African American history materials available through Umbra

Recollection Wisconsin has partnered with Umbra Search African American History at the University of Minnesota — a program that makes African American culture and history more broadly available through a freely available search tool (umbrasearch.org), strategic digitization, public events and workshops.

Digitized materials that document African American cultural history, held in the collections of Recollection Wisconsin partners around the state, are now discoverable in Umbra Search alongside more than 500,000 records from libraries and archives across the country. Highlights include the March on Milwaukee collection and the African American Alumni Oral History Project from UW-Milwaukee, materials from the Ethnic Alumni Association at Marquette University, and the Wisconsin Historical Society’s 1964 Freedom Summer Project.

Umbra Search is made possible through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Follow @UmbraSearch on Twitter and visit umbrasearchblog.org to learn more about upcoming events and news.

Father James Groppi and members of the NAACP Youth Council march in support of Vel Phillips' Open Housing bill, 1967. Milwaukee Public Library.

Father James Groppi and members of the NAACP Youth Council march in support of Vel Phillips’ Open Housing bill, 1967. Milwaukee Public Library.

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