The Special Collections Research Center collects and preserves primary source materials that highlight the role of people of African descent in shaping the fabric of American life and history, with a particular focus on the African American experience in Washington, DC. The following resources can help you learn about our collections:
Special Collections' Africana-related materials encompass topics including literature, politics, religion, music, and culture. Some highlights include:
Walter Fauntroy Papers. Walter Fauntroy served Washington DC and the larger community as a religious and political leader and particularly as a leader in the planning for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
United House of Prayer for All People Collection. This collection contains magazines, church programs, and jewelry related to the history of the United House of Prayer for All People, the founder Bishop C.M. Grace (Sweet Daddy Grace) and Bishop Walter McCollough (Daddy McCollough).
Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson Washington Go-Go Collection. The materials, which include correspondence, promotional materials, interviews, photographs, and audio cassette tapes, document the evolution of go-go music and the cultural and political role of go-go in Washington, D.C.
E. Ethelbert Miller Papers. E. Ethelbert Miller is a highly respected Washington D.C. based poet and literary activist and, since 1974, the Director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard University. His papers correspondence, fliers, posters, journals, photographs, interviews, and articles that document his own artistic career and the evolution of the poetry scene in Washington.
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