In March 2018, the AHI completed the massive project of cataloging the book collection of the late Eugene D. Genovese, internationally known historian of the South and slavery. The Genovese collection contains more than 3,000 volumes. AHI commissioned Christian Goodwillie, Director of Special Collections and Archives at Hamilton College, to catalogue all published items in the collection. He created two lists: one by title and publication information as well as a second annotated list for the benefit of researchers.
In his will, Genovese, who died on September 26, 2012, at age 82, bequeathed a substantial portion of his personal library to the AHI. Both Genovese and his wife Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (d. 2007), a prominent public intellectual in her own right, served as charter members of the AHI’s board of academic advisers. They mentored two of the AHI’s co-founders: Robert Paquette and Douglas Ambrose.