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Guide to the Department of African and African American Studies records, 1966-1981

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Abstract

The Dept. of African and African American Studies collection contains the office files of department directors Walter Burford and William Turner.

Materials and topics in the collection include course materials for courses taught under the aegis of Black Studies' instructors; the large efforts channeled into recruitment of full-time faculty for the program; committee work related to Black Studies proposals and to the program's departmental status; budgets; and printed matter relating to similar programs and problems at other schools. The materials date from 1966-1981.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Department of African and African American Studies.
Title
Department of African and African American Studies records 1966-1981
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, 2,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains the office files of the Director of African and African American Studies. Materials and topics in the collection include course materials for courses taught under the aegis of Black Studies' instructors; the large efforts channeled into recruitment of full-time faculty for the program; committee work related to Black Studies proposals and to the program's departmental status; budgets; information concerning similar programs and problems at other schools; and printed material received by the office which gives something of the flavor of minority affairs and resources around the country. Two 7-inch magnetic tape reels are also present documenting the 1972 Black Religion Symposium. The materials date from 1966-1981.

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Contents of the Collection

Adams, Anne Donchin, 1971
Box 1 Folder 1
African Art course, 1971-1972
Box 1 Folder 2
African-American Scholars, undated
Box 1 Folder 3
Afro-American Students and Afro-American Studies, undated
Box 1 Folder 4
Afro-American Studies 99, 1977-1979
Box 1 Folder 5
Afro-American Studies Committee, 1976-1978 (see also Black Studies Committee)
Box 1 Folder 6
Afro Boutique, Direct African Importer, 1971
Box 1 Folder 7
Allen, Samuel, 1972
Box 1 Folder 8
Allen, Walter, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 9
American Association of University Professors (AAUP), 1971-1977
Box 1 Folder 10
ASALH (Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) Convention 1976, Paul Robeson Film Schedule, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 11
Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, 1974
Box 1 Folder 12
Bambara, Toni Cade, 1974-1975
Box 1 Folder 13
Baraka, Amiri, 1975
Box 1 Folder 14
Barber, James. 1975
Box 1 Folder 15
Battle, Joseph, 1974-1975
Box 1 Folder 16
Beauchamp, Dan E., 1975
Box 1 Folder 17
Becton, Charles, 1974-1975
Box 1 Folder 18
Bibliographies, 1973-1977
Box 1 Folder 19
Billings, David J., 1972
Box 1 Folder 20
Blackburn, John (Chancellor), 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 21
The Black in the City (NCCCEH) North Carolina Committee for Continuing Education in the Humanities, 1974
Box 1 Folder 22
Black Religion Symposium, 1972
Box 1 Folder 23
Black Seminarians Union, The (Duke University), 1972
Box 1 Folder 24
Black Student Alliance (Assoc. of African Studies), 1971-1977
Box 1 Folder 25
Black Student Roster, Spring 1973
Box 1 Folder 26
Black Studies, Course Descriptions and Considerations, etc., correspondence, 1970-1977
Box 1 Folder 27
Black Studies. Course Materials, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 28
Black Studies. Course Materials, Exam, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 29
Black Studies Committee, 1970-1979 and undated (see also Afro-American Studies Committee)
Box 1 Folder 30
Black Studies Department. Proposals, (see also Afro-American Studies Committee; Black Studies Committee) 1974-1975
Box 1 Folder 31
Black Studies Program history
Box 1 Folder 32
Black Studies Programs, other schools, 1971-1981
Box 1 Folder 33
Black Studies Programs, other schools, 1971-1981
Box 1 Folder 34
Black Studies Symposium, 1972-1976
Box 1 Folder 35
Book lists from Publishers, 1976-1977, undated
Box 1 Folder 36
Bradley, David, course proposal for Religion "Black Literature in a Theological Context," 1975
Box 1 Folder 37
Comments on Robert S. Brown's "The Economic Case for Reparations to Black America (M. Bronfenbrenner - Kenan Professor of Economics, Duke University), 1971
Box 1 Folder 38
[folder 39 removed]
Box 1 Folder 39
Budd, Louis, 1971; 1975
Box 1 Folder 40
Budget, 1971-1979
Box 1 Folder 41
Bulletin Materials, 1975-1978, undated
Box 1 Folder 42
Burford, Walter, (Director Black Studies Program), 1970-1976
