Nevada Black History Project Records

 Collection
Identifier: 96-47

Scope and Contents

The archival records of the Nevada Black History Project were donated to the Special Collections Department by Dr. Elmer Rusco in 1996 and 1997 on behalf of the Nevada Black History Project. Because of space considerations, each accession was numbered and shelved separately as 96-47 and 98-33 but for all intents and purposes, they should be considered the same group of records.

Collection 98-33 dates from 1982-1997 and consist of two cubic feet of textual materials, just over 1,000 photographs, and a video tape. The photographs and video were transferred to the photographic archives of the Department and cataloged as photo collection P97-56. There are no restrictions on access and use of the archives of the Project.

Collection 96-47 (the collection in hand) dates from 1976-1996 and includes materials which predate the Project. It consists of three cubic feet of material.

The arrangement of this collection follows the original order established by the donor and includes administrative records; grant proposals, applications, reports, and correspondence; lists of topics and people to be included in the exhibit and/or publications; lists of photo sources; newspaper clippings; flyers and brochures on a variety of topics; and a variety of publications on Black-related subjects, both Nevada and national.

Dates

  • 1976-1996

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Conditions Governing Use

Copy restrictions on photographs.

Biographical Note

The Nevada Black History Project was organized in 1989 to bring to light more of the history of the Black presence in this state. It was co-sponsored by the Northern Nevada Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee and the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society. Funding was provided by those two organizations and by the Nevada Humanities Committee, Nevada's 125th Anniversary Commission, the Hawkins Foundation, and private contributions, especially from Maya Miller, William C. Thornton, and Nancy Williams. Dr. Elmer Rusco was project director, Nancy Peppin was project executive, and Leonard Woods was the fiscal agent. They were assisted by two advisory committees in Southern and Northern Nevada.

Four products were produced by the project: a traveling exhibit with an historical thrust, available for showing throughout Nevada; a 20-minute videotape on the subject, available for borrowing without charge or which may be purchased; a publication, in newspaper/tabloid form, which focused on the achievements of Black Nevadans today and which was issued in two editions (1992 and 1997); and an archives of research materials. The Project collected more than 1,000 photographs, either copy prints or originals, which were deposited in the Special Collections Department, along with the administrative records of the Project.

The Project focused on Nevada individuals and collected a significant amount of biographical information. Nevadans included in the publication were nominated by the two advisory committees and in almost all cases, the data were provided by individuals, supplemented from other sources.

Those wishing information about the traveling exhibit or the videotape should contact:

The Nevada Humanities Committee Box 8029 Reno, NV 89507 800-382-5023

The preceding information was abstracted from the Project's publication, Nevada Black History. Yesterday and Today.

Extent

3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Nevada Black History Project was organized in 1989 to bring to light more of the history of the Black presence in this state. Includes administrative records of the project, grant proposals and reports, correspondence, lists of topics and people to be included in the project exhibit and publications, and newspaper clippings and publications about blacks in Nevada and in the United States (1976-1996).

Arrangement Note

The arrangement of this collection follows the original order established by the donor and includes administrative records; grant proposals, applications, reports, and correspondence; lists of topics and people to be included in the exhibit and/or publications; lists of photo sources; newspaper clippings; flyers and brochures on a variety of topics; and a variety of publications on Black-related subjects, both Nevada and national.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From Elmer Rusco of Reno, Nevada.

Related Archival Materials

The archival records of the Nevada Black History Project were donated to the Special Collections Department by Dr. Elmer Rusco in 1996 and 1997 on behalf of the Nevada Black History Project. Because of space considerations, each accession was numbered and shelved separately as 96-47 and 98-33 but for all intents and purposes, they should be considered the same group of records.

Collection 98-33 dates from 1982-1997 and consist of two cubic feet of textual materials, just over 1,000 photographs, and a video tape. The photographs and video were transferred to the photographic archives of the Department and cataloged as photo collection P97-56. There are no restrictions on access and use of the archives of the Project.

Separated Materials

The photographs and video were transferred to the photographic archives of the Department and cataloged as photo collection P97-56.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Nevada Black History Project Records
Status
Completed
Author
Susan Searcy and Rebecca Richards
Date
June 17, 1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)