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Beulah M. Davis Special Collections: Davis Room

Documenting the African American experience in Maryland through the contributions of the Morgan State University community. Since its creation the Davis Room now includes a growing section of manuscripts, University Archives, rare books, and artifacts.

About Special Collections

The Davis Room also houses all available Prometheans, Morgan yearbooks 1950-2013, Morgan dissertations and theses, as well as, The Spokesman student newspaper 1940s-2010s. Lastly, there are select historical faculty publications.

Who Was Beulah M. Davis

Beulah M. DavisMs. Davis was the first academically trained librarian and second alumna hired at Morgan in 1926. She served the University for 40 years. During her tenure she grew the collection from 7,000 volumes to over 100,000 volumes of books. In addition she sought and acquired manuscript collections to augment historical research and understanding. In 1941 she received assistance from Dr. Roland C. McConnell. Dr. McConnell, professor of history at Morgan, also worked at the National Archives and sought to integrate primary sources into the classroom and library at Morgan.

News & Updates

"Beulah M. Davis Special Collections at Morgan State University Awarded an IMLS Grant" Archivists and Archives of Color Newsletter, Summer 2000 34(3)

Dunnaville program cover page

Mitchell-Quarles Black History Month Convocation
Clarence M Dunnaville, Jr., Esq.
Feburary 6, 2020, 11:00 am
University Student Center Theater, Morgan State University
Convocation Program

The Davis Room is celebrating African American History month with the new convocation unbound. The format is a conversation with Morgan alums, our 2020 personality was Clarence Dunnaville Morgan Class of 1954. He wrote an essay to share his thoughts about the impact Morgan experience had on his life and future career. In spring 1954 Dr. A.J. Walker took Dunnaville and other classmates to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Thurgood Marshall argue Brown vs. Board of Education. Enjoy his thoughtful essay by clicking here.

The Davis Room recently hosted its Fourth Annual Indie Authors Day!! This is a national event in concert with libraries to celebrate the written word by independent authors and publishers. This year we hosted a Morgan professor, Morgan alum, Motivational speaker and Newly minted author - who will share their inspiration, process, success and pitfalls of moving their dreams into printed form.


Indie Author's Day 2019 [left to right] Sir Charles Cary, Professor Kimberly Collins, Mrs. Violet Staley and Morgan Alum Tarik Moore. These authors shared their path and passion for writing with an engagement audience of students and staff. There books will be available in the Davis Room. If you would like to be considered for Indie Author's Day 2020 please contact us at

Special Collections Staff

Dr. Ida Jones, University Archivist

Visiting Special Collections / (443) 885-3458

Due to the pandemic, appointments to visit the Davis Room are required.

Theses & Dissertations

Morgan State University's Master Theses & Dissertations are housed in the Beulah M. Davis Special Collections Department. Masters theses and dissertation are non-circulating and follow our copyright policies. They are available online through our Institutional Repository or in the Proquest Theses & Dissertations Global database

Unprocessed Manuscript Collections

  • Emmett J. Scott Papers
  • Irene Diggs Papers
  • Therman O. Daniels Papers
  • William S. Braithwaite Papers
  • Martin D. Jenkins Papers
  • Kate I. Sheppard Papers
  • Ivanhoe Higgins Papers
  • James H. Gilliam, Jr. Papers
  • Lathan A. Windley Papers
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