Spelman College has been committed to documenting its history since its founding in 1881. This includes the College’s administrative records, as well as the personal papers and other material created by the alumnae, faculty, staff and affiliates.
The primary mission of the Spelman archives is to collect, preserve, organize and make available for research historically significant documents and other materials which reflect the College’s origins and development as well as the activities of its constituents and affiliates.
A component of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, the archives is a fully functional unit of the College which is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Research in the archives is scheduled by appointment only and serves faculty, staff, students, alumnae, the Atlanta University Center, scholars, researchers and the general public.
As the official repository of the College, the greater part of the archives consists of administrative records, departmental and program records, publications, photographs and other material relating to the history and administration of the College.
Spelman College photograph collection includes approximately 2,500 images of faculty, staff, students, alumnae, visitors, physical plant and campus events.
Spelman College publications collection includes catalogs, bulletins, pamphlets, brochures, yearbooks, Campus Mirror, Spelman Spotlight, Spelman Messenger, and other publications produced by the College.
Collections of personal papers include: founders Sophia Packard and Harriet Giles; Florence M. Read Collection; Audre Lorde; Selma Burke; and Toni Cade Bambara.
The archives is the repository for the records of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Alumnae of Spelman College.