Tag Archives: African American

Archiving While Black

23 Jul

Among the things 2018 will be remembered for is mainstream culture’s realization that white Americans use the police to challenge black entry into “white” spaces. Countless viral news stories detail how white people have called the police on black people for cooking, shopping, driving — basically for existing while black. A black body in a space presumed to be white is at best out of place and at worst a threat. This reality extends to less visible spaces, such as the historical archive. The archive, and black marginalization within it, has important implications for both scholarly and popular ideas about history.

So begins Ashley Farmer’s thoughtful “read” of archival exclusivity at the Chronicle of Higher Education. You may read her entire piece here.

The Harlem Hellfighters were captured in a famous photo. Now a retired archivist has uncovered their stories.

15 Nov

Archivist Barbara Lewis Burger has dug for the stories of the 9 African American soldiers pictured here from their World War I service. Michael E. Ruane at the Washington Post recounts Burger’s work here.

Exploring Place in African American History

17 Feb

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Kristi Finefield of the Library of Congress provides some wonderful photographs in her post: Exploring Place in African American History. A blog post at “Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos” on 2016-02-10.

Source: Exploring Place in African American History | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

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