Emory to spotlight black athletes

9:11 AM, Jul 19, 2011   |    comments
(AP File)
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ATLANTA -- Emory University's library is starting to collect archives dealing with blacks in sports.

The university already has large collections about blacks in religion, arts, literature and poetry, as well as a section on civil rights.

The new focus on sports was sparked by the acquisition of a collection from former Emory athletic director William Clyde "Doc" Partin, which includes essays, posters, signed baseballs and books about black athletes.

Other items the university has collected include a ticket stub from a 1938 Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling boxing match, a team photo of the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team and a baseball signed by Hank Aaron.

The collections join an already prestigious literary collection.

Emory's library includes the archives of authors Salman Rushdie and Alice Walker, among others.

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