DePaul University Black Student Union records
Scope and Contents
This collection includes administrative files, promotional materials, event documentation, photographs, publications, memorabilia, and communications related to the Black Student Union. Included are 2000s reproductions of flyers and communications related to BSU's 1969 general strike effort and takeover of the SAC. Most material post-dates the BSU's 2000 reorganization. Since 2006, the BSU Historian or President has archived the organization's activities during their tenure.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Biographical / Historical
The Black Student Union (BSU), officially recognized by the Student Activity Council on February 20, 1968, was originally active in the late 1960s through mid-1970s and strove to unify African- Americans at DePaul. Beginning in 1968 the BSU worked with the Committee on Human Relations to enact changes at DePaul related to campus life, curriculum, staff, and expansion of university holdings in Lincoln Park (the independent student newspaper Alethia supplies additional information on the BSU formation). In 1981, the Progressive Black Students (PBS) organization was formed to assist in educational and social concerns related to African- American student and staff experiences. In 1988, the PBS changed its name to the Black Students Union (BSU). The BSU was reorganized in 2000. The organization strives to create a community of engagement and support for African-American students at DePaul. This collection was previously housed within DePaul University Student Affairs General Records Series 003: Student Organizations and Activities until 2016.
1.50 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection is organized into four series: 1. Administrative; 2. Campus Activity; 3. Photographs; 4. Publications. See series-level notes for individual arrangement details.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession 2011.28; 2015.016; 2015.105; 2015.130; 2016.030; 2016.013
L. Geiger 2017
- African American student movements--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- University records Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Guide to DePaul University Black Student Union records
- L. Geiger 2017
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository
John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago Illinois 60614