The Peabody Collection is a Collection of books and other materials in all subject areas regarding the African Diaspora. The collection includes literature/ by about African Americans, and those of African descent with emphasis placed on historical events and experiences. With materials individualizing African American history from Slavery to the Presidential Election of 2008, the collection shows its distinctiveness. African American history matters because it provides our identities, our structures and our relationships.” These are invaluable resources of which Harvey Library is dedicated to conserving for future generations of researches.
Hampton University Memorabilia
The Hampton University Memorabilia is a collection of donated materials from HU faculty, staff and alumni. The collection consists of yearbooks, annual reports, catalogs, school newspaper and other memorabilia.
The collection dates back to the 17th century and is comprised of books of any subject. The unique materials of the Rare Book Collection are books and pamphlets.
The restricted books are a comprehensive collection of popular Black literature which contributes to the conservation of Black popular publishing.
Collection Development Policy
Materials are placed in the Peabody area in order to preserve their use for research. These materials require special storage handling and security.
The collection is broken into three separate groups: Our Featured Collections, Manuscript Collections and Rare Books.
The Peabody collection is a distinctive collection of books and other materials in all subject areas by and about African Americans and other people of African descent throughout the world. Special emphases are placed on African American history, civil rights movements in the United States, literature by African American authors and pamphlets by authors on slavery, emancipation and the African American experience in
the United States. The collection contains more than 30,000 items by and about African Americans. This includes about 21,300 monographs, 1,200 anti-slavery pamphlets, vertical file materials, and other documents on slavery and the Reconstruction period in the United States. Some of these collections may not show their “specialness” for years to come, but the library is preserving them for future generations of researchers.
The Peabody Collection is one of the oldest African American library collections in the country. In 1905, George Foster Peabody obtained 1,400 books and pamphlets on the Negro and slavery from bibliophile Tucker A. Malone and lent them to the Collis P. Huntington Memorial Library, the former main university library. In 1908, this loan was converted into a gift. Six years later, the library of Dr. Phil Broome Brooks, a black physician in Washington, D. C., was purchased. In subsequent years, other collections were added, including materials on Native American culture. Many people have enriched the Peabody Collection through contributions throughout the years.
Polices & Procedures
Materials are placed in the Peabody area in order to preserve their use for research. These materials require special storage, handling, and security. We request that you participate in the preservation of the collection by adhering to the following procedures:
Rare Book and Manuscript Collection
African American Cookbook Collection
The collection features cookbooks by African Americans, which spans from the 1920s to the twenty-first century, has books that trace the history, heritage, and distinct flavors of African American cooking. The cookbooks strengthen the Peabody holdings in African American history and culture. Cookbooks have received scholarly attention and interpretation as literary texts making the collection a significant addition to the Library’s resources. Culinary texts yield far more than recipes when closely scrutinized. A Book of Recipes for the Cooking School written by Carrie Alberta Lyford, director of the Home Economics School at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute and Carolyn Quick Tillery’s, A Taste of Freedom: a cookbook with recipes and remembrances from the Hampton Institute are culinary texts that are written from the point of view of a community and have much to say about ethnic identity, family and community life, social history, the roles of women and men, values, religion, and economics.
2008 Presidential Election Collection
The 2008 Presidential election Collection, currently comprises some 1500 items. Barack Obama’s election to the U. S. Presidency in November 2008 inspired a flood of books for adult and juvenile readers alike. It continues to grow as both popular and scholarly publishing on Obama and the other candidates, their campaigns, and voting patterns shows no sign of abating. The materials are collected comprehensively and include monographs, serials, ephemera, artifacts, and media relating to all aspects of the historic campaigns for the White House.
Anti-Slavery Pamphlet Collection
An unsurpassed collection of slave literature from 1705 to the late 1880s, includes campaign literature, abolitionist literature, slave narratives, children’s literature, congressional speeches, sermons, letters, organizational proceedings, tracts, and previously published materials from journals and magazines. Authors of note include Wendell Phillips, W.E. B. Dubois, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, John Jam, and Andrew Johnson.
