Photo of Dwight Wilson, African American Archivist Sought

The Society of American Archivists Anniversary Committee is making archivist trading cards in celebration of their 75th year.

The Committee has not been able to locate an image of Dwight Wilson, Fisk University archivist and the first African-American to chair a SAA Committee. Fisk University does not have an image.

Can anyone help? Wilson was a professor at Morris Brown in 1935-1936, but the yearbook for that year has not been located.  Has a copy slipped in to your collection?

Mr. Wilson attended Kitrell College, Shaw University and Howard University and a member of the Allied Forces Records Administration during WWII. His obituary from the American Archivist can be found here http://archivists.metapress.com/content/a0v2744223598546/fulltext.pdf

Anyone with any information on the location of the yearbook for 35-36 or who may have a photo of Mr. Wilson, please comment on the blog so that we can forward the information to the SAA Committee.

Thanks!

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Boston’s Museum of African American History Program September 9th

This just in from the New England Chapter of AAHGS regarding a program on September 9th at the Museum of African American History on Joy Street:

In Search of Your African American Roots – An introduction to research methods and sources for African American and Cape Verdean family research. Topics include Collecting Family Traditions and Records, Researching Pre-Civil War Records for Enslaved and Free Persons of Color. Participants will learn about websites, databases and digital collections for researching African American families. Our speaker will be genealogist Mary Blauss Edwards of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Ms. Edwards has degrees from Brown University and Northeastern University. Her interests include New England genealogy, African American genealogy, Boston Irish, and gravestones and cemeteries.  This program is in collaboration with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

RSVP: 617-725-0022 ext. 14 or rsvp@maah.org

Tim Pinnick Launches The Black Genealogist and Black Newspaper Notes

Tim Pinnick, a very talented genealogist from Illinois, has added two more publications to his roster of writings:  The Black Genealogist and Black Newspaper Notes.  These ezines are his latest offerings to interested researchers of African American history.  You may remember Tim as the author of Finding and Using African American Newspapers, a handy volume detailing the availability of black newspapers and the gems they contain. Once again he has come out with a useful set of publications filled with links, stories, and reviews of interesting books and materials  pertaining to the history and culture of the black American.

In the inaugural issue of The Black Genealogist Tim reviews the book  Here I Lay My Burdens Down: A History of the Black Cemeteries of Richmond, Virginia.  You will have to judge for yourself, but I know I want to read it. Black Newspaper Notes doesn’t disappoint either — the ezine is loaded with links to sites containing black newspapers as well as explaining why you should visit them.  An article at the bottom reviews the Indianapolis Freeman and particularly its stories on the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers which details the types of genealogical and social history information found in these newspapers that really puts the flesh on the bones of your ancestors while in many cases giving you a family structure.  Fascinating.

You can find out more about Tim and sign up for his publications here:

http://www.blackcoalminerheritage.net/

Gilder Lehrman Online John Brown Exhibition

 

If you cannot make it to either the Massachusetts Historical Society to hear the lectures and see the exhibit on John Brown, perhaps you can see the exhibit at the New York Historical Society that runs from September 15, 2009 through March 25, 2010.

If you cannot do either — you’re in luck.  Visit Gilder Lehrman’s website at

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/online/johnbrown/

to see the online exhibit.  If you have never visited this site before, you’re in for a treat.  Not only can you see original documents able to be enlarged so you can read them — they have transcriptions as well.

Enjoy!

Author Tony Burroughs Comments on Michele Obama’s Genealogy

Tony Burroughs has written a commentary on the story of Michelle Obama’s genealogy which has seen quite a lot of press lately.

You can find the article here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/10/14/burroughs.obama.genealogy/

Call for Papers: Black New England Conference 2010

From my friends at the New England Chapter of AAHGS:

Black New England Conference 2010
The Politics of Race: Movements, Protests, Leaders, and Representation
The 2010 conference will cover the history of cultural, social, and political movements in New England from the 1700s to the present. As the word ‘representation’ indicates, the conference will include presentations on the politics concerning and the forms of representing such events and people of African descent in New England.
For Information Please Contact
Center for New England Culture
Huddleston Hall/73 Main St/ Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-0693
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 1ST, 2010
Thursday, October 14th 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010

Slave Narratives Now in AAHGS News

The slave narratives recorded by writers with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s provide incredible insight into the interviewees’ lives in slavery and freedom.

Starting with the September/October 2009 issue of AAHGS News available to members of AAHGS or by ordering single issues from the website at www.aahgs.org, this new feature further expands that documentation by sharing stories about the lives of former slaves and their descendants in freedom.

The September/October 2009 issue features the exciting accomplishments of the Toles family of Columbus, Georgia,  just one generation after slavery.

International Black Genealogy Summit

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana will be the site of the International Black Genealogy Summit from October 29-31, 2009.  For the first time in history, all of the black genealogical societies in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean will come together to host a joint conference on researching and writing family history.

You are invited to explore your own family’s history during this momentous event.  The conference features genealogy workshops, hands-on trainings, DNA research and much more.

To register or for more information go to their website at www.blackgenealogysummit.com.

CSI: Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors

The Alabama Genealogical Society’s fall seminar, CSI:  Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors, will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama.

J. Mark Lowe, professional genealogist, author, and lecturer will present Researching on the Internet, Land Barons or Dirt Farmers, and Finding Your Landless Ancestors.  For registration information see their website at:

www.algensoc.org/main/seminars.html

Links in the November/Decmeber 2008 Issue of AAHGS News

Here is the list of weblinks for the articles appearing in the November/December 2008 issue of AAHGS News:

p. 3:  “Black Studies” NARA Catalog:  www.estore.archives.gov

p. 5:  Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program:  http://professional.bu.edu/cpe/Genealogy.asp

p. 6:  Enumerator Instructions Online http://usa.ipums.org/usa/voliii/tEnumInstr.shtml

p. 6:  Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database  www.slavevoyages.org/tast/database/index.faces

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  Heritage Arts & Crafts:  www.afrigeneas.com/forum-crafts

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  AfriGeneas at the Movies:  www.afrigeneas.com/forum-movies

p. 7:  On the Bookshelf selections:

Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865, Volume 9:  www.vgs.org/publications.htm

Index to District of Columbia Estates, 1801-1929:  http://users.erols.com/pipp OR www.heritagebooks.com

African American Slavery, Indenture & Resistance in Illinois 1720-1864  www.costonie.com

The Washingtons of Wessyington Plantation www.wessyington.com

p. 9:  Mississippi to Africa:  A Journey of Discovery www.mississippitoafrica.com

p. 10:  Slave Births in New Jersey Online  www.njarchives.org/links/guides/chncl004.html

p. 10:  Navy personnel FREE access to Ancestry and HeritageQuest  wwwa.nko.navy.mil/portal

p. 11:  Florida State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:  www.fsu.edu/news/2009/01/08/king.celebration

p. 12:  Booker T. Washington Online at Library of Congress:  www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/btwashington/index.html

p. 14:  Free at Last?  Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries  www.imdiversity.com/villages/african/pitt_slavery1008.asp

p. 16:  Events listings:  Virginia Beach Genealogical Society www.rootsweb.com/~vavbgs

The International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS)  www.acpl.lib.in.us

NGS Family History Conference:  www.ncgenealogy.org/blogs/ngs2009

p. 18:  African American Genealogy Sources in the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library  http://nutrias.org/guides/black.htm

p. 20:  An Anthology of Respect:  The Pullman Porter National Historic Registry (1st Ed.)  www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/anthology-of-respect.htm