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Abraham, George and Katy papers.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6777
  • Size: 14.3 cubic feet. Correspondence, Manuscripts, Photographs, Printed Materials, Research Material
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Africa
  • Subject: Agriculture
  • Subject: Social Sciences
  • Subject: World War II
  • Abstract: Papers of George and Katy Abraham including notes, correspondence showing life in the military in Africa during World War II

Black Caucus of Ithaca records, 1979-1981

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6572
  • Size: 0.8 cubic ft. Correspondence, newsclippings, typescripts.
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: The Black Caucus of Ithaca records include materials concerning the civic organizations' work.

Breakbeat Lenny Archive

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 8052
  • Size: 2 linear feet. Sound recordings, printed material
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Visual Arts
  • Abstract: The core of the collection is a series of rare soundboard recordings of live performances taken directly from the soundboard, also party flyers

Cornell Black Alumni Association records

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3683
  • Size: 1.3 cubic feet. Printed Materials, Publications, Photographs
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Includes minutes of meetings, bylaws, event flyers, publications, membership lists, photo albums from the 1970s, and time capsule.

Cornell University Africana Studies and Research Center record

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3363
  • Size: .3 cubic ft Manuscripts
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Contains course syllabi for courses taught in the 1970s

Cornell University Library Hip Hop Collection

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 8021
  • Size: circa 25 cubic feet. Audio Recordings, Memorabilia, Photographs, Printed Material
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Photographic Collections
  • Abstract: The collection documents the origins of hip-hop as music, culture and community in the Bronx, NY, and its influence on the history of music, art, performance, and activism in America during the final third of the 20th century and beyond

Festival of Black Gospel records

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3678
  • Size: 1 cubic ft Correspondence, Printed Materials, Publication
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Africa
  • Abstract: Correspondence, meeting minutes, programs, planning documents, and publicity concerning the Festival of Black Gospel

Galvin family papers, 1906-1987

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4933
  • Size: .8 cubic ft Correspondence, passports, photographs, certificates, awards, biographical clippings, and other papers
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Correspondence, passports, photographs, certificates, awards, biographical clippings, and other papers of an upstate New York physician and college professor. Includes correspondence, accounts, historical descriptions, constitution and by-laws, and other papers pertaining to Cornell University's African-American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha

Gibbs, James Lowell Collection of African-American documents, 1865-1918

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4506
  • Size: 22 items Letters, a photograph, and miscellaneous printed materials.
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Abstract: Letters from prominent individuals, some of whom were African Americans, and other related materials.

Holland, Jerome H. papers, 1953-1985

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2727
  • Size: 49.3 cubic ft.; 2 scrapbooks Correspondence, reports, scrapbooks, clippings, photographs, condolences, plaques.
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Abstract: Professional files of Jerome H. Holland, including correspondence, reports, speeches, and clippings from the various organizations with which he was involved.

Holloway, Joseph E. papers, 1980-1991

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4511
  • Size: 2.2 cubic ft., 13 videocassettes, 6 audiocassette Book manuscripts and drafts, correspondence, video and audiocassettes
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Abstract: Mostly manuscripts and drafts of Holloway's books; and videotaped interviews of various Gullah and Oyotunji people. Includes correspondence and a copy of Holloway's dissertation

Institute for Independent Education records, 1984-200

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6693
  • Size: 7.2 cubic ft Computer Media, Correspondence, Financial Records, Maps/Charts, Memorabilia, Manuscripts, Newspapers, Photographs, Publications, Reports, Research Material
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Abstract: The collection includes approximately 200 brochures from the more than 400 independent schools across the United States and in the U.S. Virgin Islands; records of the activities of the Institute, including training workshop, public conferences, newsletters, reports on student achievement and other topics, based on original research data from funded projects, and transcripts of interviews with administrators, teachers, and parents are part of the collection; over 430 photographs and prints of Institute activities; the corporate history of the Institute, including correspondence and the minutes of the Board of Directors; a set of 50 Institute publications, including materials on teaching mathematics, research reports on African American education, directories of schools, workbooks for schools on accreditation protocols, and proceedings of national conferences.A collection of secondary and tertiary materials that helped either to shape or reinforce the Institute's philosophy, mission, and programs, including copies of articles from out-of-print books, scholarly and popular journals, and newspapers that discuss the education of African Americans, as well as drafts of some unpublished manuscripts from African American educators

