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Charles Drew House Family Albums, 1986-2010
1 records storage box (1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The Charles Drew Memorial Cultural House is an Amherst College residential theme house founded (1984) to celebrate the achievements of black people and to explore the cultures of Africa and the Diaspora at large. Collection includes photographs and miscellaneous material documenting the members of Drew House and House special events from 1986-2010.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Drew House Family Albums for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Drew House Family Albums should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Historical Note

The Charles Drew Memorial Cultural House, located at 56 College Street (formerly the Phi Alpha Psi fraternity house), is an Amherst College residential theme house that was founded in 1984. It was named in honor of Charles R. Drew (AC 1926). Dr. Drew was an outstanding surgeon who discovered the chemical method for preserving blood, and later became the director of the first American Blood Bank. Dr. Drew suffered an untimely death in 1950 as the result of a car accident. The constitution of Charles Drew House describes its mission as follows: "to sponsor events that will celebrate the achievements of black people such as Charles Drew and to explore the cultures of Africa and the Diaspora at large. This house was founded as a space where members of the Amherst community can engage in intellectual debate, social activities, artistic expression, and all other endeavors that highlight Africa and the Diaspora and the accomplishments of its diverse peoples."

The albums began as a house project undertaken in 1985 by Crystal Jean (AC 1989). She compiled a book of Amherst College students (not just those living in Drew House), and the house threw parties at which students signed pictures and placed them in the albums. Pictures from Drew House-sponsored events were also added. The work of maintaining and further organizing the albums was continued by Kelly Robinson (AC 1991) and Anita Graham (AC 1995). The albums were donated to the Archives & Special Collections in 1991.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes four photograph albums, one binder and miscellaneous material documenting the members of Drew House and House special events from 1986-2010.

This collection is organized into two series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Drew House Family Albums for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Drew House Family Albums should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Charles Drew House Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The albums were donated to the Archives & Special Collections in 1991. Accession number: 92-072

Processing Information

The albums were donated to the Archives & Special Collections in 1991.

Processed: 1992


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English.