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Finding Aid to the Pictorial Material from the American Indian Community History Center Records
BANC PIC 2009.067  
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Description
Chiefly photographs documenting the San Francisco Bay Area urban Indian community and related organizations, events and activities, with an emphasis on the Intertribal Friendship House (I.F.H.) of Oakland. Majority of collection depicts I.F.H. administration, social activities, cultural events, education efforts, public outreach, activism and other functions.
Background
The American Indian Community History Center is a project dedicated to preserving the history of the broader San Francisco Bay Area “urban Indian” community. One of the highpoints in this preservation effort included the book project, Urban Voices: The Bay Area American Indian Community (2002). In 1976, the Community History Project (CHP) grew out of the interests of Geraldine (Gerri) Martinez Lira (MSW), Marilyn LaPlante St. Germaine (MSW) and Susan Lobo (Ph.D., CHP coordinator) to preserve the histories of American Indians whose lives were greatly impacted by the federal relocation programs that moved them from reservations to the bay area with the promise of sustainable employment, better education for their children, and affordable housing. Initially, the CHP committee focused on recording their oral histories, but the committee expanded, with Sharon Mitchell Bennett, Charlene Betsillie and Joyce Keoke joining the project, and so too did the project’s focus.
Extent
approximately 15,700 photographs in 31 boxes, 4 sleeves and 1 oversize folder : chiefly gelatin silver prints, 35mm film negatives and 35mm slides ; various sizes.
Restrictions
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Availability
Collection is open for research. Negatives and slides available by appointment only.