Anti-Racism in Academic Special Collections Libraries

Below is a set of resources for Special Collections Librarians to consult in order to enhance Anti-Racist practices in their work.

Princeton University Library. “Princeton University Library hosts remote archival program for HBCU students and looks critically at issues of race and representation in the archives.”

T-Kay Sangwand. “Black Excellence in LIS Syllabus.”

Shutack, Corinne. “100 Things White People Can Do or Racial Justice.”, Aug 13, 2017.

IMPA TV. “Anti Racist/Anti Fascist Education” Playlist. June 8, 2020.

Gregory, Bailie, Stamborski, Anna, Zimmermann, Nikki. “Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources.”, June 12, 2020.

McInnis, Tatiana. “A Farewell Letter to DEI Work.” Inside Higher Ed, August 20, 2020.

Jackson, Lauren Michele. “What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?” Vulture, June 4, 2020.

Johnson, Tre. “When Black People Are in Pain, White People Just Join Book Clubs.” Washington Post, June 11, 2020.

Eugenia Zuroski. “Holding Patterns: On Academic Knowledge and Labor.”, April 5, 2018.

“Toward Inclusive Outreach: What Special Collections Can Learn from Disability Studies” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage
Kevin M. O’Sullivan, Gia Alexander
Vol 21, No 1 (2020)

Beam C. & Schwier C., (2018) “Learning in Place: The Teaching Archivist and Place-Based Education”, Archival Issues 39(1). doi:

Valauskas, E. J. (2018). Pedagogical Strategies for Special Collections. Uncommon Culture, 7(1/2), 45-55. Retrieved from

Alexandra Mills, Désirée Rochat, and Steven High. “Telling Stories from Montreal’s Negro Community Centre Fonds: The Archives as Community-Engaged Classroom.” Archivaria, vol. 89, 2020, p. 34-68. Project MUSE

SILVA, Judy L.; MCINTOSH, Barbara. An Independent Study Course by an Academic Library Department: Teaching with the Gems of Special Collections. RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, [S.l.], v. 20, n. 2, p. 95, nov. 2019. ISSN 2150-668X. Available at: Date accessed: 24 aug. 2020. doi:

Arranging “The Library of Babel”: Special Collections, Undergraduate Research, and Librarian Engagement
Jonathan Sauceda
portal: Libraries and the Academy
Johns Hopkins University Press
Volume 18, Number 2, April 2018
pp. 391-408

The Journal of Academic Librarianship
Volume 43, Issue 3, May 2017, Pages 216-223.
The Journal of Academic Librarianship
“Boundary Objects/Boundary Staff: Supporting Digital Scholarship in Academic Libraries.”
Robert D.Montoya

Journal of Radical Librarianship. Special Issue: Race and Power in Library and Information Studies 5, 2019.

Princeton University Library. “Statement on Language in Archival Description.”

The Library QuarterlyVolume 87, Number 3.
Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives
Michelle Caswell

Identifying and Dismantling White Supremacy in Archives
August 2, 2018
By Nancy Kuhl

Karla J. Strand. “Disrupting Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship: A Reading List.” Bibliographies in Gender and Women’s Studies, 2019.

NYU Libraries. “Our Commitment to Anti-Racism.”

University of Washington Library. “Racial Justice Resources: Antiracism and Solidarity.”

Neal Wyatt. “Antiracist Reading and Viewing.” Library Journal, June 03, 2020.

American Library Association. “Libraries Respond: Black Lives Matter.”

Harvard Kennedy School. “Racial Justice, Racial Equity, and Anti-Racism Reading List.”

Virginia Library Association. “Anti-Racism Reading List.” June 2020.

Ashley Dennis. “The black women who launched the original anti-racist reading list.” Washington Post, June 18, 2020.

Booklist. “Reading for Change: Booklist Recommends Antiracism Titles for All Ages.” American Libraries, June 5, 2020.

GIS for Equity and Social Justice. “Racial Equity GIS Hub.”

National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Talking About Race.”

Ibram X. Kendi and Jemele Hill. “How to be an Antiracist.” Aspen Ideas 2019 Festival.

Tasha K. “Anti-Racism Resource Guide.” Google Docs, June 19, 2020.

Halley, Catherine. “Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus.” JSTOR Daily, May 31, 2020.

Chicago Public Library. “Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi.”

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL/ALA. “RBMS: Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.”

“RBMS Diversity Committee.”

Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association. “CfP: Special Issue on Dismantling Systemic Racism in Archives and Record-keeping Practices.”

Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library. “Anti-Racist and Black Liberation Archives in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.” Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. June 8, 2020.

The Kennedy Center. “#BlackCultureMatters.” The Kennedy Center.

Issues and Advocacy. “ICYMI: Introducing the A4BLIP Anti-Racist Description Resources.” Issues and Advocacy. December 5, 2019.

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. “Diversity, Inclusion, Racism and Anti-Racism Resources.”

Texas Digital Library. “Texas Digital Library Statement Against Racism.”

Texas Digital Library. “Texas Digital Library Anti-Racism Resources.”

Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. “Archival Collections.” Shippensburg University.

Taylor Ha. “The Work of Anti-Racism: A Conversation with Anthony Carter and Rafael Zapata.” Fordham University News, June 26, 2020.

Penn Libraries. “Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Antiracism Resources.” Penn Libraries News, June 25, 2020.

Angela Galvan. “Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship.” In the Library with the Lead Pipe, June 03, 2015.

Middlebury Library. “Anti-Racist Statement.”, July 1, 2020.

Society of American Archivists. “Social Justice.” Sept 28, 2018.

Whitney Ray. “SAA 2017: Session 402 Identifying and Dismantling White Supremacy in the Archives: A Plan of Action.” SNAP Roundtable, Aug 21, 2017.

Mario H. Ramirez (2015) “Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative.” The American Archivist: Fall/Winter 2015, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 339-356.

Anthony W. Dunbar, “Introducing Critical Race Theory to Archival Discourse: Getting the Conversation Started,” Archival Science 6, no. 1 (2006): 109–29, doi:10.1007/s10502-006-9022-6.

George Lipsitz, “Libraries and Memories: Beyond White Privilege 101,” Librarian 32 (2009): 3–9.


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