The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta has established a new collection on African Americans in sports. The new archive includes books about African-American athletes, memorabilia, documents, posters, and other collectibles.
Among the most notable items are a ticket stub from the 1938 Joe Louis/Max Schmeling heavyweight title fight, a photograph of the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team, and autographed baseballs with the signatures of Hank Aaron and Satchel Paige.
Pellom McDaniels III, an assistant professor of history and American studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, is serving as a consultant curator for the new collection. McDaniels, who played in the National Football League, holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University.