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Expanding the Black Experience at the OSU Library

January 5, 2008
Story by Germaine Paul, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The OSU Library recently acquired more than 400 titles dealing with the history of blacks in the United States. These items are the basis of a new collection focused on the black American military experience.

“It was a great opportunity to give the University a unique collection that may build a greater understanding of the contributions and struggles of black Americans,” Dean Sheila Grant Johnson said.

The Library will host the formal opening of the new Black American Military Experience Collection on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library. Gail Buckley, the daughter of Lena Horne and author of American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm, will give the keynote address.

The predominant theme of the new collection is military service from the U.S. Revolution to the Vietnam War, but many of the items deal with race, slavery and civil rights.

This rich collection of books was gathered by the late Robert Norris, a lawyer by training who became a book dealer in Tulsa. He assisted the Tulsa Race Riot Commission by researching and writing reports related to the National Guard and its practices containing civil distributions.

This initial purchase established the Black American Military Experience Collection, but the Library would like to expand the collection over time.

“This is an excellent donor opportunity to set up an acquisition endowment to grow the collection,” Johnson said. “Such an endowment would ensure that new scholarship is added to the collection, as well as other rare unique items as they become available.”

For more information on supporting the expansion of the collection, contact Library Development at (405) 744-6323.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/spring08/blackmilitary.htm
Last Updated: 6 June 2008

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