Guide to the Records Of NUBIA

Collection Title: Records Of NUBIA
Dates: 1990-2001
Identification: 0/24/1
Creator: Northwestern University Black-Wimmin in Action
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Records of NUBIA document the foundation and major activities of a campus-based black women's group. Records, filling one box and spanning the years 1990-2001, consist of organizational documents, meeting agendas and minutes, membership lists, activities announcements and handouts, general and activities-related correspondence, and the organization's cookbook.
Acquisition Information: The records of NUBIA were donated to the University Archives on June 24, 2005, by Jerré Michelin from the Office of African-American Student Affairs as accession number 05-50.
Processing Information: Kevin Medows; December 2006.
Separated Materials: Four inches of duplicate and extraneous materials were discarded. Materials relating to ANUW (Association of Northwestern University Women) were separated and added to the Records of ANUW.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Established in October of 1990, NUBIA (Northwestern University Black-Wimmin In Action) was formed to address the needs of African-American women—faculty, staff, and students—at Northwestern University. It may have been inspired by the organization Sister Friends: African-American Women of Arizona State University. The organization was initially called the NU Black Women's Support Group, but by 1992 the name had changed to NUBIA. NUBIA's organizational structure consisted of a chairperson, co-chairperson, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, treasurer, and advisory board. Meetings were held at Black House, 1914 Sheridan Road, the location of the Office of African-American Student Affairs.

The mission of NUBIA was to promote advancement, equitable treatment, and employment opportunities for black women at Northwestern University. NUBIA fulfilled its mission by organizing events and speakers geared toward its membership but open to everyone at the University. Among other activities, NUBIA organized bake sales and holiday bazaars, a series of health seminars, and an annual Juneteenth (June 19) event. In 1993, the organization produced a cookbook, “What's Cooking,” with recipes contributed by members. NUBIA also collaborated with other women's organizations on campus, such as ANUW, the Women's Center, and the Gender Studies Program.

Although the organization was not officially disbanded, NUBIA's major activity ended in 2001.

Scope and Content

The Records of NUBIA document the foundation and major activities of a campus-based black women's group. Records, filling one box and spanning the years 1990-2001, consist of organizational documents, meeting agendas and minutes, membership lists, activities announcements and handouts, general and activities-related correspondence, and the organization's cookbook.

Organizational documents include several copies of undated mission statements and brochures. Meeting agendas and minutes record the organization's formation and development, and describe its planning process for events and activities.

General Correspondence, arranged in chronological order, includes letters to University administrators (including Presidents Weber and Bienen, as well as EEO, Student Affairs, and other offices), requests for funding, correspondence with potential presenters at meetings and events, and letters from departing members of NUBIA. Accompanying documents have been kept with the relevant item of correspondence.

A General Activities folder contains announcements, handouts, and other literature from various NUBIA activities and events. Two events (“Health Issues of African-Americans” and “Juneteenth”) are documented in individual folders.

The “What's Cooking” folder contains a draft and final version of the NUBIA cookbook.

A folder documenting the 1990 activities of the “Sister Friends-African-American Women” group at Arizona State University is of interest as a related organization that may have inspired the founding and mission of NUBIA. Toni-Marie Montgomery (Northwestern University School of Music Dean beginning in 2002), then a member of Sister-Friends, is mentioned frequently in these documents.

Subjects

Subjects

African American college students--Societies and clubs--Illinois--Evanston

African American women college students--Societies and clubs--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Organizational Information
    • Mission Statements, Brochures, UndatedBox 1, Folder 1
    • Meetings (Agendas, Minutes, Handouts), 1991-2001Box 1, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, 1992-2000Box 1, Folder 3
  • Activities
    • General Activities, 1990-2001Box 1, Folder 4
    • “Health Issues of African-Americans: Body, Mind, Soul”, 1996-1997Box 1, Folder 5
    • “Juneteenth”, 1993-2000Box 1, Folder 6
  • Publications
    • “What's Cooking”, 1993Box 1, Folder 7
  • Related Materials
    • Sister Friends—African-American Women of Arizona State University, 1990Box 1, Folder 8