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Explore names and data for almost 6,000 African American students (from 1817 to 1970) whose information and stories we’ve uncovered through this project.

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, May 1912.

About The Database

Through an exhaustive and ongoing process of research and verification, the African American Student Project has identified almost 6,000 individual names and collected information on hometowns, local addresses, years of attendance, membership in campus organizations, degrees, and fields of study.

If known, the database also tracks membership in campus organizations, especially fraternities and sororities, involvement in varsity sports, and military service.

We invite you to explore, make connections, and learn about these extraordinary men and women.

For more information on how we acquired and verified the information in our database, please see our Resources and Research section.

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Name

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    Searches for a person’s last name.

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    Searches for any combination of first name, last name, middle name, birth name, or married name.

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U-M Degrees

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    The letter abbreviation for the specific degree that a student received, i.e. B.S. (Bachelor of Science).

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    The academic field or specialty in which a degree was earned. This is often a department or program.

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    The general level of degree that a student received, i.e. Undergraduate.

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    The division (School or College) within the University of Michigan from which the student received their degree, i.e. Literature, Science, and Arts (LSA).

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Years

  • U-M Enrollment Years

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    [From] Searches for a single year or the beginning year of a date span. [To] Searches for the end year of a date span. For example, the enrollment year 1955 includes Fall term 1954, Winter term 1955, and Summer term 1955. The database includes separate records for each year/term with a discrete address.

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  • U-M Graduated Years

    The year in which a U-M degree was awarded. There is a separate record for each degree awarded.

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Activities

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    A defined list of broad categories of activities, primarily while person was at U-M, with a few reflecting military or post-U-M academic activities.

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    A relatively controlled list of specific campus organizations, clubs or activities. Faculty/staff indicates College level academic, administrative, or staff appointments.

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Places

  • Hometown

    The “hometown” of a person based on information for student directories, registration cards, or other sources. A few persons may have multiple hometowns, e.g. if they had a different hometown during undergraduate and graduate school.

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    A defined list of states/Canadian provinces using postal code abbreviations.

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    A Dropdown, alphabetical list of all hometown cities in database.

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  • Local Address

    A person’s local or commuting address based on student directories, registration cards, or other cities. Each enrollment year record will have a local address record unless local address is unknown.

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    Name of the street or university residence hall.

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    Name of city, overwhelmingly Ann Arbor with some for Detroit, Ypsilanti, and other regional cities.

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Other Degrees and Schools

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    Search for degrees earned at other (not U-M) schools and colleges by defined degree types: undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, professional, honorary, certificate

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    The academic field/specialty in which a degree was earned.

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    Name of degree earned at non-U-M school.

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    Name of the non-U-M school where a person attended/received a degree.

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Do you have a name we may have missed, a correction, or other relevant information? We are eager to hear from you.