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UNO Department of Black Studies Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UNO-0263

Scope and Contents

Records collected from and about the Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha document the formative years of the department. The collection documents program planning, conflict with Academic Affairs in the 1970s, newsletters, correspondence, and other material. Further description is available by clicking on each series.

These folders were originally held in the University Archives File Cabinet Collection. These folders were later supplemented by, and combined with, additional donated records to make up the current UNO Department of Black Studies Records. Within the General subseries, there are emails and letters sent from members of the department of Black Studies. Also included are documents regarding the 35th Anniversary of the department which took place in 2007. Within the Black Studies and BLAC vs Academic Affairs, there are documents regarding the background information of the investigation, correspondence regarding the case, documents from the fact-finding investigation, transcripts of the interviews from the investigation, and documents from a group called the People’s Board of Regents. Within the background information, there are more than 58 sets of documents regarding the investigation. Each exhibit used in the fact-finding investigation is designated in its own folder. All interview transcripts are in their own designated folder. There are two folders of publications from the Department of Black Studies: the Black Studies Newsletter and the Black Studies Report. Also included in this collection are clippings relevant to the Black Studies Department. There are also documents pertaining to the development of the department starting in 1970. Also found in this collection are flyers and programs for events held by the Black Studies Department. There are also documents for the Malcolm X festival that started in 2001. Also found here are documents regarding the NAACP case in 1983 and 1984. News Releases from the department are also found in this collection. Reports and Analyses regarding diversity within institutions are also in this collection. Lastly, there are documents regarding research and community programs.


  • Creation: 1970-2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. 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 the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at

Biographical / Historical

Created through student activism and community involvement, and encountering periods of challenges, UNO's Department of Black Studies remains one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the country. This series highlights important moments in the department’s history including its origins in the 1960s, institutional conflict, and triumphs of a thriving department.


1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

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Custodial History

Accession record is absent. These materials arrived in University Archives via a variety of channels.

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Claire Du Laney, Outreach Archivist; Wendy Guerra, Digital Initiatives Archivist; Paul Jensen, student employee; Angela Kroeger, Metadata Coordinator; Lori Schwartz, Hagel and Technical Services Archivist; and Holly Timmerman, student employee.
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This collection was processed in part and digitized as part of "Charting our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies at UNO", which is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and UNO Libraries' Eugene S. and Sunny M. Thomas Fund for Innovation.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States