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The Early History of Alabama State University

The Alabama State University digital collection is comprised of images reflecting the people, institutions, and structures important to the early history of the school. These images preserve the heritage of Alabama State University during its early years of struggle as it survived in the midst of Jim Crow segregation and thrived with the …


Bennett College History

The Bennett College History collection contains photographs of campus buildings from the early period of Bennett College.  These photographs provide a view of the campus before it became a college for women in 1926. Prior to 1926, Bennett Seminary was a co-ed campus that was founded by the Freedmens Aid Society in the basement of the …


Bowie State University - Historical Images Collection

Maryland’s oldest HBCU, Bowie State University, emerged in its present location in 1910 when the state department of education agreed to support the school. The images seen in this collection date from that time to the present. The school was built on the site of Jericho Farm, and the farmhouse served to house students who also worked …


A Celebration of Fisk University Through Photographs, Programs and Publications

From 1866 to the present, Fisk University has maintained a tradition of excellence and played a leadership role in the education of African Americans. The digital collection consists of photographs, programs, and publications that document the history of Fisk University. The project will allow users from distant locations to view …


Grambling State Black-Gold Collections

The Grambling State University Black and Gold Collection includes Grambling State University founding documents, reports of presidents, inaugurations, games, university newsletters, pictures, historical building images, 1951 and 1958 year books, professional appointments, and other related historical documents. This collection contains …


Digital Library of Hampton University

The collection includes reports on the first years of Hampton Institute, including annual documents; works on the African American and American Indian students; catalogs; pictures and speeches of founders and other significant individuals. It includes issues of The Southern Workman, a magazine founded in 1872 by General Samuel Chapman …


Digital Collection of Robert W. Woodruff Library (AUC)

The Digital Collection of the Robert W. Woodruff Library consists of photographic images and publications from the Archives and Special Collections Department documenting the early history of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) institutions. These "founding documents" encompass pictures of AUC member institution presidents, faculty, …


52 Steps, the Journey of Lincoln University of Missouri

52 Steps, the Journey of Lincoln University of Missouri contains select images of the Founders, Buildings, and Special Schools that chronicle the history of Lincoln University, as well as place its history into a national context.

The History of Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana

Since opening for instruction in 1967, Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) has been committed to excellence, integrity, accountability, and service. This collection serves as an historical record of the institution. The individuals, buildings, and events depicted are representative of the many whose early enthusiasm and enduring …


Lincoln University of Pennsylvania's Early Records Online

Since its founding as Ashmun Institute in April 1854, the first institution in the world to provide a higher education for young men of African descent, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania renamed in 1866 to memorialize the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln has had a long history of excellence, producing graduates of national and …


Meharry Medical College Digital Collection

"Worship of God Through Service to Mankind." A national treasure, Meharry Medical College is the oldest, private historically black medical school in the country. Founded in 1876 as the medical department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry became an independent Medical College in 1915. Meharry includes schools in medicine (the oldest …


Miles College, The Beginning

Miles College, the Beginning digital collection contains photographs and documents that reflect its presidents, faculty, students, and facilities.

Morehouse School of Medicine Digital Archives

The Morehouse School of Medicine Digital Archives consists of historical publications, documents, and photographs of administrators, faculty members, staff, visitors, and facilities related to the founding of the school and its development.   It was founded in 1975, as the Medical Education Program (MEP) at Morehouse College, a member …


North Carolina Central University Digital Collection

The North Carolina Central University Digital Collection consists of photographic images from the University Archives of people and structures that were fundamental in the early developmental of North Carolina Central University, the first state supported liberal arts college for African-Americans in the nation. This collection includes …


Paine College Library Digital Collection

The Digital Collection from the Collins-Callaway Library archive consists of early images of Paine Institute, which was founded in 1882, and rechartered in 1903 as Paine College. The collection includes images of founders, early presidents, faculty, students, alumni, buildings, organizations, activities, events, and documents.

Celebrating Founding Years of Excellence at Historic St. Augustine's College

The Saint Augustines College Digital Collection is a reflection of the founding days of the College, which includes founding documents, first principals and presidents, historic buildings, notable alumni, faculty, staff, students and graduating classes dating from 1867 to 1939.

South Carolina State University Historical Collection

This historic digital collection at South Carolina State University encompasses all of the Presidents who have provided leadership over the years to this historic land grant university. The collection details their accomplishments and their diverse backgrounds. Each of these Presidents, including the current president, has left an …


Southern University and A&M College

"Southern University History Online" is a pictorial history of the institution and also provides the first gateway to major historical and illustrative resources about the institution. Photographs, manuscripts, event programs, and a plethora of other documents can be found on this site. The pictures and documents in this collection span …


Tennessee State University Library Digital Collections

The images from the archive of the Brown-Daniel Library provide an overview of the early years of Tennessee State University, which was founded in 1912 as the State Normal School for Negroes. The digital collection includes photos of Students, Faculty, Staff, the administration of the first president, William Jasper Hale, early campus …


Texas Southern University Digital Collection

The Texas Southern University Digital Collection contains photographs and documents that reflect the establishment of the university, its administration, and inaugural activities.

Tuskegee University Libraries Digital Collections

The Tuskegee University digital collection consists of early images of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School and The Tuskegee Institute Bulletins that date back to the late 1800s. The early historical images of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School depict the trades that were taught during that era. There are also photographs of Booker …


UDC Digital Archives Collection

Since it was founded in 1851 as the Miner School, the University of the District of Columbia and its predecessor institutions have played a vital role in educating African Americans in the District of Columbia. The Digital Collection of the University Archives of the University of the District of Columbia consists of images that document …


Virginia State University Digital Archives Collection

The items included in this digital collection document the early years of Virginia State University. It contains both archival and manuscript materials such as: photographs, minutes, correspondence, catalogs, rare books and other items that highlight the unique beginnings of this state Normal and Collegiate Institute.

About the collections

A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University is a collection of primary resources from HBCU libraries and archives. It includes several thousand scanned pages and represents HBCU libraries first collaborative effort to make a historic collection digitially available. Collections are contributed from member libraries of the Historically Black College and University Library Alliance.

The collection includes photographs, university correspondence, manuscripts, images of campus buildings, alumni letters, memorabilia, and programs from campus events.

These images present HBCUs as cultural, social, and political institutions from the early 1800s until today.

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