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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The Function of Freedom
A Visual Tribute to the

Life and Legacy Toni Morrison

Fine Art Exhibition  

Sunday, November 3-Wednesday, February 19


The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Function of Freedom: A Visual Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison.


This exhibition The Function of Freedom: A Visual Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison curated by educator and activist Charmaine Minniefield, is a communal homage by renowned visual artists to Morrison’s iconic stature as a cultural beckon for the enduring power of Black creative authorship and authority.


Toni Morrison Trans
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Charmaine Minniefield draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora and her personal connection to women who have played a major role in her life.  Her work explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective by pulling the past to the present, conversing between spirit space and the physical.

The Roots of Rap

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

by Frank Morrison
Children's Gallery Exhibit
Thursday, October 16. – Sunday, March 1.


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.