The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) Center for Collaborative Teaching & Learning is an AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library project founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The AUC GLAM Center is a collaboration between Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the AUC Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center. The initiative provides faculty training in object-based pedagogy as well as virtual access to the culturally rich holdings of the AUC collections through the GLAM Digital Portal. The creation of the AUC GLAM Digital Portal provides a platform for images from all AUC GLAM institutions that are shared in one single repository, under thematic exhibitions, to increase the discoverability of the materials in the collections and positively impact the curriculum of all four AUC institutions.
GLAM is dedicated to fostering collaborations between AUC’s library and museums to improve teaching and learning through increased access and use of museum, archival and library collections.
What institutions make up GLAM?
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art To inspire and enrich the Spelman College community and the general public primarily through art by women of the African Diaspora.
Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (formerly the Clark Atlanta Art Galleries) is one of the largest and most historically significant collections of African American fine art in the country, the permanent collection comprises 1,215 works of art. The collection dates from 1912 and includes paintings, murals, sculpture and works on paper acquired through gifts and purchases.
Robert W. Woodruff Library was constructed in 1982 to serve as a shared resource serving a consortium of four independent Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. As the "center of the Center," the AUC Woodruff Library is the intellectual and information hub of the Atlanta University Center.
The AUC Woodruff Library Archives Research Center, located within the AUC Woodruff Library, is noted for its extensive and unique holdings of materials on the African American experience, including the John Henrik Clarke African and African American Collection, the Henry P. Slaughter, Countee Cullen Memorial Collection, Atlanta Student Movement Collection, Maynard Jackson mayoral administrative records and countless others. In addition, at the request of Morehouse College, the library serves as custodian of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, as well as student publications, yearbooks, magazines, and photographs of the current and historical institutions of the Atlanta University Center. With over 8,000 linear feet of materials, it contains over 105 unique collections, including the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.