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A Tribute to Community and Chicano Writer Rudolfo Anaya

A celebration of the life of Rudolfo Anaya (1937-2020), author of the 1972 book, “Bless Me, Ultima” and many other stories that honored New Mexico and Chicano Culture. The voice of this National Humanities Medal recipient resonates far beyond New Mexico and may also be found in the PALABRA Archive at the Library of Congress.

In Memoriam: Abdul Samed Bemath: A Committed Librarian

This post is a personal reflection on a professional friendship that African Section librarian Eve M. Ferguson had with renowned bibliographer, Abdul Samed Bemath, who recently passed away after producing a third bibliography of the legendary African historian, the late Ali Al’Amin Mazrui, who was memorialized at the Library of Congress in December 2014. Eve Ferguson worked with Bemath to create a chapter in a book of tributes, A Giant Tree Has Fallen: Tributes to Ali Al’Amin Mazrui. Abdul Samed Bemath died in South Africa on July 31, 2020.

Asia, Texts, and Textiles at the Library of Congress, Part I: An Urdu Women’s Magazine from during Partition

This piece, which is the first of a two-part blog on textiles and Asia, examines the Urdu women’s magazine “Jauhar-i nisvān̲” from the South Asian Rare Book Collection and what can be gleaned from the magazine about the importance of embroidery to women refugees during the 1947 Partition of South Asia.