Hale Woodruff (1900 – 1980) was an artist and art educator who was not only known for his own works that captured the African American experience but for his role 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 growth.  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 many important holdings, such as paintings that were presumed lost or destroyed; 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 work including 7 paintings and 22 works on paper. The works by Woodruff are of art historical significance and exemplify several phases of the artist’s extensive career.