Black Gold: Uncovering Florida's African-American Archival Treasures

Material Description

The ten collections in the Black Gold cataloging project relate to pre- and post-Civil War records, civil rights, religion, Black college football, HBCU band culture, and African Americans in science and technology. The collections vary in size, scope and medium type and include: One large collection of the center's rarest and most fragile materials titled Black Archives Rare Records collection is comprised of materials grouped under five categories or material types: ��Rare Slave Papers/Documents/Newspapers, 1835-1879 ��Rare books, 1799-1950 ��Rare post and greeting cards, 1899-1940 ��Rare Sheet Music, 1898-1951 Five Civil Rights collections: ��Dr. Patricia and Attorney John Due Civil Rights Collection, 1960-1990 ��Priscilla Stephens Kruize Civil Rights Foot Soldier Collection, 1960-2000 ��Rev. Charles K. Steele Civil Rights Movement Collection, 1956-1980 ��Wilhemina Jakes-Carrie Patterson Tallahassee Bus Boycott Collection, 1956-2006 One Black Church collection: ��Black Churches in America Collection, 1923-@1985 Three FAMU collections that relate to individuals, organizations and activities that have national and global influence. These collections include: ��William P. Foster Black Marching Band Collection, 1946-1990 ��Coach Alonzo Jake Gaither Black College Football Collection, 1948-1983 ��FAMU Football Film Collection, 1955- 1983 One Blacks in Science and Technology collection: ��Dr. Kathleen Prestwidge African Americans in Science and Technology Collection, 1960-2000

Year Added:



Meek-Eaton Black Archives


E. Murell Dawson

Date Range

1799 - 2006

Geographic Scope

Most of the materials that will be cataloged under this project represent institutions and social world experiences of people of color living in Florida and other southern states that include, but are not limited to Georgia, North and South Carolinas, and Virginia. Records like the Black Churches in America collection cover additional national locations.