Preserving Local African American History at the Public Library » Public Libraries Online


by Amanda Davis on April 27, 2018

By Amanda Davis, ahdavis1@gmail.com.

At PLA 2018, presenters Valerie Bell, Angela Stanley, Rikki Chesley, and Rhiannon Eades addressed absences in the archives and the importance of preserving African American heritage in changing cities.

While working for Athens Regional Library System (ARLS), archivist Angela Stanley realized that the rich history of African Americans in her community wasn’t well-reflected in the library’s archival collection. So, with the help of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Match-Your-Project” tool, she was able to find and apply for a Common Heritage grant, which was developed to help small to mid-size organizations digitize archival…

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