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About the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project

The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers project formally began in June 1976 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, under NHPRC sponsorship. A year later, the project moved to the University of California, Los Angeles, under the sponsorship of the Center for Afro-American Studies; since 1981 it has been affiliated with the university's James S. Coleman African Studies Center. In 1979 the project was awarded its first National Endowment for the Humanities grant for work on the first three volumes of the Main Series of the Papers. In addition to the NEH and NHPRC, the project has continued to receive support from the UCLA, Ahmanson, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations. Completion of the overall edition is now estimated at May 2005. For more information please visit the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Project website at http://www.isop.ucla.edu/mgpp/.

Structure of the Edition

The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers will total thirteen volumes, including a separate cumulative index at the conclusion of the edition. All volumes will be published by the University of California Press.

Because of the global scope and the different venues of American, African, and Caribbean Garveyism, the project decided early on to publish documents pertaining to North America, Africa, and the Caribbean in three separate but collateral series. This division not only helps the Main Series to retain much of the cohesion of the North American movement that it documents, creation of the two other series gives the edition an opportunity to make major contributions to both African and Caribbean studies. The Main Series covers Marcus Garvey's life and the history of the UNIA in North America, where the movement was centered. The African Series covers the Garvey movement in sub-Saharan Africa, including the responses of European colonial and metropolitan governments to the perceived challenge of African Garveyism. The Caribbean Series will cover the movement in the territories of the Caribbean Basin, including the Central American littoral as well as the South American mainland. The comprehensive scope and originality of the project's documentary research and collection-the product of more than twenty years of research on three continents-distinguish it as unique in African-American, Caribbean, and African historiography.
 


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