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Purdue University. African American Studies and Research Center


Historical Information

Africana Studies and Research Center was established at Purdue University in 1975 under the leadership of Dr. Samuel Hay, faculty member in Creative and Visual Arts, as a resource to encourage existing departments to include African American experiences in their courses and to support the work of students focused on the subject. The program began offering its own courses in 1978.

The program changed its name to African American Studies Center in the 1980s before becoming African American Studies and Research Center, and continued to develop curriculum and support for faculty and students at Purdue.


History of African American Studies, African American Studies and Research Center website. Retrieved 2017-12-14.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University African American Students, Alumni and Faculty collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 154
Scope and Contents The Purdue University African American Students, Alumni and Faculty collection donated by Alexandria Cornelius, was likely gathered during her research on African American students, alumni and faculty at Purdue University. Historical information was gathered from numerous newspapers, Debris yearbooks, directories, statistics, and questionnaires sent to black alumni. Also included are Black Cultural Center newsletters, along with programs and flyers from the Black Cultural Center and The African...

African American Studies records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 156
Scope and Contents The African American Studies records contain information and publications related to the African American Studies program at Purdue University, including newsletters, publications, and information about sponsored events dating from the early days of the program in the 1960s through the mid-1980s. Most of the materials in this collection were published under one of the program's previous names, as Africana Studies or Afro-American Studies.