Guide to the University of California, Irvine, Black Student Union Records AS.098

Finding aid prepared by Audrey Pearson and Joanna Lamb; updated by Laura Uglean Jackson
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu
© 2014


Title: University of California, Irvine, Black Student Union records
Identifier/Call Number: AS.098
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.2 Linear feet (2 boxes) and 9.3 unprocessed linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1971-2014
Date (bulk): 1997-2003
Abstract: This collection comprises records of the Black Student Union at UC Irvine from 1971 until 2014. Included are materials that represent the organization's reaction to changes in the Equal Opportunities Program (EOP) and address general problems of race relations on campus in the early 1970s. Other materials document student participation in the organization, activities, and events in subsequent decades.
Creator: University of California, Irvine. African American Student Union.
Creator: University of California, Irvine. Afrikan Student Union.
Creator: University of California, Irvine. Black Student Union.

Access

Processed components of the collection are open for research. Unprocessed additions may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.

Publication Rights

Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

Preferred Citation

University of California, Irvine, Black Student Union records. AS-098. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Materials relating to the Black Student Union's reaction to the Equal Opportunities Program were a gift of Bolerium Books, 2005. Other materials were acquired periodically from campus sources. The 2014 accretion was acquired from the Black Student Union in June 2014.

Processing History

Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2008. Additions and finding aid updates made by Joanna Lamb, 2009.

Historical Background

The Black Student Union (BSU) was established in 1971 at UC Irvine in response to the reorganization of the Equal Opportunities Program and to address affirmative action and race relation issues. The 2009-2010 mission of BSU is to create and promote a supportive and inclusive community that provides educational, cultural, and social programming that inspires the black student community through activism and outreach. The organization serves as the umbrella for all black organizations on campus with the ultimate goal to provide a welcoming and united space for the community while also stimulating an awareness of political, economic, and social forces affecting the people of the African Diaspora.
Since the group's inception, the BSU has chosen to change names as the values and goals of the organization evolved. The organization was known as the African American Student Union from 1990 to 1993. In 1993 it changed its name to the Afrikan Student Union. In 2009 the group voted to change the name back to the Black Student Union in an effort to reconnect with the history of political activism during the Black Campus movement in the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises records of the Black Student Union at UC Irvine from 1971 until 2014. Included are materials that represent the organization's reaction to a changes in the Equal Opportunities Program (EOP) and address general problems of race relations on campus in the early 1970s. Other materials document student participation in the organization, activities, and events in subsequent decades. In particular, this collection highlights the Black Baccalaureate program, the Martin Luther King symposium, and numerous student performances and gatherings in campus-wide events, including the Rainbow Festival.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 4 series:
  • Series 1. Administrative records, 1971-2006
  • Series 2. Publications, 1972-2002
  • Series 3. Reports, 1971
  • Series 4. Scrapbooks, 1996-2002
The collection also contains one unprocessed addition:
Accession 2014.033. Unprocessed addition 2014, 2010-2014. 9.3 linear feet

Separation Note

The following publications were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives:
Umoja. Irvine, Calif: Afrikan Student Union, University of California, Irvine, 1990-2003.

Related Collections

Related materials about the Black Student Union can be found in the following collection in the Department of Special Collections and Archives:

Subjects and Indexing Terms

University of California, Irvine. African American Student Union. -- Archives
University of California, Irvine. Afrikan Student Union. -- Archives
University of California, Irvine. Black Student Union. -- Archives
University of California, Irvine. -- Students -- Archives
African American college students -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century.
Minority college students -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
Scrapbooks -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century

 

Administrative records, Series 1. 1971 and 1997-2006 (Bulk, 1997-2006)

Series Scope and Content Summary

The majority of this series contains administrative records that document the activities and membership of the Afrikan Student Union between 2001 and 2006. This series also includes program files from the annual Black Baccalaureate event and the 1971 minutes of the Interim Black Council recommending for the establishment of a permanent Black Council to address affirmative action issues on the UC Irvine campus.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.
Box 1, Folder 1

Interim Black Council minutes, 1971 June-July

Box 1, Folder 2-4

Black Bacalaureate program files, 1997-2002

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, participation lists, menus, budgets, invoices, and planning records.
Box 1, Folder 5

Afrikan Student Union agendas, calendars, and other materials, 2001-2002

Box 1, Folder 6-8

Afrikan Student Union board minutes, membership lists, and other materials, 2005-2006

 

Publications, Series 2. 1972-2002

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises printed materials produced by the Black Student Union that document events, activities and accomplishments of the student group including the 1982 and 1984 Black Awards Banquet, Black History Month events, the Caribbean Spectacular, and the Martin Luther King Symposium.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Box 1, Folder 9

Fliers, invitations, and event programs, 1972-1991

Box 1, Folder 10

Newsletters, 2001-2002

 

Reports, Series 3. 1971

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes reports created and disseminated to the UC Irvine black family, educators, and administrators in 1971. The documents were created to describe the black students assessment of newly imposed Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) changes and to express their suggestions to improve the EOP to benefit minority students on campus.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Box 1, Folder 11

An Open Letter to the Black Family of UC Irvine, 1971 July 19

Box 1, Folder 12

Recommendations by Black Students as the Follow-up to the Chancellor's Conference, 1971 June 10

Box 1, Folder 13

A Visit to the University of California at Irvine: a Report, 1971

 

Photographs, Series 4. 1996-2002

Physical Description: Includes approximately 515 color photographic prints.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains approximately 515 color photographs that document student participation in Black Student Union activities and events including dinners, sleepovers, Rainbow Festival performances, and the Martin Luther King Symposium.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.

Processing note

All photographs have been removed from their original scrapbooks and have been re-housed for preservation purposes.
Box 1, Folder 14-18

Scrapbook photographs, 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 19-20

Scrapbook photographs, 1997-1998

Box-folder 1 : 21, Folder 2 : 1-4

Student life and engagement scrapbook photographs, 1999-2000

Box 2, Folder 5

Scrapbook photographs, 2002

 

Unprocessed addition 2014 Accession 2014.034 2010-2014

Physical Description: 9.3 Linear feet

Access

This addition to the collection is not yet processed. It may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This accretion contains board documents including meeting minutes, agendas, and other administrative records; event posters; and drawings and statements by organization members on large rolls of paper.