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Drum Records

1841-1876
3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Call no.: RG 045/00 D7

In 1969 Drum Magazine was established on the UMass Amherst campus and published its first issue. Its collection highlights an almost twenty-year career in the publishing and dissemination of African American artistic and political thought in the Pioneer Valley. Staffed primarily by African American undergraduate students, and led by notable faculty such as Nelson Stevens and Michael Thelwell, Drum Magazine had a nationwide readership.

The Drum Records contain submissions by UMass Amherst students and those outside of the Pioneer Valley, institutional correspondence, layouts and formatting markups, and submitted photography. The submissions, both published and unpublished, include themes of African American and marginalized experiences in the United States and abroad, institutional policies and issues, and transnational solidarity.

Background on Drum


An image of: Cover of Drum vol. 9:2, 1978

Cover of Drum vol. 9:2, 1978

First published in 1969, the literary magazine DRUM found itself the first identifiable outcome at the University of Massachusetts Amherst of the late-1960s nationwide Black Campus Movement. Following the successes of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act as well as the trauma of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., African American students around the country rallied for increased representation in academic curriculums, leading to the creation of hundreds of African American Studies departments and publications. DRUM and the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies are a direct result of this, with the former predating the latter by only a few months.

Led by notable faculty such as Nelson Stevens and Michael Thelwell, DRUM was founded as a student organization with the goals of educating African American students on magazine publishing, teach readers about African American and other minority groups’ cultures, and to “preserve, investigate, and promote aesthetic and political cultural values.” During its run, DRUM published work from UMass Amherst students, including interviews with notable figures and faculty, poetry, and politically-minded articles. DRUM also received numerous outside submissions from African American, African, and other marginalized poets, writers, journalists, photographers, and artists. For almost twenty years, DRUM was a leading figure in the publishing and dissemination of African American artistic and political thought in the Pioneer Valley, with readership extending nationwide.

Scope of collection

The materials span the life of DRUM magazine, from 1969 to 1988. The collection is comprised mostly of undated submissions to DRUM, including articles, interview transcripts and profiles, poetry, and photographs. Dated submissions have been categorized as correspondence, with correspondence between DRUM and the institution in a separate folder for ease of research access. The submissions, both published and unpublished, include themes of African American life in the Unites States and abroad, institutional politics and issues, and transnational solidarity.

Of note within this collection are the page-by-page issue layouts, which show the artistic process used to design DRUM’s issues. Two of these layouts have been identified as issues from 1969 and 1980. Two other layouts, from 1989, are unable to be confirmed as a published issue. As the 1989 issue was intended to be the twentieth anniversary issue and is digitally unavailable, the availability of the layout should be a boon to researchers interested in the final years of DRUM as a publication.

Inventory

Administrative Records: Budget Materials and Invoices
1976-1987
Box 1: 2
Administrative Records: Institutional Correspondence
1970-1987, undated
Box 1: 3
Administrative Records: Mailing Lists
undated
Box 3: 1
Administrative Records: Mailing Lists
undated
Box 3: 2
Administrative Records: Program Statement
undated
Box 1: 1
Clippings
1969
Box 1: 6
Clippings About Drum
1973-1990
Box 1: 5
Correspondence
1978 Feb.-1978 Oct.
Box 1: 7
Correspondence
1978 Nov.-1979 Mar.
Box 1: 8
Correspondence
1979 Apr.-1980 Jan.
Box 1: 9
Correspondence
1980 Feb.-1981 Aug.
Box 1: 10
Correspondence
1986 Oct.-1988 Oct.
Box 1: 11
Correspondence
undated
Box 1: 12
Layouts: vol.1, issue 2
1969
Box 1: 15
Layouts: vol. 10, issue 2, full layout
1980
Box 2: 1
Layouts: vol. 10, issue 2, submissions in order
1980
Box 3: 4
Layouts: Pagemaker Printouts
1989
Box 2: 3
Layouts: Unconfirmed Issue, full layout
1989
Box 3: 6
Layouts: Unconfirmed Issue, submissions in order
1989
Box 2: 2
New Africa House
1969
Box 1: 4
Photographs
undated
Box 1: 13
Photograph
undated
Box 1: 14
Submissions: Articles
undated
Box 2: 4
Submissions: Articles
undated
Box 2: 5
Submissions: Interview Transcripts and Profiles
undated
Box 2: 6
Submissions: Interview Transcripts and Profiles
undated
Box 2: 7
Submissions: Oversized
undated
Box 3: 5
Submissions: Poetry
undated
Box 2: 8
Submissions: Poetry
undated
Box 2: 9
Submissions: Short Stories and Translated Folktales
undated
Box 2: 10

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Processing Information

Processed by Yelana Sims, October 2019.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Drum Records (RG 045 d7). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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