February 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm (African American history, Education, Events, history)
Tags: archivist, Dwight Wilson, Howard University, Kitrell College, Morris Brown, Shaw University
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.
August 21, 2010 at 7:44 am (African American history, Education, Events)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
December 9, 2009 at 10:22 am (African American history, Education, Resources)
Tags: African American, black newspapers, black veterans, freemen, genealogy, Illinois history, Tim Pinnick
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:
October 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm (Education, history, Online Historical Resources)
Tags: Gilder Lehrman, John Brown, online history
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
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.
October 14, 2009 at 11:50 am (African American history, Education, Obama)
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:
October 9, 2009 at 10:29 am (African American history, Education, Events)
Tags: African American history, Events, genealogy
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
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 1ST, 2010
Thursday, October 14th 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010
October 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm (African American history, Education)
Tags: AAHGS News, African American, Slavery
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.
October 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm (Education, Events)
Tags: Events, genealogy
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.
October 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm (African American history, Education, Events)
Tags: African American, African American history, Events, genealogy
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: