KSU Black United Students records

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KSU Black United Students records

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KSU Black United Students records

Title: Kent State University Black United Students records

Author: Finding aid prepared by Amanda Faehnel, February 2020

Descriptive Rules: DACS 2nd Edition


Origination: Kent State University. Black United Students

Inclusive Dates: 1968-2020

Extent: 3 cubic feet (6 boxes = 3 half size record storage boxes, 2 oversized document boxes and 1 flat oversized textile box)

Physical Location: 10th floor

Language of Materials: English


Abstract: This collection contains materials of Kent State University's student organization, Black United Students. It consists of organizational records, subject files, publications, and artifacts. 


History of Black United Students: Since its founding in 1968, Black United Students has been a consistently active student organization of Kent State University. The mission of Black United Students (BUS) is “to serve and unify all Black students at Kent State University by addressing their needs.” From its inception, members of the organization have advocated for the equality of Kent State students of color including addressing fair facilities, budget allotments, student enrollment, faculty representation, academic programming, departmental organization, and social justice concerns, among many other issues in its decades-long history. 


Scope and Content: The Kent State University Black United Students records spans the years 1968 to present day. It is divided into series and consists of brochures and fliers, correspondence, news clippings, subject files, Black United Students publications, and artifacts. Official BUS publications have taken on different names throughout the organization's history, beginning with Black Watch in 1969, followed by The Spectrum, with the current publication, Uhuru, in production since 1989. 


Arrangement: The Kent State University Black United Students records are divided into series as follows:


Preferred Citation: Kent State University Black United Students records. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Related Materials: For further information, access the Lafayette Tolliver papers and photographs collection and Involvement/2 years later: a report on programming in the area of black student concerns at Kent State University, 1968-1970 compiled by Milton E. Wilson, Jr. for the Kent State University Human Relations Center. For investigative police files on Black United Students, see the Kent State University Police records, part of the May 4 Collection. Additional information on Black United Students can be found within the May 4 Collection through the May 4 Collection Subject Index.

Acquisition Information: Materials in this collection have been acquired from multiple entities over time. 

Accruals: Materials are added to the collection on a regular basis.


Series 1: Organizational Records

Box 1
Folder-- Contents

  1. Brochures and Fliers, 1969
  2. Brochures and Fliers, 1970
  3. Brochures and Fliers, 1971
  4. Brochures and Fliers, 1972
  5. Brochures and Fliers, 1975
  6. Brochures and Fliers, 1977
  7. Brochures and Fliers, 1978
  8. Brochures and Fliers, 1979
  9. Brochures and Fliers, 1986
  10. Brochures and Fliers, 1994
  11. Brochures and Fliers, 1996
  12. Brochures and Fliers, 1997
  13. Brochures and Fliers, 1998
  14. Brochures and Fliers, 2017
  15. Correspondence, 1972-1999
  16. Newspaper clippings, 1991-2020
  17. Publication: "BUS: The Foundation Years, 1968-1970" by Jason Eugene Shelton, 1997
  18. Report: Institutional Planning Report, 1973
  19. Student organization web site pages, 2005
    Scope and Content: Printouts of BUS histories from non-current web pages

Series 2: Subject Files

  1. Subject File: Robert Pitts support and sit-in, May 1968
  2. Subject File: Hubert Humphrey walkout, May 1968
  3. Subject File: Oakland Police recruitment boycott, November 1968
  4. Subject File: Enrollment, faculty, and center requests, April 1970
  5. Subject File: Statement to Commission on Campus Disorders, July 1970
  6. Subject File: Budget and allocation requests, November 1970
  7. Subject File: BUS member arrests, demands, and Laos invasion protest, January-February, 1971
  8. Subject File: Black History Month, 1971-2020
  9. Subject File: Renaissance Pageant and Ball, 1971-2019
  10. Subject File: Allocation demands, May 1977
  11. Subject File: Moratorium on Black Greek-lettered organizations, March 1993
  12. Subject File: Khalid Muhammad visit, February 1994
  13. Subject File: Reallocation of Oscar Ritchie Hall requests, April 1994
  14. Subject File: Underground Bar settlement and hip-hop music, March 1996
  15. Subject File: Black Thursday demands and library sit-in, April 1996
    Scope and Content: Includes one DVD film recording of meeting and sit-in
  16. Subject File: Support for University of Missouri, November 2015
  17. Subject File: May 4, Aramark, student wages, and safety demands and demonstration, February 2020

