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Project to Study Business and Business Education Among Negroes

 Collection — Box: 1-14
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0051

Scope and contents

This collection is comprised of statistical data covering two broad areas of research: (1) the status of Negro businesses in eleven cities (largely Southeastern) of the United States with regard to type, capitalization, internal organization and operation, relationship to the total economy, and problems; and (2) the status of business education available to Negroes; together with a considerable body of correspondence and related material produced in the implementation of the above body.


  • Creation: 1944-1945


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

To fill the need for a deeper understanding of Negro business as a factor in the welfare of the entire population, and of the important role which business education facilities might play in this connection, Atlanta University and the National (and local) Urban League launched this research project. Financed by the General Education Board, it was carried out through cooperative efforts of the National Negro Business League, the National Housing Agency, the National Negro Insurance Association, 23 Negro colleges and universities, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It was administered by Franklin O. Nichols, Southern Regional Director of the National Urban League, and the research was directed by Dr. Joseph A. Pierce, a professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Atlanta University.

The products of the study were twelve reports* in pamphlet forms, and one volume. Joseph A. Pierce, Negro Business and Business Education (Atlanta University Publications, No. 24; New York: Harper and Bros., 1947). [Archives: E185.5.A88 No.24]

*[See also: Box 8 Folder 7, "Report of the Conference on A Study of Current Needs of Business Enterprises and Business Education Among Negroes," February 24, 1944]


7 Linear feet

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This inventory reflects the arrangment in which the materials were found in March 1999. The collection was reboxed from 12 cardboard containers into 14 archival boxes as a preservation measure and for easier access.

The original boxes were labeled with a code, i.e., "16A-1,2,3." This code is writen on the top left folder of each corner. According to notes found in the box, the code 16A and 16B relate to chapters in the book Negro Business and Business Education. The numbers following the letters refer to chapters in the book, i.e., "16A-1,2,3" refers to files related to chapters 1, 2 and 3. The folders coded "16C" refer to files related to conferences.

Project to Study Business and Business Education Among Negroes, 1944-1945
Finding aid prepared by Karen L. Jefferson and Tanji N. Gibson, 1999 March.
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Repository Details

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