Broadside Press

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The Broadside Press is one of America's oldest African American-owned presses, having published more that 200 poets and writers in broadsides, individual collections, anthologies, phonograph records, and videotapes. In 1985 ownership of the Broadside Press was acquired by Don and Hilda Vest, and restructured as a non-profit organization. Hilda Vest served as editor/publisher, using her skills as an educator in the Detroit Public School System, while and Don Vest, formerly a corporate recruiter, served as the business manager. Under new ownership the outstanding inventory was consolidated and distribution network reestablished. Their primary goal was to continue the mission of preserving the artistic integrity and creative freedom that distinguished the Broadside Press through the publication, distribution, and sale of books; and emphasizing educational, literary, and cultural arts programs with schools, libraries, churches, and community organizations; and reactivating the Broadside Poets Theater.

From the description of Broadside Press records, 1968-1999 (bulk, 1985-1996). (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 81279473

The Broadside Press was an African American publishing house founded by Dudley Randall in 1965.

From the description of Broadside Press collection, [ca. 1960-1970]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79463023

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Broadside Press. Broadside Press records, 1968-1999 (bulk, 1985-1996). University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Kansas Student Organizations Records, 1886- University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives
referencedIn Long, Richard A., 1927-. Richard A. Long collection, 1951-1976. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Randall, Dudley, 1914-2000. Correspondence, 1967,1975. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Vest, Hilda. Hilda Vest papers, 1991 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Broadside Press Collection MS 571., 1965-1984, 1965-1975 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
creatorOf Broadside Press. Broadside Press collection, [ca. 1960-1970]. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
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associatedWith Baker, Houston A. person
associatedWith Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000. person
associatedWith Crews, Stella L. person
associatedWith Emanuel, James A. person
associatedWith Gibbs, M. (Michele), 1946- person
associatedWith Giovanni, Nikki. person
associatedWith Harris, Bill, 1941- person
associatedWith Jackson, Murray (Murray E.) person
associatedWith Jewell, Terri L. person
associatedWith Kgositsile, Aneb. person
associatedWith Knight, Etheridge. person
associatedWith Long, Richard A., 1927- person
associatedWith Lorde, Audre. person
associatedWith Odarty, Bill, 1938- person
associatedWith Randall, Dudley, 1914-2000. person
associatedWith Reese, Leslie A. person
associatedWith Spencer, Chauncey E., 1906- person
associatedWith Thompson, Julius Eric. person
associatedWith University of Kansas. Libraries. University Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Vest, Donald. person
associatedWith Vest, Hilda. person
associatedWith Waller, Rayfield Allen. person
associatedWith Williams, Karen Lynn. person
associatedWith Williams, Willie J. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Detroit (Mich.)
Literature publishing
American literature
Publishers and publishing
African American arts
African American business enterprises
African American poets
African American printmakers
American poetry
American poetry

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Active 1960

Active 1970



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