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HIST 3468: Public History

A helpful guide to the resources needed to create your Omeka exhibit

Visiting Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections & Archives houses library materials which are especially valuable or fragile and serves as the repository for the Trinity University Archives. Our collections include the papers of Rev. Claude Black, from which you will be drawing for your Omeka exhibit. 

Special Collections is located in Coates Library, Room 208, and is open most weekday afternoons to researchers (check this week's calendar here). Email archives@trinity.edu to make an appointment to visit outside of these hours. 

Claude and ZerNona Black Papers

The personal papers of the Reverend Claude William Black, Jr. and his wife, ZerNona Stewart Black document their civil rights, community activism, and Baptist ministry activities, predominantly from the 1940s through 2008, in San Antonio, TX. 

The 100 cubic feet collection spans the early 1900s through 2009 (the year of Reverend Black’s death). The bulk of the papers are relevant to Reverend Black’s activities, with approximately one-fifth related to  ZerNona Stewart Black’s endeavors. Included are: audiocassettes, reel tape, videocassettes and movie film of events, sermons, and addresses; handwritten sermons and accompanying notes; annotated periodicals, including rare and specialized journals such The Crisis (NAACP), African Forum, and other African American publications; scrapbooks of memorabilia, ephemera and news clippings, about San Antonio and national events; communications with local and national leaders, including A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr.; photographs and slides  of community and personal events; awards, certificates and governmental proclamations;appointment books and daybooks; extensive records related to activities of Mount Zion First Baptist Church and additional organizations.