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Black Students Alliance Records, 1970-[ongoing]
12 boxes (4.8 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
Contains notebooks, correspondence, conference materials, minutes, photographs, and event fliers documenting the Black Students Alliance.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives except where noted in the finding aid.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

The earliest records of the Black Students Alliance (BSA) date from 1970, when black students and faculty across the Five Colleges formed a committee to demand the inclusion of Afro-American Studies in Five College curriculums. Smith's BSA became active soon afterward, first with protests concerning the state of Afro-American Studies at Smith and then with student newsletters and events. In 1974 the BSA ran a children's fair at the Mwangi Cultural Center, then located in Lily Hall. The goal of the fair was to educate local children about black cultural heritage. The BSA's annual events have included a Black Arts Festival, Black History Observance events, cultural events such as Kwanza and musical performers, social events including parties and movie nights for both BSA members and the larger campus community. The BSA has also participated regularly in local black students' conferences. Additionally, the BSA has been partially in charge of Unity House and the Mwangi Cultural Center with the cultural center staff since its creation in the 1970s, and an active participant in planning and running Bridge, an annual pre-orientation program for students of color.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Black Students Alliance include general and officers' notebooks which contain a variety of materials, including notes, minutes, correspondence, budget sheets, event fliers, reports, and more.

The records also contain files of minutes and correspondence concerning the Mwangi Cultural Center, the Five College Executive Committee on Afro-American Studies, Smith College's Afro-American Studies Department, and the annual black student's conference. There are also a few files of BSA newsletters and other assorted correspondence.

Most of the photographs are unidentified and undated. They are mainly of various BSA members and events.


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

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives except where noted in the finding aid.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

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

Black Students Alliance Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The records of the Black Students Alliance were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Yasmine Evans, Class of 2013; Amanda Lineweber, Class of 2011


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Series I. History



Charter
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Constitution
2001

Box 1: folder 2
"Our Firsts" - a history of students' racial diversity at Smith College
n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Series II. Notebooks



Executive Board Minutes
1981-82, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Executive Board Minutes
1997-98

Box 1: folder 5
Executive Board Minutes
2006

Box 1: folder 6
Executive Board Members
1985-86

Box 1: folder 7
Chair's Notebook (2 folders)
1996-97

Box 1: folder 8-9
Chair's Notebook
1998-99

Box 1: folder 10
Chair's Notebook (5 folders)
2002-03

Box 1: folder 11-15
Chair's Notebook (12 folders)
2003-04

Box 1: folder 16-27
Vice Chair's Notebook (6 folders)
1998-99

Box 2: folder 1-6
Vice Chair's Notebook (7 folders)
1999-2000

Box 2: folder 7-13
Vice Chair's Notebook (7 folders)
2004-05

Box 2: folder 14-20
Vice Chair's Notebook (1-2 of 7 folders)
2006-07

Box 2: folder 21-22
Vice Chair's Notebook (3-7 of 7 folders)
2006-07

Box 3: folder 1-5
Secretary's Notebook (2 folders)
1998-99

Box 3: folder 6-7
Treasurer's Notebook
1991-92

Box 3: folder 8
Treasurer's Notebook (8 folders)
1998-99

Box 3: folder 9-16
Treasurer's Notebook (1-6 of 10 folders)
1999-2000

Box 3: folder 17-22
Treasurer's Notebook (7-10 of 10 folders)
1999-2000

Box 4: folder 1-4
Treasurer's Notebook (9 folders)
2000-01

Box 4: folder 5-13
Treasurer's Notebook (1-5 of 10 folders)
2002-06

Box 4: folder 14-18
Treasurer's Notebook (6-10 of 10 folders)
2005-06

Box 5: folder 1-5
Treasurer's Notebook (2 folders)
2006-07

Box 5: folder 6-7
Social Chair's Notebook (6 folders)
2000-01

Box 5: folder 8-13
Social Chair's Notebook (1-5 of 10 folders)
2005-06

Box 5: folder 14-18
Social Chair's Notebook (6-10 of 10 folders)
2005-06

Box 6: folder 1-5
Club Notebook (3 folders)
1989-90

Box 6: folder 6-8
Club Notebook (11 folders)
1996-98

Box 6: folder 9-19
Club Notebook
1999-2000

Box 6: folder 20
Club Notebook
2005-06

Box 6: folder 21
Club Notebook
2007-08

Box 6: folder 22
Black History Observance Committee Notebook
1983-84

Box 7: folder 1
Ticket Seller's Notebook
1996-97

Box 7: folder 2
Series III. Mwangi Cultural Center



History
n.d.

