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African-American and African Studies Department Records, 1970-
1 box (0.2 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 18.7 (LD 7092.8)

Abstract:
The Mount Holyoke College Black Studies Department records contain memoranda; correspondence; newspaper clippings; reports; advertisements; and proposals.

Terms of Access and Use:

Records restricted to use by office/department of origin for 25 years from date of record creation.

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Historical Note

The Black Studies Department was instituted at Mount Holyoke College during the 1970/1971 academic year. In the spring of 1970, the faculty voted to establish the Black Studies Department, an interdisciplinary department, at Mount Holyoke to work cooperatively with the five college community. Students at Mount Holyoke were able to have an interdisciplinary major at this time by combining courses offered in the five college community. In the 1974/1975 academic year, a five college major in Black Studies was developed. At this time, the focus of the major was on the experience of black people throughout the world, encompassing African-American, African, and Caribbean components. The experience of these peoples was seen as necessarily connected and influenced by being the end product of an essentially colonial and imperialistic experience involving superordination and subordination in which blacks were most often subordinated. In the 1990/1991 academic year, the Black Studies Department was changed to the African-American Studies Department and was no longer dependent on five college collaboration. However, the department did remain interdisciplinary. In the 1992/1993 academic year, the department was renamed African and African-American Studies. The name was changed again in the 1994/1995 academic year to African American and African Studies. At this time, the department's self-description changed to include a description of the major. The purpose of the major was to describe and analyze the origins and experiences of people of African descent wherever they may live or have lived. The major was also described as inherently comparative, international, and interdisciplinary in approach. An intent of the major was to conduct an analysis and investigation of the cultural, historical, political, economic, social, and psychological consequences of the dispersal of Africans from the African continent to diverse regions of the world.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mount Holyoke College Black Studies Department records contain memoranda; correspondence; newspaper clippings; reports; advertisements; and proposals. The records include information about the formation of the Black Studies Department and the Five College Black Studies Committee. Annual reports of the department to the President as well as letters from President Gettell to the College community can be found in the records. The records also contain information about special events sponsored by the department, including a film festival and a lecture series. A major correspondent represented in the records is Walter Stewart.


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

Records restricted to use by office/department of origin for 25 years from date of record creation.

Preferred Citation

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

Black Studies Department Records, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English


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