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Box1-018755
Box2-050057
Env1-B3A, 5, 4
OSF1-MC, B23

MU's First Black Culture Center
MU's First Black Culture Center on Turner Avenue
(University Archives, C:1/25/8)

Record Group: 1 C
Record Sub-Group: 20
Records Title: UMC; Administration; Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs - Vice Chancellor for Students, Personnel, and Auxiliary Services; Minority Student Programs; Administrative Records
Dates: 1977-2004
Volume: 2 cubic feet, 2.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

(A95-52; A99-36; A01-31; A02-105; A05-51)
This Sub-Group contains records from Minority Student Programs for the years 1979-1988, 1994, and 1997-2001; there may be some overlap with other collections. Minority Student Programs operate under the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and within the Office for Student Development.

Included in this Sub-Group are records from the Minority Student Office, Minority Visitation - Orientation Programs (including Summer Welcome and visits to high schools) for new or prospective students at UMC, minority student retention documents, records from numerous student programs and events, a Black History Month job fair, The Black Culture Center, The Legion of Black Collegians (affiliated with MSA), Native American Students Association, some publications, and notice of activities on campus related especially to minority students from various years within the range. Some files related to programs or organizations may not be files of the organizations themselves. Gaps and overlap with other collections should be expected; some files exist for sequential years, some do not. Some records also show the cooperation and overlap with programs of MSP, LBC, and BCC, and other campus organizations. Records are from 1978-2004; records preserved in this series are not consistent for all years.

Note to Researcher: This Sub-Group contains some records which are confidential and restricted. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid. A redacted copy of the restricted material found in Series 2, FF 26 may be found in the Archives Vertical Files (Room 703) under the heading Student Activism, LBC.

Historical Note:

Minority Student Programs (MSP) help students adjust academically and socially at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During this period of UMC's history, MSP monitored the progress of minority students, provided some measure of academic assistance, assisted minority students in using available campus resources, worked with the Legion of Black Collegians and the Black Culture Center, and sponsored and coordinated events to help both minority students and the university community learn about and appreciate the unique experiences of minority students, particularly the African-American minority experience.

The Legion of Black Collegians is the black student government organization on campus. Black students were automatically members. It sponsors programs and events, often jointly with Minority Student Programs or the Black Culture Center, related to the black experience, and serves as a voice for black students in campus decision-making. It also published the Black Book or Perspectives in Black as information books for minority students at M.U.

The Black Culture Center began in 1972 in a residential house on Turner Avenue and was initially known as the Black Culture House. The Center was relocated in 1978 to 823 Virginia Avenue and again in 1998, to 813 Virginia Avenue. It provided a place for student meetings and a series of programs concerning current events of special interest to minority students as well as entertainment events. A library of materials pertaining to the black experience in the United States, current periodicals, and exhibits were available as well as informal meeting and study space. The site at 813 Virginia Avenue made available a computer lab and multipurpose rooms.

Series Descriptions:

This sub-group is divided into three record series. Arrangement within each series is first alphabetical by name of file (topic) then arranged chronologically when there is more than one file relating to a topic.

Series One contains administrative records and other related records from Minority Student Programs within the Office of Student Development. It includes a variety of records of programs, events, and statistics as well as records which pertain to other minority organizations and programs on campus.

Series Two contains records and documents reflecting the activities of the Legion of Black Collegians from various years within the range (1979-2004) including some budget documents and copies of The Black Book and Perspectives in Black. The records preserved in this Series are not consistent for all years.

Series Three contains documents reflecting activities and events at the Black Culture Center for years 1978-2002. Included are records from the advisory board and library, photographs and negatives, copies of media articles, videotapes, and event records. The records preserved in this Record Series are not consistent for all years.

Series Outline:

  1. Series One - Minority Student Programs Administrative Records

  2. Series Two - Legion of Black Collegians (LBC)

  3. Series Three - The Black Culture Center

Inventory

Series 1 - Administrative Records
Box 1 (95-52)

FF 1 - Academic Assistance Program - Office

FF 2 - Academic Assistance Program Search Committee

FF 3 - Association of Black Graduate Women

FF 4 - Black Graduate & Professional Students Assoc.

