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COLLECTION Identifier: AC95.B5665.969c

Black Panther printed ephemera


Printed ephemera largely from Black Panther Party chapters in Philadelphia (Pa.), New Haven (Conn.), and New York (N.Y.).


  • Creation: circa 1966-2006

Language of Materials

Collection materials are predominantly in English, with a small amount in French, Spanish and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear foot (4 boxes, 1 drawer)

Printed ephemera including fliers (printed matter), tabloid newspapers, newsletters, posters, pamphlets, and other items on political change, race relations, health care, etc., largely from Black Panther Party chapters in Philadelphia (Pa.), New Haven (Conn.), and New York (N.Y.).

Biographical / Historical

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded in Oakland (Calif.) in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton as an African-American militant left-wing organization originally concerned with self-defense against police brutality. Seale and Newton produced a "Ten-Point Program", a Party platform itemizing economic and political grievances. The official voice of the Party was The Black Panther, edited by Eldridge Cleaver and first published in 1967. By 1968, chapters of the Party had emerged in major cities across the United States and continued to be active into the 1970s.

The Panther 21 were the leadership of the eastern region of the Black Panther Party who were arrested April 2, 1969 and charged with conspiracy to blow up various public sites in New York (N.Y.); all were acquitted in 1971.


Arranged into four series:

  1. I. Material by and about specific individuals
  2. II. Material by and about specific groups
  3. III. Material listed by title
  4. IV. Additions to collection

Within series, material is alphabetized by name or title except where noted. Readers are advised that keyword searching will be useful within this finding aid.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, f, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from various sources at various times; acquisition information is given with the item.

2018M-102. Transfer from Widener Library, 2018.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm of material acquired in the 2004-532 accession is available; see film 04-1679.

Related Materials

Houghton and Widener Libraries hold issues of The Black Panther (see HOLLIS).

Processing Information

Processed by: Taylor Ferracane and Melanie Wisner

Black Panther printed ephemera, circa 1966-2006 (AC95.B5665.969c): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
2019 January 18
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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