Scope Note

The records comprise minutes, correspondence, syllabi, student papers, and collected material documenting the early years of the Afro-American Studies Program. Included are minutes of the Program committee and correspondence regarding extra-curricular activities, development of the Program, response to the death of Arthur Logan (Class of 1930), and recruitment of minority faculty members. Curricular and Program development files include Program proposals, syllabi, examinations and class exercises. The records also contain a variety of subject files, listed alphabetically, that cover such issues as use of Luce Committee funding, recruitment of black faculty, multicultural programs, honorary degree nominations, the student essay contest, and the work of other Williams groups such as the WBSU and the Anti-Apartheid Coalition.


Box Folder
1 1 Program Committee minutes, 1973-1979.
  2 Correspondence, 1972-1980.
  3 Program development, 1971-1979, n.d.
  4 Syllabi, exercises, and examinations, 1965-1979, n.d.
  5 Black students at Williams: academic status, advising, etc., 1973-1977.
  6 Honorary degree nominations, 1973-1974, n.d.
  7 Luce Committee, 1979-1980.
  8 Programs: BALSA conference, 1975.
  9 Programs: Crossroads Africa, 1978.
  10 Programs: Lectures, concerts, films, 1975-1980.
  11 Recruitment correspondence, lists, etc., 1971-1979.
2 1 Student essay contest (1974): 'Economic rationale': a slave narrative analysis of miscegenation (1973), by P. Carlton; The black 'Philadelphia lawyer' (1974), by C. Mitchell; Abraham Lincoln: various perceptions of character (1974), by J. Newsome.
  2 Student essay contest (1975): Circumcision of women in Nubia (1975), by C. Kirkwood; Kwame Nkrumah and some tenets of leadership (1975), by C. Otis.
  3 Student essay contest (1977): Sterling Allen Brown: the making of a black writer (1977), by M. Blount; Black critique of the black church, 1890-1930 (1977), by D. Frazer; Roosevelt's black cabinet (1977), by M. Gadson. Ghana: the test tube experiment in black Africa, by A. Gentry; Richard Wright's political perspective on the Third World (1977), by L. Mayberry; Communist ideology in the life and writings of Richard Wright (1977) by T. Walsh; Blacks in Indiana in the late 19th century: a case study of Kokomo and Crawfordsville (1977), by P. Strong.
  4 Student paper: Black Williams: a study of black students in a white college (1974), by W. Clark, M. Darden, F. Richards.
  5 WBSU, 1972-1980.
  6 Williams Anti-Apartheid Coalition, 1979.
  7 Collected bibliographies, 1975-1979, n.d.
  8 Collected fellowship information, 1978-1979.
  9 Collected lists, catalog, handbook, etc., 1972-1979, n.d.
  10 Collected newsletters, 1973-1979.

Afro-American Studies Program Records, 1965-1980,n.d.

Historical Note