Guide to the Black Student Alliance records, 1969-2006

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Contains the records of the Black Student Alliance and materials of student groups specific to the African diaspora at Duke University. Also includes materials about race relations at Duke University and activities of various community groups. The records include fliers, memoranda, correspondence, printed e-mail, minutes, newsletters, reports, charts, printed materials, a scrapbook, and a history of the Black Student Alliance. Major subjects include Duke University students, African-American students, the Afro-American Society, Black Student Alliance, student government, race relations at Duke University, and student protest. Materials range in date from 1969 to 2006 (bulk 1996-2006). Forms part of the University Archives at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Black Student Alliance records 1969-2006
Duke University. Black Student Alliance.
1 Linear Feet, Approx. 1,000 Items
University Archives, Duke University.
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.

Collection Overview

Contains fliers, memoranda, correspondence, printed e-mail, minutes, newsletters, reports, charts, a scrapbook, printed materials pertaining to the activities of the Black Student Alliance and related Black and African American student groups at Duke University from 1969-2006 (bulk 1996-2006). Forms part of the University Archives at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

African and African-American studies, 1979, 1990, 1997-1998
Box 1 Folder 1
Afro-American Society materials, 1969-1971
Box 1 Folder 2
Alpha Kappa Alpha, fliers, 1998
Box 1 Folder 3
Area colleges and universities, 1990-1998
Box 1 Folder 4
ASDU and Young Trustees, 1990-1992
Box 1 Folder 5
Association of African Students, 1972-1976
Box 1 Folder 6
Beyond the Dream Symposium, 1992
Box 1 Folder 7
Black Cultural Center proposal, 1980
Box 1 Folder 8
Black Faculty, 1988-1991
Box 1 Folder 9
Black Gentleman's Club, 1996
Box 1 Folder 10
Black Women's Collective, undated
Box 1 Folder 11
Bouchet Society, undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Campus Community Development, Race and Race Relations Speakers Series, 1997-1998
Box 1 Folder 13
Central Committee (of the Black Student Alliance), minutes, agendas, memos, 1996-1997
Box 1 Folder 14
Contact lists, 1991-1998
Box 1 Folder 15
Corresondence, 1979- / 1998-
Box 1 Folder 16
Duke Women of Color United, flier, 1998
Box 1 Folder 17
Gospel Choir, fliers, 1997-1998
Box 1 Folder 18
Harding, Calvin: Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 37
Hurston-James Society, mission statement draft, 1997
Box 1 Folder 19
Inter-Community Council, 1997
Box 1 Folder 20
Kappa Alpha Psi flier, 1998
Box 1 Folder 21
Karamu, flier, 1997
Box 1 Folder 22
Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, 1997-1998
Box 1 Folder 23
Miscellaneous writings on Black history, 1995-1998 and undated
Box 1 Folder 24
National Black Family Empowerment Agenda, 1997
Box 1 Folder 25
Samuel DuBois Cook Society, 1998 Feb.
Box 1 Folder 26
Sister to Sister and Brother to Brother discussion groups, flier, undated
Box 1 Folder 27
Students of the Carribbean Association (SOCA), fliers, undated
Box 1 Folder 28
Tobie Wilder, Duke Student Government Candidacy, 1998
Box 1 Folder 29
Black graduation yearbooks, 2000
Box 1 Folder 30
Black graduation yearbooks, 2002
Box 1 Folder 31
Black graduation yearbooks, 2003
Box 1 Folder 32
Black graduation yearbooks, 2004
Box 1 Folder 33
Black graduation yearbooks, 2005
Box 1 Folder 34
Black graduation yearbooks, 2006
Box 1 Folder 35
Brochures, undated
Box 1 Folder 36
Chronicle articles, 1976-1997
Box 2 Folder 1
Duke University Black Alumni Connection, 1997
Box 2 Folder 2
Fliers, circa 1970-1998
Box 2 Folder 3
The Grapevine, 1981
Box 2 Folder 4
"Preparation for the '80s: 10 Years Ahead or Behind?", speech given by William Harston, Jr., 1979
Box 2 Folder 5
Revelations (Black Student Alliance newsletter), 1993
Box 2 Folder 6
Scrapbook, 2000
Box 2 Folder 7
Scrapbook, 2001
Box 2 Folder 8
Scrapbook, 2002-2003
Box 2 Folder 9
Scrapbook, 2004-2005 (loose)

Unbound scrapbook created by BSA, detailing the organization's activities during the 2004/2005 academic year. Includes copies of and reactions to Philip Kurian's "The Jews," information about campus race relations, stereotypes, and police discrimination, as well as minority recruitment weekend, social events, community outreach, and public service activities. Scrapbook was created electronically with scanned materials and digital images, then printed on a color laser printer -- no loose materials glued or mounted.

