CLIR Hidden Collections Program Symposium

By Courtney Chartier, Project Archivist, Voter Education Project Collection On March 29-30 the Council on Library and Information Resources held a Hidden Collections Program Symposium in Washington, DC. Representatives from all of the institutions involved in the “Working for Freedom” project attended. Left to right: RWWL Archivist Courtney Chartier, AARL Archivist Cheryl Oestreicher, MARBL Archivist…

Andrew Young and the Community Relations Commission

By Cheryl Oestreicher, Project Archivist, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History In 1970, Mayor Sam Massell appointed Andrew Young to chair the Atlanta Community Relations Commission (CRC), replacing Reverend Samuel Williams. Formed in 1966, the CRC served as a liaison between African-American residents and City Hall, primarily to address incidents of…

The Ronnie M. Moore Papers

By Amber L. Moore, Project Archivist, Amistad Research Center Amistad staff are pleased to announce that the guide for the Ronnie Moore Papers is available online.  Ronnie M. Moore is a civil rights activist, community development consultant and photographer from New Orleans.  He was a field secretary in the South for the Congress of Racial…

Gilbert & George postal sculptures

Gilbert & George are famous British visual and conceptual artists who have been working together since they met in art school in 1967. The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library contains two of their “postal sculptures,” “The Limericks” from 1971 and “Pink Elephants” from 1973. As Gilbert & George conceived it a postal sculpture was a series…

Joseph E. Lowery, SCLC President 1977-1997

By Sarah Quigley, Project Archivist, Southern Christian Leadership Conference records Born in Alabama in 1921, Joseph Echols Lowery bore witness to the indignities of the Jim Crow south and grew up to become an influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement.  He was a young Methodist minister in Mobile, Alabama during the bus boycotts of…

Andrew Young and Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize

By Cheryl Oestreicher, Project Archivist, Andrew J. Young Papers The Andrew Young Papers, located at Auburn Avenue Research Library, contain documents spanning Young’s entire career – from his days at Hartford Theological Seminary in the early 1950s through his current activities at GoodWorks International, and includes material from his participation in the Civil Rights Movement….

Dr. James Egert Allen, First President of New York Branch NAACP

By Amber L. Moore, Project Archivist, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University Dr. James Egert Allen (1896-1980), educator, community advocate, civil rights activist, and author, was an active promoter of African American studies in New York.  He was the first president of the New York Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People…

“To Preach the Gospel to the Poor”

By Sarah Quigley, Project Archivist, Southern Christian Leadership Conference records Ralph David Abernathy assumed the presidency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Roughly one year later, twelve members of Local 1199B of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in Charleston, South Carolina were…

Salman Rushdie Papers Finding Aid Now Available Online

In anticipation of the opening of the Salman Rushdie papers on February 26, 2010, MARBL is pleased to announce that the finding aid is now available to the public. The papers document Rushdie's entire professional career, beginning with the publication of his first novel in 1975 through his most recent writings, and demonstrate the wide…

Lucille Clifton papers fully processed and available for research

The Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) is pleased to announce that the papers of Lucille Clifton, African American poet and children's book author, are fully processed and open to the public. Spanning the years 1930 to 2009, the collection documents Clifton's career as a poet, children's book author, and teacher, her participation in…

The Voter Education Project

By Courtney Chartier, Project Archivist, Voter Education Project Collection The Voter Education Project (VEP) was formed in 1962 as a program of the Southern Regional Council (SRC). It was the brainchild of then U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who wanted to establish a government funded voter registration program that would eliminate the need for…