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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 Studies records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 156
Scope and Contents The Purdue University African American Studies records contain information and publications related to the African American Studies program at Purdue University, including newsletters, publications, planning and development records, 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.
Dates: 1963-07-09 - 1989-03-31

Helen Bass Williams papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 310
Overview This collection includes documents, correspondence, published materials, photographs, and audio recordings collected and created by Helen Bass Williams that document her personal life, education, and her work as a civil rights activist in the South, educator, and counselor and professor at Purdue University.
Dates: 1915 - 2004; Majority of material found within circa 1960s and 1970s