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Center for African American Studies of Seton Hall University records

 Collection
Identifier: SHU 0019
The Center for African American Studies of Seton Hall University records contains materials documenting the operation of the Center from 1970 until the late 1980s, including budgets, memorandums, course offerings and lists, supply lists, meeting minutes, a variety of forms for operating in the University, newsletters, notices from other departments in the University, and other materials.

About half of the collection dates from the first years of the Center's operation, the early 1970s. Most of these folders are labeled. However, another large portion of the collection was included as loose material and has been placed in temporary, unlabeled folders.

Dates

  • 1970-1990

Conditions Governing Access

This collection includes audio-visual materials. Access copies of audiotapes, audio cassette tapes, video cassette tapes, film reels, or other audio-visual materials may need to be ordered prior to on-site research. Please contact us to inquire about access to audio-visual materials.
This collection is not yet processed. Some materials in this collection may be restricted from public research for ethical or legal reasons. Materials may be available to researchers with staff assistance at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, but will require signifcant preparation before viewing; please allow at least two weeks for preparation to research. Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Extent

8 Linear Feet

Overview

The Center for African American Studies at Seton Hall University was founded as the Black Studies Center in 1970, and is now the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center for African American Studies of Seton Hall University records contains materials documenting the operation of the Center from 1970 until the late 1980s, including budgets, memorandums, course offerings and lists, supply lists, meeting minutes, a variety of forms for operating in the University, newsletters, notices from other departments in the University, and other materials.

Biographical / Historical

The Center for African American Studies at Seton Hall University was founded as the Black Studies Center in 1970, and is now the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Black Studies Center was founded in 1970, growing from a resolution passed by the Faculty Senate. The Director was Dr. George Jackson, who emphasized that the mission of the Center was to develop humane scholars out of the Black perspective, to promote and develop a value system that enable scholars to operate in a manner promoting humane application of contemporary knowledge and skills to the Black community and society in general. In the fall of 1970, the Center offered five courses taught by one full-time and one adjunct faculty. In 1971 the Center proposed offering two baccalaureat degree programs as well as a certificate in Black Studies, and this proposal was accepted by the university. The two degrees offered were a Bachelor of Arts in Black Culture and a Bachelor of Science in Black Community Studies. By 1973, twenty courses were offered, taught by three full-time, two joint appointments, and six adjunct faculty, and a concentration in Black Studies was offered in the Master of Arts in Education program.

In the 1980s, the Center changed its name to become the Center for African American Studies, a department within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Today the Center has evolved into the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies as well as Asian Studies, Classical Studies, French, Italian, Modern Languages, Spanish, and Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies, and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from the Center for African American Studies of Seton Hall University. Terms of accession unknown.

Related Materials

College of Arts & Sciences of Seton Hall University records, SHU 0012, in the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

College of Education and Human Services of Seton Hall University records, 1956-2002 (bulk 1956-1977), SHU 0013, Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Department of American Studies of Seton Hall University records, 1965-1989 (bulk 1970-1979), SHU 0025, in the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Joseph A. Francis papers, 1934-1997, ADN 0003.011, in the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Processing Information

This collection is not yet processed. Finding aid and basic collection description created in 2013 by Erica Garcia and Tracy M. Jackson as part of the Overhaul Project collection survey.
Title
Center for African American Studies of Seton Hall University records, 1970-1990
Author
Erica Garcia and Tracy M. Jackson
Date
2013
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Contact:
Archives, Walsh Library
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South Orange NJ 07079 US
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