To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS), the Archives collaborated with members of BOSS and Sherry Suttles (‘69) to reflect on, share, document, and honor the legacy of Black students on Barnard’s campus. This celebratory reception, Histories of 1969, took place during Barnard’s Annual Reunion in May 2019.
The Digital Humanities Center and the Archives initiated a Digital Humanities Research Fellows program in summer 2019. Through this program a cohort consisting of five students, staff, and faculty--with priority given to researchers whose identities and research questions have been historically marginalized in digital humanities--worked to realize independent research projects.
With the support of a President’s Research Award, the Archives are partnering with Africana Studies and the Barnard Library to launch Healing, Creating, Envisioning Freedom, an 18 month celebration of Ntozake Shange's life and legacy. Our goal is to both educate the campus about Ntozake’s legacy and curate events that help students release their “inner Shange.”
Celebrating and Reflecting on 50 Years of the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS)
In 2019, the Archives supported the work of BOSS E-Board members, Maat Bates and Denise Mantey, to create an exhibit honoring BOSS’ 50th anniversary and looking back on the demands that BOSS made of Barnard’s administration in 1969. The multi-faceted and interactive exhibit designed by Bates and Mantey was displayed in the Altschul lounge and later brought to the Archives Reading Room. In the exhibit, Bates and Mantey offered perspectives on BOSS’s past, present, and future; reflected on the impact of the 1969 demands on the lives of Black students and Barnard; and named the ways in which demands presented in 1969 have still not yet been addressed by the College.