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Guide to the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture Records, 1983-1998.

Abstract

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture was established in 1983 to share information about Africana and African-American culture with both the Duke and Durham communities.

The collection contains newspaper clippings, photos, event flyers, Board of Directors information including agendas, minutes, and planning info, material documenting the Center's origins and other printed material relating to its programming and activities.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Mary Lou Williams Center.
Title
Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture records, 1983-1998.
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.7 Linear Feet, 750 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection contains newspaper clippings, photos, event flyers, Board of Directors information including agendas, minutes, and planning info, material documenting the Center's origins and other printed material relating to its programming and activities.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Planning and Organizing Information
Box 1
Board of Directors, Minutes and Agendas, 1983-1987
Box 1
Board of Directors, 1984-1985 (2 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, Edward Hill, 1984-1995 (2 folders)
Box 1
Invitations and Programs for MLWC Opening, 1983
Box 1
Event Flyers, 1984-1994
Box 1
Event Flyers, 1997-1998
Box 1
Articles, 1979-1994
Box 1
Photos
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1

Historical Note

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture (MLWC) was established in 1983 to share information about Africana and African-American culture with both the Duke and Durham communities. It is named for the jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams who was a Duke Artist-in-Residence from 1977 until her death in 1981. The Mary Lou Williams Center (as described on its website) seeks to:

"… promote racial understanding, build community, and foster an appreciation for and increase knowledge of Black people, Black history, Black culture, and the vast contributions of people of the African Diaspora. We provide programs and services which contribute to the successful academic and personal development of Black students at Duke University and positively impact the lives of all those whom they encounter. We seek to be a hub for information and activity related to Black students, alumni, and other Black members of the Duke community. We welcome all who seek to engage with and be empowered by a greater understanding of Black experience."

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Black Student Alliance records, 1969-2006. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Black History at Duke Reference Collection, 1948 - 2001 and undated. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • University Archives Photograph Collection, 1861-ongoing. (University Archives, Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1997-1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Sally Sullivan, July 2008

Encoded by Sally Sullivan, July 2008

Accessions UA97-87, UA98-2 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.