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National Conference of Black Political Scientists records

 Collection — Box: 1-28, OS 1
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0142

Scope and contents

This collection contains materials related to the activities of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) since its establishment in 1969. It includes correspondence such as, memos, faxes, and emails. The collection also contain materials related to the organization of NCOBPS including, copies of the constitution and bylaws, articles of incorporation, and materials from executive council and business meetings such as minutes and reports.

In addition, the collection contains materials about members of the organization such as Kathie Golden, current Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP) president and executive director of NCOBPS, and former executive director, Lois Hollis. It also includes materials pertaining to former president Mamie Locke’s time at Hampton University.

Financial Materials, invoices for ads in newsletters, membership fees, committee materials, and records related to the National Political Science Review are included. It consists of copies of articles and volumes from The The Journal on Political Repression and the National Political Science Review.

Annual conference materials such as programs, which date back to the 13th Annual Meeting in 1983 make up a portion of the collection, and include academic presentations given by members on a variety of topics such as Ronald Reagan, race and politics, and the future of NCOBPS. These presentations date back to the 4th Annual Meeting in 1974.

Additionally, the collection includes materials about the Graduate Assistantship Program, Inc. and materials include applications and announcements, as well as a past award recipient, Harold Moses. A portion of the collection consists of newsletters from NCOBPS on the activities of the organization. These newsletters date back to 1980. It also includes job advertisements for political science related careers, which were featured in the newsletters, and memorabilia, such as the 40th anniversary plaque presented to NCOBPS at an annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Similarly, the collection includes audio visual materials such as photographs of members like Mamie Locke, a cassette tape of a GAP Board Meeting, and a DVD tribute for the National Conference of Black Political Scientists 40th anniversary.

Notable topics of the materials include African American political scientists, higher education of African Americans, college educators and administrators, African American scholars, African American women, and conference proceedings. Formats of the materials include meeting minutes, memos, faxes, reports, receipts, notes, agendas, cassette tapes, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1969-2014
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-2014


Access restrictions

Some materials in the collection contain personnel and student academic records that are restricted in accordance with university policy and applicable law. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Rights statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information please contact

Historical note

Founded in 1969, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) is a political science organization committed to the promotion, study, and enhancement of the political aspirations of people of African descent in the United States and globally. Thirty-five Black political scientists gathered at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA in April 1969. They came together to discuss the problems they faced in teaching political science at historically Black colleges and universities. They met again in September 1969 at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in New York. They decided that the problems facing Black political scientists, regardless of geographical location or institution, were similar enough to warrant establishment of a national organization. The group voted to establish themselves as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). The organization held its first conference, known as the 1st Annual Meeting, in May 1970 at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta, GA. NCOBPS holds an annual conference every year in March or April.

NCOBPS "aims to contribute to the resolution of the many challenges that Black people confront” ( It promotes the research and critical analysis of topics such as those overlooked and/or marginalized in general political science scholarship. The organization addresses wide-ranging "real world" issues.

Founding members of NCOBPS include; Mack H. Jones, 1st Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, from Atlanta University, Jewel Limar Prestage, 2nd Vice Chairman, from Southern University, William P. Robinson, Sr., Chairman, from Norfolk State College, and Shelby F. Lewis from Southern University as well as others from various historically Black colleges and universities.

In the 1970s, NCOBPS, through a separate foundation, started the Graduate Assistantship Program, Inc. (GAP). This program provided assistantships to Black political science students to attend graduate school. Currently, the program provides travel grants to graduate/undergraduate students to attend and participate in the annual conference. Additionally, the organization started its own refereed publication known now as the National Political Science Review. Previously knowns under different titles, including The Journal on Political Repression, today, the National Political Science Review is published annually and includes articles on various subject areas within political science such as global studies, policy history, and race and ethnicity.

Members of NCOBPS include political science faculty, students, elected politicians, and policy analysts. Members are committed to the study and practice of black politics. The scholarship of NCOBPS members range across the political science sub-fields, and include political theory, international relations, comparative politics, methods, public policy, and American politics.

Information about the history of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists was obtained from their website,


15 Linear feet (28 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box)

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This collection is divided into eight series, five of which have been further divided into sub-series. See series notes of each series for more details.


  1. Correspondence
  2. Organizational Files
  3. National Political Science Review
  4. Annual Conference Materials
  5. Graduate Assistantship Program Materials
  6. Printed Materials
  7. Memorabilia
  8. Audio Visual Materials

Related archival collections

The Clarence A. Bacote papers include writings by Mack H. Jones, a founding member of NCOBPS. The Jewel L. Prestage papers is a collection of materials on the life and career of Jewel Prestage, a founding member of NCOBPS. The Voter Education Project (VEP) Organizational records includes materials from members and annual conferences held by NCOBPS.

National Conference of Black Political Scientists Records, 1969-2014
Finding aid prepared by Brittany Newberry, 2017 May
May 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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