About the BDA

The Black Diaspora Archive (BDA) is a collaborative project at The University of Texas at Austin, supported by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, Black Studies, UT Libraries, and the Office of the President.

Established in 2015 and housed at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, the BDA collects archival, audiovisual, digital, and artistic works related to the Black Diaspora of the Americas and Caribbean. This encompasses historical publications, contemporary records, personal papers, and rare material produced by and/or about people of African descentincluding scholars, professionals, community groups, activists, and artists.

The BDA is particularly interested in materials that document:

    • Art of the diaspora, including art scholarship
    • Ethnoracial empowerment/advocacy
    • Black Feminism in the Americas
    • Slavery in the Americas
    • Personal archives of scholars and thought leaders

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