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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

Dr. Charles Chavis

Mitchell-Quarles African American History Month Convocation
Dr. Charles Chavis
February 11, 2021, 11:00 am
MSU YouTube channel recording

Convocation Program
Convocation Flyer

The Davis Room is celebrating African American History month with the second convocation unbound. The format is a conversation with Morgan alums, our 2021 personality was Dr. Charles Chavis Morgan Class of 2018. He shared his first public discussion on his forthcoming book The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State. To complement Dr. Chavis, current graduate students from the Department of History share essays on the 2020-2021 convocation theme From Till to Taylor to Floyd Black Struggles for Liberation and Dignity through the legacies of Congressman Parren J. Mitchell by Ms. Camille Cipollone and Dr. Benjamin A. Quarles by Mr. Issac Howard. Enjoy their essays.


"Beulah M. Davis Special Collections at Morgan State University Awarded an IMLS Grant" Archivists and Archives of Color Newsletter, Summer 2020 34(3)

Special Collections Staff

Dr. Ida Jones, University Archivist

Visiting Special Collections

davis.room@morgan.edu / (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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