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Guide to the Vassar College Africana Studies Records, 1969-2004

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College. Africana Studies Program.
Title: Vassar College Africana Studies Records
Dates: 1969-2004
Quantity: 11 cubic feet (11 boxes)
Abstract: Collection comprises mainly correspondence and subject files relating to the foundation and early development of the Africana Studies program.
Forms of Materials:
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Administrative History

With recommendations and urging from the Students’ Afro-American Society (SAS), a multidisciplinary program in Black Studies was approved in February, 1969. The Urban Black Studies Center was also established and opened off-campus that year to provided educational opportunities for Poughkeepsie residents. Both initiatives were considered experimental and not assured of permanent funding.

In 1975, the program was renamed as the Africana Studies Program. The Urban Center was closed in 1981, its funding shifted toward an endowment for Third World Studies.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises mainly correspondence and subject files relating to the foundation and early development of the Africana Studies program. Of particular note are the faculty meeting minutes and program chair's files. In addition to the standard records, there are two photograph albums and additional envelopes of photo prints from the 1971 study trip to Africa.

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Access

There are three boxes of material that is restricted for reasons of personnel privacy as well as FERPA. The rest of the collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library .

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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  • Vassar College 1969 Black Studies Sit-in Records.
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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Vassar College--Faculty
  • Vassar College--Students

Subjects:

  • African American students

Subjects:

  • African Americans -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie

Subjects:

  • Africa -- Study and teaching
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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Streett, November 2019.

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Preferred Citation

Vassar College Africana Studies Records, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Streett, October 2019.

Acquisition Information

Materials were transferred in two accessions. The date of the first accession is unknown. 6 boxes were transferred in 2013.

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Container List

General program files

Box 1 Annual reports (incomplete set), 1977-2004 (7 folders)
Box 1 Program reviews and reports, 1975, 1978, 1988 (8 folders)
Box 1 Faculty Committee on Black Studies, 1974-1975 (2 folders)
Box 1 Trustee Committee on Minority Affairs, 1985-1986
Box 1 Faculty correspondence, 1990-1992 (3 folders)
Box 1 Faculty evaluation by students, 1978
Box 1 Faculty forums, 1980-1981, 1985-1988 (5 folders)
Box 1 Faculty handbook, 1985-1986
Box 1 Faculty meetings (incomplete set), 1973-2003 (15 folders)
Box 1 Faculty memos, 1977-1978
Box 1 Faculty recruitment, 1974-1987 (3 folders)
Box 1 Faculty retreats, 1980-1992 (4 folders)
Box 1 Program chairs' files, 1974-1982 (9 folders)
Box 2 Program chairs' files, 1985-1992 (16 folders)

