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Hidden Figures No More: African American Women in Space Exploration

Today’s post was written by Denise Dempsey a Science Reference Librarian. The recent release of the new film Hidden Figures, based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, presents a great opportunity to learn more about the contributions of African American women to the Space Race and to space exploration. The […]

Unexpected Guidance: Traveler’s Guides as a Source of Business Information

This post was written by Business Reference librarian Angel Vu. The Library of Congress has many resources you can use for economic and business history research. Directories tend to be a popular resource for researchers attempting to track down an old business. Travel guides, while more selective in the businesses they may list, are another […]

James Johnston speaking about Yarrow Mamout on April 6

Curious about a portrait of “Old Yarrow” by James Alexander Simpson that hangs in the Peabody Room of Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown public library, James J. Johnston a journalist and attorney decided he wanted to know more and eventually ended up writing a book From Slave Ship to Harvard. The portrait “Old Yarrow” was of Yarrow […]

Tiny but Mighty: Mann’s 1904 Afro-American Business Directory

Business Reference is often asked for information about older or defunct businesses and finding any information can be challenging. But it is even harder to research businesses that were owned and operated by African Americans. While some business directory publishers may have denoted those businesses in some way, that wasn’t always the case. Recently I […]

Du Bois in Paris – Exposition Universelle, 1900

The Paris Exposition held in 1900 was a lavish affair featuring contributions from all over the world showcased in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I was really inspired when I saw an image titled “Negro business men in the United States” and was intrigued by information in the note indicating that […]

Starting Points: Historical Statistics on African Americans

Every once in a while we get clusters of questions where the same sources are used.  A few months ago two different researchers came to the Business Reference desk looking for statistics on African Americans from 1870 through the first decades of the 20th century.  Historical statistics no matter the topic, can often be a […]

Celebrating African Americans in Science & Business

February is African American History Month. During this month, we frequently receive questions from students working on school projects related to African Americans in science and business. In general, students seek biographical information about a specific black scientist, inventor or business person. Before my time, back in the 1980’s, LC science librarian Vivian Ovelton Sammons […]