LHRT (Library History Round Table)

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The mission of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) is to encourage research and publication on library history and promote awareness and discussion of historical issues in librarianship.

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Library Company's Program in African American History-Erica Armstrong Dunbar, 1st Director

  • 1.  Library Company's Program in African American History-Erica Armstrong Dunbar, 1st Director

    Posted Oct 07, 2011 09:53 PM

    "Library Company of Philadelphia - New & Noteworthy "

    "Erica Armstrong Dunbar Named PAAH Director"

    "Erica Armstrong Dunbar, an associate professor of history at the
    University of Delaware, has been named the first Director of the
    Library Company's Program in African American History. Dunbar
    specializes in 19th-century African American and Women's History. She
    received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a
    doctoral degree from Columbia University. Her book A Fragile Freedom:
    African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City from
    Yale University Press is based in part on research she conducted in
    the Library Company collections as a fellow."

    "The Program in African American History, established in 2007 with a
    grant from The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, brings together
    scholars and interested members of the public to explore every aspect
    of the experience of people of African descent in the Americas from
    the beginnings of European colonization through 1900. Curator of
    African American History Phil Lapsansky, who has been with the Library
    Company for forty years, has made significant contributions to the
    development of the larger discipline over that time, as well as
    helping to shape the Library Company's acquisitions, exhibitions, and
    programming. Mr. Lapsansky will retire in 2012."

    "Professor Dunbar will provide direction for the fellowships,
    conferences, exhibitions, publications, public programming, teacher
    training, and acquisitions through which the Library Company advances
    scholarship in African American History and shares this knowledge with
    the broader public."



    Best, Karen Weaver, MLS, Duquesne University, Gumberg Library, Pittsburgh PA