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


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; and Rare Sheet Music, 1898-1951. Also included are five 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: Black Churches in America Collection, 1923-1985. Three FAMU collections relate to individuals, organizations and activities that have national and global influence. These collections include: the William P. Foster Black Marching Band Collection, 1946-1990; the Coach Alonzo Jake Gaither Black College Football Collection, 1948-1983; and the FAMU Football Film Collection, 1955- 1983. Finally, there 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



Meek-Eaton Black Archives


  • E. Murell Dawson

Collection Size

305 cubic feet

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.