Amistad Research Center in New Orleans

Louisiana Weekly profiles the Research Center, and its goals and mission, post-Katrina: Named for the slave ship whose passengers revolted and mutinied in 1839, the Amistad Research Center “is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious independent archives specializing in the history of African-Americans and other ethnic groups.”

The Center’s archives holds over six hundred manuscript collections, containing more than ten million original or one-of-a-kind documents, including rare and first edition books, photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and memoirs, oral histories, and videos and audio tapes.

[…]Hampton said the Amistad Center will help preserve the history of Katrina by documenting the recent Diaspora through oral history interviews, photographs, and papers, while continuing to provide photographs, documents and information on New Orleans’ history and America’s ethnic heritage. An invaluable asset to Tulane University and the city of New Orleans, the center also sponsors conferences, art exhibitions and supports primary and secondary education through teacher workshops and arts and humanities instruction to K-12 students.

The digital collections on the Amistad site is limited to photographs (also mentioned are the Center’s art and manuscript collections), but oh, what a set of photos! 5000 of them dating from 1839 to 1954.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 03, 2006 in • Oral History Projects
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