Program Records, 1967-2004

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Consists of records documenting the activities of the Program in African American Culture, with earlier records dating back to its predecessors, the Program in African American History, 1989-1992; the Program in Black American Culture, 1982-1989; and the Afro-American Cultural History Project, which reported to the Director General of Museums. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition records; meeting agendas and minutes; information pertaining to African American folklore, music, and culture; program brochures and schedules; budget summaries; contracts and agreements; reports; information about the Duke Ellington Youth Project; articles regarding special events; and press releases. Some materials are in electronic format. Staff documented in these records include Bernice Johnson Reagon, Director, 1982-1988; Niani Kilkenny, Acting Director, 1988-1989, and Director, 1992-2004; Gwendolyn Robinson, Director, 1989-1992; Alonzo Nelson Smith, Research Historian; Victoria Botero, Conference Coordinator; Joyce Lancaster, Researcher; Luvenia A. George, Coordinator; Carroll Greene, Curator; Rhea Combs, Event Producer; and Alice M. Bell, Research Assistant.


  • George, Luvenia A
  • Simmons, Gwendolyn Zoharah
  • Botero, Victoria
  • Kilkenny, Niani
  • Reagon, Bernice Johnson 1942-
  • Greene, Carroll
  • Bell, Alice M
  • Smith, Alonzo Nelson
  • Lancaster, Joyce
  • Combs, Rhea
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Program in African American Culture
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Program in Black American History


Series Level Description


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Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1967
  • 1967-2004

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • African diaspora
  • Education
  • Museums
  • African Americans
  • Museums--Educational aspects


  • Manuscripts
  • Clippings
  • Brochures
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies
  • Audiotapes
  • Video recordings
  • Music
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Floppy disks

Local number

SIA RS00532

Physical description

32 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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