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Black History in Records Management and Archives

Children attending a story session at the Afro-Canadian Day Camp at Loyola College. Unknown photographer (October 1973). Public Relations Department fonds, I0002-02-1266, Records Management and Archives Department, Concordia University.

Concordia University’s Records Management and Archives Department collects archival materials that reflect the histories of Concordia University, its founding institutions, and affiliated individuals.

Their collection contains materials related to Black History at Concordia and more broadly within the Montreal community. The following material might be of interest to those conducting research into Black History at Concordia, including the events surrounding the  Sir George Williams Affair in 1969 (a brief overview of the SGW Affair can be found on the Records Management and Archives Department webpage).

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The Robert N. Wilkins fonds consists of one sound recording and 43 photographs (slides, prints, and digital) related to various events which occurred at Sir George Williams University in 1967, 1969, and 1970. The fonds includes materials related to the Sir George Williams Affair in 1969.


The Harold Potter fonds contains documents related to the teaching career of Harold Potter, the first Black professor at Sir George Williams College. He joined Sir George Williams University in 1947 as lecturer in Sociology. In 1949 he was promoted to assistant professor. Harold Potter was the first Canadian-born Black sociologist hired by a Canadian university. The fonds contains term papers, course outlines, examinations, minutes, and drafts of articles


The Office of the Vice-Rector Administration and Finance fonds contains materials related to the Sir George Williams Affair in 1969, including photographs and textual records.


The Michael Marsden fonds provides insight into the events surrounding the Sir George Williams Affair in 1969. The fonds contains official and unofficial transcripts of the hearings that occurred at Sir George Williams, correspondence, and a chronology of events, among other documents. The documents were compiled by Dr. Marsden, a member of the Hearing Committee appointed to consider the accusation of racism against Professor Perry Anderson.


The Caribbean Student Union fonds  provides information on the activities, evolution, and social involvement of the Caribbean Students' Union, formerly known as the West Indian Society, at Concordia University. The fonds contains programs, reports, budgets, and correspondence, among other materials documenting the history of the Caribbean Student Union.


The Clarence Bayne fonds provides insight into the life and career of Dr. Clarence Bayne, Professor Emeritus at Concordia University, President of the Black Studies Centre, and the Director of the Institute for Community Entrepreneurship and Development (ICED), among many other roles held over the years. In addition to documents about Dr. Bayne’s work at Concordia, this fonds also contains information about Black community organizations, including the Black Theatre Workshop, the Black Community Council of Quebec and the Black Studies Centre. This fonds also contains documents pertaining to multiculturalism and equity.

Copies of The Georgian and The Statement, papers published at Concordia University, include articles about Black life at the University. They also contain materials related to the Sir George Williams Affair in 1969. Digital copies of these papers, as well as others published at Concordia University, are accessible through the Internet Archive ( 


The Black Lives Matter Web Collection serves to ​​document Concordia University’s response to Black Lives Matter racial justice activism.

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