What Is It?

First opened in Carnegie Library at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum holds a large collection of African American history and culture. 


The Black Archives Research Center and Museum began in 1971 when Florida legislation mandated the state begin a collection of African American culture to preserve an important part of American history. Founded in 1976 by James N. Eaton, the
center is internationally recognized for its research. 

So Much to Explore

Meek-Eaton quickly grew into a notable center for Black culture. It is one of 10 Black archives in the United States and one of the largest in the Southeast. The center holds 500,000 archival records and 5,000 individual artifacts. 

What to Find

Many archived items come from donations and records from  African American organizations. Manuscripts, sports music, magazines, maps and photographs from African American institutions can be found throughout the center.  


Requests for reference materials and services are welcomed and can be made by phone or in person. Most materials are available for public use. Some can be photocopied or reproduced for researchers upon request. 

More Info 

The museum is open Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Tours are self-guided and free. Large groups can call to schedule a tour. For more information regarding visiting the archives, call 850-599-3020, email theblackarchives@famu.edu or visit www.famu.edu.