Allen Building Takeover Collection

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This digital collection comprises selected materials from the following archival collection at Duke University Archives:

Allen Building Takeover collection 1969-2019

Collection #UA.31.04.0005 | 1 Linear Feet; 1 box

On February 13, 1969, Duke University students in the Afro-American Society occupied the the main administration building to bring attention to the needs of Black students. These needs included an African American studies department, a Black student union, and increased enrollment and financial support for Black students. This and subsequent events became known as the Allen Building Takeover. The Allen Building Takeover Collection contains announcements; flyers; publications; correspondence; handouts; reports; transcripts; ephemera; clippings; a bibliography; photographs documenting Black Culture Week (Feb. 4-12, 1969) and the Allen Building Takeover (Feb. 13, 1969); and items related to student demands, statements by Provost Marcus Hobbs and by Duke President Douglas Knight, student convocations and demonstrations both in support of and against the Takeover, and later events on the Duke campus and in Durham, N.C. In addition, the collection contains clippings and artwork related to remembering the Takeover, including the 2002 Allen Building lock-in.

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Adopted by Deborah Jakubs, Jim Roberts, Susan Ross and Tom Hadzor to Tim Warmath and Ed Comber on the occasion of their marriage