North Carolina State University, Office of the Provost, African American Cultural Center Records 1984-2022

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Creator
African American Cultural Center (North Carolina State University)
Size
3.3 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 flatfolder, 1 flatbox); 1306.36 Megabytes (20 digital files); 1 website
Call number
UA 005.072

The North Carolina State University, Office of the Provost, African American Cultural Center Records contain agendas, flyers, and other materials pertaining to the African American Heritage Society's annual meetings and events. These events include Heritage Day, the Pan-Afrikan Festival, and the Heritage Symposium. This collection also contains Advisory Committee minutes, correspondence, agendas, and publicity related to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Festival. There are general records as well, which contain materials related to the building of the Cultural Center Annex, now the Witherspoon Student Center, and the African American Cultural Center's involvement in the planning. Materials range in date from 1984 to 2022.

The African American Cultural Center promotes awareness of and appreciation for African American and other African descent experiences through activities and events that enhance academic excellence and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities. As a unit of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the African American Cultural Center is an indispensable component of NC State University’s mission of “building a diverse and inclusive campus community, fostering demographic and intellectual diversity, fostering internal and external partnerships and adopting an operational model that embraces efficiency and accountability.” The Center also operates the African American Cultural Library and Cultural Art Gallery.

Biographical/historical note

The African American Cultural Center promotes awareness of and appreciation for African American and other African descent experiences through activities and events that enhance academic excellence and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities. As a unit of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the African American Cultural Center is an indispensable component of NC State University’s mission of “building a diverse and inclusive campus community, fostering demographic and intellectual diversity, fostering internal and external partnerships and adopting an operational model that embraces efficiency and accountability.” The Center also operates the African American Cultural Library and Cultural Art Gallery.

The first African American Cultural Center was formed in 1970 and was located in the YMCA Building. In 1974, African American students called for a new cultural center. Student Body President Terry Carroll presented a “four point” request to Chancellor John T. Caldwell, which included a request for the first floor of the Print Shop to be turned over to the Society of Afro-American Culture for an African American Cultural Center. Banks C. Talley, Dean of Student Affairs, complied with this request. In the early 1980s, there were calls to rennovate the print shop which had grown somewhat decrepit. Ultimately, by the late 1980s, the university decided to build an entirely new Student Cultural Center Annex, of which the African American Cultural Center would be a part. In 1991, the Center moved to its current location in the Student Center Annex, now called Witherspoon Student Center. After student and faculty protests, it was granted an operating budget by NC State University administrators.

Scope/content

The North Carolina State University, Office of the Provost, African American Cultural Center Records contain agendas, flyers, and other materials pertaining to the African American Heritage Society's annual meetings and events. These events include Heritage Day, the Pan-Afrikan Festival, and the Heritage Symposium. This collection also contains Advisory Committee minutes, correspondence, agendas, and publicity related to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Festival. There are general records as well, which contain materials related to the building of the Cultural Center Annex, now the Witherspoon Student Center, and the African American Cultural Center's involvement in the planning. Materials range in date from 1984 to 2022.

Other items included in the general records include a site study of the Student Center Annex and other architectural drawings and plans for the center. There are items related to the council of directors and the African American Cultural Center resident organizations statement of purpose. Additionally there is an assortment of event programs, flyers, calendars, and posters from the center.

There are two DVDs related to African American History; St. Agnes Hospital: The Untold Story and Opening Doors: The Lives and Legacies of Dr. Lawrence M. Clark and Dr. Augustus M. Witherspoon.

This collection also includes an archive of the African American Cultural Center's website starting from November 2012.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in series. Each series is arranged chronologically.

1. Heritage Society, 2. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Festival, 3. General Records

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Unless noted, digital media are not available online. Copies of unrestricted digital files will be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request. Access will be provided to use copies of unrestricted digital files rather than carrier media, such as CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks. Some or all electronic files may be unavailable or restricted due to privacy reasons, agreement with the donor, software is not available to interact with files, or because files cannot be retrieved from original media.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Office of the Provost, African American Cultural Center Records, UA 005.072, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Transferred from the African American Cultural Center, 2012-2021 (Accessions 2012.0288, 2015.0003, 2017.0179, 2019.0013, 2019.0055, 2021.0116)

Processing information

Processed by: Cathy Dorin-Black, 2012 November; Finding aid written by Cathy Dorin-Black, 2012 November; Collection reprocessed by Margot Cook, 2022 March; Finding aid updated by Margot Cook, 2022 March

