AARL Instructional Research Classes

Every Thursday, the AARL will host a series of progressive series of classes facilitated by AARL's Reference and Research staff. These instructional workshops support the ongoing development of foundational information literacy and research skills; promoting library resources and fostering culturally relevant lifelong learning. 




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Featured Reference Collection Item:

Jet Magazine  was founded on November 1, 1951 by the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois.Initially billed as "The Weekly Negro News Magazine"


 In this February, 1972 issue, Mahalia Jackson is featured on the cover where her legacy in the African American community is displayed. Jackson was dubbed the “Queen of Gospel,” and recorded a total of 30 albums during her career. Jackson was also an activist for the Civil Rights movement and agreed to sing at a rally in 1956 to raise funds for the Montgomery bus boycott. 

 New Titles at AARL

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

05 We were eight years in power



Featured Bibliography: Exploring Intersectionality in the Black Experience  




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As a precautionary response to the spread of coronavirus(COVID-19), all Fulton County Library System locations including The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will suspend operations.  This suspension of operation includes the suspension of any public programming and events effective immediately until further notice. During our closure please utilize the Fulton County Library System’s electronic resources such as Hoopla, Overdrive, RB Digital, and Freegal, which are accessible with a valid Fulton County Library System Library card.



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360 Degrees of Blackness Comin’ At You
Live Poetry Performance
7:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2020

Register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/y7tc3usj
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Phyllis Iller, will host a live performance of poetry and prose that has been gleaned from the 1970s anthology, 360 Degrees of Blackness Comin’ At You, originally curated by Sonia Sanchez, from poems written by the students in a creative writing class at the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem, New York.

This event will bring these compelling works of poetry to life, bridging the lived Black experience to universal ideas on love, loss and everyday humanity. Register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/y7tc3usj

Phyllis.iller is a multi-media company based on Black self-love and communal growth.


The Roots of Rap

16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop  
Illustrated Children's Literature

by Frank Morrison
Children's Gallery Exhibit

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammond's House Museum will host The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop, a compelling new exhibition featuring the work of award-winning children’s literature artist/illustrator, Frank Morrison.


The roots of rap and the history of hip-hop have origins that precede DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Kids will learn about how rap evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and break dancing that formed around the art form; and gave birth to the musical artists we know today. Written in lyrical rhythm by award-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford, and complete with flowing, vibrant illustrations by Frank Morrison, this book beautifully illustrates how hip-hop is a language spoken the whole world 'round. Also featured is a foreword by Swizz Beatz, a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop rapper, DJ, and record producer.


The Roots of Rap



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Recently Opened Archived Collections 


 Wesley and Chere Hall African American Comic Book Collection

Africana Graphic Novel and Comic Book Collection


Gems of the Collection

Rare Book Collection: 

Wheatley, Phyllis. Poems on various subjects, religious and moral, 1773.

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 Research Consultations


Meet one-on-one with a Reference Librarian, who will work with you on what you need for your specific research project. Consultations last up to one hour. Once completed, patron will receive a tailed bibliography or list of resources about specific research topics and areas.

Research assistance is available through drop-ins, over the phone, by email, or by appointment.


Archival Finding Aids




The Auburn Avenue Research Library Finding Aids presented here by the Digital Library of Georgia describe approximately 100 unique research collections, including personal papers, organizational records, oral histories, photographs, and audio-visual resources. Some finding aids include links to items that have been digitized.


Librarian Liaison 


 Your liaison is a librarian familiar with the practices in your academic program and research fields, who is here to help you make the most of your research. AARL Librarians work closely with a group, pair or individual scholars to accomplish specific research goals. These staff members provide in-depth guidance, strategic research mentoring and continue the library’s diverse and unique approach to research about the African American experience, history and narratives, and diasporic identities.