Toni Morrison’s memo on Angela Davis

  Happy publication day to Angela Davis! A new edition of her Autobiography was released today by Haymarket Books. The book was originally published by Random House and Bantam Books in 1974, with Toni Morrison serving as editor. Since it was a joint publishing venture, Bantam provided editorial input on the earliest version of Davis’ […]

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On the Anniversary of the Death of Hubert Harrison

December 17, 2021, marks the 94th anniversary of the death in Bellevue Hospital of St. Croix-born, Harlem-based Hubert Harrison (1883-1927), who was described by A. Philip Randolph as “the father of Harlem Radicalism.” It is an appropriate occasion to call attention to Harrison’s extraordinary life and political and intellectual work. […]

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New from RBML’S Archivists and Collections Managers | September 2021

Kevin Schlottmann, RBML’s head archivist, shares a selection of new and updated finding aids, as well as newly available collections. See below for newly processed, newly digitized, and/or newly described RBML collections, including some wonderful oral histories that are now fully available online.  Kudos as always to the many staff members, both in RBML and […]

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Archival Documents Bring Light to Historical African American Legal Triumphs

A sheet of paper at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library shows how a Black woman sought—and won—justice in 1791 America. This story originally appeared on Columbia News on September 16, 2021.  […]

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News from RBML’s Archivists and Collections Managers | July and August 2021

Kevin Schlottmann, RBML’s head archivist, shares a selection of new and updated finding aids, as well as newly available collections. Newly Digitized Archival Collections If you missed the RBML blog post, note this wonderful story of how two papyri fragments at Columbia University Libraries (CUL) and the British Library were digitally reunited.  All credit to […]

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