The Black Archives Collections

The majority of the center’s archival holdings consist of records relating to the history of Africans and African Americans, especially their institutions and organizations.

The center has an impressive holding of manuscripts, rare books, journals, magazines, maps, newspapers, and photographs. Individuals from an array of professions, as well as, businesses, social, civic and religious groups donated the majority of our museum and archival material. Some of these records are unique resources that are not available at other research facilities.

Archival Collections

African American Culture

Benjamin and Dorothy Holmes

Black Church Collection

Joe Nash

African American Dance Collection
John F. Matheus  Harlem Renaissance Collection
Ruby Diamond Music Collection
S. Randolph Edmonds Drama Collection


African American History & Politics

Afro American and Central Life Insurance Companies Collection
Black Archives Obituary Collection
Carrie Meek African Americans in Congress Collection
D.E. Williams Negro Schools in Florida Photographic Collection
Florida’s Black Junior Colleges Collection
Floy Britt 4-H Collection
Genevieve J. Wheeler Black Home Economics Collection
Gilbert Porter Desegregation Files
Leedell Neyland and Gilbert Porter Florida State Teachers Association Collection
National Negro Home Demonstration Agents Collection
Official Rosewood Incident Papers

Willie Ziegler White

 Florida Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association


Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University College of Law Collection

Florida A&M University Hospital Collection

George W. Conoly Florida A&M University Alumni Association and National Alumni Association Collection
Martha Leffall Leffall Family Memorial Collection
William P. Foster Marching Band Memorabilia



Alonzo “Jake” Gaither Black College Football CollectionFlorida and Herbert Parker
Masters Golfing Tournament Newspaper Coverage Collection
Leedell Neyland Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association