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From the conference program: "This presentation reviews the progress of a federally-funded, 3-year historical study that explores how segregated Carnegie libraries were used as places of community-making, interaction, and learning for African Americans in the days of Jim Crow. Known then as “Carnegie colored libraries,” these public libraries opened in eight southern states between 1900 and 1925 and were an extension of the well-known library development program funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Some operated for as many as six decades until, by the 1970s, most had closed or were integrated into the library systems of their larger communities.

"The presentation outlines the full project, including its objectives, deliverables and partner organizations. It then reviews the work completed to date (note: this project is currently in its first year) by examining historical photographs, key archival documents, and excerpts from newly completed oral history interviews with surviving library users. The presentation concludes with reflections on the design and management of oral history projects, specifically the task of identifying and tracking down potential participants."


This presentation is the property of the Roots of Community project at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science. It has been published for private use and/or research purposes only. Apart from brief excerpts and other fair use applications, it may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the Project Director ( Please call (601) 266-4228 for more information. Images appearing throughout the presentation remain the property of their respective repositories; see the Photo Credits for more information.