Box 1 Folder 43
Burness, Donald
Box 1 Folder 44
Carson, Sonny (Mwalium Imiri Abubadika), 1972
Box 1 Folder 45
Carter, Howard, 1972
Box 1 Folder 46
Charlesworth, James H., 1975
Box 1 Folder 47
Chronicle News Articles, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 48
Clarke, Austin, 1971-1972
Box 1 Folder 49
Cleage, Albert, 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 50
Cleaveland, Provost Frederick, 1974-1977
Box 1 Folder 51
Colton, Joel, 1971
Box 1 Folder 52
Cone, James, 1971, 1975
Box 1 Folder 53
Conferences (non-Duke), 1975-1976
Box 1 Folder 54
Conferences (non-Duke), 1975-1976
Box 1 Folder 55
Correspondence, misc., 1970-1980
Box 1 Folder 56
Curriculum vitae of staff
Box 1 Folder 57
DeAlmeida, Eleanor, 1976,undated
Box 1 Folder 58
Dean's view of Central College (Pella, Iowa)
Box 1 Folder 59
Divinity School, Black Church Studies Center
Box 1 Folder 60
Everett, Chestyn (Hunger: USA)
Box 1 Folder 61
Faculty Recruitment, Anthropology, 1975-1977
Box 1 Folder 62
Faculty Recruitment, Dept. of English, 1975-1976
Box 1 Folder 63
Faculty Recruitment, Dept. of Economics, 1975-1976
Box 1 Folder 64
Faculty Recruitment, Dept. of History, 1975-1977
Box 1 Folder 65
Faculty Recruitment, Dept. of Philosophy, 1975
Box 1 Folder 66
Faculty Recruitment, Political Science, 1975-1977
Box 1 Folder 67
Faculty Recruitment, Sociology, 1975-1977
Box 1 Folder 68
Faculty Recruitment - Various Recruitment Documents, 1975-1977
Box 1 Folder 69
Fein, John M., Dean of Trinity College, 1975-1976
Box 1 Folder 70
Ferguson, Oliver, Chairman Dept. of English, 1970, 1972
Box 1 Folder 71
Financial Aid Budget Study, 1976
Box 1 Folder 72
Financial Aid Budget Study Recommendations for 1977-1978
Box 1 Folder 73
[folder 74 removed]
Box 1 Folder 74
Ford Foundation Reports, Black Studies Reports, 1970-1972
Box 2 Folder 1
Gavins, Raymond, Associate Professor of History, 1976-1977
Box 2 Folder 2
Graduate Fellowships and Proposals, summer awards, 1972
Box 2 Folder 3
Greenfield, Gerald Michael, 1976
Box 2 Folder 4
Grove Press, 1972
Box 2 Folder 5
Guinier, Prof. [Chairman Afro-American Studies, Harvard], 1972
Box 2 Folder 6
Hampton Associates, 1971-1972
Box 2 Folder 7
Dr. Stephen Henderson, English candidate, 1975-1976
Box 2 Folder 8
Hogg, Richard, Professor Tennessee State University, 1977
Box 2 Folder 9
House Courses, 1974; 1976
Box 2 Folder 10
Independent Study, 1976
Box 2 Folder 11
Institutional Racism at Duke University, 1972
Box 2 Folder 12
Jackson, Blyden, 1972-1976
Box 2 Folder 13
Jarrett, Nathaniel, 1971-1972
Box 2 Folder 14
Jeffers, Lance, 1976
Box 2 Folder 15
Job Notices, 1976-1980
Box 2 Folder 16
Jones, Robert E., Yale University Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, 1971
Box 2 Folder 17
Kerckhoff, Alan C., Chairman Department of Sociology, 1976
Box 2 Folder 18
King, George, Director of Afro-American Studies, Univ. of Minnesota, 1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 19
Koman, Janice, Co-Chairperson Duke Union Cable Television Project, 1976
Box 2 Folder 20
Langford, Thomas, Chairperson Religion Department, 1970-1972
Box 2 Folder 21
Lectures, programs at Duke University, 1971-1980
Box 2 Folder 22
Lee, Carleton L., Director Black Americana Studies, Univ. of Western Michigan, 1970-1972
Box 2 Folder 23
Lewis, Harold W., Dean of Faculty, 1971-1977
Box 2 Folder 24
Library Acquisitions, 1971-1972
Box 2 Folder 25
Library Blacklist, recent additions to the Durham City-County Library's Negro Collection, Stanford L. Warren Branch, 1976
Box 2 Folder 26
[folder 27 removed]
Box 2 Folder 27
Box 2 Folder 28
Memorandums outgoing, 1976
Box 2 Folder 29
[folder 30 removed]
Box 2 Folder 30
Minority Studies and Human Rights, summer 1977
Box 2 Folder 31
[folder 32 removed]
Box 2 Folder 32
The National Du Sable Memorial Society, 1976
Box 2 Folder 33
New York City Council Against Poverty, 1972
Box 2 Folder 34
News Clippings, 1970-1972 (mostly from The Chronicle)
Box 2 Folder 35
NOMMO, Africana Studies and Research Center Newsletter Purdue University, c.1977
Box 2 Folder 36
Oleila, Henry, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, 1970-1975
Box 2 Folder 37
Beyond those Hills, Henry Oleila, Mary Jane Neuendorffer, 1966
Box 2 Folder 38
President's Council on Black Affairs, 1977-1979
Box 2 Folder 39
Price, James (Dean) [re: name of department], 1970
Box 2 Folder 40
Printed Matter - miscellaneous offerings, 1975-1979 and undated
Box 2 Folder 41
Printed Matter - miscellaneous offerings, 1979-1980 and undated
Box 2 Folder 42
Provost group minutes, 1974
Box 2 Folder 43
Kenneth A. Pye, Acting Chancellor, 1975-1976
Box 2 Folder 44
Racism at St. Peters College (Jersey City, N.J.), 1971
Box 2 Folder 45
Randolph, Philip A. Educational Fund,
Box 2 Folder 46
Charles Ray, 1972-1973
Box 2 Folder 47
Recruitment of Black Students, 1972
