Tuesday, February 24, 2015

W. E. B. Dubois: A Digital Archive

African American History Month, and especially the last week in February, are especially appropriate times to celebrate the wonderful digital archive capturing the works of W. E. B. Dubois--author, scholar, educator, magazine editor, activist, international spokesman and founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Dubois was born in western Massachusetts on February 23, 1868.

The Papers of W. E. B. Dubois was the first archive collection digitized for Credo, the online repository at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).  In fact, Credo, the repository, is named in recognition of Dubois's Credo, a statement of his philosophy of pride, peace, liberty, education, and patience in achieving equality. The over 100,000 items in the Papers, from letters and speeches to novels, plays, and photographs, are available for browsing, searching, and exploring the life of this Renaissance man and prominent civil rights pioneer.   

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