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Title:Dept. of African American Studies records
Call Number:A118

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The collection documents the foundation and development of Northeastern University's Department of African American Studies from its inception in 1973 to 2009. The African-American Institute was heavily involved in the creation and initial support of the Department, and the records reflect the cooperative work of the faculty and staff of the Institute and the Department to design classes and attract students. The records also reflect Northeastern's involvement with the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools in the early 1970s and the Department's work with pilot programs such as the Urban Schools Collaborative. Of particular interest are the records of Department projects including the mid-1990s Nubian Institute which was a summer program designed by the Department and the Museum of Fine Arts to educate Boston-area public school teachers about the history and culture of the region of north Africa historically called “Nubia,” and the foundation and early development of Project Ujima in the 1970s. Also of special interest are the interviews and performances collected during the Afro-Caribbean Music Project trip to the island of St. Croix. The collection documents the Department-sponsored “Stormy Monday” lectures on current topics in the field of African American studies. The collection also documents the evaluation of Department faculty by their students and includes “Teacher / Course Evaluations” designed by the Student Government Association and administered University-wide, and intra-Departmental “Needs Assessment Surveys” administered solely by the African American Studies faculty. Other topics documented in the collection include course development in the areas of African American political and cultural experience, African history, and diaspora topics; relations with other University departments; staffing; long-term planning; course scheduling; and faculty research. Records include memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, course descriptions, syllabi, event fliers and programs, and department reports.