Friday, April 13

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8:30-10:30, Open to the Public

Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute


8:30-9:00              Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15              Opening Remarks

  • Jane Kamensky, Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Professor of History, Harvard University

9:15-10:30           The Past and Present in the Future | Keynote Conversation                                                                              

  • Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive
  • Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

Speaking from the perspectives of an innovative technologist and a prolific researcher, Brewster Kahle and Jill Lepore will discuss the role of technology in creating institutional partnerships to expose hidden histories.

10:30-5:00, Invitation Only

Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

10:30-10:45         Break

10:45-12:30         Black Research Collections: Successes and Challenges | Panel Presentation

Moderator: Kenvi Phillips, Curator for Race & Ethnicity, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University


  • Mary Yearwood, Director of Collections and Information Services, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
  • Lopez D. Matthews, Digital Production Librarian, Howard University Libraries & the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
  • Randall Burkett, Curator of African American Collections, Rose Library, Emory University
  • Kara Tucina Olidge, Executive Director, Amistad Research Center
  • Dino Robinson, Manager, Northwestern University Press,  Founder, Shorefront Legacy Center


Panelists will describe the resources held by premiere Black research collections and explore the stories and publications that have emerged from them, as well as those that await the telling. The panel will also re-engage with the conversations held previously at the 2014, New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center conference: The State of Black Research Collections. The conference engaged collection managers, archivists, librarians, and scholars in a discussion of development, innovations, and the future of black collections. What progress has been made since, what remains to be done? Is there a role for majority institutions in the future of Black research collections?

    12:30-1:30           Lunch  

    1:30-3:30              Why Partner? | Interactive Session

    Partnership, especially between well-resourced and under-resourced institutions, is a core concept for this workshop. This portion of the workshop brings together representatives from a variety of institutions to discuss the question “Why partner?” Presenters will offer paired remarks on the themes “Partnership: Perspectives from Library Directors,” “A Pilot Collaboration between Spelman College Archives & Schlesinger Library,” and “Technology & Partnerships.” These short, interactive presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion between the presenters and workshop participants that aims to engage, inspire, and seed new partnerships.

    Moderator: Reginald Chapple, Chief, Office of Partnerships and Philanthropy, National Parks Service


    Collaboration: Perspectives from Library Directors

    • Monika Rhue, Director of Library Services at Johnson C. Smith University; Board Chair, HBCU Library Alliance
    • Brenda Johnson, Library Director & University Librarian, University of Chicago Library

    A Pilot Collaboration between Spelman College Archives & Schlesinger Library

    • Amanda Strauss, Manager for Special Projects & Digital Services, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
    • Holly Smith, College Archivist, Spelman College

    Technology & Collaboration

    • Cecily Marcus, Principal Investigator of Umbra Search, Givens Collection of African American Literature Curator, University of Minnesota Libraries
    • Trevor James Bond, Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal, Co-Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and the Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at the Washington State University Libraries

    3:30-4:00              Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

    •  Julieanna Richardson, Founder and Executive Director of The History Makers

    4:00-5:00              Closing Reception in the Radcliffe College Room, Schlesinger Library