These records consist of program materials for the African American Studies Center in the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program (RAP). Most records are correspondence, memoranda, notes and reports to and from Jacqueline Hicks Grazette, Program Manager, concerning her contacts with African American speakers, entrepreneurs, authors, and local African American Church leaders; local, mostly African American-owned, radio and television stations; Hispanic and African American civic organizations within the Washington metropolitan area; mailing lists for Latino and African American professionals; mailing lists for professional organizations such as the National Bar Association, the National Conference of Artists, the National Business League, the Metropolitan Organization of Black Scientists, and the National University Continuing Education Association. Other records include Grazette's lecture notes, minutes of various meetings, copies of the Center's fiscal budgets, proposals for youth activities, newspaper clippings, brochures and membership survey results.
There are also 81 audiocassette tapes, which were taped at various programs such as Black American History Seminar, Angela Davis, Halley's Comet, Black Diaspora, African Diaspora, Black Inventions, Migration to Washington, Bernice Reagon, Black Churches, Afro-American Photographers, Black Presence in Asia, Morgan State Choir, Once Upon a Time, Black Memorabilia, Cross Talk with Jacqueline Grazette, and others.
Records dealing with outreach activities include lists of local black Churches; contacts with organizations such as Afro-American History and Genealogical Society; Alexandria Black History Resource Center; African American Aviators; International Association of Black Professionals in International Affairs; African American Museum Association; and Delta Sigma Theta. There is correspondence with other bureaus within the Smithsonian Institution such as the Committee for a Wider Audience; contacts with the Anacostia Museum and the African American Gallery, Columbia, Maryland; contacts with African American-owned newspapers such as Afro-American, and others such as the City Paper and Community News.