African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Black Diaspora Archive - A partnership in archiving black excellence around the world

Wed, April 18, 2018
Black Diaspora Archive - A partnership in archiving black excellence around the world
UT Libraries Blog

The Black Diaspora Archive (BDA), the only archive of its kind at a higher education institution in the U.S., seeks to collect documentary, audiovisual, digital, and artistic works related to the Black Diaspora. While the geographic collecting area for the Black Diaspora is global, this collection is focused on materials generated in and/or describing experiences from the Americas and the Caribbean. Through a collaborative partnership between Black Studies, The University of Texas Libraries, and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the archive continues to grow into a collection sought after by researchers and students throughout the world.

Recently, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Xi Chapter, created an undergraduate scholarship endowment that will provide internship opportunities for students who are interested in working on the BDA.

Rachel Winston, the BDA’s inaugural archivist, met with donor and namesake of the Gordon-White Building (where Black Studies and Latino/a Studies are housed), Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, to celebrate the completion of processing the largest collection of his public archives. Dr. Gordon is an African-American intellectual and professor with a career spanning over 70 years. As a leading psychologist and expert in education access for minority and disadvantaged students, Gordon’s scholarly contributions include nearly 200 publications. This special collection includes many of those publications as well as print and digitized audiovisual archival materials that document his professional and civic life beginning in the 1940s through the mid-2000s. The Gordon Archive will be available digitally early this summer.

In Fall 2018, BDA will celebrate theopening of the Gordon Archive with a reception and a featured exhibition at the Benson Latin American Collection. The exhibition will be on view September 2018 through early 2019.

 

To learn more about the Gordon Archive and the BDA, please contact Rachel Winston at rwinston@austin.utexas.edu. Stay connected with the BDA on the UT Libraries blog at blogs.lib.utexas.edu/texlibris/.

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