The Dr. Richard S. Newman Fellowship in African American History

Hundreds of people have joined the Library Company in raising almost $2 million to endow the Program in African American History. In order to inspire others to give Dr. Randall M. Miller, Library Company Trustee and Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University has generously offered a one-to-one match for all gifts and pledges (payable by July 31, 2018) up to $20,000. All contributions to this challenge will be targeted to support a short-term fellowship: “The Dr. Richard S. Newman Fellowship in African American History.” To date, we have received more than $8,000 toward completing this challenge gift!  We only need to raise an additional $12,000 to successfully complete Randall Miller’s Challenge Gift and complete the campaign in its entirety! 

A distinguished historian with research specialties in Early American, African American, and Environmental History, Dr. Richard S. Newman has a long association with the Library Company, beginning with the award of a research fellowship in 1995. Dr. Newman is an award-winning author and/or editor of six books—including The Transformation of American Abolitionism and Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers. During his time as the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director, Dr. Newman diversified and enhanced the Library Company’s public programming and worked closely with the Board of Trustees to secure new properties in Center City. He was also integral in raising over $1,000,000 to endow the Program in African American History.

Your contribution will help permanently endow a one-month fellowship in African American History. The Dr. Richard S. Newman Fellowship will support an emerging leader in the field of African American History to conduct research and explore the African Americana Collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia


For more information on how you can be part of the Light and Liberty Campaign, please contact Raechel Hammer, Chief Development Officer at or 215-546-3181.