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Black Manifesto Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA-05-wua00049

This collection contains the Black Position Paper of 1968, the Black Manifesto of 1968, and correspondence with Chancellor Thomas H. Eliot concerning these documents and goals.  Also included are documents relating the Brookings protest and other documents created by the student group.  The collection also contains documents detailing action taken in 1978 and 1998 by the Association of Black Students and the administrators of Washington University.


  • 1968-1998

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0.50 linear feet

1 boxes

Historical Information

In 1968, the Association of Black Students submitted a Black Position Paper to the University administration outlining the areas of Washington University they urgently felt needed improvement as regarded black students.  The student group urged change in black student enrollment, treatment of blacks on campus, and the introduction of a Black Studies program to the curriculum.  These points were expanded in the Black Manifesto of 1968.  Protests in Brookings Hall in 1968 led to more discussion of these topics between students and faculty and gradually changes occurred.  The Association of Black Students (ABS) continued to support and work towards change, prompting awareness in 1978 and 1998 that more modifications of the status quo were necessary to complete the goals originally proposed in 1968.

Method of Acquisition

This material was transferred to the University Archives at various times.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Related Materials

See also WUA00334 Department of African and African-American Studies Records

Processing Information

Processed by Hadley Holm Davis in October 2010. Additional processing by Sarah Schnuriger in December 2017.

Black Manifesto Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2020 September 14: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495