Right on St. Charles Avenue in Tulane University’s Tilton Memorial Hall, you will find the Amistad Research Center, one of the nation’s premier facilities for studying African American history.
Although focused mainly on the needs of scholars, Amistad nonetheless has a wonderful and varied collection of artwork, literature, and other items showcased in rotating exhibits. The center is guardian to more than 800 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th- and 20th-century African American masters.
History and Research
Founded by the American Missionary Association in 1966 as the first archives documenting the modern civil rights movement, the Amistad Research Center contains the world's largest collection of manuscripts about African Americans, race relations, and civil rights. The holdings date back to the 1700s and include materials from every state in the United States—papers of prominent artists, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, lawyers, factory workers, farmers, and musicians. The collection also contains approximately 250,000 photographs dating from 1859. Literary manuscript holdings contain letters and original manuscripts from prominent Harlem Renaissance writers and poets.