FF 5 - Black History Month Job Fair, 1983

FF 6 - Black History Month Job Fair, 1984

FF 7 - Black History Month Job Fair, 1985

FF 8 - Black History Month Job Fair: general and undated

FF 9 - Bruce, Lloyd (Discovery Shuttle Experiment)

FF 10 - CAS - SAMM (mentoring program)

FF 11 - Cooperative Advising Program

FF 12 - Coordinating Council for Minority Students

FF 13 - Four Campus Minority Recruitment Program

FF 14 - Freshman Ambassadors

FF 15 - Graduate Student Affairs Newsletters

FF 16 - Greenlee, David (memorial service)

FF 17 - Inroads

FF 18 - Issues and Controversies

FF 19 - Minority Awareness Program (MAP)

FF 20 - Minority Leadership Retreat

FF 21 - Minority Resident Assistants Program

FF 22 - Minority Retention, 1980

FF 23 - Minority Retention, 1981

FF 24 - Minority Retention, 1982

FF 25 - Minority Retention, 1983

FF 26 - Minority Retention, 1985

FF 27 - Minority Retention, 1986

FF 28 - Minority Retention: general and multi-year

FF 29 - Minority Retention: longitudinal study

FF 30 - Minority Retention: statistics, 1988

FF 31 - Minority Visitation (recruitment), 1977-1978

FF 32 - Minority Visitation, (orientation), 1980-1981

FF 33 - Minority Visitation (summer welcome), 1981

FF 34 - Minority Visitation (summer welcome), 1981

FF 35 - Minority Visitation, 1981-1982

FF 36 - Minority Visitation (summer), 1982

FF 37 - Minority Visitation, 1982-1983

FF 38 - Minority Visitation, 1983-1984

FF 39 - Minority Visitation, 1985

FF 40 - Minority Visitation, 1986

FF 41 - Minority Visitation, 1987

FF 42 - Minority Visitation, 1988

FF 43 - Minority Visitation: 1985 multiyear summary, 1985

FF 44 - Miscellaneous

FF 44A - Annual Graduate Minority Student Campus Visitation Program, 1994

FF 45 - National Society of Black Engineers

FF 46 - Native American Student Association

FF 47 - Office of Civil Rights Reports

FF 48 - Outreach Program

FF 49 - Resource Handbook (Brochure)

FF 50 - Scholarship - Intern Programs

FF 51 - Student Recommendations

FF 52 - Student Services Coordinator

FF 53 - Summer Program for Incoming Freshmen

FF 54 - Undated Activities

Series 2 - Legion of Black Collegians (LBC)
Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 1 - Black Book, 1979-1980

FF 2 - Black Book, 1980-1981

FF 3 - Correspondence relating to Black Book, 1981-1982

FF 4 - Correspondence relating to Black Book, 1982-1983

FF 5 - Correspondence relating to Black Book, 1983-1984

FF 6 - Black Experience Week, 1977

FF 7 - Budget: LBC - MSA, 1980

FF 8 - Budget: LBC - MSA, 1981-1982

FF 9 - Budget: LBC - MSA, 1983-1984

FF 10 - Budget: LBC - MSA, 1984-1985

FF 11 - Budget: LBC - MSA, 1985-1986

FF 12 - LBC Activities - Issues, 1979-1980

FF 13 - LBC Activities - Issues, 1981-1982

FF 14 - LBC Activities - Issues, 1982-1983

FF 15 - LBC Activities - Issues, 1983-1984

FF 16 - LBC Activities - Issues, 1984-1985

FF 17 - LBC Activities - Issues, 1985-1986

FF 18 - LBC Activities - Issues, 1986-1987

FF 19 - LBC Choir

FF 20 - Observer

FF 21 - Perspectives in Black, 1981-1982

FF 22 - Perspectives in Black, 1984-1985

FF 23 - Perspectives in Black, 1986-1987

FF 24 - Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Missouri-Columbia, the LBC, and the NAACP; 12/17/1991

FF 25 - Big XII Council on Black Student Government, Guide, 11/2003

FF 26 - U.S. Department of Justice Mediated Agreement between the University of Missouri-Columbia, the LBC, and the NAACP (copy), 04/1988 [restricted]

Series 3 - Black Culture Center (BCC)
Env 1 (A99-36)

Item 1 - Photograph: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Black Culture Center, with Rita Besleme - color - 35 x 27.5 cm, 05/03/1997

