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Department of African American Studies Records

Identifier: 22-15-1023

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, annual reports, clippings and other materials regarding the Department of African American Studies (formerly the Department of Black Studies). This collection also contains a small amount of similar material regarding the Black Student Union.


  • 1967-1998


Terms of Access and Use

The Department of African American Studies Records, 1967-1998 are open for research.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note Historical Note

The Department of African American Studies was proposed in 1968 and originally called Black Studies or Afro-American Studies, partially in response to the civil rights movements of the 1960's and the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1969 the Black Studies program was created and in 1973 the program received departmental status. In 1982 the Black Studies department became the Department of African American Studies. The African American Department became the African American Studies program and was placed under the umbrella of Transnational Studies. In 2021, the Department of Transnational Studies was renamed Department of Africana and American Studies.


1 Linear Feet (1 record carton)

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Materials related to the Department of African American Studies (formerly the Department of Black Studies) and the Black Student Union.


The contents of this collection are arranged in a rough chronological order by topic.

Acquisition Information

The material contained in this collection was gathered from a number of sources and collections located in the University Archives.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by archives staff, circa 2005; finding aid encoded by Rebecca Cobb, May 2019.


Finding Aid for the Department of African American Studies Records
Finding aid prepared by archives staff
December 2005
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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