Subject Files

Box 2 AAAVC
Box 2 Admissions, 1974-1978, 1986 (5 folders)
Box 2 Advisor to Minority Students 1988-1990
Box 2 Advisors (pre-major), 1985-1986
Box 2 Affirmative action, 1976-1986 (4 folders)
Box 2 Africana Studies Committee on Cultural Affairs and Student Forum, 1978
Box 2 Africana Studies handbook, 1985
Box 2 Africana Studies majors, 1974-1988, 2003-2004 (5 folders)
Box 2 Africana Studies Majors Committee, 1985-1990, undated
Box 2 American Culture Program (2 folders)
Box 2 Arabic Studies, 1987
Box 2 Area Studies, 1987-1988
Box 2 Audiovisual resources, 1977-1987 (4 folders)
Box 2 Black college exchange, 1975
Box 2 Black conferences, 1974-1975
Box 2 Black drama workshop, 1980
Box 2 Black faculty caucus, 1980-1981, 1988-1990, 1998 (3 folders)
Box 2 Board of Trustees - Salary freeze, 1976
Box 2 Bracketing courses
Box 2 Budget files, 1977-1983 (10 folders)
Box 3 Budget files, 1985-2004 (19 folders)
Box 3 Bulletin board (2 folders)
Box 3 Career Development, 1987-1989 (2 folders)
Box 3 Catalog copy (Registrar), 1974-1989 (10 folders)
Box 8 Catalog retrospective, 2002 (2 binders)
Box 3 Coalition of Concerned Students and Faculty, 1990-01-26
Box 3 College Course
Box 3 Committee on Curricular Policies (CCP), 1974-2004 (12 folders)
Box 3 Committee on the Education of Minority Students Report, 1970
Box 3 Community Leaders Directory, 1987
Box 3 Conferences
Box 4 Copyright, 1978, 1985
Box 4 Correlate sequence, 1986-1987
Box 4 Course listings and schedules, 1974-2004 (4 folders)
Box 4 Dean of the College, 1985-1990 (4 folders)
Box 4 Dean of Freshman - Pat Kaurouma, 1977-1978
Box 4 Dean of Student Life, 1989-1990
Box 4 Dean of Studies, 1988-1990
Box 4 Development Office
Box 4 Eduational Services and Student Relations (Office of), 1975 (3 folders)
Box 4 Exploring Transfer Program, 1989
Box 4 Faculty Appointments and Salary Committee, 1978-1979
Box 4 Faculty bulletin board information, 1987-1988
Box 4 Faculty-Freshman Dialogue, 1985
Box 4 Faculty leaves and replacements
Box 4 Faculty meetings (general college)
Box 4 Faculty review process
Box 4 Faculty staffing plans, 2000-2004
Box 4 Faculty teaching schedules, 1981-1991 (5 folders)
Box 4 Faculty tenure, reappointment and promotion, 1975, 1978 (2 folders)
Box 4 Faculty travel, 1974-1989 (3 folders)
Box 4 Faculty -- Bickerstaff, Joyce
Box 4 Faculty -- Cottingham, Clement, 1978-1979
Box 4 Faculty -- Hill, Anthony
Box 4 Faculty -- Hodges, Norman
Box 4 Faculty -- Lynch, Hollis
Box 4 Faculty -- Mamiya, Lawrence
Box 4 Faculty -- Nkondo, Moses
Box 4 Faculty -- Paul-Emile, Barbara (3 folders)
Box 4 Fellowships, 1975-1990
Box 4 Field trips, 1982-2003 (5 folders)
Box 4 Field work, 1977-1989 (3 folders)
Box 4 Final examinations
Box 4 Ford Foundation support material
Box 8 Ford Scholar program, circa 1989
Box 4 Forms -- miscellaneous
Box 4 Freshman advisees, 1985
Box 4 Freshman courses
Box 4 Freshman seminar
Box 4 Gay Lesbian Bisexual Task Force report, 1989
Box 4 Gospel choir
Box 4 Grants and fellowships
Box 4 Green Haven Prison, 1982-1983, undated (2 folders)
Box 4 Harassment Committee
Box 4 History Department, 1975-1981 (2 folders)
Box 4 Independent major
Box 4 Interdepartmental correspondence, 1977-1979 (2 folders)
Box 4 International Studies (2 folders)
Box 5 Kendrick House matter, 1975-1975
Box 5 Latin American Studies
Box 5 Library, 1973-1990 (15 folders)
Box 5 Magazine articles and books, circa 1974-1982
Box 5 Mellon grant
Box 5 Middles States report, 1988
Box 5 Minorities in Higher Education
Box 5 Minority Freshman Orientation, 1985
Box 5 Multidiisciplinary Program (6 folders)
Box 5 National Congress of Black Faculty (2 folders)
Box 5 National Council of Black Studies
Box 5 National Endowment for the Humanities
Box 5 New England Afro-American Studies Directors
Box 5 New England (building), 1974-1987 (4 folders)
Box 5 New York State American-Black Studies Resource Survey, circa 1985-1988
Box 5 President (3 folders)
Box 5 President and Trustee Committee on Minority Affairs
Box 5 Publicity
Box 5 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Box 5 Secretary (3 folders)
Box 5 Senior theses, 1990, undated
Box 5 Sloan proposal, 1982
Box 5 Student employment and financial aid, 1977-1986
Box 5 Student forum, 1978
Box 5 Student honors and prizes, 1978-1988, 2004
Box 5 Student organizations
Box 5 Student organizations -- Black Student Union, 1989-1990
Box 5 Student organizations -- Students' Afro-American Society, 1977-1988 (2 folders)
Box 6 Study abroad, 1974-1991 (7 folders)
Box 8 Study trip in Africa -- photographs, 1971 (2 albums and 2 packets)
Box 5 Syllabi, 1981-1982, 1985-1986, 1997 (3 folders)
Box 8 Syllabi, 1975-1977
Box 6 Third World Festival, 1981-1993 (29 folders)
Box 6 Third World Studies
Box 6 Urban Center, 1974-1981 (6 folders)
Box 6 Urban Studies, 1980-1986 (2 folders)
Box 6 Vacancies, 1985-1988 (3 folders)
Box 6 Venture Consortium,
Box 6 Women and the third world, 1988-1989
Box 6 Women's Helath Initiative, 1987-1988
Box 6 Women's Studies, 1985-1989
Box 6 Work and Gender seminar, 1987-1989
Box 6 Zap Productions, 1986
Box 6 Zimand Fund, 1985
Box 6 Zimand Fund desegregation symposium, 1981

