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Hallie Beachem Brooks collection

Identifier: aarl-86-001

Scope and Contents

The Hallie Beachem Brooks collection consists of a variety of vinyl records from Duke Ellington to Fats Waller. These records span multiple generations of music culture from the 1940s to the mid 1970s, researchers with an interest in music history will find this collection useful.

With over 650 items belonging to this collection the rarity of some records can assist researchers studying a particular artist or genre.


  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1980

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Prior permission from the Auburn Avenue Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Biographical / Historical

Hallie Beachem Brooks, a librarian and educator, was born on October 9, 1907 in West Baden, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Library Sciences degree from Columbia University in 1940 and continued her education at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School, where she earned an M.A. in 1946.

While continuing her education, Brooks became assistant librarian at the Indianapolis Public Library until she was recruited by John Hope, president of Atlanta University to become a librarian of the new library. Brooks would go on to become a faculty member of the Atlanta University School of Library Sciences in 1942 until her retirement in 1977.

Brooks received many honors from both professional and educational organizations. She was elected president of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Atlanta Public Library System.

This collection of vinyl records were willed to the Samuel Woodrow Williams Collection when Brooks died in 1985.


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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303