The Black Panther Party
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California by college students Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. It was a revolutionary organization with an ideology of black nationalism, socialism, and armed self-defense.
Newton and Seale began canvassing their community asking residents about issues of concern. They compiled the responses and created the Ten Point Platform that became the foundational guidelines and ideals of the Party. The Black Panther Party also provided free breakfast for school children, sickle-cell anaemia testing, legal aid, and adult education.
|Records Relating to the Black Panther Party|
|RG 21 - District Courts of the United States||RG 59 - Department of State||RG 60 - Department of Justice|
|RG 65 - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)||RG 233 - US House of Representatives||RG 263 - Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)|
|GRF-0054 - Gerald R. Ford Congressional Papers||RN-SMOF - White House Staff Member and Office Files (Nixon)|
||Rediscovering Black History: Black Panther: a News Reel Video|
Black Panther Party Members
Criminal Case Files, 1873-1991 National Archives Identifier: 624785
Central Foreign Policy Files, 1973-1979 National Archives Identifier 654098
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Class 144 (Civil Rights) Litigation Case Files, 1936-1997 National Archives Identifier: 603432
|144-11-562 [Murder of Robert James “Lil’ Bobby” Hutton (1968)]|
|144-57-379 [Mose Wendell Mitchell (1971)]|
Subject Files of the Attorney General National Archives Identifier 651799
Classification 100 (Domestic Security) Case Files [Mobile, Alabama Field Division] National Archives Identifier: 6014804
Classification 100 (Domestic Security) Case Files [Buffalo, New York Field Division] National Archives Identifier: 6039724
|100-10092 (EBF Serial 425- the Black Panther Party) NAID 12336644|
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Motion Picture Films and Video Recordings, ca. 1936-ca. 1985 National Archives Identifier: 12073
Committee Papers, 1945- 1975 National Archives Identifier: 6924889
|Exhibits, Evidence and Other Records of the Investigative Section of the Internal Security Committee During the 79th through 94th Congresses Related to the Black Panther Party ( NAID 7594294)|
Audio Recordings of Monitored Broadcasts from Havana and Port-Au-Prince, 1968-1973 National Archives Identifier 104633
Press Secretary Reference Materials, 1965-1972 National Archives Identifier 642095
|Black Militants ( NAID 4530105)|
John D. Ehrlichman’s Files, 01/20/1969-04/30/1973 National Archives Identifier 954017
|Black Panther Party ( NAID 2121984)|