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Guide to the University of California, Irvine, Black Student Union Records AS.098
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Separation Note
  • Related Collections

  • Title: University of California, Irvine, Black Student Union records
    Identifier/Call Number: AS.098
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.2 Linear feet (2 boxes) and 9.3 unprocessed linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1971-2014
    Date (bulk): 1997-2003
    Abstract: This collection comprises records of the Black Student Union at UC Irvine from 1971 until 2014. Included are materials that represent the organization's reaction to changes in the Equal Opportunities Program (EOP) and address general problems of race relations on campus in the early 1970s. Other materials document student participation in the organization, activities, and events in subsequent decades.
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. African American Student Union.
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Afrikan Student Union.
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Black Student Union.

    Access

    Processed components of the collection are open for research. Unprocessed additions may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    University of California, Irvine, Black Student Union records. AS-098. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials relating to the Black Student Union's reaction to the Equal Opportunities Program were a gift of Bolerium Books, 2005. Other materials were acquired periodically from campus sources. The 2014 accretion was acquired from the Black Student Union in June 2014.

    Processing History

    Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2008. Additions and finding aid updates made by Joanna Lamb, 2009.

    Historical Background

    The Black Student Union (BSU) was established in 1971 at UC Irvine in response to the reorganization of the Equal Opportunities Program and to address affirmative action and race relation issues. The 2009-2010 mission of BSU is to create and promote a supportive and inclusive community that provides educational, cultural, and social programming that inspires the black student community through activism and outreach. The organization serves as the umbrella for all black organizations on campus with the ultimate goal to provide a welcoming and united space for the community while also stimulating an awareness of political, economic, and social forces affecting the people of the African Diaspora.
    Since the group's inception, the BSU has chosen to change names as the values and goals of the organization evolved. The organization was known as the African American Student Union from 1990 to 1993. In 1993 it changed its name to the Afrikan Student Union. In 2009 the group voted to change the name back to the Black Student Union in an effort to reconnect with the history of political activism during the Black Campus movement in the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises records of the Black Student Union at UC Irvine from 1971 until 2014. Included are materials that represent the organization's reaction to a changes in the Equal Opportunities Program (EOP) and address general problems of race relations on campus in the early 1970s. Other materials document student participation in the organization, activities, and events in subsequent decades. In particular, this collection highlights the Black Baccalaureate program, the Martin Luther King symposium, and numerous student performances and gatherings in campus-wide events, including the Rainbow Festival.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 4 series:
    • Series 1. Administrative records, 1971-2006
    • Series 2. Publications, 1972-2002
    • Series 3. Reports, 1971
    • Series 4. Scrapbooks, 1996-2002
    The collection also contains one unprocessed addition:
    Accession 2014.033. Unprocessed addition 2014, 2010-2014. 9.3 linear feet

    Separation Note

    The following publications were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives:
    Umoja. Irvine, Calif: Afrikan Student Union, University of California, Irvine, 1990-2003.

    Related Collections

    Related materials about the Black Student Union can be found in the following collection in the Department of Special Collections and Archives:

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of California, Irvine. African American Student Union. -- Archives
    University of California, Irvine. Afrikan Student Union. -- Archives
    University of California, Irvine. Black Student Union. -- Archives
    University of California, Irvine. -- Students -- Archives
    African American college students -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Minority college students -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
    Scrapbooks -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century