Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Exhibit in Archives and Special Collections Celebrates Black History Month

The Ball State University African-American Student Experience, 1960 - 2013:
 Activities, Organizations, and Programs

Talent portion of  Miss Black Ball State Pageant, 1976From the Marie Fraser papers and photographs collection. (RG.09.20.10)
 African-American students at Ball State University have a history of unity and action, taking pride in who they are and what they represent.  The outlets for bonding and activities include Greek organizations, black student organizations, alumni reunions, and special programs during events such as Unity Week. This exhibit highlights some of the main platforms African-American students at Ball State have used to come together and enrich their experiences as college students while also forging lifeline friendships and networks. The display includes samples from collections such as the Black Student Association Records, the Allen Williams Black Ball State Alumni Collection, The Robert Foster Papers, and the Marie Fraser Papers and Photographs. 

Gathering at Black Alumni Reunion, circa 1970's, from the Allen Williams Black Ball State Alumni Collection (Electronic Copy only) 


The Black Student at Ball State University booklet section on Greek Life.  From the University Marketing and Communications Publications and Printed Ephemera collection. (RG.09.20.07)                                              

 Also displayed are examples of some of the African-American student newspapers and other publications prevalent at Ball State during the 1970's.   These publications gave the African-American student population a means to communicate across campus and voice their opinions and frustrations of college life and society during that time period. Photographs, documents, and films featuring African-American students and activities can also be viewed online on Ball State’s Digital Media Repository at http://libx.bsu.edu. Please enjoy our look back at the many ways African-American students maximized their experiences at Ball State University as we celebrate Black History Month.

Black Alumni Reunion group photo, 1993.
From the Ball State University Alumni Association photographs and materials collection. (RG.09.02.10) 
The display is located in Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library and runs from January 20, 2014 to February 28, 2014. For more information on the exhibit, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or email libarchives@bsu.edu 

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