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Rufus E. Clement records

 Collection — Box: 199-563, 771
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0022

Scope and contents

The Rufus E. Clement Records are the fifth series in the Atlanta University Presidential Records.

Dr. Rufus E. Clement was named sixth President of Atlanta University in 1937. He served in that position until his death in 1967. Most of the material in this series is contained in the Administrative Files. The Administrative Files are comprised of departmental, faculty, and financial records, applications for positions, information on campus events, enrollment statistics, and buildings and grounds. There is a ten year gap in the files from 1957 to 1966. The bulk of the material is concentrated in the years prior to 1957. This series also contains Board of Trustees records and University Faculty Committee Reports, printed and published materials, correspondence and administrative reports from Gammon Theological Seminary, Clark, Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Spellman Colleges. Other material consists of correspondence and reports from organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, National Education Association, Carnegie Research Fund, General Education Board, Harmon Foundation, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Atlanta Urban League, Southern Regional Council, Southern Conference for Human Welfare, Georgia Department of Education, and the United States Veterans Administration. The Atlanta University Center Corporation files contain bulletins, correspondence, and financial records. The Clement Records also provide documentation of Dr. Clement's service on the Atlanta Board of Education. Dr. Clement won election to that body in 1953. Such records include correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports and dockets.


  • Creation: 1931-1969

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

Dr. Rufus Early Clement, the sixth President of Atlanta University, was the longest serving president in the history of the institution. Clement was born in 1900, in Salisbury, North Carolina. He earned degrees from Livingstone College, Garrett Biblical Institute, and Northwestern University, where he received his M.A, and PhD. He taught history at Livingstone from 1922-1931 before leaving to become Dean of the Louisville Municipal College for Negroes, a unit of the University of Louisville, He remained in that position until his election as President of Atlanta University in 1937. While president, Clement served on the American Council on Education, the United Negro College Fund, and was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the United Service Organization. During Clement's administration, the Atlanta School of Social Work, after decades as a separate self-supporting professional school, affiliated with the University; the School of Library Service was established, along with the Schools of Education and Business Administration; and doctoral programs were instituted in the fields of biology, education, and mathematics. Clement served as president until his death in 1967.


152 Linear feet

Language of Materials



The series is arranged into nine subseries: Administrative files; Atlanta Board of Education; Reports and dockets; Atlanta University Center Corporation; Carnegie Research Fund; Citizens Trust Bank; General Education Board; General subject files; and Printed material. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Atlanta University presidential records, 1931-1969
Finding Aid prepared by Clarence Brown, Joy Broyles, Paul Crater, Wilson Flemister, Jean Smith and Dawn Williams, 1998.
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Repository Details

Part of the AUC Institutional Records Repository