Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


William H. Sheppard Library

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Institution Name: Stillman College
Original/Historic Place Name: William H. Sheppard Library
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1956original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1956-present (2006)library

William H. Sheppard Library was completed in 1956 and houses approximately 115, 366 volumes. Dr. Sheppard, for whom the building was named, completed his training for the ministry at Stillman in 1887 and with Samuel B. Lapsley founded the American Presbyterian Congo Mission at Luebo in what was then Belgian Congo (Zaire). In 1989 the Ashel and Merle Jackson Communication Complex was annexed to the facility.


Grandison, Kendrick Ian. "Negotiated Space: The Black College Campus as a Cultural Record of Postbellum America." American Quarterly 51, no. 3 (1999): 529-79.

Sykes, William M. Historical Development of Stillman College. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1930.

Terri, Paul W. ed. A Study of Stillman Institute. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1946.


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