Finding Aid for the
Six Institutions Consortium Collection

Bennett College Archives, Bennett College for Women

Greensboro, North Carolina

Summary Information

Title: Six Institutions Consortium Collection

Date/Date Range:  1968-1973

Extent: 14 linear feet

Series number: A101

Repository: Bennett College Archives, Thomas F. Holgate Library, Bennett College for Woman, Greensboro, North Carolina

Collection Scope and Content Note: This collection contains documents that were generated by the planning, implementation, and results of the Six Institutions Consortium’s goals of establishing a legitimate academic major in African and Afro-American Studies to be offered Barber-Scotia College, Bennett College, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s College, Shaw University, and Winston Salem State University. This collection includes correspondence, forms, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, programs, audio/visual material, photographs, manuscripts, and other materials documenting these events.

Provenance: This collection is comprised of documents collected by the Six Institutions Consortium whose head quarters were formally located on the Bennett College for Women’s Campus between the years of 1968-1973. The original system of documentation of these separate sources was incorporated into the organizational structure of the final collection.

Abstract: The Six Institutions Consortium Collection reflects the development of the Consortium and the work that took place to further develop the African and Afro-American Curriculum at its participating university members. Mr. Ewa U. Eko Coordinator and Project Director of the Consortium headed the Consortium from its Bennett College head quarters between the years of 1968- 1973. The collection consists of brochures, calendars, correspondence, forms, itineraries, journals, memos, presentations, programs, proposals, audiotapes, slides and photographs.

Historical Note: The Six Institutions’ Consortium was a collaboration, which combined six North Carolina historically black colleges and universities, to cultivate cooperation with the purpose of combining resources to improve member institutions quality of undergraduate education. An idea for the collaboration was birthed out of a Summer Workshop on Inter-Institutional Cooperation, funded by the Ford Foundation in 1967. Approvals of a planning grant from the U.S Office of Education in 1968-1969 made it possible for the collaboration to indentify were cooperation was needed as well as implementing activities. The participating Institutions were Barber-Scotia College, Bennett College, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s College, Shaw University, and Winston Salem State University.

The Consortium developed a three phase program on African and Afro-American Studies curriculum which was supported by a Title III grant from the U.S. Office of Education. The first phase (1969-1970) focused on curriculum revision and cultural enrichment in the areas of English, Literature, and the Social Sciences. The second phase (1970-1971) focused on curriculum revision and cultural enrichment in the areas Arts and Humanities. The Third phase (1971-1972) focused on curriculum revision and cultural enrichment in the areas of Life Sciences, Biology, Psychology and Human Development. It was the expectation that the project would become the basis for an academic major in African and Afro-American Studies at the member institutions.

Access and Use

Acquisition Information: This collection has formally become the property of Bennett College for Women.

Access Restrictions:This collection is open to researchers under library restrictions. All access to these materials requires an appointment with the library archivist. All materials within the collection labeled restricted will not be open for usage.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Bennett College assumes no responsibility.

Copyright:  The nature of the Thomas F. Holgate Library Archive means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Thomas F. Holgate Library Archive claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S.C.). The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The Archives and Special Collections assume no responsibility of infringement of copyright or literary property rights.

Preferred Citation:[Identification of Item], Six Institutions Consortium, A101 Series, Bennett Collection Archives, Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Arrangement: This collection consists of 14 boxes divided into 7 series. Each series is arranged in alphabetical order.

Processed by: Marcellaus A. Joiner

Series I: Six Institutions Consortium 1968-1970 - Documents pertaining to the early planning stage of the Consortium as well as the first phase of the operation.

Series II: Six Institutions Consortium 1970-1971 – Documents pertaining to the second phase of the Consortium.

Series III: Six Institutions Consortium 1971-1972 – Documents generated by the third phase of the Consortium

Series IV: EPDA Institute 1972 – Documentation from the Education Professions Development ACT (EPDA) Institute.

Series V: Six Institutions Consortium 1972-1973 - Documents generated by the third phase and final year of the Consortium

Series VI: Six Institutions Consortium Audio Reels, Slides, and Photographs – Audio recordings, Slide photos, and Photographs of Consortium participants at various institutes, lyceums, meetings, and workshops.

Series VII: Six Institutions Restricted Records – These items are restricted do to the sensitive nature of the information contained there in.

Description of Series