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
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
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: http://digitalcommons.auctr.edu/itcaudio/
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.