Highlights from the Gates Collection of African American History and Culture

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GATES_exhibitJanuary 12 through March 14, 2011

Over the course of three decades, Jeanette and Osly Gates assembled a collection of original letters, newspapers, periodicals and ephemera documenting African American history and culture.  In 1969, they donated their collection to the Portland State University Library to coincide with the establishment of the Black Studies Academic Program.  This Special Collections exhibit highlighted some of the rarest and significant items from the Gates Collection, representing pivotal moments in a two hundred year struggle for civil rights that redefined our nation.