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Collection Overview

Title: J.J. Barlow Papers, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1966
ID: 01/ AR0752
Primary Creator: Barlow, J. J., Jr. (1927-2013)
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged by material type and size. Box one contains labeled folders while Box 2 is comprised of oversized materials.
Date Acquired: 10/00/2012. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


This collection contains materials on the Black Panther Party, civil rights in the United States, and the 1966 NDEA workshop "America and the Negro: The History of an Encounter" located at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains various materials such as, correspondence, newspapers, essays, audio recordings, notes and programs concerning the Black Panther Party, the civil rights movement in the United States, and African American history. Materials from the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) Institute in History at Spelman College include; teaching aids, class schedules, essays, letters, posters, several single-track tapes, four audio CDs, and reading materials.

Collection Historical Note

The National Defense Education Act (NDEA) was a law passed in 1958 in response to growing concerns that the American scientists and mathematicians were too few in number to keep pace with the Soviet Union. At its original conception, funding from the NDEA only applied to universities and postsecondary students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields; however, in 1964 the act was amended to include funds for future professors in history, civics, and geography. Several universities and colleges received funding for intensive, short-term institutes that would offer advance training in specified fields. In the summer of 1966, Spelman College in Georgia hosted a lecture program by the NDEA Institute in History called, “America and the Negro: The History of an Encounter.” Directed by Dr. Melvin Drimmer, the program encompassed African American literature, poetry, fine arts, religion, and political culture and intended to further educate those teaching African History.

Biographical Note

J. J. Barlow was born and raised in Earth, Texas. In 1955, Barlow graduated from Texas Technological College (Texas Tech.) with his Bachelors degree. In the summer of 1966, Barlow attended and participated in the NDEA Institute in History at Spelman College and continued on to become a life-long educator. He received a Masters of Education from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1980. On February 27, 2013, J.J. Barlow passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his spouse, four children and seven grandchildren.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Technical Access Note:

Portions of this collection may require special audio equipment for listening purposes. Please contact the UNT Special Collections department for more information.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2012-033
Acquisition Source: J.J. Barlow
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: J.J. Barlow Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was revised in September 2017 by Hailey LaRock to clarify the collection content, amend spelling errors and dates, and add other missing information.


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