SCOPE AND CONTENT
Title: Contemporary Black Arts Program. Records,
Date (inclusive): 1975-1992
Collection number: RSS 1275
Extent: 3.00 linear feet (6 archives boxes, 1 oversize file
Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD
Shelf Location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Contemporary Black Arts Program. Records, RSS 1275. Mandeville Special Collections
The records include brochures, correspondence, membership lists, minutes, newspaper
clippings, photographs, posters and printed programs, proposals and reports that document
the establishment and growth of the Contemporary Black Arts Program at UCSD. These
records consist chiefly of administrative files from this academic program, friends
organization, and Black History Month celebrations, as well as various publicity
materials for events sponsored by CBAP. The materials are arranged in six series: 1)
PROGRAM FILES, 2) PUBLICITY MATERIALS, 3) BLACK FACULTY AND STAFF ASSOCIATION FILES, 4)
SUBJECT FILES, 5) FRIENDS OF THE CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARTS PROGRAM FILES, and 6) BLACK
HISTORY MONTH FILES.
The Contemporary Black Arts Program developed from the Cultural Traditions Program at
Muir College during the late 1970s. Strongly interdisciplinary, the program was
established to satisfy the general education requirements of the college, to add richness
and diversity to the process of educating students, and to serve as a means of increasing
the involvement of African-Americans in university and local community affairs. In 1979,
the program moved to Third College (now Thurgood Marshall College) under the guidance of
Dr. Floyd Gaffney, Professor of Drama, who continued as Director of the program through
the early 1990s. Since 1981, the program has offered a Contemporary Black Arts Minor
which provides a broad introduction to African-American performing arts combining
lecture, studio, and performance courses. Through the concerted efforts of the faculty
and strong support from the university administration, the program expanded its unique
combination of instructional, research, and performing arts missions throughout the
1980s. The program's involvement in the planning of Black History Month events and its
successful sponsorship of performances by African-American artists attest to its
important contributions to the cultural life of the UCSD campus and the surrounding
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The records of the Contemporary Black Arts Program consist of program files related to
its academic administration, publicity materials for various events sponsored by CBAP,
files associated with the participation of the program director, Floyd Gaffney, in the
Black Faculty and Staff Association, subject files concerning African-American education,
administrative files of the Friends of the CBAP, and files documenting the program's
involvement with Black History Month celebrations at UCSD.
The materials are arranged in six series: 1) PROGRAM FILES, 2) PUBLICITY MATERIALS, 3)
BLACK FACULTY AND STAFF ASSOCIATION FILES, 4) SUBJECT FILES, 5) FRIENDS OF THE
CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARTS PROGRAM FILES, and 6) BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILES.
The first series, PROGRAM FILES (1979-1988), is organized by subject and arranged
chronologically within each folder. These documents include correspondence, faculty
meeting agendas and minutes, program information, proposals, reports and budget requests.
The second series, PUBLICITY MATERIALS (1981-1992), includes flyers, news-releases,
photographs, posters and programs.
The third series, BLACK FACULTY AND STAFF ASSOCIATION FILES (1975-1986), primarily
contain agendas and minutes of association meetings along with reports and correspondence
related to various issues under discussion at these meetings.
The fourth series, SUBJECT FILES (1982-1990), is organized by subject and arranged
chronologically within each folder. These files include bibliographies, brochures,
directories, newspaper clippings and reports related to issues in African-American higher
The fifth series, FRIENDS OF THE CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARTS PROGRAM FILES (1983-1992), is
divided into two subseries: 5A) Administrative Files and 5B) Administrative Events. The
administrative files are organized by subject and arranged chronologically within each
folder. These files include by-laws, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes,
membership lists, newspaper clippings and scholarship records. The Events Files include
proposals and publicity material.
The sixth series, BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILES (1985-1992), is arranged in chronological
order by year of celebration and, within this arrangement, by document type, including
correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, publicity material, and subject files.