Box 7: folder 3
General information
1973, n.d.

Box 7: folder 4
Activities and events
1972-73, 1996-97, 2002-05

Box 7: folder 5
Closing/Rededication Ceremony
2002

Box 7: folder 6
Correspondence: Dr. Mwangi Ng'endo
1973

Box 7: folder 7
Correspondence: Students
1980-82

Box 7: folder 8
Reports
1975, 1979

Box 7: folder 9
Space use agreements
2002

Box 7: folder 10
Space use agreements
2004

Box 7: folder 11
Smith College Space Utilization Study
1990

Box 7: folder 12
Staff minutes and correspondence
1980-81

Box 7: folder 13
Unity Leader Training Notebook (4 folders)
1999-2000

Box 7: folder 14-18
Series IV. Afro-American Studies Department



History
n.d.

Box 7: folder 19
Brochures and information packet
1970, 1982-83, n.d.

Box 7: folder 20
Clarification of Demands for the Department
1971

Box 7: folder 21
Correspondence with President Mendenhall
1973

Box 7: folder 22
Correspondence re: survey from Afro-American Studies Advisory Committee
ca 1982

Box 7: folder 23
Memo: Goals for the Department
1973

Box 7: folder 24
Proposed Interdepartmental Major report
1969

Box 7: folder 25
Series V. 5-College and Intercollegiate



Correspondence: Wellesley College Black Students Union
1993

Box 7: folder 26
Correspondence: 5-College Presidents
1970

Box 7: folder 27
Interim 5-College Executive Committee on Afro-American Studies Meeting Minutes (2 folders)
1970-74

Box 7: folder 28
Smith-Amherst Tutorial Proposal
1970

Box 7: folder 29
"A Proposal for the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies (UMASS)"
1970

Box 7: folder 30
Series VI. Conference Materials



Correspondence
1995

Box 7: folder 31
Schedule
1997

Box 7: folder 32
Suggestions
1997

Box 7: folder 33
Board Information
2005

Box 7: folder 34
Correspondence (1-4 of 6 folders)
2005-06

Box 7: folder 35-38
Correspondence (5-6 of 6 folders)
2005-06

Box 8: folder 1-2
Checklists
2005-06

Box 8: folder 3
Financial Records
2005-06

Box 8: folder 4
Fundraising
2005-06

Box 8: folder 5
Minutes
2005-06

Box 8: folder 6
Notebook (3 folders)
2006

Box 8: folder 7
Panelist Information
n.d.

Box 8: folder 8
Panel Questions
2005-06

Box 8: folder 9
Publicity
2005-06

Box 8: folder 10
Reference: "Getting Real: Black Women Taking Charge in the Fight Against AIDS"
n.d.

Box 8: folder 11
Registration forms (3 folders)
2006

Box 8: folder 12
Schedule
2006

Box 8: folder 13
Notebook (2 folders)
2008-09

Box 8: folder 14
Series VII. Newsletters



Newsletter
1972

Box 8: folder 15
Newsletters
1983-84

Box 8: folder 16
Newsletters
1991-92

Box 8: folder 17
Newsletters
1998-99

Box 8: folder 18
Series VIII. Events



Black Arts Festival: general
n.d.

Box 9: folder 1
Black Arts Festival 1978
1978

Box 9: folder 2
Black Arts Festival 1980
1979-80

Box 9: folder 3
Black Arts Festival 1981
1980-81

Box 9: folder 4
Black Arts Festival 1982
1981-82

Box 9: folder 5
Black Arts Festival 1983
1982-83

Box 9: folder 6
Black Arts Festival 1984
1984

Box 9: folder 7
Black Arts Festival 1985
1984-85

Box 9: folder 8
Black Arts Festival 1986
1985-86

Box 9: folder 9
Black Arts Festival 1987
1986-87

Box 9: folder 10
Black Arts Festival 1999
1999

Box 9: folder 11
Bridge: Pre-orientation program for students of color. See also DVD088-DVD091.
1992, 2002, 2004, 2007

