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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.

Dates

  • 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.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

651 Items

Arrangement

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: https://umaryland.on.worldcat.org
Title
Guide to the African American and African Pamphlet collection
Status
Completed
Date
2010-10-31
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212