Users at a “colored library,” 1928. Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs, University of Virginia Special Collections, MSS-3072.

Presentations and Publications

The project has already produced two journal articles, several conference papers and two invited presentations out of state:

Griffis, M. R. (2018). Separate Places, Shared Spaces: Segregated Carnegie Libraries as Community Institutions In the Age of Jim Crow. Southern Historical Association 84th Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL, November 8-11.

Griffis, M. R. (2018). A Cornerstone of Community: Houston's ‘Colored Library,’ 1913 to 1961. 2018 Donor Appreciation Day, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library, Houston, TX, June 2.

Griffis, M. R. (2018). Cornerstones of Community: Segregated Public Libraries and Carnegie Philanthropy. Speaker Series, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library, Houston, TX, April 12.

Arlitsch, K., Gibson, A., Griffis, M. R., Punzalan, R., and Yakel, E. (2018). News You Can Use: LB21 Early Career Development Grants. American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 21-26.

Griffis, M. R. (2017). A Separate Space: Remembering Meridian’s Segregated Carnegie Library, 1913-74. Mississippi Libraries, 80(3), pp. 39-49.

Griffis, M. R. (2017). Making Voices Heard: Collecting and Sharing Oral Histories from Users of Segregated Libraries in the South. Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 4-7.

Griffis, M. R. (2017). New Online Archive on Racially Segregated Libraries. Africology: The Journal of Pan-African Studies, 10(2), pp. 277-293.

Griffis, M. R. (2017). Buildings and Books: Segregated Libraries as Places for Community-Making, Interaction and Learning In the Age of Jim Crow. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 9-13.

Griffis, M. R. (2017). Capturing Their Stories: Collecting Oral Histories from Users of Segregated Libraries In the South. Southern History of Education Society Annual Meeting, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, March 10-11.

Bibliography of Published Sources

The project is compiling a comprehensive bibliography of published resources (books and articles) relating to the history of the Carnegie library program, the history of the twelve segregated Carnegie libraries specifically, and the history of library services to African Americans in the United States. Once complete, it will appear here as an open resource for researchers and will also appear as an appendix in the project’s forthcoming book.

A similar bibliography of resources relating to oral history methods and historical research of libraries will appear in the project’s forthcoming toolkit.

Forthcoming Project Monograph and Toolkit

The book, The Roots of Community: Segregated Carnegie Libraries and African-American Neighborhoods in the Age of Jim Crow, will exist in its first full draft in Spring 2019. Print publication is anticipated sometime in 2020-21.

The toolkit, which the Aquila Digital Community will publish as an open source toolkit (with a Creative Commons license), will be made available here (on this page) in Summer 2019.

External Links

African American Historical Association (AAHS)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

The Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute at Stanford University

The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at NYPL

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture