The Archival Collection is a manuscript and photographic repository in a community setting that includes blueprints, oil paintings and artifacts. The goal of the archives is to collect, preserve and make accessible sourced materials of enduring value to students, teachers, researchers, scholars, the media and the public-at-large. The materials in the repository are collected for educational purposes in support of the archives.
In 2014, the Archival Collection was relocated from its longtime home at the Joseph Caleb Center in Liberty City to the Black Archives’ new home at the Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. Due to an unexpectedly hasty 17-day notice to move because of building construction and lack of funding required to acquire the staff and materials needed, the Archival Collection had been inaccessible to the public for 3 years. Due to the diligent work of BAHLT staff, the Collection reopened for public access in May 2016.