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Camille Stivers Shade/ Black Heritage Collection

The Black Heritage Collection was renamed the Camille Stivers Shade Collection in memoriam during Black History Month on Wednesday, February 8, 1995. 

The Shade Collection was established to:

  • Enhance the research efforts in the study of African-Americans in disciplines such as religion, philosophy, psychology, history, sports, sociology, law, politics, education, art, literature, medicine, science, and the military.
  • Organize exhibits on various topics related to African Americans.
  • Insure that future generations have access to important historical documents concerning African-Americans.


The Shade Collection has more than 9,700 titles, including 1,020 microfilm and microfiche titles and 193 audiovisual items. 

Microfilm/Microfiche Collection

  • Manuscript Collections - Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Slave Trade: 1858-1892
  • State Slavery Statutes
  • Slave Trade Records
  • Records of the Antebellum Southern Plantations
  • Freedmen’s Bureau
  • FBI File on Malcolm X
  • FBI File on Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • FBI File on Marcus Garvey
  • FBI File on SCLC
  • Papers of W.E.B. DuBois

Displays in the reading room feature items from such places as Ghana and Nigeria. There are also paintings by renowned Louisiana artist, Clementine Hunter.



Materials circulate

7 Days


Do Not Circulate

Reference/Out of Print/Single copy items

Do Not Circulate


Mon- Thurs

8:00AM - 5:00PM


8:00AM - 5:00PM





*Holiday and special event hours will be posed at the appropriate time.*

Eddie Hughes