University Archives participated in all three rounds of the HBCU
Preservation Project and worked to preserve materials from their vast
collection of photographs, audio recordings, and video. Items selected for
preservation were those documenting the history of the institution as well as
significant events from the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Booker T. Washington was the first teacher in the one-room
schoolhouse in 1881 that was to become Tuskegee University. Word that a
teacher was sought for the new school was sent to Hampton Institute, Virginia,
before land was acquired or buildings constructed, and Washington
responded and led the school until his death in 1915. The photographic
and audio-video collections tell the story of Tuskegee with materials
featuring George Washington Carver, Stokely Carmichael, Shirley
Chisholm, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis and
Andrew Young. Many of these images and recordings are newly-discovered
and have never been accessible outside of the archives.
video are now available online on the
Tuskegee University Archives Repository and the
Alabama Mosaic website.