Hale Woodruff (1900–1980) was an artist and art educator who is renowned for his body of works that captured African American experiences. Woodruff’s legacy is particular importance to Spelman College is because of his leadership in positioning the Atlanta University Center as the premier site in the southeast for art instruction for African Americans at a time when segregationist policies limited their options for access to instruction and other opportunities. Woodruff also had a significant impact on the New York School of Abstraction. His works are in collections at several universities and museums, and his papers are held at the Amistad Research Center, Archives of American Art and the Library of Congress. The Spelman collection includes key holdings: one of the most celebrated works from the Celestial Gate series and a well-known series of linocuts. Spelman College values its role as a repository for Woodruff’s that are of art historical significance and exemplify several phases of the artist’s extensive career.