Black Librarianship

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Title

Black Librarianship

Subject

Academic librarians; African American librarians; African American woman librarians; American Library Association. Black Caucus; Librarians; Librarians--Societies, etc.; Library education; Women librarians;

Description

Prior to the gains made during the Civil Rights movement, library schools, like other educational institutions, were typically segregated based on race. Filling the void created when the Hampton Institute (now known as Hampton University) School of Library and Information Services closed in 1941, Atlanta University opened its own School of Library and Information Services. The program would later be known as the Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies when Atlanta University merged with Clark College in 1989. Though CAU’s School of Library and Information Studies closed its doors in 2005, the Archives Research Center (ARC) at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library houses several collections showcasing the contributions to the field of librarianship made by faculty and staff at the AUC as well as prominent black librarians outside the AUC. The first director of the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library (and namesake of the library’s Exhibitions Hall), Virginia Lacy Jones was the second African American to earn a doctorate in Library Science from the University of Chicago. Working alongside Jones at Atlanta University’s School of Library and Information Service was Hallie B. Brooks who taught at AU for 47 years. Other prominent black librarians featured throughout ARC collections include: Dorothy Porter, who built Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center into the world-class research institution it is today, Sadie Peterson Delaney, a pioneer in bibliotherapy who served as chief librarian of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, AL for 34 years, and Arna Wendell Bontemps, head librarian at Fisk University and noted Harlem Renaissance figure.

If you’d like to explore these collections further, contact the Archives Research Center at archives@auctr.edu to make an appointment, and stay tuned for our upcoming exhibit on the history of AUC’s library school.

Source

CAU SLIS Vertical File; Countee Cullen-Harold Jackman memorial collection; Virginia Lacy Jones papers

Contributor

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

Rights

Items in this collection are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library, and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. To order a reproduction or to inquire about permission to publish, please contact archives@auctr.edu with specific identification number (file name).

Language

en

Collection Items

Dorothy Porter, May 1951
Dorothy Porter. Written on recto: Photography By Carl Van Vechten. Written on verso: Mrs Dorothy Porter, Howard University- [Library?] Librarian, xxII ii. 2, May 23, 1951.

Dorothy Porter, May 1951
Dorothy Porter. Written on recto: Photography by Carl Van Vechten. Written on verso: Mrs Dorothy Porter, Howard University [Library?], xxII ii. 12 May 23, 1951.

Dorothy Porter, May 1951
Dorothy Porter. Written on recto: Photography by Carl Van Vechten. Written on verso: [XIII ii 4], May 23, 1951.

Dr. Sadie Peterson Delaney "Great Humanitarian"
An article written on the career and accomplishments of Dr. Sadie Peterson Delaney. The author also mentions of Delaney's humanitarian work, discussing her dedication to working with the "socially handicapped." Written on recto: It will probably be…

Josephe A. Borome News Clipping, June 1947
An article written on Josephe A. Borome's announcement as head of Columbia University's library. It also details his academic and professional pursuits since his time at City College. Written on recto: N.Y. Times June 11, 1947

Arna Bontemps' Funeral Program, June 1973
The program for Arna Bontemps' funeral held on June 20, 1973 at Christ Chapel The Riverside Church in New York City.

Atlanta University School of Library Service Brochure, circa 1975
A brochure offering potential students information on Clark Atlanta University's School of Library Services.

Clark Atlanta SLIS Brochure, circa 1995
A brochure offering potential students information on Clark Atlanta University's School of Library Services.

Become a Professional Librarian Brochure, circa 1965
A brochure offering potential students information on Atlanta University's School of Library Services.

Atlanta University's SLIS Announcements, 1965-1966
A booklet full of information pertaining to Atlanta University's School of Library and Information Service during the 1965/1966 school year.
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