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Piecing a quilt: Jessie Carney Smith and the making of African American women’s history

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Title: Piecing a quilt: Jessie Carney Smith and the making of African American women’s history
Author(s): Hardy, Christa V.
Director of Research: Jenkins, Christine A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Smith, Linda C.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Jenkins, Christine A.; Moller, Karla J.; McDuffie, Erik A.
Department / Program: Library & Information Science
Discipline: Library & Information Science
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): African American history African American Women Black Studies Women Studies African American Librarians
Abstract: This is a critical analysis of Jessie Carney Smith’s Notable Black American Women (1992) as an illustration of black feminist knowledge production. It explores the contributions of Dr. Smith to African American women’s and library history during her more than four decades as Head Librarian at historically black Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Under her editorship, Notable Black American Women was a pioneering effort to fill the previously long-existing gap in reference resources. Prior to 1992, mainstream reference publishers had never published biographical dictionaries concerning African American women’s historical contributions and achievements. Over twenty years in the making, the inaugural volume contains 500 individually handcrafted biographies that chronicle the accomplishments of African American women. Using archival research, oral history and narrative analysis, I examine the influence of race, culture and gender on the research agenda and knowledge production of an African American woman librarian.
Issue Date: 2011-01-21
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/18638
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Christa V. Hardy
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-01-21
2013-01-22
Date Deposited: 2010-12
 

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