The Africana Collection
The African American, African Diaspora, and Africana Collections at Texas A&M contain family papers, oral histories, and extensive photographic collections, as well as a wide range of printed material. These editions offer a similarly broad assortment of material, from the Rex B. Grey Collection of early European exploration of Africa, to numerous literary writers such as Amiri Baraka, Ernest Gaines, and Jayne Cortez, and historical collections on African American churches, military, civil rights and science fiction.
Sample highlights of the collection:
Eldridge Cleaver Collection ca. 1960s-1980s. This collection documents the exile and return to the U. S. of Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver. Materials include original writings, letters, flyers, booklets, and memorabilia.
Alex Haley Archive, 1960-65. This collection includes original writings of Haley including original portions of typed pages from The Autobiography of Malcolm X and material related to the blockbuster book and mini-series Roots, as well as unpublished manuscripts.
Charles J. Levy Civil Rights Collection 1955-1975. The collection has nearly 1000 items related to the civil rights movement from 1955-1975. The collection includes hundreds of pages of writings, publications, bulletins, internal memos, broadsides, hand-printed magazines, etc. Prominent figures of the civil rights and revolutionary movements, organizations and committees are covered in the collection.
Slavery//Emancipation documents. This collection consists of 50 documents (30 manuscripts and 20 cataloged items) related to slavery, the transfer of slaves as property, and emancipation in the states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas and the countries of Cuba, the Caribbean, Jamaica, and Paris, France.
Phillis Wheatley. Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral. London: Bell, 1773.
[image collections: Phillis Wheatley frontispiece; slavery document]