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Black Pioneers Project Records

2018-2019
1 box (.1 linear feet)
Call no.: RG 050/9

Moved to action after a successful and illuminating 2016 reunion of Black alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, alumna Dr. Cheryl L. Evans (1968) decided to take on the critical project identified by the group, collecting and documenting the stories of the Black alumni who attended the University between 1960 and 1970. Dubbing these students "Black Pioneers," given the dearth, and then growth, of Black students on campus during the decade, Evans used her connections with alumni and her history as a Black student leader to reach out about recording experiences for preservation and research purposes. In collaboration with Special Collections and University Archives, Evans began the "UMass Black Pioneers Project," and sent an online questionnaire to around 85 alumni in September 2018. The survey addresses alumni's backgrounds, academic and social experiences and support systems on campus, and racial discrimination and activism, as well as current perceptions of the University and advice for students. Participation was voluntary, and is ongoing. If you are a Black Pioneer interested in participating in the survey or project, please contact Special Collections and University Archives.

The UMass Black Pioneers Project Records contain some planning materials and correspondence for the project, and primarily consist of written answers made in response to the "UMass Black Pioneers Survey." In addition to the questionnaire, participants were able to send in physical materials, or upload digital content, such as resumes, or videos of their responses, and the collection contains a few of these. Several participants willing to be interviewed were also connected with UMass Public History graduate students for oral histories in the Fall 2018 semester. These videos are a part of the record group, and there are plans to conduct additional interviews.

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Background on Black Pioneers Project

Moved to action after a successful and illuminating 2016 reunion of Black alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, alumna Dr. Cheryl L. Evans (1968) decided to take on the critical project identified by the group, collecting and documenting the stories of the Black alumni who attended the University between 1960 and 1970. Dubbing these students "Black Pioneers," given the dearth, and then growth, of Black students on campus during the decade, Evans used her connections with alumni and her history as a Black student leader to reach out about recording experiences for preservation and research purposes. In collaboration with Special Collections and University Archives, Evans began the "UMass Black Pioneers Project," and sent an online questionnaire to around 85 alumni in September 2018. The survey addresses alumni's backgrounds, academic and social experiences and support systems on campus, and racial discrimination and activism, as well as current perceptions of the University and advice for students. Participation was voluntary, and is ongoing.

If you are a Black Pioneer interested in participating in the survey or project, please contact Special Collections and University Archives.

Scope of collection

The UMass Black Pioneers Project Records contain some planning materials and correspondence for the project, and primarily consist of written answers made in response to the "UMass Black Pioneers Survey." In addition to the questionnaire, participants were able to send in physical materials, or upload digital content, such as resumes, or videos of their responses, and the collection contains a few of these. Several participants willing to be interviewed were also connected with UMass Public History graduate students for oral histories in the Fall 2018 semester. These videos are a part of the record group, and there are plans to conduct additional interviews.

Inventory

Correspondence
2018 May
Box 1: 1
UMass Black Pioneers Survey
2018 Aug
Box 1: 2
Anonymous surveys
2018-2019
Box 1: 3
2018 Nov
Brickhouse, William
2018 Oct
Box 1: 4
Brito, Miguel
2018 Sep
Box 1: 5
Bromery, Keith Marcel
2018 Sep
Box 1: 6
Burrell, Jerry
2018 Sep
Box 1: 7
2018 Aug
Evans, Warren
2018 Oct
Box 1: 8
Gray, C. Vernon
2019 Jan
Box 1: 9
2018 Nov
Kazana, Imani
2018 Nov
Box 1: 10
Kinard, Stanley
2019 Apr
Box 1: 11
Lucas, Wayne
2018 Sep
Box 1: 12
Martin, Elise
2018 Oct
Box 1: 13
Mayo, Walter
2018 Oct
Box 1: 14
2018 Nov
Box 1: 15
Pina, Vincent
2018 Sep
Box 1: 16
Saunders, Kwaku Leon
2018 Oct
Box 1: 17
Smith, Gregory
2018 Oct
Box 1: 18
Smith, William H. "Smitty"
2018 Oct
Box 1: 19
Williams, Joanne E.
2018
Box 1: 20

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Acquired from Cheryl Evans and Black Pioneer participants, 2018-2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Blake Spitz, 2019.

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Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Black Pioneers Project Records (RG 050/9). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • African American college students--Massachusetts
  • Racism in education
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Alumni
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Students

Genres and formats

  • Oral histories (literary works)
  • Questionnaires

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