Box 2 Folder 11
The Talking Drum, Vol. 1, issue 1, 1994 Nov.
Box 2 Folder 12
The Talking Drum, Vols. 1-2, 1994-1997
Box 2 Folder 13
The Talking Drum, Vol. 1, Iss. 1-4, 2002-2003
Box 2 Folder 14
The Talking Drum, Vol. 2, Iss. 2-4, 2003-2004
Box 2 Folder 15
The Talking Drum, Vol. 3, Iss. 1-5, 2004-2005
Box 2 Folder 16
The Talking Drum, Vol. 4, Iss. 1, 2005
Box 2 Folder 17

Historical Note

The Afro-American Society (now the Black Student Alliance) was established at Duke University in 1967, four years after the first Black undergraduates were admitted. The Afro-American Society was a social and activist group created to support students as they dealt with the challenges of Black life at a previously segregated institution.

The Afro-American Society's first political statement was made at the Hope Valley Study-In on November 13, 1967. Thirty-five members of the Afro-American Society staged a day long study-in protest in the lobby of President Knight's office. The study-in denounced the use of segregated facilities by University organizations and the membership of key University officers, including President Knight, in the segregated Hope Valley Country Club. The 1960s continued to be a turbulent time for race relations at Duke University. On February 13, 1969, Afro-American Society students led a Black student takeover of the Allen Building to spark University action on the concerns of Black students. The Allen Building takeover brought attention to issues such as establishment of an Afro-American studies program, a Black cultural center, and increasing the number of Black faculty and students.

In 1971, the Afro-American Society was renamed the Association of African Students (The Association). In 1976, the Association assumed its present title, the Black Student Alliance (BSA). The Black Student Alliance continued to provide a cultural base for Black students at the University, growing into a major student organization on campus.

In the 1980s, when Black enrollment began to decrease, the Black Student Alliance joined forces with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to make Black recruitment a primary goal. The Black Student Alliance Invitational Weekend, held each spring, allows prospective students to visit the campus and get to know the Duke experience from a Black perspective. The Reggie Howard Memorial Scholarship honors the first Black student government president, who served during 1976. This scholarship is offered to freshman students who demonstrate academic achievement and leadership potential.

Some of the publications of the Black Student Alliance areRevelations, The Talking Drum, andThe Grapevine. The Black Student Alliance also coordinates events for Duke University Black Alumni. As of 2012, the Black Student Alliance is active at Duke University.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Howard, Chris D. Keep your eyes on the prize: the black struggle for civic equality in Durham, North Carolina, 1954-1963M. 1983 [904 D877, 1983-HO].
  • Duke University. Office of the Vice President. Legacy, 1963-1993: Thirty Years of African-American students at Duke University,1995 [378.756563 L496, 1995]
  • Kotelanski, Jorge. Prolonged and patient effort: the desegregation of Duke University, 1948-1963, 1990 [904 P964, 1990-KO]
  • Duke University. Afro-American Society. Weusi za weusi, 1970 [371.9796073 W544, 1970]
  • Asian Students Association Records, 1995-2005 (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Diya Records, 1992-2006 (University Archives, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Black Student Alliance Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Black Student Alliance Records were received as a gifts transfers from 1977 to 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, completed March, 2003. 2005 addition processed by Jill Katte, May 2005. 2006 addition processed by Jill Katte, Sept. 2006.

Encoded by Emily Glenn, March 2003

Accessions described in this finding aid: UA2006-0043, 2005-0026, 98-35, 90-27, 82-61, and 77-200.

Updated by Jill Katte, Sept. 2006, and encoded for digitization by Jessica Carew, May 2012