The Resource Papers of Armstead Robinson, (manuscript)

Papers of Armstead Robinson, (manuscript)

Papers of Armstead Robinson, ca. 1964-1995
Papers of Armstead Robinson
Inclusive dates
ca. 1964-1995
  • Personal and academic papers include letters, manuscripts and typescripts, computer printouts, student papers, research materials, audio tapes, lectures and memorabilia
  • Much of the research material, notes, manuscripts and typescripts concern his posthumously published study "Bitter Fruits of Bondage: The Demise of Slavery and the Collapse of the Confederacy, 1861-65."
  • Early material focuses on his effort to design an undergraduate black studies program at Yale University from which he received his B.A. degree
  • Other subjects include: African-American history; African-American life in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, 1840s-1880s; life as an African-American student at Yale University during the 1960s; the development of Black Studies during the 1960s; life as an African-American faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Virginia during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s; slavery in the Confederacy; the nineteenth century American South, especially during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, and the modern Civil Rights Movement
  • Prominent correspondents include, but are not limited to: Herbert Aptheker; Molefi Kete Asante; Ira Berlin; Arna Wendell Bontemps; McGeorge Bundy; LaWanda F. Cox; Merle Curti; Stanley L. Engerman; John Hope Franklin; Eugene D. Genovese; Henry Louis Gates Jr.; A. Bartlett Giamatti; Herbert Gutman; Vincent Harding; Nathan Hare; Ron Maulana Karenga; August Meier; Nell Irvin Painter; Robert Brent Toplin; C. Vann Woodward; and Whitney Moore Young Jr
  • Prominent persons as subjects or otherwise mentioned in the collection include: Reginald Butler; Robert R. Church [Robert Reed Church, Sr.]; Eldridge Cleaver; Harold Cruse; Philip D. Curtin; St. Clair Drake; Drew Gilpin Faust; Robert W. Fogel; Martin Kilson, Jr.; James Armistead Lafayette; Alan Lomax; William Shockley; Charles Harris Wesley; Bell Irwin Wiley; and Carter G. Woodson
  • Correspondents among Robinson's University of Virginia colleagues include: Edward L. Ayers; William A. Elwood; Edwin E. Floyd; Matthew Holden, Jr.; Michael F. Holt; Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.; Robert O'Neil; Nathan Alexander Scott, Jr.; Jeanne Maddox Toungara; and Theresa M. Towner. At least two other faculty members, Vivian V. Gordon and Paul L. Puryear, are correspondence subjects
  • A folder, "Robinson Family Letters," includes items and letters concerning Armstead Robinson's father, Rev. Dewitt Peter Robinson, and a birthday card from his mother, Mrs. Ruth Dickinson Robinson
  • Among the special and unique items: a "Buy Black" bumper sticker; signed (autopen) photograph of William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, 42nd President of the United States; "Lay This Laurel" (a preliminary script for the 1989 Civil War film "Glory"); National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution application of Robinson as a possible descendant of Virginia slave-spy James Armistead Lafayette; select photocopies and transcripts of correspondence of Alabama's three Civil War governors (Andrew B. Moore, John Gill Shorter, and Thomas Hill Watts); a photocopy of a 1863 slave pass for a nine-year-old slave girl issued by the mayor of New Orleans; Tennessee census microfilm (1850, 1870 and 1880); Freedmen's Bureau marriage registers, savings and trust signature books; Union Army runaway slave registers; two drawings of Carter G. Woodson (the Father of Black History); and audiotapes of one of first Black Studies symposia ever held in the United States (Yale University, 1968)
  • Oversize items include maps, lecture and conference posters, certificates, Booker T. Washington National Monument exhibit plans, and a black and white numbered reprints set: "Images of Afro-Americans of the Emancipation Era" (Liverpool, New York: Hodges Publications)
Biographical or historical data
University of Virginia Associate Professor of History and founder and first director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies.
Cataloging source
Papers of Armstead Robinson, (manuscript)
Most nineteenth century material is photocopies
  • Special Collections
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid in a white three-ring binder behind main Reading Room desk on shelf with other alphabetical (by name) finding aids. Staff should note that current electronic listing is incorrect in that Boxes 43 to 52 do not exist.
Organization method
The collection is arranged in six series: I: Correspondence; II: Academic Career, with four subseries (A: Yale University; B: State University of New York; C: University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Rochester, New York; D: University of Virginia); III: Subject and Topical Files; IV: Research Materials; V: Writings and Publications; and VI: Oversize.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a3949332
  • (OCoLC)647973052
Type of unit
cu. ft.




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