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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins University and the Afro-American Newspaper Launch Event

Office of Communications
Johns Hopkins University
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February 21, 2012
TO:                 Assignment editors, reporters, producers
FROM:           Brian Shields / 410-516-8337 (office) / 410-631-2890 (cell) / bshields@jhu.edu
RE:                 Johns Hopkins University and the Afro-American Newspaper Launch Event

The Johns Hopkins University will host a celebration at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to mark the launch of the online archival database of the Afro-American newspaper, which will provide access to more than 120 years of local, national, and international coverage and images from the paper’s morgue. (http://morgue.afro.com/AfroArchon/)

Development of the database took three years and was a collaborative effort led by Johns Hopkins’ Sheridan Libraries’ Center for Educational Resources and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Africana Studies. The Mellon Foundation provided a $476,000 grant for the project, which supported the work of organizing and describing the archives of the Afro with its more than 2,000 boxes of materials and more than 1 million photographs, as well as newspaper clippings and correspondence.

Faculty members involved in the project and the archivist for the Afro will deliver remarks in the Gilman Hall atrium on the university’s Homewood campus.

The Sheridan Libraries encompass the Brody Learning Commons, the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room in Gilman Hall, the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen Museum & Library, the George Peabody Library at Mt. Vernon Place, and the DC Regional Libraries. Together these collections provide the major research library resources for Johns Hopkins University. The mission of the Sheridan Libraries is to advance research and teaching by providing information resources, instruction, and services. The libraries were rededicated in 1998 to reflect the extraordinary generosity of Mr. and Mrs. R. Champlin Sheridan.

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