes correspondence with Virginia Lacy Jones, Dorothy Ashby, and her husband, Frederic V. Brooks. It includes photographs of the Howard Roberts Chorale, Dorothy Ashby and a lectureship luncheon with Emory University. Memorabilia, printed, financial, and educational materials make up a portion of the collection.


  • Creation: 1931-1985
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1975


Rights statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright and/or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information, please contact

Biographical note

Hallie Beachem Brooks was born in West Baden, Indiana, on October 9, 1907. Mrs. Brooks was the daughter of Hal and Mary Lucy Beachem. She married Frederic Victor Brooks on June 10, 1936. Mr. Brooks died in 1965.

She served on the editorial board of the Phylon. Hallie B. Brooks was a member of the First Congressional Church, NAACP, American Library Association (ALA), Georgia Library Association, Neighborhood Union, Gates City Day Nursery Association, Chautauqua Circle, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and League of Women Voters, among others.

In 1934, Hallie Beachem Brooks earned an A.B. degree in English from Butler University, Indiana; B.L.S. in Librarianship from Columbia University School of Library Service in 1940. In 1946, she earned a Master of Arts in Librarianship from Graduate Library School, University of Chicago. She worked towards a Ph.D in Librarianhsip from University of Chicago from 1949 to 1950. Additionally, Mrs. Brooks was a General Education Board Fellow at Columbia and the University of Chicago.

Before working at the Atlanta University School of Library Service, she was an Assistant Librarian from 1923 to 1930 at the Indianapolis Public Library, as well as a Librarian at the Atlanta University Laboratory School from 1930 to 1942. In addition, Mrs. Brooks served as director of Field Service to School Libraries in the Southern States. She served as a professor on the faculty of Atlanta University School of Library Service from 1942 until her retirement in 1977.

During her life, Mrs. Brooks received many honors and awards including being featured in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Library Science, and Outstanding Educators of America. She accomplished many things, including her work in many organizations and professional development. She passed in 1985.


2.5 Linear feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 microfilm box, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection is divided into five series: 1. Personal Papers, which has been further divided into three subseries: Frederic V. Brooks, Memorabilia, and Organizations; 2. Correspondence, 3. Professional Papers, which has been further divided into two subseries: Atlanta University School of Library Service and Course Materials; 4. Printed Materials and 5. Photographs. Most materials in the collection have been arranged alphabetically with a few series and subseries arranged chronologically, such as Memorabilia, Correspondence, and Printed Materials.

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Hallie B. Brooks Papers, 1931-1985
Finding aid prepared by Laura Adams, 2017 June 22.
June 22, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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