One of our greatest joys as archivists is when we are able to open a collection up to researchers which had previously been unavailable or difficult to access. Different collections pose different challenges to access, and collections containing moving image or sounds...

October 21, 2019

Amistad has acquired the records of Atlanta-based Alternate ROOTS, a regional arts service organization of artists who work for social justice.

The acquisition documents 41 of the regional group’s 43 years, 1976 to 2017. Alternate ROOTS was founded in 1976 by a group of...

October 15, 2019

Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Peru, Oman and Jordan are just a few of the countries Belmont F. Haydel has worked in as an economist and diplomat. The retired U.S. Army major says he supports Amistad Research Center because it goes hand in hand with advanc...

October 14, 2019

The history of the Original Illinois Club is making its debut at Amistad Research Center.

A ledger book dating from 1930 to 1949 is the oldest account of the social and pleasure club in the new collection, which was coordinated by President Tracey L. Thibodaux. The ledg...

October 14, 2019

Decades before “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “The ‘L’ Word” or “Pose” hit screens across America, there was “Just for the Record,” a New Orleans public affairs show on Cox Channel 49 with programming and features just for the LGBTQ community.

Behind it all was creat...

July 16, 2019

Byron Stewart was an eight-year-old when he saw the building that changed his life.

“We were in Alexandria. It was a very eye-catching building. It wasn’t traditional in design,” Stewart, now 62, remembers. “When I asked my mother about it, she said ‘Architects do that...

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