Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian African American Association
Program Records, 1988-1998
This accession consists of records that document the history and activities of the Smithsonian African American Association (SAAA). The SAAA was formed on May 10, 1989, whose purpose was to communicate to the Smithsonian administration the concerns and needs of African American employees as well as to serve as a united voice when it came to programs and exhibitions at the Smithsonian. Additionally they worked to be a resource for African American employees in clarifying Smithsonian policies and procedures as well as to advise and assist the Smithsonian in the implementation of its policy to provide equal opportunities to all employees. These materials were created and maintained by John Whittington Franklin while serving in SAAA. The records cover the administration of SAAA; the Exhibition and Research Committee; and the publication of the SAAA newsletter, "The Prophet." Materials include correspondence, memoranda, membership surveys, meeting minutes, newsletters, reports, images, clippings, and other related documents. Some materials are in electronic format.
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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-147, Smithsonian African American Association, Program Records