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African American and African Pamphlet collection

 Collection 0001-LIT-RARE

The African-American and African Pamphlet Collection consists of 20th century materials on African, African-American, and Caribbean culture and literature. The collection spans the years 1905-1979, although the majority of the pamphlets date from the 1960s and 1970s. The pamphlets are in English, French, and a variety of African languages, such as Swahili, Tsonga, Tswana and Xhosa. Some of the unique publications include a transcript of a 1931 worker's trial by the U. S. Communist Party on a race-related incident, 1970s university studies on integration, and texts of speeches given by American radical leaders and leaders of African countries. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.


  • 1905-1979
  • Majority of material found within circa 1960s-1970s

Language of Materials

The pamphlets are in English, French, and a variety of African languages, such as Swahili, Tsonga, Tswana and Xhosa.

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


651 Items


The collection is organized as thirteen series and arranged alphabetically by subject within each series

  1. Series 1: African Culture and History
  2. Series 2: African Literature
  3. Series 3: African-American Culture and History
  4. Series 4: African-European Literature
  5. Series 5: American Literature
  6. Series 6: Black Workers in America
  7. Series 7: Canadian Literature: Poems
  8. Series 8: Caribbean Culture and History
  9. Series 9: Caribbean Literature
  10. Series 10: Desegregation
  11. Series 11: Miscellaneous
  12. Series 12: Race Relations and Racism
  13. Series 13: Revolutionary and Radical Literature

Custodial History

This collection was gathered under the direction of Robert Beare, former Assistant Director for Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries, during the early 1970s. The collection was formerly known as the Black Studies Pamphlet Collection and was housed in the McKeldin Library Reference Department. Due to the archival nature of the collection, it was transferred to Special Collections.

Processing Information

The pamphlets are arranged in this collection into thirteen series and alphabetically by subject within each series.

The pamphlets are cataloged and can also be found by searching the Univeristy of Maryland Libraies catalog:

Guide to the African American and African Pamphlet collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742