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 founded in 1951 by the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago . Initially billed as "The Weekly Negro News Magazine", Jet chronicled the Civil Rights Movement from its earliest years. 


 March 15, 1975, the incomparable Cicely Tyson graced the cover.  Known for her roles in productions such as, Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and Roots, Tyson’s career has spanned well over six decades. The award-winning actress received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November of 2016. 

 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: The Gullah-Geechee Nation and CultureGullah_Geechee_Corridor_Logo.png



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Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy
An Ancestral Odyssey



The Auburn Avenue Research Library is pleased to present Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy: An Ancestral Odyssey, a multimedia solo exhibition in which Tina Maria Dunkley presents prints, assemblages, and textiles based on her publication, The Merikins: Forgotten Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812. 


This exhibition is an evocative and visually riveting exploration into the lives of enslaved Africans who escaped bondage and fought for the British during the War of 1812.


Through meticulous research into her own maternal ancestry, Dunkley learned of the plight of her ancestor, Ezekiel Loney, and other freedom fighters who fled a Virginian plantation in 1814. Loney was among 4,000 former slaves who, settled in  Trinidad and called themselves Merikins, a creolization of “American”. 


05 Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy An Ancestral Odyssey

Illustrated Literature by Charly Palmer
Children's Gallery Exhibit
JANUARY 28, 2019 - OCTOBER 6, 2019


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammond's House Museum, is hosting Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award-winning artist/illustrator Charly Palmer.


These vivid paintings pulsing with color, movement, and emotion creating a driving visual narrative that alight on significant events, in the life of Miriam Makeba, such as her flight from her homeland in disguise, her powerful testimony at the United Nations, the horrific Soweto killings, and Nelson Mandela’s release from jail, ending with the singer’s triumphant return home after apartheid is ended.


Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid―a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat injustice.


Charly Palmer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist who studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. Mama Africa! is his first picture book.





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Recently Opened Archived Collections 

Dr. Barbara King Papers


                      Dr. Barbara King

Inventory of the Western H. Moore
Inventory of the Dr. Barbara King Papers

 Links Inc., Dogwood City Chapter Records

Africana Graphic Novel and Comic Book Collection


Gems of the Collection

Rare Book Collection: 

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

                                    POEMS web


 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.