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Black history exhibit collection

 Collection
Identifier: Collection 113

Scope and Contents

The collection contains documentation of a joint project by Alpha Kappa Alpha, the Grand Rapids Study Club, the Suburban Club, the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Grand Rapids Public Museum to detail the history of the Black community in Grand Rapids. Documentation, including photographs, was collected and reproduced. The material documents the people and their occupations during the first 150 years of Grand Rapids' history.

Dates

  • circa 1880-1990

Biographical / Historical

The project was sponsored by several local Black women's groups and the Grand Rapids City Historian to prepare a display for Black History Week in February 1984. The project grew and expanded and the display, titled "150 Years: An Exhibit of the African American Presence in Grand Rapids," was not ready until the 1985 Black History Week.

Extent

0.88 Linear Feet (Three boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Black History exhibit collection documents a joint 1984-1985 project by Alpha Kappa Alpha, the Grand Rapids Study Club, the Suburban Club, the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Grand Rapids Public Museum to detail the history of the Black community in Grand Rapids. Historic items, including photographs, were collected and reproduced. From the collected data a photo exhibit, "150 Years: An Exhibit of the African American Presence in Grand Rapids," was ready for the 1985 Black History Week. The exhibit traveled through the local schools. The materials here reflect the Grand Rapids City Historian's files related to the project. Little or no documentation on the original source of the historical items is provided, though some of the items come from other Grand Rapids Public Library archival collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Grand Rapids City Historian, accession number 1990.008

Related Materials

Several other collections in the GRPL Archives contain information on African Americans. See Coll. 249, which is a general collection on African Americans, with cross references to holdings in other collections.

See also the African American Clipping file. An index to the newspaper clippings is on the GRPL website.

Title
Finding aid for the Black history exhibit collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Sponsor
Funded by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Rapids History Center Repository

Contact:
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids Michigan 49503 USA