Afeni Shakur, ATL Library To Develop Tupac Scholar Research

 Afeni Shakur-Davis’ Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation will partner with Atlanta’s Robert W. Woodruff Library to develop scholar research of Tupac’s writings. The agreement will give students a wealth of original material from Tupac’s prodigious catalogue, including handwritten lyrics, personal notes, video and film projects, and promotional materials.

The materials are currently housed in 11 boxes which will be organized and then uploaded online for easy access to Atlanta University students, which includes such higher learning centers as Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.

"The Woodruff Library Archives has done a phenomenal job archiving my son's materials," Afeni Shakur-Davis explained in a prepared statement. "I thank their staff for partnering with my family and the Foundation in helping to make these important documents available in a professional manner that will benefit scholars for years to come."

The Woodruff Library is proud to develop Tupac’s work, and these writings will join distinguished company with the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and the Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records.

"The Woodruff Library is honored to collaborate with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to preserve the artistic legacy of Tupac Shakur," stated Woodruff Library CEO and Director Loretta Parham. "Mr. Shakur was a multi-dimensional artist who helped define a musical genre, and as the academic library serving four institutions of higher learning, it is our mission, as well as a great privilege, to help promote scholarship and research of his work, and the mechanics of his creative process and the hip hop culture."

Tupac remains Hip-Hop’s most popular all time artist, with sales of over 75 million worldwide and critically acclaimed albums in Me Against the World, All Eyez On Me, and The Don Killumanti: The 7 Day Theory.

September 13 marked the 13th anniversary of Shakur’s death.

He was slain at the age of 25 in a still officially unsolved drive-by shooting.

At press time, the Tupac Shakur Collection will open in Fall 2010.