NAMED ENDOWED FUND OPPORTUNITIES
THE PROGRAM IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Established in 2007, the Library Company’s Program in African American History is now a national leader in the study of the African and African American experience before 1900. A permanently endowed Program will fund new scholarly research opportunities, public programs, and rare book acquisitions and highlight the importance of early African American history in contemporary culture.
THE DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM
A senior scholar, the Director of the Program provides intellectual leadership and strategic vision to advance scholarship and create opportunities for discourse in the field of African American history.
THE CURATOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
With a deep knowledge of the Library Company’s renowned collection of African American literature and history before 1900, the Curator others guidance to researchers, oversees acquisitions, and designs innovative public programs.
ACQUISITIONS FUND FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
The Library Company cares for the nation’s most important collection of African American history and literature before 1900. We continue to acquire rare material that bolsters the collection, including key documents in African American women’s history, early civil rights struggles, and African American life in the North after the Civil War.
ANNUAL JUNETEENTH FREEDOM SYMPOSIUM
The Library Company’s signature public event recognizes one of the oldest known celebrations commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas in 1865. Today, this event draws hundreds of people to the Library Company and highlights the continuing relevance of civil rights struggles in the past.
Every other year, the Library Company others emerging and established scholars a forum for exploring new research in early African American history.
AFRICAN AMERICAN EXHIBITION FUND
The Library Company has been offering powerful exhibits in African American history since 1969. Our most recent exhibit, “The Genius of Freedom” (2014), explored African American struggles for justice in the North following the Civil War and attracted hundreds of visitors. Most exhibitions are accompanied by scholarly talks, public receptions, and digital materials for school teachers who can utilize the Library Company’s resources in K-12 classrooms around the country.
$50,000 Each Fellowship (4 available)
Short-term fellowships in African American history are career-defining opportunities for both emerging and established scholars. These fellowships provide four scholars intensive one-month residencies in the African Americana Collection.
A prestigious opportunity for a leading doctoral candidate to explore the Library Company’s African American collections in depth, the dissertation fellowship allows scholars to work in a collegial and dynamic environment.
This opportunity has been named by The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.
There is no minimum limit for donating a gift to already existing endowments at the Library Company of Philadelphia.