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Guide to the Bay Area Black Panther Party Collection CEMA 56
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Scope Note
  • Processing Information note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Series Description

  • Title: Bay Area Black Panther Party Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 56
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet 8 boxes (1-4 are document boxes, 5-8 are oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1963-2000

    Conditions Governing Access note


    Conditions Governing Use note

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Scope Note

    The collection includes documents, small flyers, handbills, collected research, publications, and newspaper and magazine articles. There are six series: Organizational Papers, Subject Files, Publications, Magazine and Newspaper Articles, Oversize and Newspapers; each series is arranged either by chronological or alphabetical order according to original titles or dates.

    Processing Information note

    Salvador Güereña, Michelle Wilder, January 15, 2004; Callie Bowdish and Paola Novo added series VI in February 2009.

    Preferred Citation note

    Bay Area Black Panter Party Collection, CEMA 56, Department of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Series Description

    Series I: Organizational Papers, 1972-1995. Series I includes a wide variety of documents created by and related to the Black Panther Party. Of particular interest are the bulk campaign flyers for Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver and the intake application for membership in the Black Panther Party.
    Series II: Subject Files, 1962-1995. Series II is an excellent example of the types of subject files that the Party was gathering during the 1960's and 1970's concerning various other civil rights groups and activists. Included here is also a small collection of papers and drafts concerning various civil rights issues.
    Series III: Publications, 1963-2000. Series III includes an outstanding collection of first volume publications of significant titles such as The Black Panther, Black Politics, Black Power!, The Commemorator, and Free Huey.
    Series IV: Magazine and Newspaper Articles, 1966-1998. Series contains a collection of articles pertaining to a wide variety of topics related to the Party. In particular, there is a large collection of articles for 1989, the year Huey Newton was assassinated. There are additionally a number of articles about early Panther activity in Oakland and the Bay Area as well as on the University of California campus. This is also a rich source of information on Eldridge Cleaver as there are both articles written by and about him in the collection.
    Series V: Oversize. There are a few other oversize materials (other than publications and article clippings) that are too large to be included in legal size archival boxes and have been moved from their original series and placed in a flat box for preservation purpose. If an item has been removed from its original series and placed in oversize, a note indicating its location in oversize has been left in the original place of the item.
    Series VI: Newspapers. The Black Panther Intercommunal News Service from February 20th 1971 to February 5th 1972.