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Purdue University Black Cultural Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 176

Scope and Contents

The Purdue University Black Cultural Center, founded in 1969, serves to provide support and a home-away-from-home for Black students, as well as education for the general campus community. The materials in this collection document the programs, activities, and community created by and surrounding the Black Cultural Center.

Dates

  • 1969 - 2018

Creator

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

The Purdue University Black Cultural Center (BCC) was established in 1969 as an educational, event, and community-building location for the entire campus. The Center was originally located in a house on University Street, where it existed for nearly 30 years before a new center opened in 1999. The Black Cultural Center includes a library, study rooms, and meeting rooms for student and staff use. Throughout its existence, the BCC has hosted and sponsored numerous programs, events, and activities through its mission to further education, awareness, and understanding among different cultures.

Extent

4.721 Cubic Feet (13 shoe boxes and two cubic foot boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The Purdue University Black Cultural Center collection is arranged into four series. by document type, then, within "events recordings," by production.
  1. Publications
  2. Newspaper Clippings, Flyers, and Programs
  3. Photographs
  4. Events Recordings

Technical Access Information

Audio-visual materials must be migrated to a digital format before use. Contact Purdue University Archives and Special Collections if interested in using this material.

Acquisition Information

Original transfer from the Black Cultural Center via Renee Thomas and Jolivette Anderson-Douoning on April 7, 2011. Subsequent transfers from the Black Cultural Center Library via Langston Bates on November 13, 2012; BCC Library via Jamillah Gabriel on August 23, 2013; the Black Cultural Center via Jamillah R. Gabriel on December 1, 2015.

Additonal materials donated by Judith Downie, Special Collections and History Librarian, California State University on March 22, 2018.

Other materials transferred from the Black Cultural Center via Nikki Johnson on December 13, 2018. A departmental records transfer on March 6, 2019 from Black Cultural Center followed a donation by Dr. Leonard Harris to Black Cultural Center.

Related Materials

UA 162, LGBTQ Center records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

UA 164, Asian and Asian American Resource and Cultural Center records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Processing Information

Materials in binders were removed, and like items were organized into series. Items were placed into acid-free folders and boxes. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper for preservation and accessibility.
Title
Purdue University Black Cultural Center records
Status
Under Review
Author
Kay Hawthorne and Neal Harmeyer
Date
2020-11-11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2020-03-04.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-20: Collection description updated, by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2020-11-11: Updated collection description and notes, by Neal Harmeyer

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States
765-494-2839