Southern Historical Collection

The Southern Historical Collection (SHC) is home to a diverse collection of unique primary sources about the U.S. South, with strengths in the Antebellum era through the Civil Rights Movement. The collection supports research on a variety of topics, including community and family histories, the history of slavery and its afterlives, social change and activism in the South, Southern arts and literature, and business and labor.

The staff of the SHC is dedicated to holding space for voices and stories that have been historically excluded from the archival record through our collecting and outreach initiatives. Learn more about our work and aspiration on the following channels:

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Southern Sources

Visit our blog to learn more about our team, our projects, and our approaches to collection development.

Community Driven Archives

Check out the community-driven archives web-based toolkit to learn about our work with community partners and strategies for engaging diverse communities in archival work.