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Black Student Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-047

Scope and Contents

This collection contains constitutions, budgets, reports, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, student publications, programs, flyers, posters, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials pertaining to the organizational history and events of the Black Student Association. These materials range in date from 1969 to 2015.


  • Creation: 1969 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Biographical Note / Historical Note / Administrative History

The Black Student Association first began as an off-campus organization under the name Black Student Union (BSU) in 1968. On May 22, 1969, the group became a recognized student organization on campus. In November 1969, the BSU changed its name to the Afro-American Student Union (AASU) in an attempt to better represent the changing values of the group. The AASU established an office within the Special Programs House, later known as the Multicultural Center, when it opened in December 1970. During the fall of 1974, the group revised its constitution and changed its name to the Black Student Association (BSA). In 2000, the Multicultural Center was reorganized, and the BSA and other student groups were relocated to the Office of Student Life, the clearing house for all recognized student organizations.

The mission of BSA is to aid in the growth and development of Ball State collegiate students through a series of culturally, socially, and academically focused discussions and programs from a unique African-American perspective. BSA's mission is fulfilled through community service, campus involvement, and professional development. BSA also aims to develop and promote unity within the minority community and intensify the Black voice at Ball State. BSA membership is open to all students, regardless of racial or ethnic backgrounds. Programs and activities sponsored by BSA include: Black History Month, Unity Pageant, Soul Food Fest, Black Student Association Scholarship, and much more.


1.7 Cubic Feet (3 archival letter boxes, 1 thin archival letter box, and 1 medium oversize box)

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This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Administrative records, 1969-2012 Series 2: Meeting minutes and agendas, 1990-2006 Series 3: Student publications, 1969-1994 Series 4: Scholarship Pageant records, 1969-2015 Series 5: Printed ephemera, 1980-2015 Series 6: Scrapbook and photographs, 1969-1995

Related Materials

Related materials can be found in the following collection: Multicultural Center records, UA.042.

UA Restructuring

UA.047 was formerly RG.00.07.05.

Processing Information

Collection procesed by Ben Richardson, 2013-09-10. Collection reprocessed by Mindy Shull, 2021-03-26.

Black Student Association records
Mindy Shull
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA