The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies was founded in 1969. It is one of four ethnic studies centers on campus and is administered by the Institute of American Cultures. Bunche Center research programs are designed to (1) expand the knowledge of the history, lifestyles, and socio-cultural systems of people of African descent and (2) to investigate problems that have bearing on the psychological, social, and economic well-being of persons of African descent. Research sponsored and conducted by the Bunche Center is multidisciplinary in scope and spans the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and several professional schools. The Bunche Center library was established to provide primary and secondary source materials for researchers attached to the Bunche Center and the African American Studies Department via its unique collection of books, journals, audio visual materials, and archives documenting African experiences in the diaspora. The library is located in Haines Hall 135. Call 310-825-6060 for hours and availability.