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Illinois Documentary History of Black Studies


This series aims to document Black Studies programs in Illinois and beyond by means of archival research and interviews with program leaders, and then to provide the results in digital form via IDEALS as well as hard copy. Bound volumes are deposited at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the Vivian Harsh Collection of the Chicago Public Library, and the home institution.

One of the outcomes of the standardized approach is that the material results in a national dataset, much in the way the North American Slave Narratives were developed: a collective effort to document a historical experience that will stand the test of time and provide a fertile field for research. Black Studies is one of the most important achievements of the Black Power movement. The series acknowledges the significance of this historical practice that lives into the 21st century.

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