Special Edition September 2013

An Appeal for Support

"I wanted to thank you all again for your deep professionalism, your imaginative suggestions about additional collections to peruse and your personal warmth. I have shared my very positive experience there with several fellow scholars already, will continue to do so and very much look forward to utilizing Amistad's collections in the near future."  

Dr. Robert Trent Vinson, Department of History, College of William and Mary


"This card comes to thank the Amistad Research Center staff for all of the wonderful assistance and guidance provided to me while I was researching in several of your collections. A special thanks to Lee for making me feel welcome. Also, to Andrew and Chris, thank you for everything which includes pointing out additional resources and making these available to me."

Brandy Thomas, Ph.D. Candidate, Ohio State University


Amistad Reading Room
A typically busy day in Amistad's  
Reading Room. 

The Amistad Research Center receives support from individuals and corporations who value the Center's mission to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical documents that reflect the racial and ethnic history of the United States, race relations, the Civil Rights Movement, and related topics.


Amistad also enjoys support from the hundreds of researchers, such as those quoted above, who explore our collections for documents, images, and sound recordings that appear in books, films, exhibitions, plays, news articles, and research papers that reach both academic and mass audiences. The relationships that Amistad builds with its visitors form a mutually-beneficial partnership in which researchers become stakeholders in the Center's operations and success. We preserve our unique holdings and assist researchers in accessing them in order that the records may serve as the basis for new and thought-provoking examinations of the contributions by African Americans and other underrepresented communities to history, literature, the arts, political policy, and other areas.


Recently, research conducted at the Amistad Research Center has contributed to:

  • And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countee Cullen by Charles Molesworth - The first full-length, critical biography of the Harlem Renaissance poet

  • The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition by Kim Marie Vaz - The first book-length examination of a 100-year-old Mardi Gras tradition

  • Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College - The exhibition catalog accompanying the current traveling exhibition  

  • Films ranging from the PBS documentary "The Abolitionists" to Hollywood's "Django Unchained"

  • News articles and broadcasts commemorating the 1963 March on Washington and other civil rights anniversaries 

  • And more...

As a researcher who has visited the Amistad Research Center, whether from around the world or around the corner, you understand the value of an institution like Amistad. You also understand the time, effort, and expense undertaken by the Center and its staff to organize, catalog, and preserve our collections.


Your relationship with Amistad is one that we value. We invite you now to support our annual fund campaign, and help us continue to serve our global constituency of scholars, students, writers, filmmakers, history buffs, and family historians. Your charitable gift supports our preservation efforts, our ability to embrace new technology that expands access to our collections, new acquisitions, and exhibitions and programming that foster the Center's goals. However, we need your contributions to help realize these goals.


Your gift of:

$50 purchases 7 archival boxes 

$100 supports the Center's periodicals subscription list

$250 catalogs approximately 15 books

$500 digitizes approximately 50 hours of videotapes

$1000 sponsors an exhibition-related public program

$3500 pays for 1 month's rent at our offsite storage facility

$5000 underwrites the preservation of a 5 linear foot archival collection


A completed collection on the shelves and ready for use. 

For nearly 50 years, the Amistad Research Center has collaborated with researchers to make sure the history of African Americans and other underrepresented communities is carefully documented and accurately told. We ask that you help us to continue this tradition by contributing to our annual campaign. Your 100% tax-deductible gift of any amount will help make a difference!


You can give to the Amistad Research Center in the following ways:

  1. Make a secure online payment on our website: www.amistadresearchcenter.org 
  2. Mail a check to Amistad Research Center, Tilton Memorial Hall, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
  3. Call the Center at 504.862.3222 and make a donation by phone.

 With our best regards,


The Amistad Research Center 

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