Duke University Acquires Marcus Garvey Papers Collection

marcus-garveyThe John Hope Franklin Research Center at Duke University has acquired the Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project Records. The collection was gathered by Robert A. Hill, a professor of history emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles and an expert on Marcus Garvey. The collection, edited by Professor Hill, includes the papers and research documents used to compose the 12-volume Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers that was jointly published by Duke University Press and the University of California Press. The first volume in the series was published in 1983.

The collection includes many materials that were not included in the 12-volume series. The papers filled more than 300 boxes. The documents are currently being archived and preserved for use by researchers. Professor Hill began collecting materials on Marcus Garvey in 1970.

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  1. Marcus Garvey was Jamaica’s first National Hero. I am so grateful to Professor Robert Hill for recognising the importance of such research and making it his life’s work. These volumes and additional papers will preserve the empowering legacy of this phenomenal 20th century leader.

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