The Bay State Banner collection consists of photographs, electronic media, printed materials, and other items related to the Banner, a Boston-based African American newspaper.
Photographs make up the majority of the collection and feature an extensive range of both color and black and white prints that have appeared in the Bay State Banner from the mid-1900s to the early 2000s. The photographs are primarily portraits of both local citizens and icons such as Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Rosa Parks. Also included are photographs of prominent figures in the Boston community, such as leaders of the Action for Boston Community Development and the Boston branch of the NAACP. In addition to portraits, there is an extensive collection of photographs capturing local African-American cultural events and celebrations, art exhibitions, and displays of political activism.
Electronic media in the collection consists of photo CDs that include all Bay State Banner digitized photo files.
Printed materials in the collection consist of magazines, programs, newspaper clippings, and issues of the Bay State Banner from 1994 to 2016.
Other items in the collection date from 1969 to 1995 and consist of professional and legal materials.