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DePaul University Black Student Union records

Identifier: DPUA0083

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.


  • 1969-2016

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.

Physical Location

3/21/F; 3/44/D

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2011.28; 2015.016; 2015.105; 2015.130; 2016.030; 2016.013

Related Materials

DePaul University Student Affairs General records ; DePaul University memorabilia

Processing Information

L. Geiger 2017

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

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614