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Nine Ways We Know

Auburn University History and the Black Student Experience

A few of the 'Nine Ways We Know' Auburn University History:

Cover of the Auburn Plainsman dated April 10, 1987 Newspapers. The Archives' collections include historic newspapers, as well as files of newspaper clippings arranged by topic. This image shows the cover of The Auburn Plainsman on April 10, 1987 reporting on the election of Harold Melton with the headline “First black SGA president elected”. The paper reported that Melton, who served as secretary of student life in the Student Government Association the previous academic year, earned 3,468 votes in the election. To read more, visit the Plainsman digital collection.
Photograph of Josetta Brittain Matthews, 1966 Photographs. The Archives has thousands of individual photographs housed in archival envelopes. Photographs are also found in manuscript collections and the self-indexing photo file in the archives reading room. With these photographs we can see a classroom in the 1890s or the first car registered on campus in 1938 or this iconic image of Josetta Brittain Matthews, Auburn’s first African-American graduate, in 1966. The subjects vary widely, and images of Auburn University history can be viewed online in The Auburn University Photograph Collection and the Auburn: The Loveliest Village Collection featuring images from Auburn: A Pictorial History of The Loveliest Village by Mickey Logue and Jack Simms.

Photograph of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, 1983



Yearbooks. Special collections includes a complete run of Glomerata yearbooks dating from 1897. Each year the staff of the Glomerata sets out to capture the students, faculty, and campus organizations that make Auburn unique. Currently, the Glom is a 404 page, all-color book. Of course, the format has changed through the years and you can view the Glomeratas online at for the years 1897 through 2003.

This 1983 image of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is an example of a Glomerata photograph with print copies held in the archives. This organization, along with several other fraternities and sororities form the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which was founded at Auburn in 1998. The Black Greek Letter Organizations, known as the “Divine 9”, will be represented in the commemorative markers planned for the NPHC Legacy Plaza.

Last updated: 10/19/2020