doc_partin.jpgATLANTA (AP) _ Emory University's library is starting to collect archives dealing with blacks in sports. The university already has large collections about blacks in religion, arts, literature and poetry, as well as a section on civil rights.

The new focus on sports was sparked by the acquisition of a collection from former Emory athletic director William Clyde “Doc'' Partin, which includes essays, posters, signed baseballs and books about black athletes.

Other items the university has collected include a ticket stub from a 1938 Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling boxing match, a team photo of the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team and a baseball signed by Hank Aaron.

The collections join an already prestigious literary collection. Emory's library includes the archives of authors Salman Rushdie and Alice Walker, among others.