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University of Kentucky

1997

Negro librarians

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Kentucky Negro Education Association (Nkea) Journal: Accounting Of Librarians And Libraries, Reinette F. Jones Oct 1997

Kentucky Negro Education Association (Nkea) Journal: Accounting Of Librarians And Libraries, Reinette F. Jones

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

The Librarians Conference was the 15th division to be established under the Kentucky Negro Education Association (KNEA). It was the first formal organization of Kentucky Negro librarians. Annual proceedings of all conferences and departments were published in the KNEA Journal. Around 1960 KNEA and its journal became defunct. To date, the KNEA Journal seems to be the only source that gives an accounting of the Librarians Conference activity. The most complete holding of the Journal is available at the Kentucky State University Blazer Library Archives. Microfilm copies of issues are also available at the New York Public Library.


The Early Kinship: Kentucky Negro Public Education, Libraries, And Librarians, Reinette F. Jones Jul 1997

The Early Kinship: Kentucky Negro Public Education, Libraries, And Librarians, Reinette F. Jones

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

In the final decades of the nineteenth century libraries were a very miniscule part of the initial drive toward education for Kentucky's former slaves. Thirty-one years after public education became available, Thomas Fountain Blue began training Negro librarians at the Louisville Free Public Library Western Colored Branch. Another 30 years would pass before Negro librarians would be recognized by the Kentucky Negro Education Association in 1935. Unfortunately, by 1935 Blue's training program had ended and there were no institutions in Kentucky offering library training to Negroes.