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One of my idols, Vivian G. Harsh at work in the Chicago Public Library. She is known as the librarian who established research collections related to African-American history well before public awareness of the topic grew.{r}

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Statewide Conference of African American public librarians at Southern University in Baton Rouge Louisiana circa 1955

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Willetta Esther Riddle Gayton was the first African American professional librarian in Seattle. She was the daughter of Whatcom County pioneers William and Salome Riddle, and wife of James Gayton, who was a member of the prominent Seattle African American pioneer family.

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the 1st Negro Library Conference | Library Conference, Hampton Institute - 1927 Source: Little Known Black Librarian Facts

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William James – The University of Kentucky's First African American Law Librarian

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Virginia Lacy Jones (June 25, 1912 - December 3, 1984) was a preeminent African-American librarian who throughout her 50-year career in the field pushed for the integration of public and academic libraries. A trailblazer of her time, she would go on to become one of the first African-Americans to earn their PhD in the Library Sciences field as well as becoming dean of Atlanta University's School of Library Sciences. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

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Dr. Pearlie Murray Brown was the first professional African-American staff employee at Gaston College in Kings Mountain, N.C.. She has also worked for four years in the public school system as a high school librarian and elementary teacher. She has been accredited by press headlines as “More than a Librarian,”.

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Regina Anderson Andrews, left, was the first African American to head a branch library in the New York Public Library system. She was appointed in 1938. Reprinted with permission from the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture, New York.

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Black Women's Oral History Project Interview with Virginia Lacy Jones-Black Women's Oral History Project Interview with Virginia Lacy Jones

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