Item 2- Photograph: Construction of Black Culture Center, framework stage - black/white - 35 x 27.5 cm, 1997

Item 3 - Photograph: Black Culture Center (from 1978-1998), 823 Virginia Avenue - black/white - 35 X 27.5 cm, 1997

Item 4 - Newspaper article: laminated - Culture Center Breaks Ground - Columbia Daily Tribune - with color photographs, 05/03/1997

Series 3 - Black Culture Center (BCC) (cont'd)
Box 2

FF 1 - Activity Evaluation, 1980-1981

FF 2 - Advisory Board, 1981-1984

FF 3 - Advisory Committee, 1978

FF 4 - BCC Activities - Issues, 1984

FF 5 - BCC Activities - Issues, 1985

FF 6 - BCC Activities - Issues, 1986

FF 7 - BCC Activities - Issues, 1987

FF 8 - BCC Activities - Issues, 1988

FF 9 - BCC Library, 1984

FF 10 - Building Remodeling

FF 11 - Buildings: Campaign Mailing, ca. 1997

FF 12 - Buildings: Groundbreaking and Construction, Photographs (includes negatives), 1997

FF 13 - Buildings: Grand Opening, 09/03/1998

FF 14 - Buildings: Opening Ceremony, Photographs (includes negatives), 09/03/1998

FF 15 - Buildings: 813 Virginia Avenue, Photographs, n.d.

FF 16 - Buildings: Photographs, 1972-2000

FF 17 - Buildings: 813 Virginia Avenue, Planning and Construction; includes correspondence, media articles, plans and other papers, 10/1993-02/1996

FF 18 - Buildings: Renaming Ceremony, 02/28/2002; includes photos of Hampton Institute choir and University athletes Malcolm Dixon and Albert Lane

FF 19 - Events: "Operation Conspiracy", 04/20/1991; Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, 12/10/1998

FF 20 - Events: Black Alumni Organization Homecoming Week, 10/17/1998

FF 21 - Events: Photographs; topics include Theatre Department's World Theatre Workshop, comedian and activist Dick Gregory's Black Love Week address, and others

FF 22 - Howard, Leroy, 1979-1980

FF 23 - Media Articles, 1984-1999

FF 24 - Minority Corporate Leadership Class Proposal, 1984

FF 25 - Publications (non-BCC), 1998-1999

FF 26 - Publications: Perspectives: The Contributions of Black Missourians to African American History, 02/1992

FF 27 - Publications: Prime Time, Production Files, 1984-1988

FF 28 - Publications: Prime Time, 1981-1995 (with gaps)

FF 28a - Publications: Prime Time, 11/1986

FF 29 - Publications: Program Guide, Black History Month - Educating America: Black Universities and Colleges Strengths and Crises; 66th Celebration of African American History, 02/1991

FF 30 - Publications: Program Guide, Black History Month - Role of Afro-American Churches, 02/1989

FF 31 - Search Committee: Bcc Coordinator, 1988

FF 32 - Smith, Walter [Restricted]

FF 33 - Student Employment, 1981-1986

FF 34 - Videotapes (VHS): The New Black Culture Center - 4 minutes, 06/1998; Black Culture Center Opening Ceremony - 45 minutes, 10/01/1998; CBS News Feature, Russ Mitchell, 1998; Vivian King's Award Acceptance, n.d.; Ruby Dee, 02/01/2001

Note to Researcher: The video tape recordings of the Black Culture Center Opening Ceremony, Vivian King, and Ruby Dee have all been converted to Digital Video and DVD formats (DVD - 704, 1, 1).

Series 3 - Black Culture Center (BCC) (cont'd)
OSF 1 (A01-87, A02-105)

Item 1 - Poster: Black History Month, 01/2001 (2 copies)

Item 2 - Poster: Black History Month, 01/2000

Restrictions Note: The Archives of the University of Missouri-Columbia is required by law and Board of Curator's policy to restrict access to some files and information. Student records are held as confidential under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and by University policy. Faculty promotion and tenure records and Academic Personnel files are restricted for 75 years, or the lifetime of the individual. All grievance, disciplinary, and medical records are treated as confidential files. Consultations with legal counsel, both in-house and external, are protected by the attorney/client privilege and will not be released.

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