February 6, 2015 Archivist Dorothy Porter Wesley Is Subject of Book Discussion
Wesley Helped Create Moorland Spingarn Center
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When Dorothy Burnett joined the library staff at Howard University in 1928, she was given a mandate to administer a library of Negro life and history. The school purchased the Arthur B. Spingarn Collection in 1946, along with other collections. Burnett, who would later become Dorothy Porter Wesley, helped create a world-class archive known as the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and cemented her place as an important figure in the preservation of African-American history.
Janet Sims-Wood has written a biography of Wesley, “Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University: Building a Legacy of Black History” (History Press, 2014), which Sims-Wood will discuss and sign on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Daniel A.P. Murray Association of the Library of Congress. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Janet Sims-Wood is the former chief librarian of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. She currently serves as an associate librarian at Prince George's Community College in Maryland. She was a founding associate editor of SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. Sims-Wood currently serves as national vice-president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She has won numerous awards and grants for her research in African-American history.
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