Series 3: Publications

Box 2
Folder-- Contents

  1. The Black Watch, May 23, 1969
  2. Black Watch, November 25, 1969
  3. Black Watch, December 10, 1969
    Physical Description: Photocopy
  4. Black Watch, March 30, 1970
  5. Black Watch, February 8, 1971
    Physical Description: Photocopy
  6. Black Watch, November 1971
  7. Black Watch, December 1971
  8. Black Watch, January 1972
  9. Black Watch, February 1972
  10. Black Watch, March 1972
  11. Black Watch, April 1972
  12. Black Watch, May 1972
  13. Black Watch, May 1972 
    Scope and Content: Special issue
  14. Black Watch, June 1972
  15. Black Watch, February 1973
  16. Black Watch, November 24, 1973
  17. Black Watch, November 1975
    Scope and Content: Volume 2, Number 2
  18. Black Watch, November 1975
    Scope and Content: Volume 2, Number 3
  19. Black Watch, November 5, 1976
  20. Black Watch, August 4, 1977
  21. Black Watch, April 10, 1978
  22. Black Watch, October 13, 1978

Series 3: Publications (continued)

Box 3
Folder-- Contents

  1. The Spectrum, September 17, 1979
  2. The Spectrum, October 22, 1979
  3. The Spectrum, November 19, 1979
  4. The Spectrum, December 18, 1979
  5. The Spectrum, February 25, 1980
  6. The Spectrum, March 18, 1980
  7. The Spectrum, April 21, 1980
  8. The Spectrum, September 22, 1980
  9. The Spectrum, December 18, 1980
  10. The Spectrum, February 23, 1981
  11. The Spectrum, March 30, 1981
  12. The Spectrum, April 1985
  13. The Spectrum, September/October 1985
  14. The Spectrum, January/February 1986
  15. The Spectrum, March/April 1986
  16. The Spectrum, Fall 1986
  17. The Spectrum, Spring 1987
  18. The Spectrum, Fall 1987
  19. The Spectrum, Spring 1988
  20. The Spectrum, Spring 1989

Series 3: Publications (continued)

Box 4
Folder-- Contents

  1. Uhuru, Fall 1989
  2. Uhuru, Spring 1990
  3. Uhuru, Spring 1991
  4. Uhuru, 1991-1992
  5. Uhuru, Spring 1992
  6. Uhuru, Fall 1992
  7. Uhuru, Spring 1993
  8. Uhuru, Fall 1993
  9. Uhuru, Spring 1994
  10. Uhuru, Fall 1994
  11. Uhuru, Spring 1995
  12. Uhuru Na Mazungumzo, Spring 1995
    Scope and Content: Special edition
  13. Uhuru, Fall 1995
  14. Uhuru, Spring 1996
  15. Uhuru, Fall 1996
  16. Uhuru, Spring 1998
  17. Uhuru, Spring 1999
  18. Uhuru, Fall 1999
  19. Uhuru, Fall 2000
  20. Uhuru, Spring 2001
  21. Uhuru, Fall 2001
  22. Uhuru, Spring 2002

Series 3: Publications (continued)

Box 5
Folder-- Contents

  1. Uhuru, Spring 2003
  2. Uhuru, Fall 2003
  3. Uhuru, Spring 2004
  4. Uhuru, Fall 2004
  5. Uhuru, Spring 2005
  6. Uhuru, Fall 2005
  7. Uhuru, Spring 2006
  8. Uhuru, Spring 2007
  9. Uhuru, Fall 2008
  10. Uhuru, Spring 2012
  11. Uhuru, 2014
  12. Uhuru, Spring/Summer 2015
  13. Uhuru, Spring 2016
    Scope and Content: Cover design #1
  14. Uhuru, Spring 2016 
    Scope and Content: Cover design #2
  15. Uhuru, Spring 2017
  16. Uhuru, Spring 2018
  17. Uhuru, Spring 2019

Series 4: Artifacts

Box 6
Folder-- Contents

  1. BUS Soul Patrol jacket, undated
  2. BUS T-shirt, undated