Special Collections Department

The Special Collections is located on the 3rd floor of the Ford Motor Company Library (Hollis Burke Frissell building). Special Collections consists of: The Albert Murray Collection, the Rare Books Collection, the Washington Collection and the Dr. James E. Massey Collections.

In 1999, a separate Rare Books Room was established.  The Rare Books room houses titles with publication dates in the 19th century, particularly those dealing with the institution of slavery and early African America literature, books published before the 1900’s, books published in limited editions, first editions, and autographed books.  The collection also contains a sizeable collection of abolitionist literature and a large collection of pamphlets dealing primarily with racial issues.

The Albert Murray Collection

The Albert Murray Collection is located inside of the rare books room.  It consists of books donated by Albert Murray, Tuskegee University graduate (1939), author of many renowned books, and co-founder of Jazz at the Lincoln Center.”  It contains his personal collection of literacy masterpieces, scientific, and social scientific titles, reflecting a broad appreciation of human achievement.

Books and other memorabilia of Albert Murray are on permanent exhibit in the Rare Books Room.

Albert Murray Exhibit- YouTube

The Washington Collection

The Washington Collection, a non-circulating collection, named in honor of Booker T. Washington, consists of materials that are “by and about Black People,” and is comprised of over 30,000 volumes and several microfilm sets.  Although its strongest holdings are in African-American history and literature, materials about Africa and the entire Black Diaspora are included.

George Washington Carver Documentary

George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

The James Massey Collection

Dr. James E. Massey, Dean Emeritus of the Tuskegee University Chapel, donated over 2,000 books to the Tuskegee University Library.  This collection consists primarily of books on religion, but also includes titles on American history, Black studies, autobiographies, slave history, race progress and music.

National Library of Medicine

Documents on the origin and development of the Tuskegee syphilis study - Digital Collections - National Library of Medicine (nih.gov)

Digitized Document Collection from USPHS Untreated Syphilis Study at Tuskegee Now Publicly Available Through NLM (nih.gov)

Monday - Friday
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Contact Us

Special Collections Department
Ford Motor Company Library
1200 W Montgomery Road
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088

Phone: (334)727-8890
Fax: (334 727-9282