Please note that some historical materials may contain harmful content and/or descriptions. Learn how we’re addressing it.
Heritage Society 1988-2000
Heritage Day 1988 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 1
Trip to Togo, West Africa 1989 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 1
Annual Heritage Symposium 1989 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 14
Annual Society Activities/Records 1988-1989 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 4
Trip to Togo, West Africa 1990 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 2
Heritage Day 1990 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 3
Advisor Council Meeting Agendas 1988-1990 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 3
Heritage Day 1988-1990 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 2
Annual Society Activities/Records 1989-1990 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 5
Heritage Day 1991 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 4
Annual Heritage Symposium 1991 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 15
Annual Society Activities/Records 1990-1991 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 6
Heritage Day 1992 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 5
Annual Society Activities/Records 1991-1992 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 7
Heritage Day 1993 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 6
Annual Heritage Symposium - Cancelled 1993 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 16
Annual Society Activities/Records 1992-1993 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 8
Heritage Day 1994 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 7
Annual Heritage Symposium 1994 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 17
Annual Society Activities/Records 1993-1994 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 9
Heritage Day 1995 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 8
Annual Heritage Symposium 1995 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 18
Annual Society Activities/Records 1994-1995 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 10
Heritage Day 1996 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 9
Annual Heritage Symposium 1996 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 19
Heritage Symposium Publication 1993-1996 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 24
Annual Society Activities/Records 1995-1996 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 11
Heritage Day 1997 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 10
Annual Heritage Symposium 1997 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 20
Annual Society Activities/Records 1996-1997 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 12
Heritage Day 1998 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 11
Annual Heritage Symposium 1998 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 21
Annual Society Activities/Records 1997-1998 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 13
Heritage Day 1999 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 12
Annual Heritage Symposium 1999 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 22
Pan-Afrikan Festival undated, 1999 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 13
Annual Society Activities/Records 1998-1999 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 14
Annual Heritage Symposium 2000 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 2, Folder 23
Annual Society Activities/Records 1999-2000 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 1, Folder 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Festival 1986-2002
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1986 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 1
Festival Advisory Committee 1987 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 2
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1987 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 3
Festival Advisory Committee 1988 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 4
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1988 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 5
Festival Advisory Committee 1989 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 6
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1989 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 7
Festival Advisory Committee 1990 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 8
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1990 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 9
Festival Advisory Committee 1991 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 10
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1991 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 11
Festival Advisory Committee 1992 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 12
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1992 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 13
Festival Advisory Committee 1993 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 14
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1993 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 15
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1994 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 16
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1996 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 3, Folder 17
Festival Advisory Committee 1997 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 1
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1997 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 2
I Have a Dream Performance 1997 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 3
Festival Advisory Committee 1998 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 4
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1998 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 5
I Have a Dream Performance 1998 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 6
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 1999 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 7
Festival Advisory Committee 2000 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 8
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 2000 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 9
Festival Advisory Committee 2001 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 10
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 2001 (Accession 2012.0288, 2019.0013)
Box 4, Folder 11
Festival Advisory Committee 2002 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 12
Annual Festival Correspondence/Agenda/Publicity 2002 (Accession 2012.0288)
Box 4, Folder 13
General Records 1984-2016
Cultural Center Rennovation Planning/Correspondence 1984-1987
Box 5, Folder 1
Student Center Annex Site Study and Plans 1988, undated (Accession 2019.0013)
Box 5, Folder 3
Printed Photograph on Board of Dr. Witherspoon and Dr. Clark Leading a Group in Togo 1989 March (Accession 2021.0116)
Flat box 6
Cultural Center Annex Planning & Correspondence 1988-1991
Box 5, Folder 2
Organizational Structure for the Council of Directors of the AACC 1992, 1993 (Accession 2019.0013)
Box 5, Folder 4
African American Cultural Center Council of Directors 1994-1996 (Accession 2019.0013)
Box 5, Folder 5
AACC Resident Organizations Statement of Purpose 1998 (Accession 2021.0116)
Box 5, Folder 6
International Print Portfolio Artists' Expressions of Human Rights (Poster) 2008 (Accession 2019.0055)
Flat folder 1
St. Agnes Hospital: The Untold Story, DVD-R 2012 Sept. (Accession 2015.0003)
Size: 1 DVD-R optical disc; 1306.36 megabytes; 20 files

Memorex Printable DVD-R

Box 5, Folder 8
Event Programs, Flyers, Calendars 1995, 1998-1999, 2013-2014, 2016 (Accession 2019.0013)
Box 5, Folder 7
Opening Doors: The Lives and Legacies of Dr. Lawrence M. Clark and Dr. Augustus M. Witherspoon undated (Accession 2015.0003)

DVD

Box 5, Folder 9
Web Content Beginning in November 2012
Size: 1 website

This series is comprised of web sites of the North Carolina State University’s African American Cultural Center, captured by the NC State University Libraries since July 2016 using the Internet Archive’s Archive-It web archiving service, with prior captures by the Internet Archive dating November 2012, which may be less complete and was performed at undetermined intervals.

African American Cultural Center website (https://oied.ncsu.edu/aacc/) Beginning in November 2012
Size: 1 website

This is the official website of North Carolina State University’s African American Cultural Center. The NC State University Libraries has scheduled this website to be captured quarterly since July 2016. Also included here are prior captures by the Internet Archive dating back to November 2012.

Please note that some historical materials may contain harmful content and/or descriptions. Learn how we’re addressing it.

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Unless noted, digital media are not available online. Copies of unrestricted digital files will be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request. Access will be provided to use copies of unrestricted digital files rather than carrier media, such as CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks. Some or all electronic files may be unavailable or restricted due to privacy reasons, agreement with the donor, software is not available to interact with files, or because files cannot be retrieved from original media.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Office of the Provost, African American Cultural Center Records, UA 005.072, NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.