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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.


  • 1963-07-09 - 1989-03-31


Languages of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

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 and continued to develop curriculum and support for faculty and students at Purdue.


0.25 Cubic Feet (One half-width letter-sized manuscript box)


The African American Studies records are arranged into three series.
  1. Administrative Information
  2. Publications
  3. Events

Acquisition Information

Two photographs of St. Clair Drake donated by Ginny Reichard on April 16, 1985. Documents sent directly to Purdue Libraries.

Related Materials

MSP 154, Purdue University African American Students, Alumni and Faculty collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information

Materials removed from "HSSE, School of - Afro-American Studies" vertical file, arranged by topic, and housed in acid-free folders in acid-free box.
African American Studies records
Adriana Harmeyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States