Blavity: There Is Now A Database Documenting The Stories Of More Than 160 Black Women Radicals Thanks To This Howard University Student. “With a desire to bring Black women and nonbinary activists out of the heavy depths of forgotten history, [Jaimee] Swift founded Black Women Radicals, an organization that shines a light on past and present leadership across the African diaspora. After over a year of dedicated research, Swift did a soft launch in October.”
WTVR: These Virginia museums are teaming up to preserve historical treasures. “The Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC) and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) recently announced a permanent partnership in which extensive collections of original documents, photographs and artifacts will be housed and cataloged at VMHC’s facilities. Eventually, the items will be digitized and placed in VHMC’s online database so that anyone can review and research the items.”
The Elm (Washington College): Tea And Talk Explores African American Print Culture. “Dr.[Alisha] Knight specializes in teaching courses focusing on both African American literature and history, and has put both her knowledge on the subject and her passion for her work into this project. Her project, ‘Putting Them on the Map,’ explores the rise of African American magazine agents throughout the 1900s across the United States.” The Web site for the project is not ready yet.
Smithsonian: Foundation Consortium Acquires Historic African American Photographic Archive. “The archive includes more than 4 million prints and negatives comprising the most significant collection of photographs cataloguing African American life in the 20th century. The archive was acquired for $30 million as part of an auction of the assets of JPC in connection with its Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. The foundation consortium will donate the archives to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Getty Research Institute, and other leading cultural institutions for the public benefit to ensure the broadest access for the general public and use by scholars, researchers, journalists, and other interested parties.”
Chicago Tribune: Getty Trust to buy Ebony photo archives for $28.5 million after winning bankruptcy auction. “The J. Paul Getty Trust is buying the historic Ebony photo archives for $28.5 million, after emerging as the top bidder Wednesday in the weeklong Johnson Publishing bankruptcy auction.
New York Times: A Last Look at Ebony’s Archives, Before They’re Sold. “For months, a stream of visitors — curious, cultured and deep-pocketed — have slipped into a drab brick warehouse on the West Side of Chicago. They have been escorted upstairs in a creaky elevator to a windowless room and handed blue gloves to wear. Then they have lingered for hours or days over the most significant collection of photographs depicting African-American life in the 20th century.”
Chicago Sun-Times: Historic Ebony photo archive to be auctioned off to pay creditors . “Emmett Till lying in his coffin. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King, mourning at her husband’s funeral. Images of those iconic moments along with four million other photographs that capture seven decades of black life in America are set to be auctioned off this week. The historic photo archive of Ebony and Jet is being sold by the magazines’ now-bankrupt former publisher Johnson Publishing Company. The auction, organized by Hilco Streambank, is scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago.”