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Guide to the Black History Collection, 1984-1999
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Black History Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1984-1999
    Origination: Pasadena Historical Society
    Extent: 19 Boxes
    Repository: Pasadena Museum of History
    Pasadena, California 91103-3594
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to the public for research. Use is restricted by rules intended to protect and preserve the materials in good condition for the future. For additional information please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.

    Publication Rights

    Use of the materials is governed by all applicable copyright law. The Pasadena Museum of History reserves the right to restrict any materials from reproduction at any time. Property rights reside with the Pasadena Museum of History. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. The Museum's physical ownership of the materials in its collection does not imply ownership of copyright. It is the user's responibility to reslove any copyright issues related to the use and distribution of reproduced materials. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.

    Preferred Citation

    Suggested citation of these records: [Identification of item], Black History Collection, Research Library and Archives, Pasadena Museum of Hisotry.


    In 1984, the Pasadena Historical Society produced a videotape on black history in Pasadena entitled, The Changing Rose.
    Researcher Robin Kelley interviewed more than forty members of Pasadena's African-American community and collected photographs and other memorabilia for use in the videotape. The materials were subsequently included in a 1985 exhibit mounted at the Historical Society entitled, "Early Days in Pasadena's Black History." The materials and research collected by Kelley make up the Black History Collection.

    Scope and Content

    The Black History Collection consists of taped interviews, indices, donor lists, photographs, family material, newspaper articles, information about churches, community leaders, education, and pioneers. It also includes the Samuel C. Sheats Papers.