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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Black Arts Company.
Black Arts Company Records
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
1 box and 1 websites
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1


The Black Arts Company was founded at Princeton in 1990 as a hip-hop dance company, with a mission to generate dialogue about the African diaspora through dance. The company also staged other types of performances, including drama and comedy, before it formally split into two separate organizations, BAC: Dance and BAC| Drama, in the mid 2000s. The dance company continues to perform and explore new styles of hip-hop. This collection includes video cassette recordings of Fall and Spring shows from 1996-1999.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three VHS recordings of BAC performances from 1996-1999. They include dance, comedy, and drama performances, as well as a vocal guest performance by Princeton all-women acapella group Culturally Yours. It also contains the public website of the company.


Performance videos are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Princeton University. Black Arts Company.

The Black Arts Company was established at Princeton in 1990 as a hip-hop company with a mission to build awareness of the African diaspora through dance, although it also included other types of performance. The dance company continues to perform and explore new styles of hip-hop, featuring two showcases in fall and spring of each year. In 1995, an extension of the Black Arts Company, Black Arts Company

Collection History


Gift of Nydia Mancini '99. Accession number AR.2016.087


No material has been separated from this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Annalise Berdini in 2018. Finding aid written by Annalise Berdini in 2018. Finding aid updated by Valencia L. Johnson in 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. For instances beyond Fair Use, if copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of materials from the Princeton University Archives.

For instances beyond Fair Use where the copyright is not held by the University, while permission from the Library is not required, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Black Arts Company Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1