In 2017, the BDA began a strategic initiative to increase the Benson’s acquisition of rare books featuring Black Diaspora subjects. In its first year, this project brought in eight new titles, including three books from Jamaican graphic novelist Andrew Francis’ series, The Cat.
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On Friday, September 14, 2018, the BDA celebrated the archive and exhibition opening of the Edmund W. Gordon Papers. Continue reading “Highlights from the Edmund W. Gordon Archive and Exhibition Opening”
Last month, the Black Diaspora Archive announced its inaugural exhibition featuring the works of psychologist, academic and social activist Edmund W. Gordon, the namesake to UT’s Gordon-White building.
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The Black Diaspora Archive’s foundational collection, the Edmund Gordon Papers, 1933-2010, is highlighted in the exhibition Life, Leadership, and Learning: From the Archive of Edmund W. Gordon. The exhibition is now on view in the second floor gallery at the Benson Latin American Collection.
The vision for the Black Diaspora Archive at The University of Texas at Austin came into focus in 2013 as a collaborative project between Black Studies, LLILAS Benson, and the University of Texas Libraries. After years of continued successful collaboration, Black Studies approached LLILAS Benson with the idea of creating an archive devoted to the Black Diaspora. Since its founding in 1921, the Benson Latin American Collection has actively collected Latin American materials that document communities and people of color, but it had never done so in a planned and dedicated way. Very quickly, leadership Continue reading “Establishing History: The Black Diaspora Archive and the Texas Domestic Slave Trade Project”
Angela Perkins served at the BDA’s first Graduate Student Assistant (GRA), and made significant contributions to the processing of the Edmund W. Gordon Papers.
Read about Angela’s experience on the Texas iSchool Information Portal here.