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The Robert W. Woodruff Library supports the Atlanta University Center community consisting of Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. Work at Woodruff Library during Round 3 of the HBCU Preservation Project focused on the Vivian W. Henderson Collection and the Interdenominational Theological Center Audio Collection.

Dr. Vivian W. Henderson was a President of Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) and a renowned economist known for his support of HBCUs. The photographic and sound recordings in his collection span from 1940 to 1980, and document personal and professional endeavors, including meetings with historic figures and other HBCU Presidents.

Henderson's speeches on HBCUs, the United States economy, race relations, and public policy provide a unique perspective on these topics and disciplines. Additionally, Henderson's personal photographs, slides and negatives will provide documentation of a prominent Black family's travels and recreational activities. Before the Round 3 project, the Collection's searchable finding aid was available for patrons to view online, yet recordings were inaccessible and photographs viewable only onsite. These images and recordings are now accessible online through the Library's Digital Commons.

The audio reel-to-reel recordings in the Interdenominational Theological Center Collection span from 1953 to 1969, and include lectures, sermons, and programs from occasions such as commencement, Founders’ Day, and Honors’ Day. Prominent ministers and speakers featured in the collection include: Dr. Harry V. Richardson (founder of ITC), Bishop Willis J. King (African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop, College educator and administrator), and other visitors to the campus from Russia, Brazil, Nigeria and Europe. The recordings provide an important compliment to written sources, and a unique insight into religious perspectives on civil rights, race relations, and missionary endeavors. These resources particularly aid religion students who are frequently assigned research on delivery of sermons in homiletics courses, as well as others interested in religious perspectives from the documented era. Audio from the Interdenominational Theological Center Collection is available at:


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Dean’s Hour” Sermon by Rev. Charles Copher, first dean of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, January 15, 1963.



Group portrait of the Clark College President Vivian W. Henderson family.