Scope and Content
Title: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY COLLECTION
Collection number: D-207
Extent: 7 linear feet in 7 archive boxes
University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Special Collections Department.
The African American History Collection was created as a subject collection nearly 30
years ago, beginning with a block purchase from Walter Goldwater in New York in 1967.
Materials have been added in the form of donations and purchases since that time.
Collection is open for research.
The Library can only claim physical ownership of the African American History Collection.
Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
[Identification of item] THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY COLLECTION, D-207, Department of
Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.
Scope and Content
The African American History Collection consists primarily of 19th and 20th century
pamphlets with an emphasis on racial justice and political action. From anti-slavery
tracts to civil rights leaflets, the materials in this collection reveal a nation's moral
and legal struggle for equality, and document the effects of inequity on individuals and
society as a whole. The collection's concentration of theme and variety of perspective
make it a unique and valuable resource for social and political historians.
The bulk of the pamphlets cover three general time frames. Civil War era materials
comprise a strong collection of speeches by senators and congressmen against various
aspects of emancipation. Also strongly represented are materials relating to the
political movements of the 1930's and 1940's, generally Communist and Socialist, and the
attempts to unite individuals in an organized force for change. The third group of
materials relates largely to civil rights issues of the 1950's and 1960's, including
voter registration, desegregation, and black power. With few exceptions, the materials in
this collection present the literature of change and growth.