Scope and arrangement
The Black Emergency Cultural Coalition Records consists of the records produced by this organization between 1971 and 1984. They give a view into the administration, finances, programs and events that the BECC and its members were involved. The collection includes administrative documents, records detailing their arts programs and general materials related to their members, sponsored programs and other business. The BECC papers are arranged chronologically. When files cover a range of dates the first date in the range is used and they are then organized chronologically.
The Black Emergency Cultural Coalition records are arranged in three series:
These files contain the administrative and organizational information of the BECC. Much of this series relates to the BECC interactions with government agencies regarding their status as a not for profit or charitable organization, and to funding organizations regarding grants and their obligations after funding was established. This series has been divided into the subseries Financial Documents and Grants and Funding. Financial Documents, 1972-1984: These items are administrative documents that are financial in nature. Included are documents such as tax returns, state and federal tax status records and bank statements. Grants and Funding, 1973-1982: This series of documents chronicles the various interactions between the BECC and the funding organizations from which they sought funds. The records include correspondence, application materials, financial status reports to the granting agencies and request forms.
This series contains BECC arts program materials covering all the programs they initiated or were involved in. The series includes correspondence, proposals, and program instructor application forms. There are also several files regarding their Prison Arts Programs. These include the timesheets of BECC instructors that give an indication of who was involved with the organization's arts programs as well as the types of services they provided. Documents pertaining to art programs that they sponsored such as the Artisian Alliance and the Sinbad School of Art are also included.
This series consists of documents and records relating to the BECC organization and its members. It includes press clippings, articles written by Benny Andrews, the organization's mailing lists and three newsletters published by the BECC. The profile and resume of Clifford Joseph the co-chairman of the organization are found in this series. It also includes records documenting the BECC's relationship with the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Empress Fund Inc. Correspondence from the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and documents from the BECC sponsored Xango Exhibit are also a part of this series.