University Archives

The University Archives preserve a part of the rich heritage and tradition of the University. The collection is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of materials on the history and culture of African Americans and Native Americans. Among the archive's holdings are more than 8 million documentary items and over 50,000 photographs and glass negatives reflecting Hampton's role in American education, educational philosophy, political activities, labor issues, and business and international relations.

Within the collection are approximately 2 million items and 19,000 photographs relating to the American Indian Education Program. Among these photographs are historic images taken on western reservations that exist nowhere else in the world.

Many of the photographs in the archives document the material culture collections in the Museum. This is especially true of the Native American materials, but it is also true of the African, University history, fine art, and Asian/Pacific collections.

Additionally, Hampton University has the most complete student records of any historically black college or university in the United States, making it a very valuable source for researchers in black education. Specific types of documents in the archives include letters to and from the university campus by past presidents and faculty; minutes from faculty meetings, discipline books, and individual files on students who have attended Hampton, many of which begin prior to the student's arrival at Hampton and continue after his/her departure.

Visit the Hampton University Archives newest initiative,The Hampton University Archives Collections Research Portal.We hope that this portal will help historians, researchers, faculty members, and students explore more deeply the University's heritage, and the traditions that have come down through the years.

This project was funded with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with LYRASIS, Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, Image Permanence Institute, HBCU Library Alliance and Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.

Access the Archives Collections Research Portal


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