AfricaMap/WorldMap Project

Developed by: Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA)
Principal Investigators: Suzanne P. Blier and Peter Bol
System Architect/Project Manager: Ben Lewis
WorldMap: http://worldmap.harvard.edu

The goal of WorldMap is to lower barriers for scholars who wish to visualize, analyze, organize, present, and publish mapped information.

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Afro-Latin America Book Series

Cambridge University Press is delighted to announce a new book series, Afro-Latin America, edited by George Reid Andrews (University of Pittsburgh) and Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University). The series reflects the coming of age of the new, multidisciplinary field of Afro-Latin American Studies, which centers on the histories, cultures, and experiences of people of African descent in Latin America, as well as the rise of a powerful transnational movement of activists, organizations, and institutions devoted to issues of racial equity and racial justice in Latin America.

Albert Murray Papers

This collection comprises the papers of Albert Murray, noted cultural critic and co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Papers include his writings, notes, and correspondence with Ralph Ellison. Part of this collection was published in 2000 as Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray. For more information, please contact Houghton Library at 617.495.2449.

Celia and Henry W. McGee III Black Film Poster Collection

This historically rich poster collection, generously underwritten by Celia (AB ‘73) and Henry W. McGee III (AB ‘74, MBA ‘79), highlights the African American experience as it has been cinematically captured by such silent films as The Crimson Skull and Black Gold, blaxploitation cult favorites Sweet Sweetback’s Baadaasssss Song, Shaft, and Friday Foster, as well as popular musicals like The Wiz and Sparkle. Located at the Hutchins Center, 617.495.8508.

Chinua Achebe Papers

The papers of Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe includes manuscripts of main publications from Arrow of God (1964) to Anthills of the Savannah (1987) and of a few later occasional writings until 1993, as well as some publishers’ correspondence. For more information, please contact Houghton Library at 617.495.2449.

Cultural Agents

Director Doris Sommer

Cultural Agents is an interface between academic learning and civic engagement. The Initiative promotes the divergent thinking of arts and humanities in the service of solutions to real life problems.

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Finding Your Roots

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS

James Baldwin Manuscript

Undated typescript of an unfinished play by novelist, playwright, and essayist James Baldwin (1924-1987) titled “The Welcome Table.” The document contains numbering changes, inserted pages, and two different types of paper suggesting various revisions. A central character of the play, Peter Davis, is based on Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. For more information, please contact Houghton Library at 617.495.2449.

John Edgar Wideman Papers

This collection of author John Edgar Wideman’s papers includes manuscripts of his novels, short stories and articles, extensive research files for his memoir, and correspondence. For more information, please contact Houghton Library at 617.495.2449.

June Jordan Papers

The papers of June Jordan (1936–2002), author of Kissing God Goodbye, poet, prolific writer, outspoken activist, professor, and champion of equal rights, chiefly span 1954–2002 and contain biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, notes, drafts of published readings, recordings (mostly audio) of poetry writings, and photographs. For more information, please contact Schlesinger Library at 617.495.8647.

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Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine

The Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine (RGSM) will provide an intellectual and epistemological base for understanding how scientific, medical and technological ideas and practices contribute to and construct notions of difference in our multi-racial, multi-ethnic society.

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Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

Queloides is an art exhibit on the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world. Despite the social transformations implemented by the Cuban revolutionary government since the early 1960s, racism continues to be a deep wound in Cuban society, one that generates countless social and cultural scars.

Roscoe Simmons Collection

The Roscoe Simmons Collection is a rich archive of papers, sound recordings, and memorabilia collected by highly esteemed political strategist and journalist, Roscoe Conkling Simmons (1878–1951). The first African American columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a staunch Republican, Simmons was often consulted and enlisted on matters related to the African American community by Presidents Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover.

Shirley Graham Du Bois Papers

This collection includes the personal correspondence, private papers, professional work, and photographs of influential artist and activist Shirley Graham Du Bois (1896–1977), the second wife of W. E. B. Du Bois. For more information, please contact Schlesinger Library at 617.495.8647.

Suzan-Lori Parks Papers

The papers of Suzan-Lori Parks (recipient of a 2001 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog) include manuscripts of her writings and some correspondence. For more information, please contact Houghton Library at 617.495.2449.

TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement

Co-Directors: Brian C.B. Barnes and Dorian O. Burton

The TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement stands as both a local and national initiative focused on scholarly excellence in promoting research, practice, and policy that create pathways to success for Black men and boys (e.g., education, social science, government, business, and public health) and their communities (i.e., ethnic, racial, cultural, socioeconomic).

The Randy Weston Collection

In 2015–16, the Jazz Research Initiative in collaboration with the Hutchins Center, Loeb Music Library, the Harvard College Library, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences acquired the archives of pianist and composer Randy Weston. A pianist of powerful intensity and originality, Weston emerged from a thriving musical scene in 1950s Brooklyn, which included Max Roach, George Russell, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Al Harewood, and Miles Davis. Weston also played a leading role in raising awareness of Africa in the jazz world through his State Department sponsored visits.

Timbuktu Library Project

In 1998, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute launched the Timbuktu Library Project whose purpose is the preservation and restoration of the lost Library of Timbuktu. Consisting of approximately 50,000 volumes covering topics such as geometry, law, astronomy, and chemistry, and dating to the late sixteenth century and before, these important documents are being cataloged, and have recently gained new interest within the academy.

Trans-Saharan Slave Trade Working Group

Director: Wole Soyinka

Under the direction of Wole Soyinka, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Literature and fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade Working Group is engaged with locating texts and images that relate to the encounter of the Arab and Islamic world––including cultural, trading, political, and slaving documents–– with the African world.

Wole Soyinka Papers

The papers of Wole Soyinka, 1986 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, includes manuscripts, correspondence, and records of his human rights activities, as well as “Prison Diary” typescripts (notes penned between the lines of printed books while he was incarcerated) and Union of Writers of the African Peoples materials. For more information, please contact Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library at 617.495.2449.

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Workshop on African History and Economics

The Workshop on African History and Economics (WAHE) brings together two recent academic trends in a forensic examination of African economies in historical perspective:  the development of the “New Economic History” with its tendency for comparative studies of regional economic performance; and a new emphasis on longue durée studies in African history. WAHE foregrounds dialogue between academic researchers, development experts/policy makers, and African entrepreneurs.

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