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Monday, June 16, 2008

New digital collection of HBCU history

HBCU Libraries Launch Online History Collection, Library Journal Academic Newswire, June 12, 2008.
The first digital collection of documents and materials chronicling the founding of America’s historically Black colleges and universities is now available online. The project, entitled A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University, was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and represents “the first collaborative effort by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) libraries to make a historical collection digitally available.” It includes more than 1000 scanned photographs, manuscripts, letters, and publications from ten institutions designated as Historically Black.

The online collection, the product of a partnership between the HBCU Library Alliance, HBCU institutions, the Southeastern Library Network, and Cornell University, is hosted by the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center. Its rich content dates back to the early 1800s, and includes campus charters, student yearbooks, early campus architectural drawings, and an assortment of photographs ranging from portraits of first presidents, to graduating classes, famous alumni, and churches ...