Box 2 Folder 48
Research Grants, 1975-1976
Box 2 Folder 49
[folder 50 removed]
Box 2 Folder 50
Terry Sanford, President, 1972-1974
Box 2 Folder 51
Seaman, Mary, 1971
Box 2 Folder 52
Black Studies - Self-Study, 1976
Box 2 Folder 53
Shrine of the Black Madonna, 1972
Box 2 Folder 54
Smith, Cynthia, 1972
Box 2 Folder 55
Special Events, 1976, undated
Box 2 Folder 56
Speeches, undated
Box 2 Folder 57
Spragens, Thomas A. Curriculum Committee [re: name of program]
Box 2 Folder 58
Black faculty and staff at Duke University, 1978
Box 2 Folder 59
Student complaints, 1972
Box 2 Folder 60
Student Organization for Black Unity, 1970 (Greensboro, NC)
Box 2 Folder 61
Summer Awards, 1971
Box 2 Folder 62
Summer Session, 1973-1975
Box 2 Folder 63
Survey Results - Black Studies Program directors at American colleges, 1976
Box 2 Folder 64
Teacher Course and Student Evaluations, 1973-1978
Box 2 Folder 65
Teaching Materials: Chapters 1, 3, and 5 "Institutional Racism"
Box 2 Folder 66
Teaching Materials: Bibliographies and research guides, 1975-1976, undated
Box 2 Folder 67
Teaching Materials: Psychopathologie Africaine, 1973
Box 2 Folder 68
Teaching Materials: Article II, Racism and Culture
Box 2 Folder 69
Teaching Materials: Short Story - Orde Coobs "Silas Canterbury"
Box 2 Folder 70
Teaching Materials: Article I "The Significance of Africanisms"
Box 2 Folder 71
Thomas, Bettye, 1977
Box 2 Folder 72
Thorpe, Earl E., 1975-1978
Box 2 Folder 73
3M Company, 1972 [re: microfilm of the Schomburg Collection]
Box 2 Folder 74
Todd, Brecken, 1971 [re: Race and fellowships] (see also tuition awards)
Box 2 Folder 75
Toward a Rationale of Afro-American Studies at Princeton University (by Princeton's AASP staff), c. 1971-1972
Box 2 Folder 76
Transfer Students, 1973; 1976
Box 2 Folder 77
Travel Possibilities, 1972; 1980-1981
Box 2 Folder 78
Tuition Awards, 1971
Box 2 Folder 79
Turner, William, Acting Director Afro-American studies, 1975-1976
Box 2 Folder 80
Speak in a Mourning Land by William C. Turner Jr.,
Box 2 Folder 81
UFCAS (Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences): Committee on Courses of Instruction, 1971-1977
Box 2 Folder 82
UFCAS (Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences): Curriculum Committee, 1976
Box 2 Folder 83
UFCAS (Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences): UFCAS Executive Committee, 1974
Box 2 Folder 84
UFCAS (Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences): Report to UFCAS, October 9, 1975
Box 2 Folder 85
Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program, 1971-1974
Box 2 Folder 86
United Mexican American Students, 1969
Box 2 Folder 87
United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1972
Box 2 Folder 88
United States Department of Justice, 1970
Box 2 Folder 89
Vesic, Aleksander, 1976
Box 2 Folder 90
Voices in Black Studies, National Council for Black Studies, July/September 1977
Box 2 Folder 91
Washington, H.R. speech at Duke University (Feb. 25, 1975), "The Criminal Justice System as a Tool of Repression: A Constitutional Overview"
Box 2 Folder 92
Weeber, Richard P., 1970
Box 2 Folder 93
Welsh, Prof., Judea Reform Congregation, 1978
Box 2 Folder 94
Kenny J. Williams - English, 1976-1977
Box 2 Folder 95
Stenographer notebook 1 with miscellaneous notes
Box 2 Folder 96
Stenographer notebook 2 with miscellaneous notes
Box 2 Folder 97
Stenographer notebook 3 with miscellaneous notes
Box 2 Folder 98
Stenographer notebook 4 with miscellaneous notes
Box 2 Folder 99
Stenographer notebook 5 with miscellaneous notes
Box 2 Folder 100
Stenographer notebook 6 with miscellaneous notes
Box 2 Folder 101
Stenographer notebook 7 with miscellaneous notes
Box 2 Folder 102
7 inch reel magnetic tape - Black Religion Symposium (August 8, 1972) Topic "Black Religion and Black Revolution": Speakers: Albert Cleage, Reverend Detroit, Michigan **This has been digitized and can be accessed via our digital archive or by CD. Contact Research Services for more information.**
Box 2 Reel 1
7 inch reel magnetic tape - Black Religion Symposium (August 8, 1972) Topic "Black Religion and Black Revolution": Speakers: Nathaniel Jarrett, Reverend Yale University **This has been digitized and can be accessed via our digital archive or by CD. Contact Research Services for more information.**
Box 2 Reel 1
7 inch reel magnetic tape - Black Religion Symposium (August 8, 1972) Topic "Black Religion and Black Revolution": Speakers: Carlton Lee, Professor **This has been digitized and can be accessed via our digital archive or by CD. Contact Research Services for more information.**
Box 2 Reel 1
7 inch reel magnetic tape - Black Studies Master Reel 2 **This has been digitized and can be accessed via our digital archive or by CD. Contact Research Services for more information.**
Box 2 Reel 2

