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Spring 4-2017


Library and Information Science


Matthew Griffis (, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi, has conducted extensive research as the lead investigator on racial segregation in public libraries in the South. His research has been digitized is now available online. The archive, made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services is entitled “The Roots of Community: Segregated Carnegie Libraries as Spaces for Learning and Community-Making in Pre-Civil Rights America, 1900-65.” Griffis’s primary area of research is the library as place, including library buildings as social architecture, public libraries as community spaces, and the history of libraries and librarianship in North America; he also studies the history of postcards and postcard collecting and qualitative research methods in Library and Information Science.

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