The Amistad Research Center is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America’s ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights.
From its beginnings as the first archives documenting the modern civil rights movement in 1966, Amistad has experienced considerable expansion and its mission continues to evolve. The history of slavery, race relations, African American community development, and the civil rights movement have received new and thought-provoking interpretations as the result of scholarly and community research using Amistad’s resources. Amistad’s 800 collections include the papers of artists, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, lawyers, factory workers, farmers and musicians.
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