Welcome to the DC Africana Archives Project blog! We are so excited to bring these collections out of hiding and to share what we find with you. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting about items we find in these collections and telling you about upcoming events. Watch this space for posts from our processing assistants as well as links to our Tumblr.
Our eight processing assistants were hired in November 2014 and began processing in January. Over the past two months they’ve processed over 300 linear feet of material at five institutions! Below is a list of the collections that have been processed or are currently being processed at each institution. Be on the lookout for finding aids, coming soon!
George Washington University
Walter Fauntroy Papers
So far we’ve processed over 150 boxes of the Walter Fauntroy Papers!
Found in the Walter Fauntroy Papers, GWU
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
Arthur P. Davis Papers
Patricia Roberts Harris Papers
Wilhelmina Rolark Papers
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Capitol Press Club Records
St. Elizabeth Hospital Burial Ledger
Sadgwar Family Papers
DC Statehood Party Records
Madeline Lindsey Green Family Research Papers
Westminster Neighborhood Association Records
Reverend Tecumseh Hampton Gaskins Papers
District of Columbia Archives
Marion Barry, Jr. Collection
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library
Lawrence Guyot, Jr. Papers
Charlene Drew Jarvis Papers
In Summer 2015 we’ll start processing at the National Museum of American History. Check back here, as well as at our Tumblr for great finds from the processing assistants!
Special thanks, recognition and shout-outs to the Mason Libraries’ current Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Professional Assistants for their energy, efforts and enthusiasm!
- Lindsey Bestebreurtje, Special Collections & Archives, Oral History Program Coordinator
- Stephen DiOrio, Collection Development
- Mika Endo, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
- Nicole Gordon, Collection Development, University Libraries
- Anup Kalburgi, Data Services
- Lakishmi Mamidanna, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
- Elizabeth Moore, Fenwick Research Services
- Venkata Mukkavalli, Mercer Library
- Maya Pham, Data Services
- Anne Smith, Fenwick Gallery Assistant
- Melanie Weyant, Arlington Campus Library
In 1978, the National Education Association sent a task force to Puerto Rico to investigate the state of the island's education system. One year later they published a book titled Puerto Rico: Tragedy in the Schools.
Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor
5pm - Reception and Viewing of Exhibit
6pm - Opening Ceremony
You are invited to the opening of an exhibit created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds. The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition. It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.
The opening ceremony will be addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. These presentations will be followed by a general discussion.
This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.
Mark Koyama, assistant professor in the Economics Department and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar, will present the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in 228 Gateway Library, Johnson Center at 2 p.m. Professor Koyama will present his findings on “The Birth of Religious Freedom: Liberalism, Rule of Law, and State Capacity, 1100–1800” which examined Western Europe as the birthplace of modern ideas of political freedom and religious toleration. His study uses a combination of new historical data and approaches from modern political economy. Professor Koyama’s research project was part of a larger endeavor, in collaboration with Professor Noel Johnson, Economics Department and Center for Study of Public Choice. They hope to publish the resulting monograph in 2016.
For more information about the Fenwick Fellow lecture and/or the fellowship program, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1 @gmu.edu, 7-3-993-2431.