- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Dept. of African American Studies.
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Department of African American Studies Records
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 2 boxes and 1 websites
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-2
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.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Consists of course proposals and descriptions, proposals for a post-doctoral program, and meeting minutes and correspondence of the interdepartmental committee. The origin of the bulk of the correspondence is committee member Professor Steve Slaby. Much of it pertains to the appointment of new program chairman Cornel West in 1987-88. Also included in the collection is a report to the Rockefellar Foundation describing the Program's graduate and faculty research from 1970-1977. Also includes a compilation of Program in African American Studies Memoirs. The collection also contains past versions of the department's websites.
- Collection Creator Biography:
The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University is an academic department of Princeton University. 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.
In 2006, the program became the Center for African American Studies, with English scholar Valerie Smith (later Dean of the College) serving as the Center's first chair until her 2011 appointment as the Dean of the College. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., professor in the Religion Department, succeeded Smith as chair of the Center. In the spring of 2015, the Center achieved Department status and became the Department of African American Studies, with professor Glaude, Jr. serving as the Department's first chair.
Materials have been transferred in the following accessions: AR.2007.094, AR.2012.073, and AR.2014.068.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Mudd Library staff in 2012. Finding aid written by Mudd Library staff in 2012 and edited by Jarrett M. Drake in 2014.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Files older than 30 years that do not contain student educational records, faculty personnel matters or trustee issues are open.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Other Finding Aids:
Full text searching of the Department of African American Studies archived websites is available through the Archive-It interface.
- Credit this material:
Department of African American Studies Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Subject Terms:
- African-American studies -- Curricula.
African-American studies -- Research.
African-American studies -- Study and teaching -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Universities and colleges -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Departments.
- Genre Terms:
- Web sites.
- Princeton university
Slaby, Steve M.