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PW-228169-15

Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (Atlanta, GA 30314-4207)
Andrea Jackson (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Spreading the Word: Expanding Access to African American Religious Collections

The arrangement and description of 126 linear feet of archival records and personal papers and the digitization of 2,139 photos and 1,163 video and audio recordings from 14 collections relating to the history of African American religion from the late 1800s to the early part of the current century.

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (AUC Woodruff Library) seeks $350,000 in grant funding from NEH for an implementation project entitled Spreading the Word: Expanding Access to African American Religious Archival Collections. The cost for the three-year project is $599,994. The AUC Woodruff Library will create a robust digital collection, and prepare for access fourteen collections of rare audio/visual materials which have been underutilized. The resources, documenting African American religion from the late 1800s to the 2000s, include correspondence, diaries, sermons, scrapbooks of missionary work, chapel services, class lectures, photographs, televangelism recordings, and interviews from prominent scholars,such as W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, and Pauli Murray. Scholarship on African American religion, often referred to to as the "cornerstone" of the community, will enhance humanistic study across several disciplines including sociology and history.

Project fields:
African American History; Religion, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2018