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During the 1996 & 1997 academic year, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst held a year-long program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the major league baseball race barrier. The Jackie Robinson Initiative consisted of two academic courses, guest speakers, exhibits, and a lecture series at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Thousands of primary materials were gathered for use in the program and videotaped interviews were held with each guest speaker and other key figures in Robinsonís life.

In an effort to make these materials available to a wider educational audience, we have created The Jackie Robinson Educational Archives website which highlights important aspects of Robinson's life and gives samples of the materials used for the Jackie Robinson Initiative. This site also includes information about the courses taught through the Initiative and the types of resources available in the larger permanent archive located in the W.E.B DuBois library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Site Creators - Professor Ron Story and Julia Sandy-Bailey
Site Designer - Ralph Loos
Site Developer - Eamonn Crowley-Edge
Researcher - Abbie Weinberg


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