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NEWS: Spelman Archives Joins Atlanta Black Archives Alliance

Spelman College ArchivesIn keeping with its mission to preserve the unique history of Spelman College as well as the broad experiences of women of the African diaspora, Spelman Archives recently became a member of the Atlanta Black Archives Alliance. As a member, the Archives will collaborate with other Atlanta archivists and provide researchers better access and understanding of the diverse collections related to local African-American history.

Spelman archivist Holly A. Smith will attend the monthly meetings of ABAA and provide details and context for Spelman’s archival collection. “Atlanta is rich in African-American history and Spelman has been a part of Atlanta’s story for over 135 years,” she said. “It benefits so many people to learn about the diverse collections related to the surrounding African-American communities and to understand the role of Spelman and Black women in this country’s legacy and its future.” Smith will also contribute to public programming and the development of ABAA’s resources.


Documenting History at Spelman Since 1881

Spelman College ArchivesSpelman 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.

The archives is also the repository for the records of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Alumnae of Spelman College.

(Pictured: Spelman College Archivist Holly Smith and Archives Assistant Kassandra Ware with the 1950 Read Hall Time Capsule unearthed in 2014)

Contact Us

Holly A. Smith
College Archivist

Nicole Carr
Archives Administrative Assistant

Campus Location
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, Room 200 (2nd Floor)

Mailing Address
Spelman College
350 Spelman Ln, S.W.
Box 321
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399


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Spelman College Archivist Awarded Fellowship

Spelman Archivist Holly SmithSpelman College Archivist Holly Smith was awarded a fellowship to attend the 2017 Digital Library Federation Forum in Pittsburgh Oct. 23-25. On Oct. 22, Smith joined 41 other HBCU fellows at the DLF HBCU UnConference, which was part of the Forum. They discussed the challenges and professional opportunities of digital libraries. Specifically, they addressed how HBCU digital libraries can best represent diverse communities and experiences.

During the Forum on the following three days, Smith will engage in dialogue about best practices for digital library-based teaching. "My attendance at the Forum is critical to positioning Spelman’s unique collections in the conversation about HBCU digital libraries and long-term preservation of Spelman’s archival heritage,” said Smith. "As the cultural steward of one of the most significant archival collections documenting Black women from the 19th century to the present, I am passionate about ensuring the visibility and sustainability of our materials.”