September 27, 2016

Just Announced: The Rosa Parks Collection Digitized and Now Available Online

From the Library of Congress:

The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress has been digitized and is now online.

The collection, which contains approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs, is on loan to the Library for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The Library received the materials in late 2014, formally opened them to researchers in the Library’s reading rooms in February 2015 and now has digitized them for optimal access by the public.

“It’s a great privilege to open the Rosa Parks Collection and help people worldwide discover more about her active life and her deep commitment to civil rights and to children,” said David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress. “From the thoughtful reflections she left us in her own handwriting to her “Featherlite Pancakes” recipe and smiling portraits, you’ll find much to explore in this collection about Mrs. Parks’ life beyond the bus.”

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Parks became an iconic figure in history on Dec. 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement. Parks died at age 92 in 2005.

The collection reveals many details of Parks’ life and personality, from her experiences as a young girl in the segregated South to her difficulties in finding work after the Montgomery Bus Boycott; from her love for her husband to her activism on civil rights issues.

Included in the collection are personal correspondence, family photographs, letters from presidents, fragmentary drafts of some of her writings from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, additional honors and awards, presentation albums, drawings sent to her by schoolchildren and hundreds of greeting cards from individuals thanking her for her impact on civil rights. The vast majority of these items may be viewed online. Other material is available to researchers through the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs reading rooms.

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To support teachers and students as they explore this one-of-a-kind collection, the Library is offering a Primary Source Gallery with classroom-ready highlights from the Rosa Parks papers and teaching ideas for educators.

Direct to Digitized Version of Rosa Parks Collection

See Also: VIDEO: Highlights From The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress (February 7, 2016)
Also embedded below.

See Also: Rosa Parks Timeline via Rosa Parks Papers Finding Aid

See Also: Papers of Rosa Parks Will Reside at the Library of Congress, Digitization of Materials Also Planned (September 9, 2014)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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