Sponsored by The Grolier Club
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have rich archives documenting the faculty, students, staff, and often the surrounding Black communities, and scholarly and public awareness is growing of these research troves. Holly Smith will discuss the archival treasures of Spelman College, where she serves as College Archivist. A historically Black college in Atlanta, GA, Spelman was founded to educate women of the African Diaspora. Ms. Smith will feature items from Spelman’s university archives and special collections and focus on the importance of preserving the legacy and heritage of HBCUs.
Ms. Smith received her B.A. in History and Black Studies from The College of William and Mary, an M.A. in History from Yale University, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She co-authored the article “This [Black] Woman’s Work: Exploring Archival Projects that Embrace the Identity of the Memory Worker” (KULA Journal), and authored the piece “Radical Love: Documenting Underrepresented Communities Using Principles of Radical Empathy” (Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists). She is passionate about community archives and archival advocacy related to collections for historically under-documented communities.
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