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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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS,
1986-2010.


Series 1: PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS contains photos of members of Drew House and special events held at the house from 1986-2010.

An autographed binder from the House members.
Ca. 1987

Box 1: folder 1
Photographs of 1987 and 1990 "Harlem Renaissance"; Gospel Choir in New York City (1987); the 1989 Kwanzaa Celebration; and the 1990 South African Benefit
1987- 1991

Box 1: folder 2
Includes photographs of 1988 Black Alumni Weekend; Sonya Clark's "The Adornment of African Peoples" (Oct. 28, 1988); 1988 Art Opening; and 1987 House couples.
1987-1990

Box 1: folder 3
Photographs of the 1987 Commencement
1986-1987

Box 1: folder 4
Includes pictures of 1986 Spring Weekend; 1986 and 1987 Casinos; 1987 Drew House Dedication; 1987 Luau Spring; 1987 Gospel Choir Concert; 1987 Black Women's Dinner; 1987 Kuumba; 1987 and 1989 Soul's Release; and 1986, 1987 and 1988 Kwanzaa Celebrations.
1985-1989

Box 1: folder 5
Drew House album for 2009-2010
2009-2010

Box 1: folder 5a
Series 2: MISCELLANEOUS,
n.d.


Series 2: MISCELLANEOUS contains invitations to the AC 1989 Senior Dessert and miscellaneous photographs from negatives.

Invitation to the Class of 1989 Senior Dessert.
1988

Box 1: folder 6
Miscellaneous photographs from negatives. Negatives in separate collection.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7

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Subjects
  • African American students--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Charles Drew House.
  • Drew, Charles Richard, 1904-1950.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1926. Drew.


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