Tupac Shakur Collection Opens at Atlanta University Library

Dana Lixenberg/Corbis Outline

More than 30 boxes of material, including handwritten song lyrics, manuscripts and media clippings, are now available for research in digital and original formats.

On the 15th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library announced the opening of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection.

VIDEO: Tupac Shakur's 5 Most Downloaded Songs
Including song lyrics, poems, track lists and video treatments, the collection comprises of approximately 11 linear feet, with 30 boxes of materials. It is one of the few publicly available research collections of an individual hip hop artist.
Spanning from 1969 to 2008, a few of the most noteworthy items featured include a handwritten video treatment for “Dear Mama,” a notebook of songs eventually recorded for 2Pacalypse Now, and a handwritten draft of The Rose That Grew from Concrete. Media clippings, publicity materials, and manuscripts by the Shakur family are also featured.

STORY: Tupac Shakur Would Have Turned 40 Today
“We’re honored to have partnered with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to preserve the artistic legacy of Tupac Shakur through this collection,” said Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director. “He transformed the landscape of hip hop culture and was one of the most compelling voices and talents of his generation.”
“The lessons that students, researchers, and fans can learn from this close and personal look at his writings are invaluable,” added Vernal Cambridge, Executive Director of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
The collection, which required two years of extensive categorization, is available for research in both digital and original formats at the AUC Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center Reading Room.