Library and Information Science
From the conference program: "This presentation reviews the preliminary findings 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 age of Jim Crow. Known then as "Carnegie Negro 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.
"Drawing on archival sources, including newly completed oral history interviews with surviving library users, this presentation explores how these libraries helped foster a sense of community, increase literacy, and encourage academic achievement among African American readers. Focus is given not just to the role of building and space design but also to the nature of borrowing privileges and the relationship between book collections, community identification, and interaction. Historical images, testimony from oral history interviews, and excerpts from surviving book catalogs enhance the presentation."
Griffis, Matthew R., "Buildings and Books: Segregated Libraries as Places for Community-Making, Interaction and Learning in the Age of Jim Crow (Presentation for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Conference, June 2017)" (2017). Publications and Other Resources. 5.