We are delighted to have recently acquired the library of the National Black Arts Alliance (NBAA, formerly BAA), a broad and unique collection of arts, culture and literature books publications.
The National Black Arts Alliance originally formed to provide support, training, guidance and profile to Black artists, as this provision was not met by the general arts community.
Since research and learning resources, and any archive of Black arts and culture, was virtually non-existent, BAA gathered a remarkable collection of such materials, building a library which was unique to the North West.
NBAA has donated this collection to the Resource Centre, here in Manchester Central Library, to ensure it is accessible and secure and as a dedication to Dinesh Allirajah (1967-2014), Chair of NBAA Trustees. Dinesh would have been pleased to see the collection being frequently used in its new home.
The collection is currently being catalogued and added to the Arts and Culture sections of the library.