C-75. Developing Collections of African-American Materials

Lucious Edwards, Jr. Michael Plunkett

This course is aimed at research and rare book librarians, MS librarians, and archivists whose current responsibilities include the care of collections containing African-American printed and/or MS materials. Topics include: the history of African-American institutional collecting; sources for acquiring materials; developing clienteles of users; description and preservation; and current issues (Afrocentrism vs Eurocentrism, ethics, inter-institutional competition).


Course History

1995 & 2006
Lucious Edwards, Jr. and Michael Plunkett co-taught this course.
This course is not currently being offered.

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Lucious Edwards, Jr.

Lucious Edwards, Jr is Archivist, Johnston Memorial Library, and Adjunct Professor of History at Virginia State University. He lectures frequently on the use of African-American primary research sources in the teaching of U.S. history.

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Michael Plunkett

Michael Plunkett retired as Director of Special Collections at the University of Virginia Library. He is the author of Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts (1990) and an electronic edition of the same title published in 1994.

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