African American Collection

The library features a special collection of over 6,000 African American books, a picture file of selected African Americans, and a vertical file on the Black experience. Also available, are selected sources on microfilm from the Schomburg Collection, the Countee Cullen Papers, and Papers of Mary McLeod Bethune. Housed in the Reference Department are reproductions of the Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination File, Malcolm X Surveillance File, and Marcus Garvey F.B.I Investigation File. These files are without specific written permission; however, the Federal Bureau of Investigation releases them under provision of the Freedom of Information Act. Also included are African American journals and newspapers online (PDF).

Government Documents

From the United States Government Printing Office (GPO), the collection provides selected periodicals (PDF), pamphlets, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, Weekly Complication of Presidential Documents, Commerce Business Daily, Patent and Trademark Gazettes, Crime in the U.S., Occupational Outlook Handbook, Government Manual, Statistical Abstract, Background Notes, and Daily Treasury Statement. For more information, see Government Documents Depository.

Microform Collection

The Microform Collection provides back issues of selected journals and newspapers in microfiche (PDF) and microfilm formats. They are stored in acid free cabinets. The newspaper titles (on microfilm) include Atlanta Constitution, New York Times, Pittsburgh Courier and the State Newspaper Bank is available on microfiche. See also the Periodicals Collection, and the online journals and databases in ERC.

Vertical File Index

The VERTICAL FILE COLLECTION is a list (PDF) of photographs and newspaper article clippings that are considered to be of interest to the students, faculty and staff of Benedict College. It is organized and divided into two components in which the subjects are arranged alphabetically. The components represent: An African American File, and A Picture File.


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