Black Student Union (BSU) records
04.BSU

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Black Student Union (BSU) records
ID
04.BSU
Date
1968- present
Extent
0.4 Linear feet 1 archive box
Language
English
Abstract
The Black Student Union (BSU) was founded at Eastern Michigan University on March 11th, 1968. Serving the Eastern Michigan University community the BSU was established in order to address issues affecting the black community that had often been over looked through programming and community service. The contents of the Black Student Union (BSU) records include the BSU constitution, bylaws, membership lists, campus life records, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, clippings and news releases. Materials in the collection date from 1968-present.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

Serving the Eastern Michigan University community for 42 years, the Black Student Union (BSU) was established in order to address issues affecting the black community that had often been over looked. Today the BSU works to continue this legacy through programming and community service.

BSU was founded at Eastern Michigan University on March 11th, 1968. From the BSU Constitution, found in the Administration series of this collection,"Although we do not discriminate, our organization's purpose is to serve and educate the Black community while elevating the consciousness and promoting Unity among all Black organizations, students, faculty and staff at Eastern Michigan University."

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Scope and Contents

The contents of the Black Student Union (BSU) collection includes a constitution, bylaws, membership lists, campus life records, including applications for organization and renewals for organization, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, clippings and news releases, communication materials including flyers and distributed materials, event advertising and planning materials, and a printed copy of the BSU web site.

The collection is divided into two series, Administration and  Publicity. The  Administration series includes the constitution and bylaws, lists of members and information regarding new member inductions, campus life papers, including applications for organization and renewal of BSU, meeting minutes and agendas, and correspondence. The  Publicity series includes an extensive collection of clippings (1968-2001), communications materials, event planning materials, and a printed and bound copy of the web site. The files within each series have been arranged chronologically.

There are two items, a scrapbook and a binder, which were unbound as part of the initial processing. The Events and Programs scrapbook includes visual materials that are secured to pages with adhesive. The  Organization Materials, formerly housed in a three-ring binder have been unbound and foldered. Much of this material is repeated throughout other files.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 January 2012

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Revision Description

 Re-foldered, imported to AT, created accession number and record, added instances, barcode, and box label. 2012 January 25

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • African Americans.
  • Black Students Association
  • Eastern Michigan University

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Collection Inventory

Administration 1968-2011 

Constitution, bylaws, purpose undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 1

Membership undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 2

Campus life 1968-2006  (Bulk, 1968-1976)


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 3

Meeting minutes and agendas 2002-2011 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 4

Correspondence 1970-2005 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 5

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Publicity 1968-2011 

Clippings and news releases 1968-2011 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 6

Communications 1982-2005 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 7

Events 1968-2006 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 8

Website 2003-2004 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 9

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Events and Programs scrapbook 2002-2003 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 10-12

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Organization Materials 1968-2007 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995096)   1 13-16

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