A Guide to the Texas Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Collection, 1984-[ca.1986]
The Texas Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Inc., affiliated with the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, is a non-profit organization incorporated under the law of the state of Texas. Its mission is to stimulate awareness, research, and funding of activities pertaining to black history and heritage of Texas and Mexico. Founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History is the oldest organization in the nation devoted to the preservation of black history and heritage. The organization recognizes its constituency among peoples of all races.
The Texas chapter of the association was sanctioned by both the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission and the Austin Sesquicentennial Commission and was an official participant in the 150th Anniversary of Texas’ independence. In addition to increasing the involvement of black heritage organizations and businesses in the Sesquicentennial, the organization is assisting in the revision of The Texas State Historical Association's Handbook of Texas. Melvin Wade was the association's first president.
The Texas Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Collection, 1984-[ca. 1986], contains organizational records, information on the Association's involvement with the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission, publications, newspaper articles, photographs, and artifacts. The materials in the collection pertain to blacks in Texas and the United States.
Some special items of note in the collection include a videotape of the Sesquicentennial ceremony in recognition of the association on October 21, 1985, and a series of Golden Legacy Illustrated History magazines, including issues on black cowboys, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The collection contains several unprocessed additions, including materials further documenting black life and culture. These additions contain photographs, printed material, newspapers, video and audio tapes, and artifacts. A special artifact of note is "The Original Black Progress Game," a family board game relating to black history from 1982. Also contained within the collection is a photograph signed by W. E. B. Du Bois. Additionally, the collection includes an agenda for the third quarterly meeting of the board of the association, September 1986; minutes of the quarterly board meeting, April 1986; and proclamations by Governor Mark White, State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, and Austin Mayor Frank C. Cooksey, pertaining to "Juneteenth," Emancipation Day in Texas. Furthermore, the collection contains two cassette tape recordings of the James Farmer Dinner held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, June 1986.
The collection is open for research.
Texas Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Collection, 1984-[ca.1986], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Alison Beck, May 1986. This collection contains unprocessed additions. Contact repository for more information.
Detailed Description of the Papers