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Black Panther printed ephemera, circa 1966-2006: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f, pf
Call No.: AC95.B5665.969c
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Black Panther printed ephemera
Date(s): circa 1966-2006
Quantity: 1 linear foot (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are predominantly in English, with a small amount in Spanish and German.
Abstract: Printed ephemera largely from Black Panther Party chapters in Philadelphia (Pa.), New Haven (Conn.), and New York (N.Y.).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Purchased from various sources at various times; acquisition information is given with the item.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Taylor Ferracane and Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Existence and Location of Copies:

Microfilm of material acquired in the 2004-532 accession is available; see film 04-1679.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Black Panther Printed Ephemera, circa 1966-2006 (AC95.B5665.969c). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Houghton and Widener Libraries hold issues of The Black Panther (see HOLLIS).
Widener Library also holds a large collection of Black Panther ephemera. For a full title listing, see "Black Panther Party pamphlets, posters, handbills, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera." Records 1 and 2. HOLLIS: 012848025 and 012953016.

Biographical / Historical

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded in Oakland (Calif.) in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton as an African-American militant left-wing organization originally concerned with self-defense against police brutality. Seale and Newton produced a "Ten-Point Program", a Party platform itemizing economic and political grievances. The official voice of the Party was The Black Panther, edited by Eldridge Cleaver and first published in 1967. By 1968, chapters of the Party had emerged in major cities across the United States and continued to be active into the 1970s.
The Panther 21 were the leadership of the eastern region of the Black Panther Party who were arrested April 2, 1969 and charged with conspiracy to blow up various public sites in New York (N.Y.); all were acquitted in 1971.


Arranged into four series: Within series, material is alphabetized by name or title except where noted. Readers are advised that keyword searching will be useful within this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Printed ephemera including fliers (printed matter), tabloid newspapers, newsletters, posters, pamphlets, and other items on political change, race relations, health care, etc., largely from Black Panther Party chapters in Philadelphia (Pa.), New Haven (Conn.), and New York (N.Y.).

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