The SouthEastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum was founded in 1976 by the late Dr. James N. Eaton, Sr.
It is located in the historic Carnegie Library on the campus of Florida A&M University. Its mission is to collect, preserve, display, and disseminate accurate information about African Americans and people of African decent worldwide, especially the history of their institutions and organizations.
In 1978, Carnegie Library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As a specialty museum and research center, the Archives houses rare and unique historical papers, books, and artifacts.
In 1998, U.S. Senators Bob Graham and Connie Mack, Congresswoman Carrie Meek and Congressman Allen Boyd sponsored a bill that resulted in the center receiving federal funds to help physically expand the Black Archives into a regional research facility.