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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Black Panther Party Research Project?

The Black Panther Party Research Project (BPPRP) is an organization designed to provide information for individuals who want to locate primary and secondary sources about the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the organization co- founded during October 1966 in Oakland, California by Bobby Seale and the late Dr. Huey P. Newton.

The BPPRP was created during 1997 to locate sources and develop finding aids to assist researchers and the general public with uncovering information about one of the twentieth century's most controversial, yet least researched organizations.

Does the BPPRP own or control access to the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, Incorporated, Archives (commonly referred to as the Black Panther Party collection)?

No. Stanford University Libraries owns and controls access to the collection. Call the Special Collections department directly at (650)725-1022 or call Robert Trujillo at (650)725-9308. Questions about use of the collection should be directed to the Special Collections Division of Green Library.

Is the BPPRP sponsored by the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation?

No. The BPPRP is an independent research project affiliated with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project at Stanford University.

Does the BPPRP conduct research for individuals?

No. Our purpose is to post information that assists researchers in finding information about BPP history and to present suggestions about the ways the material can be used to teach non-academic audiences about Black Panther Party history.

What is the relationship between the BPPRP and Stanford University?

The Black Panther Party Research Project is affiliated with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project and is located in the same building.