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The Black Teacher Archive


  • Creation: 1907-1973

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584.32 Gigabytes

Biographical / Historical

The Black Teacher Archive (BTA) began as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded grant co-principally investigated by Dr. Jarvis Givens of Harvard Graduate School of Education and Dr. Imani Perry of Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In fall 2020, the co-pi's hired Micha Broadnax to serve as the Project Manager. The Black Teacher Archive is a post-custodial digital collection initiative. The items is this collection are largely in the custodianship of non-Harvard repositories. With over 65 contributing repositories, the Black Teacher Archive seeks to create a centralized access point to review items created by Black educator organizations. The BTA has required the assistance and enlistment of local expertise:

In Gutman Library - Carla Lillvik, Rebecca Martin, Alex R. Hodges, Lindsay Whitacre, Carol Ketner, Te-Yi Lee, and Myanne Krivoshey.

In Harvard Imaging Services - Mingtao Zhao, Bill Comstock, Maggie E. Hale, Robert Heintz, Katherine Sweeney, and David Remington.

Across Harvard Library - Vanessa Venti, Robin Wendler, Michael Vandermillen, Kate Bowers, and Jennifer Weintraub.

Research Assistants- Abigail Goldstein, MarQuis Bullock, Farah Afify, and Luna Pham.

About Colored Teacher Associations: Colored Teacher Associations (CTAs) are a historical reference to Black educator organizations in the United States that began forming prior to the Civil War, and a national body of these organizations formed in 1903. These organizations primarily in southern and bordering states, began to publish journals at the national and state levels in the 1920s. Colored Teacher Associations were the primary professional organizations for African American teachers in the 20th century United States, and they were essential to the political, intellectual, and cultural terrain of the black civil rights struggle during this era.


This is a digital post-custodial collection that has been arranged according to the alphabetical order of the state and then dates for publications within the state.

Existence and Location of Originals

As a post-custodial project, the physical existence of these publications are primarily in non-Harvard repositories. These items appear in general library collections, manuscript collections, and rare book and special collections.

The following are the contributing (owning) repositories of items in the Black Teacher Archive:

Allen County Public Library

Amistad Research Center

Arkansas State Archives

Auburn Avenue Research Library

Auburn University Libraries

Berea College Special Collections and Archives

Center for Research Libraries

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University

William & Mary Libraries

Kiplinger Research Library, DC History Center

Charles C. Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University

John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, Fisk University

Meeks-Eaton Black Archives, Florida A&M University

Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library, Fort Valley State University

Gelman Library, George Washington University

Georgia State University Library

Al-Tony Gilmore Private Collection

Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard University

Mother Abrams Library and Museum

Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard University

Historic New Orleans Collection

Milner Library, Illinois State University

H.T. Sampson Library, Jackson State University

Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

Paul G. Blazer Library, Kentucky State University

Library of Virginia

Inman E. Page Library, Lincoln University

Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University

Margaret Walker Center, Jackson State University

Mississippi State University Libraries

Lyman Beecher Brooks Library, Norfolk State University

W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University

Oklahoma Historical Society

John B. Coleman Library, Prairie View A&M University

Samford University Library

Schomburg Center for Black Research, New York Public Library

St.Louis Public Library

Stanford Libraries

State Archives of Florida

State Historical Society of Missouri

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Brown-Daniel Library, Tennessee State University

University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries

Tulane University Libraries

Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the University of Alabama

University of Arkansas Libraries

University at Buffalo Libraries

The University of Chicago Library

George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida

University of Georgia Libraries

University of Kentucky Libraries

University of Louisville Libraries

University of Mississippi Libraries

Wilson Library, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

University of North Texas Libraries

University of Oregon Libraries

South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia

Libraries at West Virginia University

Drain-Jordan Library, West Virginia State University

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History

Widener Library, Harvard University

Ida Jane Dacus Library, Winthrop University

Wisconsin Historical Society

Beinecke Library, Yale University

The Black Teacher Archive
Micha Broadnax
June 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University Repository

Monroe C. Gutman Library
6 Appian Way
Cambridge MA 02138 United States