American Black Journal archive Edit


MSS 219 large


  • 1972-2002 (Creation)
  • 1976-1994 (Creation)


  • 11 Linear Feet (Whole)
    98 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections three (3) working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, American Black Journal Archive, MSS 219, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Special Collections, MSU Libraries, received the American Black Journal (ABJ) Archive as a donation from Detroit Public Television in 2008, in partnership with MATRIX, The Center for Humane Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Online. The analog videotapes of ABJ shows are deposited in Special Collections after digitization at MATRIX.

  • Processing Information

    Materials were processed by Dr. Peter Berg, Molly Dean and Lisa Denison of the MSU Libraries in July 2008-October 2009.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Colored People's Time first aired in 1968 in Detroit, Michigan as a weekly TV show highlighting and promoting African American history and culture. It began during the Civil Rights era, a time in American history fraught with upheaval and change. In the 1970s and until the late 1980s it held the title of Detroit Black Journal. In 1988 its title became the American Black Journal. ABJ, an important and prestigious venue of media coverage promoting interest in and responsibility for African American community involvement, is one of the longest running locally produced TV shows in the nation, giving a national voice to African Americans across all walks of life.

  • Scope and Contents

    Videocassettes of American Black Journal episodes, correspondence, business files and research materials. The materials are pertinent to the production of the show at its inception in 1968 and spanning its 34 year broadcast history.

  • Arrangement

    Organized into four series: 1. ABJ Shows. 2. ABJ Correspondence. 3. Business & Production Files. 4. ABJ Show Research Files.