The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library has contributed two collections to date for Project Stand. The Mary Ann Smith Wilson-Ruby Doris Smith Robinson Collection on Student Activism documents the participation of two sisters in the Civil Rights Movement and the organizations with which they were affiliated. Although the collection documents both sisters activities, the bulk of the collection reflects Ruby Doris Smith Robinson’s activism activities in the civil rights movement. The Atlanta Student Movement Collection is a small ephemera collection that provides a glimpse of the involvement in the Civil Right Movement by students from the Atlanta University Center Schools, including Atlanta University, Gammon Theological Seminary, and Clark, Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Spelman colleges.
(Header image: SNCC “Now!” Poster, circa 1960 from AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library’s Mary Ann Smith Wilson, Ruby Doris Smith Robinson Collection on Student Activism)
Ruby D. Smith With Freedom Riders, circa 1962
Image from AUC Digital Collection: Ruby D. Smith stands and smiles outside of a train with other Freedom Riders.
The Mary Ann Smith Wilson – Ruby Doris Smith Robinson Collection on Student Activism
Dates: 1948 – 2008
Born on April 25, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, Ruby Doris Smith Robinson was a civil rights leader. She and her sisters, Catherine Smith Robinson and Mary Ann Smith Wilson, were three of seven children born to Reverend John T. and Alice Smith. Ruby attended Atlanta Public Schools and later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Spelman College in 1965. Atlanta’s racial discrimination, the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins of February 1960 all spurned her activism in the civil rights movement. The Mary Ann Smith Wilson – Ruby Doris Smith Robinson Collection spans the dates 1948-2008 with the bulk of the material dated 1960-1967. The collection includes photographs, correspondences, news articles, programs, reports, and flyers documenting their activism activities in the civil rights movement.
Sarah Tanner is the Head of the Archives Research Center at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Her current work focuses archival advocacy and the collection development of African American and African diasporic records.