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


The sixteen collections in the Black Gold cataloging project relate to civil rights, religion, presidential influence at HBCUs, Black college football, the Black Press, African Americans in business, science and technology, and HBCU band culture. They vary in size, scope and medium type and include four Civil Rights collections: the Dr. Patricia and Attorney John Due Civil Rights Collection, 1960-1990; the Priscilla Stephens Kruize Civil Rights Foot Soldier Collection, 1960-2000; the Rev. Charles K. Steele Civil Rights Movement Collection, 1956-1980; and the Wilhemina Jakes-Carrie Patterson Tallahassee Bus Boycott Collection, 1956-2006. Also included is one Black Church collection: the Black Churches in America Collection, 1923-1985. Ten FAMU History collections including the papers of five former presidents and five other popular collections: Nathan B. Young, 1894-1921; J.R.E. Lee, 1926-1944; William H. Gray, 1946-1959; George W. Gore, 1950-1968; Benjamin L. Perry, 1968-1977; the William P. Foster Black Marching Band Collection, 1946-1990; the Coach Alonzo Jake Gaither Black College Football Collection, 1948-1983; the FAMU Football Film Collection, 1955-1983; the Sybil Mobley FAMU School of Business and Industry Collection, 1975-2003; and the FAMU Public Relations Collection, 1947-1999. Also included is one Blacks in Science and Technology collection: the Dr. Kathleen Prestwidge African Americans in Science and Technology Collection, 1960-2000.


Cataloging Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded

Year Added



Florida A&M University


  • E. Murell Dawson

Collection Size

300 cubic feet

Date Range

1894 - 2006

Geographic Scope

Geographically, Florida and other southeastern states are covered. Records like the Black Churches in America collection cover national locations.