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Organization name: southern university at Shreveport

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PG-52101-13Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsSouthern University at ShreveportSouthern University at Shreveport Black Ethnic Archives Preservation Assessment4/1/2013 - 9/30/2014$3,640.00Raegan Stearns   Southern University at ShreveportShreveportLA71107-4704USA2012Archival Management and ConservationPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access3640036400

A preservation assessment of 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, books, photographs, and other items related to the history of Southern University at Shreveport, a historically black university founded in 1967, as well as to the history of the surrounding region. The collection focuses on the institutional records of the university and includes letters, yearbooks, budgets, and faculty research from the Shreveport campus as well as materials from other branches of Louisiana's A&M College System to which it belongs. The collection also contains print and microfilm versions of the "Shreveport Sun" (1927-2012), the oldest African American weekly in Louisiana, and personal papers of black educators and religious and civic leaders in northwest Louisiana.

Southern University at Shreveport's Black Ethnic Archives (BEA) is requesting funding from the NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to allow a qualified archival consultant to assess its current preservation practices and to make recommendations designed to ensure the proper management of the archives' collections. The BEA collects, preserves, and makes available the original files and records documenting the underrepresented history of African Americans in Northwest Louisiana and contains approximately 2000 linear feet of materials. It manages the historical records of Southern University at Shreveport, the collections of prominent African American educators, civic and religious leaders, and businesspersons from the area, and is the home of The Shreveport Sun newspaper collection. The Sun is the oldest weekly African American newspaper in Louisiana and is the most comprehensive existing record of the lives of African Americans in Northwest Louisiana.

PG-52517-15Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsSouthern University at ShreveportSUSLA Archives Unlocked: Preserving the Shreveport Sun and Willie Burton Collections5/1/2015 - 10/31/2016$6,000.00Jane O'Riley   Southern University at ShreveportShreveportLA71107-4704USA2014African American StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access600005604.870

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, light filters, and preservation supplies for a collection of archival materials on the history of African Americans in Northwest Louisiana. The collection includes print and microfilm versions of an African American newspaper, the Shreveport Sun (1927-2014), and the papers of historian William Burton, who published several works on the history of Southern University and of blacks in Shreveport.

Southern University at Shreveport’s Black Ethnic Archives (BEA) is requesting funding to purchase preservation supplies to properly store and care for department collections. The BEA collects, preserves, and makes available the original files and records documenting the underrepresented history of African Americans in Northwest Louisiana and contains approximately 2,000 linear feet of materials. The supplies will be used to re-house the BEA's “Shreveport Sun” and Willie Burton collections. The “Sun” is the oldest weekly Black newspaper in Louisiana and is the most comprehensive existing record of the lives of African Americans in Northwest Louisiana. Referred to as "the Father of Shreveport's Black History," Willie Burton’s decades of research produced the definitive texts documenting the activities and contributions of the area's African American population. His collection consists of photographs, books, manuscripts, fine arts, and artifacts.