George Washington Carver and the Agricultural Experiment Station at the Tuskegee Institute

Today’s blog was written by Mary Kate Eckles, summer intern at the National Archives at College Park and undergraduate student at St. John’s College George Washington Carver (ca. 1861 or 1864 to January 5, 1943) was one of the United States’ most prominent agricultural scientists, inventors, and humanitarians. Born enslaved during the Civil War Years … Continue reading George Washington Carver and the Agricultural Experiment Station at the Tuskegee Institute

Morgan v. Hennigan: Desegregation of Boston Public Schools

Today's Blog was written by Dr. Tina L. Ligon, Supervisory Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland This record of the week was a part of a presentation on the role of the federal government in black education, given at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference … Continue reading Morgan v. Hennigan: Desegregation of Boston Public Schools

Ambrose Caliver, A Leader in 20th Century Black Education

Today’s blog was written by Kate Palm, summer intern at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland and graduate student at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science Dr. Ambrose Caliver (1894-1962) was a national leader in the twentieth-century field of black education who spent over thirty years in the U. S. Office … Continue reading Ambrose Caliver, A Leader in 20th Century Black Education

W. E. B. Du Bois, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Study of Black Life

Today’s blog was written by Mary Kate Eckles, summer intern at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland and a liberal arts student at St. John’s College W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was one of the leading academics on black life in the United States. He was a historian, sociologist, educator and the first … Continue reading W. E. B. Du Bois, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Study of Black Life

The Prince Edward County Free School Association

Today’s blog was written by Emanuel Riley, graduating senior at the University of Maryland and Student Intern at the National Archives at College Park On October 17, 1963, William J. vanden Heuvel, then special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, delivered a speech to the students and faculty of Hampden-Sidney College in Prince Edward County, … Continue reading The Prince Edward County Free School Association

A Special Memorandum from 1933: “Social Adjustment of Negroes in the United States”

Today’s blog was written by Blossom Ojukwu, undergraduate education major at the University of Maryland, College Park In the series Historical Files (National Archives Identifier 566333) in RG 12 Records of the Office of Education is a special memorandum titled “The Social Adjustment of Negroes in the United States.” The document was submitted to President Franklin … Continue reading A Special Memorandum from 1933: “Social Adjustment of Negroes in the United States”

Federal Records Relating to the Brown v. Board of Education Case

Today’s blog is introduced and compiled by Dr. Tina Ligon, with the assistance of fellow archivists, specialists, and technicians at the National Archives.   May 17, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision regarding education in America.  The Oliver L. Brown et. al.  v. Board of Education of Topeka (KS) ruling declared … Continue reading Federal Records Relating to the Brown v. Board of Education Case

Providing a New Deal for Young Black Women: Mary McLeod Bethune and the Negro Affairs Division of the NYA

Today’s blog is written by Dr. Jametta Davis, Appraisal Archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The Great Depression was one of the most devastating economic periods of the twentieth century.  Between 1929 and the early 1940s, countless American citizens experienced high unemployment rates, increased poverty, and great uncertainty.  For black girls and … Continue reading Providing a New Deal for Young Black Women: Mary McLeod Bethune and the Negro Affairs Division of the NYA

Educating African Americans: A Brief Look into Historically Black Colleges in America

Michael Arzate is the Summer Diversity Intern in the Research Services Division, Textual Records at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. He is currently a History undergraduate major at the University of California, Berkeley. As the 50th anniversary of the iconic March on Washington is being celebrated, I've come to reflect on major legislation … Continue reading Educating African Americans: A Brief Look into Historically Black Colleges in America