As part of the Harlem Semester series, this class partnered with the following organizations for their guidance, resources, and support.
Since its founding in 1971, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship. BCRW promotes women’s and social justice issues in the local spheres of the Barnard College community and academic and activist networks in New York City, as well as having a voice in national and transnational feminist organizing and research. We are a well-recognized nexus of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike.
Barnard College Archives
The Barnard Archives and Special Collections acts as the final repository for the historical records of Barnard College, from its founding in 1889 to the present day. We collect materials that reflect campus and academic life at Barnard.
International Center of Photography
The International Center of Photography is a photography museum, school, and research center in New York City
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library of the New York Public Library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.
Students additionally worked with the following organizations.
Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists – both women and men, girls and boys – are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.
The Lesbian Herstory Archives
The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.
Pacifica Radio Archives
Pacifica Radio Archives (PRA) is considered by historians and scholars to be one of the oldest and most important audio collections in the world. Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts.
Smith College Archives
The Smith College Archives houses a rich collection of material documenting the history of Smith College from the 1860s to the present.
Spelman College Archives
Spelman College has been committed to documenting its history since its founding in 1881. This includes the College’s administrative records, as well as the personal papers and other material created by the alumnae, faculty, staff and affiliates.
This course was supported by a Mellon foundation funded initiative, “Barnard Teaches: Real Places + Digital Access,” and the Office of the Provost.
Our projects would not have been made possible without the support of the following educators, artists, and advocates.
Provost Linda A. Bell, Barnard College
Professor Renee Charlow, Bowie State University
Steven Fullwood, Assistant Curator at The Schomburg
Sarah Greene, Program Manager of Barnard Teaches
Sydnie Mosley, BCRW Artist in Residence
Shannon O’Neill, Barnard Archivist
Tiana Reid, Teaching Assistant to the Worlds of Ntozake Shange seminar
Bradly Treadaway, International Center of Photography
Mary Yearwood, Director of Collections and Information Services, Curator, Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Out of this novel class arose numerous tangential projects, syllabuses, and resources. The following were shared by students, professors, and others involved with our process.
Ntozake Shange Papers Finding Aid at Barnard College Archives
Student Nia Ashley’s Tumblr page
Teacher Renee Charlow’s Class Tumblr page