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Black Panther Party ephemera and photographs, 1967 - 2004


Scope and Contents

This series consists of broadsides, photographs, and ephemera created by and about the Black Panther Party from 1967 to 1971, as well as a flyer from around 2004 from a group advocating for the freedom of a Black Panther Party member. The materials include advertisements for events such as demonstrations, as well as organizational materials such as rules and policies. The series also includes press photographs documenting the 1967 Sacramento Black Panther Party armed protest against the Mulford Act and the ensuing court case.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Biographical / Historical

The Black Panthers, also known as the Black Panther Party, was a political organization founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to challenge police brutality against the African American community. The organization was founded following the assasination of Malcolm X and after police in San Francisco shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Matthew Johnson. At its peak in 1968, the Black Panther Party had approximately two thousand members. The organization later declined as a result of internal tensions and F.B.I. counterintelligence activities aimed at weakening the organization.

Source: "Black Panthers." November 03, 2017. Accessed May 01, 2019.


From the Collection: 1.39 Cubic Feet (1 legal full-sized box and 2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA