About the Archives
The Tuskegee University Archives is located in the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care and is designed to serve the research needs of the students, faculty and scholars. The University Archives includes material documenting the history and growth of Tuskegee University. Books (including faculty publications), manuscripts, Tuskegee University periodicals and newspapers, ephemera, photographic images, disc and tape recordings, and other archival items are available for research under supervised conditions.
John A. Kenney Hall
The Archives Library contains items unique to the University. Included in the collection are University Bulletins, year books, The Negro Year Book and bound copies of the student newspapers.
The items cannot be checked out and are to be used within the archives. Patrons may request any volume in the library and they will be brought to the research room for use.
The Media Library holds approximately 250,000 photographic images. These images include items specific to the history of the University, the P.H. Polk collection (as well as other University photographers), sporting events and individuals. The library also contains audio and video materials.
Rare Book Room and Washigton Collection
If you are coming to the archives for research, please visit the Rare Book Room and Washington Collection. Located on the third floor of the main library, these rooms have substantial collections of books written by and about African Americans. Some works, including books and pamphlets, can be found only in these collections.
The mission of the University Archives is to identify, collect, preserve, arrange, and describe records having permanent legal, fiscal, and/or administrative value in documenting the history of the administrative offices, the academic departments, and Tuskegee University related organizations, as well as the activities of its faculty, staff, and students. It facilitates efficient records management and makes records accessible for research and administrative use in accordance with established archival policy by providing adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of such records. The Archives provides information services that assist the operation of the institution, and serves as a resource to stimulate and nourish creative teaching and learning. Furthermore, our Archives utilizes technology in ways that support its mission; publicizes its holdings through exhibits, lectures, and other media, including electronic. It serves research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collections by members of the community at large. We promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, aims, programs, and goals of our institution, and of the development of these aims, goals and programs. The Archives works cooperatively with other libraries, archives, and museums and helps define the unique nature of the Tuskegee University Libraries.