Library Participates in UMBRA: Search African American History

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, with technical assistance and support from Library IT, will participate in the UMBRA: Search African American History project hosted by the University of Minnesota Libraries. Metadata and digitized content from the Yale Collection of American Literature that documents African American history and culture have been made available for aggregation. In partnership with Penumbra Theatre Company, the Givens Collection of African American Literature and Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries is developing a shareable online search tool that brings together archival content documenting over 400 years of African American cultural history from across the country, with a focus on African American theater and performing arts.

Yale University is one of many organizations committed to this project which includes over 50 theaters across the country, as well as the Digital Public Library of America, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of African American History and Culture, New York Public Library Schomburg Research Center and Library for the Performing Arts, Columbia University, Tulane University, Dance Heritage Coalition, Theatre Communications Group, and Theatre Library Association, among others.

For further information please contact Melissa Barton and Nancy Kuhl, curators of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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