Ebony Brass Paperback Collection
A 60s paperback collection donated to Hampton Institute by Lt. Col Jesse J. Johnson who graduated from the Hampton Institute in 1964.
Hampton University Newspaper Clipping File
The HU Clippings file contains 55,000 clippings from nearly 100 Black Newspapers. These clippings provide a unique journalistic record of black, political, economic and
cultural life in the early twentieth century, particularly the rural south. The Clippings file was created from 500 scrapbooks spanning from 1880 to the 1920s.
The Joe Jordan Ragtime Jazz and Entrepreneurship Collection
Joe Jordan was a world-famous composer, musician, and real estate entrepreneur who, during the course of his long and productive life, helped to bring about several important changes in the entertainment world, and witnessed many more. The collection contains more than 600 items, including original manuscripts/private papers, sheet music, engraving plates, photographs and books. Gift made possible by Kimi Rabun, granddaughter of the late Joe Jordan and the mother of two HU graduates.
John Gunther African Book Collection
The late John Gunther, one of America’s most distinguished journalists, was famous for his series of Inside books, which detailed profiles of their respective countries and continents. His 1955 publication Inside Africa featured an in-depth look at the continent. Gunther used the 349 books, pamphlets, and maps donated for research to write this book. The collection was donated because Jane Gunther, the author’s widow, wanted to see the material preserved at a university that was interested in African history.
Kennell Jackson Book Collection
Dr. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampton Institute and was a distinguished professor of African history. He attended segregated schools in Prince Edward County, where petitions by black families for equal education would eventually be included in the historic Brown vs. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954. Jackson amassed an eclectic collection of art and books, memorabilia and mementos. To Hampton University he gave two gifts and one bequest of scholarly works (mostly about East African and African American topics, and rare fiction by African American authors).
Samuel Chapman Armstrong founded the Southern Workman in 1872. It contains reports from the African American and Native Americans populations, with picture of
reservation and plantation life as well as information concerning the life and history of Hampton University, the City of Hampton, and African American life in the South. Additionally, the Southern Workman provided a forum for the discussion of the “race” problem.
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME is a 90 minute documentary that challenges one of America’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
The Harvey Library print Reference Collection is located on the 1st floor. It is a comprehensive collection containing over 12,000 volumes, providing reference resources for all disciplines taught at Hampton University.
The current plan for this collection is to include as many online reference resources as feasible, in order to enhance remote access to the collection. Online reference resources are available through the Harvey Library Reference Resources web page, the Online Catalog, Research Guides, and SUMMON.
Reference books do not circulate and must be used on the 1st floor of the library.
Harvey Library’s Juvenile Collection is a selection of books written at reading levels from beginner through young-adult. This collection is intended for the use of students and faculty in Hampton University’s Department of Education. In building this collection, an emphasis has been placed on cultural diversity.
The collection includes both fiction and nonfiction and offers many Newberry, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and other award winners. The presence of older as well as newer books in the collection makes possible diachronic studies of children’s literature.
The Juvenile Collection is located on the second floor of the Harvey Library. Its contents are arranged using the Library of Congress classification system.
Government publications that are part of Selective Depository documents in our collection are searchable through the Online Catalog (HUWebCat), the library’s online catalog. They are arranged by Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification number and organized in order by issuing agency. Click on SuDoc Classification to access a guide on using this system.
The Harvey Library has purchased thousands of E-books for the Hampton University community
The Harvey Library no longer subscribes to print periodicals with the exception of African American-related periodicals and a few Architecture titles.
Are you looking for a specific journal or article?
Use E-journal finder to discover
Search results may link directly to the E-journal or to a database search page.
The Microforms are
The Harvey Library’s microform collection includes
Materials cannot be removed from the library. Reader/printers in the department allow patrons to read and print from microforms, and scanners will allow microforms to be printed, saved, or emailed. African American-related microforms are kept in the Peabody Collection on the 3rd floor.