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Audio-Visual Recordings, 1971-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 176, Series 5

Scope and Contents

These materials include audio and visual recordings of events presented and/or sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, or pertaining to the topic of African Americans. Such events include but are not limited to: performances by the BCC’s Performing Arts Ensembles and visiting university choral groups, the Black Cultural Arts Festival, guest speaker events, lectures, and documentaries about the BCC and the African American experience at Purdue.

There are several audiocassette tapes known to be absent from the collection, but their contents and current location are not presently known.


  • 1971-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1970s-1980s

Access Information

The collection is open for research.


1.502 Cubic Feet (Eight shoe boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Series 5 is arranged into three sub-series by subject matter. Material within each sub-series is arranged numerically by the cassette number the Black Cultural Center assigned it, to maintain original order. The original order was mostly chronological.
  1. Speaking Engagements
  2. Performances
  3. Documentaries

Processing Information

Audiocassettes have been assigned two sets of indicator numbers. The first is the numbering system that the Black Cultural Center (BCC) originally assigned the cassettes. This is a sequential numbering system ranging from C1 to C241. The second numbering system was assigned by the Purdue Archives and Special Collections (ASC) and indicates the location of the cassettes based on box and item number, starting at Box 3, Cassette 1 and ending at Box 9, Cassette 29.

The original BCC numbering system has been kept to maintain the context around how the BCC ordered the collection, and to make it possible to fill in gaps in the collection if additional cassettes are acquired. The ASC numbering system has been added to aid researchers and archivists in locating and returning cassettes, and to provide a uniform numbering system that accounts for missing and duplicate instances in the BCC's numbering system, as well as cassettes that did not have an instance assigned by the BCC.


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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