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African American Institute records

Identifier: 033

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Although collected by a single person, the papers cover all aspects of the Institute's activities. The bulk of the materials cover the years 1983 and 1984. The African American Institute Records are organized into six series:

  • Programs, organizations and initiatives. Arranged alphabetically by name of the program
  • Countries and regions. Organized alphabetically by name of the country or region
  • Meetings, conferences and other datable events. Arranged chronologically
  • Correspondence, memos, notes, etc. Arranged chronologically
  • Calendar pages. Appointments, telephone calls, lists of tasks to perform Arranged chronologically
  • Resumes, CVs, etc. These materials are restricted, because they contain private information about individuals applying for grants and job openings
  • Dates

    • 1982 - 1985


    Conditions Governing Access

    Some materials in Box 7 are restricted. Except for materials marked as restricted, the records of the African American Institute are available for consultation. To inquire about access to this collection, please contact the Herskovits Library at


    7 Boxes

    Language of Materials



    The African-American Institute (AAI) plays a notable role in the fostering of educational ties between the United States and countries in Africa; the Institute is a major source of funding for African students wishing to study in the United States, and a voice for Africa in the United States. The African American Institute records document the Institute's work in international aid and education.


    Programs, organizations and initiatives, and Countries and regions, are arranged alphabetically. Meetings, correspondence and calendar information are arranged by date.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was separated from the papers of Joseph E. Harris, as it formed a distinct unit not directly related to Dr. Harris’ activities. In an interview on May 10, 2017, Dr. Harris stated that the papers had been given to him by Calvin Raullerson (1920-2008), who worked at the Institute in the early 1980s.

    Related Materials

    Important collections of related papers are available in the Africa America Institute Papers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Calvin Raullerson Papers at the Special Collections Research Center, George Washington University. Some African American Instute materials are part of the Vernon McKay papers also held by the Herskovits Library.

    Guide to the African American Institute records
    Gary L. Strawn
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    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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    Library Details

    Part of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies Repository

    Main Library, 5th Floor, East Tower
    1970 Campus Drive
    Evanston IL 60208-2300 US