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The Archives

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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. The archives reopened to the public in 2016 and thanks to a 2021 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has begun the ongoing process of digitizing its archival holdings, to allow for greater public access.

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