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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.


  • July 9, 1963 - November 6, 2019


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.


0.363 Cubic Feet (One full-width letter-sized manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The Purdue University 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.

Program charter and planning records were separated from MSP 310, Helen Bass Williams papers, and added to this collection on February 4, 2021.

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.
Purdue University 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
Third edition. First edition completed December 14, 2017.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-19: Collection description updated by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2021-02-04: Added materials separated from MSP 310 (Series 1, Files 3 & 4). Updated description to include their addition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States