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Prairie View A & M University (Prairie View, TX 77445-6850)
Phyllis Earles (Project Director: January 2021 to present)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

$15,000 (approved)
$14,565 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

Preserving Our History through Assessment

A preservation site assessment with a consultant to address building, environmental, and disaster-planning concerns, as well as physical collections, policies, and storage practices. The resulting report would identify short- and long-term priorities for preservation. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), a historically Black university, is Texas’s first publicly supported institution for African Americans. The archive holds a number of distinctive collections, including over 1,000 rare books. The rare book collections include information about alumnus and dentist T. K. Lawless, as well as other African American bibliophiles from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and are devoted primarily to rare works and materials by African Americans. The Blacks in the Military Collection covers the contributions of African Americans to military history—African Americans fighting for U.S. interests and their rights in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The Special Collections and Archives Department (SCAD) at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) contains rich historical and cultural resources about African Americans, and its collections are in dire need of preservation, conservation, and exposure to the public. SCAD has an opportunity in 2021 to accomplish its goals in tandem with the founding of a Center for Race and Justice, and the Preservation Assistance Grant will support the complementary activities of preservation assessment and collections management, providing a self-conscious foundation on which to move forward our strategic plan with confidence.