25 july 1968 & dorothy porter hosts neh-funded summer workshop for librarians
#OTD 25 July 1968 Dorothy Porter, librarian of the Moorland Foundation at Howard University, was on day four of her week-long workshop for "librarians stressing bibliography and methods of improving college library collections on the Negro."
Porter received $10,000 for the workshop from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which was established in 1965. Howard was one of seven universities to receive funding to introduce teachers and librarians to the study of history and culture. The other institutions were Fisk University, Morgan State College, Southern University, and three historically white universities: Boston University, Cazenovia College and Duke University. Porter would also present at the Morgan State workshop in August.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, family member or neighbor attend the workshop? Did you know Dorothy Porter? Did you work at Howard? Did you attend one of the other workshops? Did you work at NEH? Do you have photographs or other ephemera from the workshop? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Library of Congress, c1970. Photographer unknown.
"Negro History, Culture Gets Humanities Grants, " Chicago Daily News 6 July 1968.
Robert C. Maynard, "Vast Material on Negro Culture is Moldering, Session Is Told," Washington Post 16 February 1968.
Janet Sims-Wood, Dorothy Porter Wesley: Building a Legacy of Black History 2014.