Documenting local African American history poses both challenges and opportunities for historical institutions that have not traditionally preserved this portion of their community’s narrative.

Dr. Lila Teresa Church outlines how to reach out to local African American communities and gain trust. This leaflet focuses on collecting primary resources related to African American history and how to encourage participation through outreach.

Dr. Church provides step-by-step guidelines for connecting with African American community members and soliciting and acquiring primary evidence within the institution’s collections scope.

Technical Leaflet #256 (2011)

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