Lectures and Events

Box 7 General files, 1975-2004 (17 folders)
Box 7 Films, 1977-1987 (4 folders)
Box 8 Walter Rodney -- photographs, circa 1975
Box 7 Vinnie Burrows, 12 April 1978
Box 7 Ivan Van Sertima, 16 February 1978
Box 7 Michael Witter, 1982
Box 7 Micere Mugo, 1982
Box 7 Ronald Bailey, 17 February 1986
Box 7 John Callahan, 1986
Box 7 Black Jewish Relations panel, 25 February 1986
Box 7 Ebony Theatre Ensemble, October 1987
Box 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, 1987
Box 7 June Jackson Christmas, April 1988
Box 7 Leonard Jeffries, Jr., 1988
Box 7 Calvin Butts, 1988
Box 7 20th Anniversary, 1987-1989 (7 folders)
Box 7 Sylvia Boone, 1989
Box 7 Donald Bogle, 1989
Box 7 Muddathir Abdel Rahim, 19 April 1989
Box 7 President's Colloquium, 1989
Box 7 Leslie Collins, 1989
Box 7 Howard Dodson, 1989
Box 7 Eric Foner, 1989
Box 7 David L. Lewis, 1989
Box 7 Art Exhibition, 1989
Box 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, 1989
Box 7 Symposium: Africana Studies in the Academy, April 1989 (2 folders)
Box 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, 1989-1990
Box 7 ASE Drumming Circle, circa 1990-1999
Box 7 Sudan Studies Association, April 1992
Box 7 Rex Nettleford, 1992
Box 7 25th Anniversary, 1995
Box 7 Andrew Hacker, February 1995
Box 7 Margaret Walker, 1995
Box 7 Newark Boys Choir, 1995
Box 7 Louis Wilson, 1995
Box 7 Amistad event, 1996
Box 7 Michelle Wallace, 1997
Box 7 Proposed lecture series, 1997
Box 7 Hal Weaver, 1998
Box 7 A.J. Williams-Myers, 1998
Box 7 Retirement party for Norman Hodges, 1998
Box 7 Black History Month, 1999
Box 7 New York City Labor Chorus, 6 February 1999
Box 7 Paul Gilroy, 2001
Box 7 Alice Randall, 2001
Box 7 Taj Mahal, 2002
Box 7 Sudanic-Maghaaribi Studies Unit, 2002
Box 7 Michelle Cliff, 2002
Box 7 Sonia Sanchez, 2003
Box 7 Mohamed Ezroura, 2004
Box 7 Jazz festival, undated

RESTRICTED

Box 9 Student-related files
Box 9 Faculty files
Boxes 10 and 11 Candidate files (to be weeded)

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