12 june 1968 & founders library @howard u, nears 30th anniversary
#OTD 12 June 1968 The U.S. News & World Report photographed Founders Library, a state of the art research facility at Howard University. Founders was designed by university architect Albert I. Cassell and dedicated in 1939. And it quickly became a central site on the quad, in part because of the clock tower atop the building.
Founders Library housed, in addition to the undergraduate library, the Moorland Spingarn Research Center, one of the largest repositories of materials on people of African descent in the U.S. and globally. Dorothy Porter Wesley was the head librarian.
In the photo above, students are reading material in the library stacks.
Your comments are welcome below. Do you remember using Founders Library in 1968? Do you remember using Moorland Spingarn Research Center? Do you remember Dorothy Porter Wesley? Did you, a family member or neighbor know Albert I. Cassell? Do you recognize the students in the photo? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy of Library of Congress, U.S. News & World Report, 12 June 1968. Photographer MST. LC-U9-19251. There are other images of Founders in this collection. They are available in cabinets in the Prints and Photographs Division.
Read story here on Dorothy Porter Wesley. Stay tuned for another story on her in July.