The Archives of Payne Seminary contain significant materials from the African Methodist Episcopal Church and African American history. Books, manuscripts, pamphlets, tracts, sermons, microfilm, periodicals, photos, and memorabilia are preserved in the archives. Two special collections housed in the archives are the Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom collection and the George A. Singleton collection. Additional African American collections are housed locally at Central State University, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, and Wilberforce University. This cluster provides a rich resource for African American research.