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Spelman Independent Scholars Oral History project

Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0167

Scope and contents

The Spelman Independent Scholars Oral History Collection consists of interviews Young Scholars conducted with African American Women of Wisdom. The collection includes the images, interviews transcripts, audio, and video compiled by students during the two-semester long course.


  • Creation: 2003-2016

Access restrictions

This collection is completely digital. Part of the collection is available to view in RADAR in The Spelman Independent Scholars Oral History Project collection. Additionally, part of the collection is either restricted and/or only available in the Archives Research Center’s reading room. To access materials with no links provided, please contact the archives at or 404-978-2052 to request access.

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

Historical note

The Spelman Independent Scholars (SIS) is a two-semester independent, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational learning experience open to students across all majors, the goal of SIS is to enhance students critical writing and thinking skills. It also allows students the opportunity to share research and grow in griot knowledge. In addition to learning sessions with the SIS faculty mentor, students are exposed to lectures by guest scholars including gerontologists, oral historians, museum curators, and physician-researchers. Through one on one independent student relationships and class seminars, the unique yearlong program allows and entrusts students to solicit, understand and archive stories of African-American women elders. A global component of SIS has included oral history research in Accra, Ghana; Benin, West Africa; and Kingston, Jamaica. More information about the oral history project can be found at Spelman Independent Scholars website.


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Language of Materials


Spelman Independent Scholars Oral History Project, 2003-2016
In Progress
Brittany Newberry, Jasmaine Talley, and Allison Whitted
February 2024
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Repository Details

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


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