Afro-American Studies Newsletters, 1973-1999
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Brief Description: Newsletters contains Afro-Briefs (1975-1977), Afro-Notes (1983-1984), Afroamericanist (1985-1999), Afro Scholar Newsletter (1980-1984), Grad News (1981-83, 1985), Illi-Afrika (1973-1974), News and Notes (1988- 1993), including reports on programs, conferences, faculty activities, course offerings, lectures and Afro-American Directory of faculty, staff, and graduate students (1983-1986).
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 15/42/805
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Afro-American Studies and Research Program
Volume: 0.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 6/22/1984; 12/2003
Arrangement: Alphabetically by title and chronologically thereunder
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Afro-American Studies and Research Program :

On February 27, 1969, the Chancellor created the Afro-American Life and Culture Faculty-Study Commission to study the feasibility of Afro-American studies at the University.1 On July 17, 1969, the Afro-American Cultural Program and Cultural Center was established.2 On January 20, 1970, the Chancellor reorganized the commission, reducing the membership from fourteen to five, and renamed it the Afro-American Studies Commission.3 In 1972, three separate programs were listed, each headed by a professional director, and dealing with Afro-American academic, cultural, and community programs. They were the Afro-American Academic Program, the Afro-American Cultural Center, and Afro-American Campus-Community Relations.4 In 1974 the duties of the Commission were reorganized under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.5 In 1975 the development of a research assistance program to provide professional services to faculty and students was announced.6 In 1975 the Afro-American Cultural program listed a Black Writers Workshop, Afro-American Dance Workshop, the "Uhuru" Ensemble, and a Black Lecture Series.7

1. Staff Directory, 1969-70, p. 15. Afro American Studies Commission, Purpose of the Center, pamphlet RS 15/42/0/1.

2. Afro-American Studies Commission, Purpose of the Center, pamphlet, RS 15/42/0/1.

3. Staff Directory, 1970-71, p. 16.

4. Ibid., 1971-72, pp. 16-17.

5. Undergraduate Study Catalog, 1975-77, p. 281-82.

6. Ibid., p. 282.

7. Afro American Studies Commission, The Afro-American Cultural Program, pamphlet, RS 15/42/0/1.

Subject Index
African-American Students
Afro-American Studies
Black Student Association
Black Studies
Race Relations
Languages of Materials
English [eng]