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Register of the Contemporary Black Arts Program. Records
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  • DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY
  • Preferred Citation
  • ABSTRACT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • SCOPE AND CONTENT

  • DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

    Title: Contemporary Black Arts Program. Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1992
    Collection number: RSS 1275
    Extent: 3.00 linear feet (6 archives boxes, 1 oversize file folder)
    Repository: Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
    Shelf Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Preferred Citation

    Contemporary Black Arts Program. Records, RSS 1275. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    ABSTRACT

    The records include brochures, correspondence, membership lists, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, posters and printed programs, proposals and reports that document the establishment and growth of the Contemporary Black Arts Program at UCSD. These records consist chiefly of administrative files from this academic program, friends organization, and Black History Month celebrations, as well as various publicity materials for events sponsored by CBAP. The materials are arranged in six series: 1) PROGRAM FILES, 2) PUBLICITY MATERIALS, 3) BLACK FACULTY AND STAFF ASSOCIATION FILES, 4) SUBJECT FILES, 5) FRIENDS OF THE CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARTS PROGRAM FILES, and 6) BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILES.

    ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

    The Contemporary Black Arts Program developed from the Cultural Traditions Program at Muir College during the late 1970s. Strongly interdisciplinary, the program was established to satisfy the general education requirements of the college, to add richness and diversity to the process of educating students, and to serve as a means of increasing the involvement of African-Americans in university and local community affairs. In 1979, the program moved to Third College (now Thurgood Marshall College) under the guidance of Dr. Floyd Gaffney, Professor of Drama, who continued as Director of the program through the early 1990s. Since 1981, the program has offered a Contemporary Black Arts Minor which provides a broad introduction to African-American performing arts combining lecture, studio, and performance courses. Through the concerted efforts of the faculty and strong support from the university administration, the program expanded its unique combination of instructional, research, and performing arts missions throughout the 1980s. The program's involvement in the planning of Black History Month events and its successful sponsorship of performances by African-American artists attest to its important contributions to the cultural life of the UCSD campus and the surrounding community.

    SCOPE AND CONTENT

    The records of the Contemporary Black Arts Program consist of program files related to its academic administration, publicity materials for various events sponsored by CBAP, files associated with the participation of the program director, Floyd Gaffney, in the Black Faculty and Staff Association, subject files concerning African-American education, administrative files of the Friends of the CBAP, and files documenting the program's involvement with Black History Month celebrations at UCSD.
    The materials are arranged in six series: 1) PROGRAM FILES, 2) PUBLICITY MATERIALS, 3) BLACK FACULTY AND STAFF ASSOCIATION FILES, 4) SUBJECT FILES, 5) FRIENDS OF THE CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARTS PROGRAM FILES, and 6) BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILES.
    The first series, PROGRAM FILES (1979-1988), is organized by subject and arranged chronologically within each folder. These documents include correspondence, faculty meeting agendas and minutes, program information, proposals, reports and budget requests.
    The second series, PUBLICITY MATERIALS (1981-1992), includes flyers, news-releases, photographs, posters and programs.
    The third series, BLACK FACULTY AND STAFF ASSOCIATION FILES (1975-1986), primarily contain agendas and minutes of association meetings along with reports and correspondence related to various issues under discussion at these meetings.
    The fourth series, SUBJECT FILES (1982-1990), is organized by subject and arranged chronologically within each folder. These files include bibliographies, brochures, directories, newspaper clippings and reports related to issues in African-American higher education.
    The fifth series, FRIENDS OF THE CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARTS PROGRAM FILES (1983-1992), is divided into two subseries: 5A) Administrative Files and 5B) Administrative Events. The administrative files are organized by subject and arranged chronologically within each folder. These files include by-laws, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, membership lists, newspaper clippings and scholarship records. The Events Files include proposals and publicity material.
    The sixth series, BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILES (1985-1992), is arranged in chronological order by year of celebration and, within this arrangement, by document type, including correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, publicity material, and subject files.