Activating the NCC Archives
In 2013, the archive of the Negro Community Centre (NCC) was donated to Concordia Library. The archive consists of more than 30 linear meters of unpublished textual records, 2,000-plus photographs, 20 objects and other material documenting the rich history of the NCC — the hub of Montreal’s English-speaking Black community from 1927 until it closed in 1992.
Students enrolled in the 2019 course, Telling Stories: Black Montreal, spent the winter semester working with the archive. They conducted substantial primary source research and found creative ways to return the stories they uncovered back to the community that created the records. An event, Remembering Black Montreal: Uncovering the NCC Archives, was held in April at Union United Church, the oldest black church in Canada located in Little Burgundy.
Students who took part in this public history course are proud to present the exhibition Activating the NCC Archives, a showcase of the Negro Community Centre and Charles H. Este Cultural Centre Fonds, and their research into the archive and history of Montreal’s English-speaking Black community.
Quinn Archer, Autumn Beals, Daphné Beauregard, Jamie Burdon, Jasmin Anisa Cardillo, Javier Gavidia, Eugenia Cukier and Arturo Tablan are curating the exhibition. Steven High, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Alexandra Mills, Special Collections archivist at Concordia, are the exhibition’s facilitators.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with Concordia Library, Concordia’s Department of History and Union United Church. Special thanks to Nancy Oliver Mackenzie.