Lynch, Robert papers, 1963-1989

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 7320
  • Size: 8.1 cubic ft. Correspondence, diaries, chapbooks of poetry, financial, legal, and business records, photoprints, photo negatives, videocassettes, slides, drawings, greeting cards, and miscellaneous printed material.
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Human Sexuality
  • Abstract: The Robert Lynch papers consist of correspondence, diaries, poems and chapbooks of unpublished poetry, and typescripts; also, financial, legal, and business records and mailings, miscellaneous collected printed material, brochures, photoprints, photo negatives, videocassettes, slides, movie films, children's drawings, greeting cards, perfunctory mailings, clippings, genealogical charts, a high school memory book, pressed wildflowers and other botanical specimens, and occasional notes left by others for Lynch.

Millier, William F. Papers, 1941-1999

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3610
  • Size: 1.4 cubic ft. Correspondence, Photographs, Research Materials, Newspapers, Reports.
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Agriculture
  • Abstract: The collection contains biographical materials, sabbatical materials, various papers, memos, photographs, project notes, and course materials including notes and lectures. There is also a plaque from the Alumni Association of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

National Council on Household Employment records, 1908-1946.

  • Repository: Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 5226
  • Size: 6 linear ft. Manuscripts, correspondence, subject files, meeting minutes, constitutions, bylaws, news clippings, financial records, questionnaires
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Labor History
  • Subject: Women's Studies
  • Abstract: Include materials of the National Committee on Employer-Employee Relationships in the Home, and the National Council on Household Employment (1928-1941); correspondence (carbons and originals) (1928-1941); and publications regarding household employment (1908-1941).

Perkins, James papers,1963-1969.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1022
  • Size: 44 cubic ft. Correspondence, administrative papers, and reports.
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Cornell Presidents
  • Subject: Women's Studies
  • Abstract: The papers of James A. Perkins consist of correspondence, reports, administrative management forms and records, drafts of speeches, correspondence, notes of telephone conversations, memoranda for the record, substantive inter-office notes and memos, commission reports, departmental reports to the President, tape recordings, transcripts, broadsides, a phonodisc, and letters received by the President's Office concerning the events on campus in the Spring of 1969

Rudin (Gail and Stephen) Slavery Collection, 1728-189

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4681
  • Size: 300 items. Newspaper engravings, estate appraisals, wills, legal documents, manumissions, correspondence, sheet music, slave taxation records, stereoview
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Anti-Slavery
  • Abstract: The Gail and Stephen Rudin Slavery Collection consists of newspaper engravings, estate appraisals, wills, legal documents, manumissions, correspondence, sheet music, slave taxation records, stereoviews and other records documenting the sale, hire, purchase and debt payment of slaves in 18th and 19th century America

Sigma Gamma Rho, Lambda Omicron Chapter record

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3712
  • Size: 1.1 cubic ft Correspondence, Manuscripts, Photographs, Printed Materials, Publications, Scrapbooks
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Records include correspondence, meeting minutes, scrapbooks, membership lists, notes pertaining to induction ceremonies, printed and mimeographed material, photographs, awards, and other items pertaining to Sigma Gamma Rho

Spencer, Evie C. papers, 1909-1968

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2880
  • Size: .3 cubic ft. Photographs, correspondence, memorandum booklets, diplomas and certificates, Cornell ephemera, alumni surveys, and other papers.
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Abstract: Photographs, correspondence, memorandum booklets, diplomas and certificates, Cornell ephemera, alumni surveys, and other papers of an African-American woman student at Cornell University. Includes letters from Emily and Isabel Howland

WHCU Department of Black Affairs records, 1971-1991

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4904
  • Size: .1 cubic ft.; 173 tape recordings Tape recordings and scripts
  • Subject: African-American Studies
  • Abstract: Tape recordings and scripts of the Night Sounds program broadcast on radio station WHCU in Ithaca, New York; interviews, promotional advertisements for local businesses, local news broadcasts, and other programs for the African American listening audience in Central New York State