Biography and History

The program in African-American Studies at Princeton University is a course of study offered to undergraduates at Princeton University, supervised by an interdepartmental committee and taught by faculty from twelve cooperating departments. Organized in 1969 under the title Afro-American Studies, the program was funded early on by generous grants from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Professors in the program have included such notable names in African-American literature and scholarship as Toni Morrison and Cornel West, who served as chairman from 1988-1994.

Source: From the finding aid for AC020

  • Department of African American Studies Records. 1969-2016 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC020

    The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University is an academic department of Princeton University. The records consist of course proposals and descriptions, proposals for a post-doctoral program, and meeting minutes and correspondence of the interdepartmental committee as well as past versions of the department's website.