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Black Student Union records

 Collection
Identifier: RG-14-195
The Johns Hopkins Black Student Union (BSU) was founded in April of 1968, shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the riots which followed in Baltimore City. The club sponsors social events and lectures, participates in community service activities such as tutoring disadvantaged children, works to promote unity among African Americans, and works to improve the overall climate for African American students at Hopkins. The records of the Black Student Union span the years 1972 to 1997, with the bulk dating from 1992 to 1996.

Dates

  • 1972, 1984-1997
  • Majority of material found within 1992-1996

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

All student organization records received prior to 2017 are closed for 25 years from the date of creation to everyone except current members of the student organization, after which they are publicly available for access. Materials intended for public dissemination, such as publications, newsletters, and event flyers, are publicly available for access immediately once processed. If you are a member of this student organization and have questions about our access policy, please contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

0.19 Cubic Feet (1 letter half-size document box)

.06 Gigabytes

Biographical / Historical

The Johns Hopkins Black Student Union (BSU) was founded in April of 1968, shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the riots which followed in Baltimore City. The club sponsors social events and lectures, participates in community service activities such as tutoring disadvantaged children, works to promote unity among African Americans, and works to improve the overall climate for African American students at Hopkins.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Black Student Union contain correspondence, administrative materials, and publications, spanning the years 1972 to 1997, with the bulk dating from 1992 to 1996.

Custodial History

In 2017 issues of "Perspective" dating from 1990-1991 were transferred to this collection from RG.14.001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Archives by Charles Sydnor III, former president of the Black Student Union.

Accruals

Accession Numbers: 97.9

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Allain Rallo, year unknown. Additional processing by Turquoise Baker and Elizabeth England in 2019.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA