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Digital Image Collection HBCU History

13 Aug

African American History Digital Library Launches

The HBCU Library Alliance

The HBCU Library Alliance

A two-year project to assemble a digital online collection that will capture the rich cultural history and educational legacy of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) was recently launched to promotes access to previously unknown artifacts that have helped to preserve the cultural heritage of these institutions that were founded in the midst of struggle with a special mission to education former slaves and free Blacks.

This unique collection of more than 7,000 images exemplifies the HBCUs as cultural, social and political institutions that have contributed to the historic legacy in the education of Black Americans from the early 1800s until today. The project aims to foster research and teaching opportunities for scholars and professors in the fields of African American Studies, the American South, American Democracy, cultural pluralism and other related academic disciplines.

The project is the first collaborative effort of the HBCU Library Alliance, which includes 89 four-year and 14 two-year institutions in 22 states. More than a dozen members have contributed to the collection so far, including Grambling State University and Southern University A&M College in Louisiana, Bennett College and St. Augustine’s College in North Carolina, as well as Paine College and Atlanta University Center in Georgia.

The collection, which features photographs, university correspondence, manuscripts, images of campus buildings, alumni letters, memorabilia and programs from campus events, can be viewed by Participating Institutions or searched by all collections. Many of the works are unique and priceless, often in brittle condition that will eventually be lost if not preserved…

Hat Tip to NewsOne for reporting this.

One of the things I immediately found out about was the role of the African American Militia during the Reconstruction Period in Virginia, on the Virginia State University Collection page. Fascinating images, and a treasure trove of information.

Sol C. Johnson editor and publisher of the Savannah Tribune from 1889 to 1954.  Johnson achieved the rank of Adjutant in the State Militia. He served until the African American Militia was disbanded.

Sol C. Johnson editor and publisher of the Savannah Tribune from 1889 to 1954. Johnson achieved the rank of Adjutant in the State Militia. He served until the African American Militia was disbanded.

More About Sol C. Johnson, who wasn’t in Virginia – but in Georgia – here.

A bit more about the African American Militia in Virginia here.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2009 in Black History

 

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3 responses to “Digital Image Collection HBCU History

  1. brotherbrown

    August 14, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    A few years ago, I came across an online album of FAMU when it was the State Normal School for Colored Students. One picture was of a graduating class from about 1903. The Students in the picture were named alphabetically, so you could not tell which student was which, but one of the students was named Butler, and was the spitting image of the men in sisterbrown’s (originally sisterbutler) family.

    Thanks for the heads up. Did you see the Bob Hayes Super Bowl Induction Video?

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  2. btx3

    August 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Great video BB. As a Washington area native, I remember Bob Hayes very well from the wars between the Redskins and the Cowboys. He was incredible. I’m surprised it took so long for them to induct him in the Hall of Fame.

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