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Department Newsletters, 2009 - 2017


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The earliest materials in this collection pre-date the formation of both the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Black Studies program, which is today known as the Department of Africana Studies. Photographs and papers from students document protests in the Spring of 1969, which precipitated the formation of the Black Studies Committee, and later, the BSU and Black Studies program. The committee records contain meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, reference materials, and other materials which provide a comprehensive overview of the committee's activites. Curriculum planning, faculty recruitment, student enrollment, and short/long range planning are some of the topics covered. Records created after the formation of the department largely correspond to Dr. Bertha Maxwell's tenure as the first department chair. Many of the records were created by or reference her in some way.

The collection is divided into six series: Black Studies Program--Subject files; Committees--Black Studies--Subject files; Black Student Union--Subject files, Department Newsletters, Websites, and Events. Most records in the collection are contained within the Black Studies Program subject files, which fall primarily between the years 1969 and 1984. Aside from the program files, there are two subseries; the first contains audio and video recordings of events and classroom materials. The second subseries contains photographs and slides which document a number of faculty/student events, trips, student protests, and other campus activities. The Black Student Union series is comprised of a single folder with dates between 1969 and 1972. The Committee's series is scattered between the years 1969 and 1982, with most dates falling within the first five years of its creation, which was its most active period.

Committee and most subject files were maintained in the order that they were received. Photographs, slides, and negatives were separated and organized by size and event, when an event could be determined.


  • 2009 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Digital materials can be viewed in the reading room. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives staff for access.


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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte [All collections not yet online. For assistance, contact Special Collections: spec-coll@uncc.edu; 704-687-1170] Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States