History, Library and Information Science
From the conference program: "This presentation explores how segregated Carnegie libraries in the south served as places of interaction, learning, and community-making for African Americans in the days of Jim Crow. Known then as “colored Carnegie libraries,” these institutions opened in eight southern states between 1904 and 1924 and were funded by Andrew Carnegie’s library development program of the early twentieth century. Some segregated Carnegie libraries operated for as many as six decades until, by the 1970s, most had been desegregated or permanently closed.
"Based on archival methods as well as newly completed oral history interviews, this presentation begins with a review of how "place" took on special importance for African Americans in the South in the years after Reconstruction and then examine how these libraries helped nurture a sense of community and shared identity among their users."
Griffis, Matthew R., "Separate Places, Shared Spaces: Segregated Carnegie Libraries as Community Institutions in the Age of Jim Crow (Presentation for the Southern History Association Annual Meeting, November 2018)" (2018). Publications and Other Resources. 1.