CAAAS Archives -- Vision of the Archivist

As an HBCU, located in a community with strong African American links, SUNO is itself a primary source for the development of resources about the group experience. The schools, churches, and other community assets are viewed as potential sources for documenting many aspects of the group experience. Oral histories and written records of this specific community continue to be a rewarding source and fill a unique space in our total collection. The Pontilly Neighborhood (including Gentilly Woods and Pontchartrain Park) figures prominently in the picture of who and what we are. Its move to be placed on the National Historic Register and to deposit all documents in the CAAAS Archives is an example of the collection development projects we have determined to pursue.

In addition to arranging for the preservation of records generated by the Center, the archives has sought to identify, collect, develop, preserve and disseminate information about the African heritage, the African American experience, and the African and African American contribution to world civilization. Even though there was already in place a developing collection of appropriate art and artifacts, subsequent donations moved the Center into prominence as holder of a significant collection of fine African Art. The art was placed under the administrative aegis of the archives and Dr. Sara Hollis of the Fine Arts Department became the first curator for the collection.

The vision of the archivist is to have the collection expand and incorporate the University's records in its holdings. The University is itself a repository of valuable items for the study and understanding of the African and African American experience in this local setting and in the broader context.