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Black and African American Collections in the University Archives: University Activities

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2022 11:04 AM

Black Student Union collection, 9/5/1366
The Black Student Union collection, 1972-2011 includes meeting agendas, activity and meeting schedules, newsletters, event fliers, news clippings and a BSU solidarity button.

Black Student Union photograph collection, 9/5/1299
The collection contains photographs of people and events pertaining to the Black Student Union at the State University of New York at Buffalo from circa 2000 to 2007.

Department of African American Studies Records, 22/15/1023
Correspondence, annual reports, clippings and other materials regarding the Department of African American Studies. The Department of African American Studies was proposed in 1968 and originally called Black Studies or Afro-American Studies, partially in response to the civil rights movements of the 1960's and the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1969 the Black Studies program was created and in 1973 the program received departmental status. In 1982 the Black Studies department became the Department of African American Studies. The African American Department became the African American Studies program and was placed under the umbrella of Transnational Studies.

Joseph E. Nechasek collection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 9/12/191
Collection of items relating to the visit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the University at Buffalo in 1968. Collected by Joseph E. Nechasek while he served with the Graduate Student Association, the materials consist to newspaper articles, prepared addresses, written accounts, and GSA promotional pieces. Dr. King spoke at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo on Thursday, November 10, 1967. The address was co-sponsored by the UB Graduate Student association and covered a range of topics within the public consciousness.

Sigma Pi Phi Alpha Kappa Boule records, MS 116
This collection contains records documenting the Alpha Kappa Boule chapter of Buffalo, New York of Sigma Pi Phi. The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1904 by a group of six African American men of the medical profession. It was established for the purpose of giving educated and successful African American men a place to join in a social, spiritual, and communal bond. The fraternity, often referred to as the Grand "Boule," meaning "council of noblemen"- is considered to be the first African American Greek-letter organization. Among the fraternity's most prominent members were Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Dubois, Arthur Ashe, Ralph Bunche, and Vernon Jordan.