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Spelman College Archives

Spelman College Archives

Documenting History at Spelman Since 1881


The Spelman College Archives Mission Statement

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.

The Archive’s Historical Significance

Since its founding in 1881, the Spelman College community has had an ongoing and strong interest in documenting the history of the College. This interest has manifested itself in a continuing commitment to the preservation of its administrative records as well as collecting letters, photographs, audio, documents, personal papers, monographs, and other material created by Spelman College graduates, faculty, staff and affiliates. Spelman is among a growing number of historically Black colleges and universities that have an organized archival program. The placement of the Archives in the Cosby Academic Center is further evidence of the College’s commitment to document the past and other publications produced by the College.

Holly Smith
Holly A. Smith
College Archivist
Holly Smith
Nicole Carr
Archives Administrative Assistant
Kayla Ary, C'2025
Kayla Ary, C'2025
Archives Student Assistant

Holdings of the Spelman College Archives

As the official repository of the College, the greater part of the Archives’ collection consists of administrative records, departmental and program records, publications, photographs and other material relating to the history and administration of the College from its founding to the present. A component of the Women’s Resource and Research Center, the Archives also collects materials on women of the African Diaspora. The Spelman College Photograph Collection includes approximately 30,000 images of faculty, staff, students, alumnae, visitors, campus events and the physical plant. The Spelman College Publications Collection includes catalogs, bulletins, pamphlets, brochures, yearbooks, Campus Mirror, Spelman Spotlight, Spelman Messenger.

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.

We Are Here to Help With Your Projects and Research

The Spelman College Archives is a fully functional unit of the College servicing faculty, staff, students, alumnae, the Atlanta University Center, and the public. We are open Monday- Friday 10:00AM- 4:00PM and research is conducted in the Archives by scheduled appointments Tuesday– Friday only. (TBA).

blue-quote-leftThe Spelman Archives serves as a site of memory for the college and broader community and seeks to preserve the stories of Black women and Black people across the African Diaspora”- Holly A. Smith, College Archivist.

Please click “Planning Your Visit” to schedule an appointment. Please note, some collections have access restrictions.


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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

Holly A. Smith
College Archivist

Nicole Carr
Archives Administrative Assistant



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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.”