Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education with a predominantly African-American heritage. It offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees as well as certificate programs to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The University was established in 1988 through the consolidation of its two parent institutions, Atlanta University (1865), the nation's first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans, and Clark College (1869) the nation's first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population.


  • Atlanta University Course Catalogs

    • The catalog for Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) provides information on the degree programs, course offerings, policies, procedures, financial costs, buildings and services, administration staff, Board of Trustees, and faculty.  Early years of the catalog also included lists of matriculating students and alumni.
  • Newsletter: Atlanta University Bulletin

    • The Atlanta University Bulletin was published quarterly by the University. The purpose of the newsletter was to tell the story of the work being done at the University. Originally a monthly, the Bulletin contained information on issues pertaining to education for African Americans, articles on the academic program of the University, accomplishments of alumni, editorial comments on political issues and racial injustices, speeches and sermons delivered to the students by distinguished Americans, reprints of materials from various journals, and appeals for financial aid. The Bulletin also contained many illustrations and pictures of the campus and campus events. In 1910, the Bulletin became a quarterly, and devoted every fourth issue to the publication of the Atlanta University Catalog, which usually contained a list of trustees, faculty, descriptions of the University, school calendar, and course offerings, which can be viewed in the Atlanta University Catalog Collection.
  • Graduate Theses and Dissertations

    • The theses and disserations deposited here represent the research and scholarship of Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University.
  • The Panther and Clark Atlanta University Panther

    • Atlanta University was founded in 1865 by the American Missionary Association with assistance from the Freedman’s Bureau. Clark College was founded as Clark University in 1869 by the Freedmen’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (now United Methodist Church). The college was named for Bishop Davis W. Clark, the first president of the Freedmen’s Aid Society. In 1945, The Panther became the official student newspaper of Clark College, a decision made by the student body and faculty advisor. Prior to this, The Mentor had been the representative college journal of student expression. Clark Atlanta University is the consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University in 1988. The two separate collections denotes the publication before consolidation and after consolidation.


For more digital research and scholarship from Clark Atlanta University, please visit CAU's home page on Digital Commons.


Clark Atlanta University