Box 9: folder 12
Children's Fair
1984-85

Box 9: folder 13
Children's Workshop
1974

Box 9: folder 14
Cultural Expansions
1976

Box 9: folder 15
Family Weekend - Ada Comstock Women of Color
2009

Box 9: folder 16
Howard University Concert Choir [See V442]
Spring 2002

Box 9
Karma Weekend
1970

Box 9: folder 17
Kwanza
1983-88, 1998-2008

Box 9: folder 18
Ndguda Fashion Show
1971

Box 9: folder 19
Otelia Cromwell Day
1981-89, 1996-97, 2005

Box 9: folder 20
Spring Black Festival
1974

Box 9: folder 21
General
1979-80

Box 9: folder 22
General
1982-83

Box 9: folder 23
General
1984-85

Box 9: folder 24
General
1985-86

Box 9: folder 25
General
1994-95

Box 9: folder 26
General
1995-96

Box 9: folder 27
General
1997-98

Box 9: folder 28
General
1998-99

Box 9: folder 29
General
1999-2000

Box 9: folder 30
General
2000-01

Box 9: folder 31
General
2001-02

Box 9: folder 32
General
2004-05

Box 9: folder 33
General
2005-06

Box 9: folder 34
General
2006-07

Box 9: folder 35
General
2007-08

Box 9: folder 36
General
2008-09

Box 10: folder 1
General
2009-10

Box 10: folder 5
General
n.d.

Box 10: folder 3
Series IX. General Files, A-Z



Black Alumnae Newsletter
1983, 2006

Box 11: folder 1
Black Alumnae Weekend
1984

Box 11: folder 2
Black Face
2007-08

Box 11: folder 3
Black United Front
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
Budget Allocation
1980

Box 11: folder 5
Budget Allocation
1986-87

Box 11: folder 6
Budget Allocation
1990-91

Box 11: folder 7
Car Use Forms and Guidelines
1985

Box 11: folder 8
Correspondence - general
1978-86

Box 11: folder 9
Correspondence - general
1992

Box 11: folder 10
Correspondence - general
2005-09

Box 11: folder 11
Correspondence - BSA members
2005

Box 11: folder 12
Correspondence - President Dunn
1990

Box 11: folder 13
Correspondence - The Engravery
n.d.

Box 11: folder 14
Correspondence - Smith College student body
1981, 1990

Box 11: folder 15
Correspondence - Speak Out! Internship Opportunities
1994

Box 11: folder 16
Dennis Brutus Defense
1981

Box 11: folder 17
Diplomas from engraved holders
n.d.

Box 11: folder 18
Election Speech Notes


Box 11: folder 19
Entertainment Brochures (2 folders)
1974-2000, n.d.

Box 11: folder 20
First years letters
1973

Box 11: folder 21
Funding request to SGA
1996

Box 11: folder 22
Guest book
1993-5, n.d.

Box 11: folder 23
Hampshire College Course Guide Supplement
1980

Box 11: folder 24
History of Black Protest at Smith: A study in inevitable conflict…
1972

Box 11: folder 25
"I have a dream…" Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial
1986

Box 11: folder 26
Information booklet on BSA
2005-06

Box 11: folder 27
Jewish Women's Studies: An Introductory Bibliography
n.d.

Box 11: folder 28
Letterhead
n.d.

Box 11: folder 29
"Mathematics Performance Amongst Black Students at the University of California, Berkeley"
1985

Box 11: folder 30
Multicultural Development Report
1988

Box 11: folder 31
Nguzo Saba Testimonials and Mshumaa Lighting
n.d.

Box 11: folder 32
An Open Letter to My Sister - anonymous
n.d.

Box 11: folder 33
R.A.C.E. charter
1970-71

Box 11: folder 34
Racist notes report
1993

Box 11: folder 35
Speech to BSA by Monique Spyke
2001-02

Box 11: folder 36
St. John's Congregational Church Bulletin
1983

Box 11: folder 37
Survey responses
ca. 2005

Box 11: folder 38
Series X. Clippings



Black arts clippings
1992-98

Box 11: folder 39
Smith College clippings
1987, 1999-2007, n.d.

Box 11: folder 40
Smith and the Media booklet
1984

Box 11: folder 41
Series XI. Poetry and Lyrics



Audre Lorde - "Coal"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 42
Queen Latifah - "U.N.I.T.Y."
n.d.

Box 11: folder 43
Anonymous - "Ebonics Tectonics"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 44
Series XII. Photographs



General (7 envelopes)
1969-96

Box 12: folder 1
Miscellaneous (97 envelopes)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 2-7
Celebration (4 envelopes)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 8
Series XIII. Artifacts



3 engraved diploma holders
1993

Box 13
8 graduation sashes
2002, 2005-06, 2009

Box 13
Award medal decorated with diploma and cap
n.d.

Box 13
Oversized Material



Posterboard with photos of Rosa Parks
n.d.

FF 15
Posterboard for Kaleidoscope of Color: Portraits of Smith Students of Color, with introduction by BSA Black Culture Chair 1995-96
1996

FF 15

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