This presentation was given at a Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies "Lunch and Learn," February 7, 2024 on the West Lafayette, Indiana campus.


There are gaps in the historical record of Purdue University as evidenced in the lack of source materials in the University Archives. In particular, researching history on Black alumni, faculty, and staff and other people of color in Purdue's past is challenging due to the scarcity of source material. This presentation discusses gaps or archival silences in the University Archives and measures being taken to preserve and share access to Black history at Purdue.


Purdue University, African-Americans, Black alumni, University Archives, Special Collections, Black History, Student Life, Archives and Manuscripts, Inclusive Archival Description, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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