Historical Note

The initiative for the establishment of the Department of African and African American Studies began in October of 1968 when at an ad hoc meeting called by Dean William Griffith (at the request of the President of the University) Duke's Afro-American Society presented 12 demands. One of these demands called for the establishment of a Black Studies Program consisting of courses on Afro-American History, socio-economics, community development, black arts, black people in American politics, Afro-American literature, etc. Although there appeared to be general receptiveness to the proposition of a Black Studies Program, concern was expressed by some administrators present that "'funding and the ability to secure competent teachers' might present an obstacle to formation of the program." After a few meetings the momentum for the creation of Black Studies Program staled.

On February 13, 1969 sixty members of the Afro-American Society occupied the Allen Building (the main administrative building on campus) for eight hours and presented the university administration with a list of thirteen demands. The demands once again included the "establishment of a fully-accredited department of Afro-American Studies."

In response to the Allen Building Takeover the administration met with the Afro- American Society and accepted 12 of their 13 points. Following this acceptance the Supervisory Committee on Black Studies chaired by Louis Budd of the English Department was formed. The composition of the committee was contested by the students who demanded equal representation among the faculty and students. The final composition of the committee, however, was 5 faculty members and 3 students.

In May 1969, the Black Studies Committee submitted and received approval for the Black Studies Program from the Undergraduate Faculty Council of the Arts and Sciences (UFCAS). Walter Burford was named program head in 1970. Since its creation the program and eventually department has undergone various name changes. Some previous names include Black Studies Program, Afro-American Studies, African and Afro-American Studies, and its most recent (2007) incarnation African and African American Studies.

For a more in depth history of the department until 1984 please consult Report of Ad Hoc Committee on African and Afro-American Studies located in the Black History at Duke Reference Collection.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • African Studies Committee Records (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Allen Building Takeover Collection, 1969-2002 (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Black History at Duke Reference Collection, 1948-2001 and undated (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Black Student Alliance Records, 1969-2006 (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Edgar Tristram Thompson papers, 1915-1985 (University Archives, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Department of African and African American Studies Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Department of African and African American Studies records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1976, 1983, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Sherrie Bowser, September 2007

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, September 2007

Encoded for digitization project by Jessica Carew, December 2011

Accessions 76-141, A83-94, A86-64 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.