UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives Acquires its First African Americana Collection

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Feb 26, 2021

UC San Diego News Center announced this week its acquisition of its first African Americana Collection. The collection chronicles the African American Experience post-Civil War and documents migration west.  The UC San Diego Library added the "African Americana collection—the Turner Collection—to its Special Collections & Archives (SC&A). Donated by Steve Turner, a UC San Diego alumnus ‘82 and an avid collector, the collection is comprised of more than 300 items including rare photographs, pamphlets, photocards, posters and pinback buttons, many from the 19th century and all of which shed new light on the African American experience, particularly in the American West." The collection focuses on the "less well-known migration of African Americans to the West that preceded the great migration from the South between 1916 and 1970. His collection brings to light the story of pioneer immigrants who moved west after the Civil War and before World War II." For more detail, view the original article here.