University of Arkansas Libraries is pleased to announce the contribution of 2,392 items to a digital discovery tool, Umbra: Search African American History.
Umbra is a free digital platform that brings together historical content from archives, libraries, and museums using partnerships, open data, and technology. The project documents African American history and culture, making the material widely available to new researchers and artists.
As a contributing institution, University Libraries joins the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America, and over 500 academic and research libraries from around the country working to preserve and make this history freely available.
The digital platform pays homage to the Umbra Society of the early 1960s, a renegade group of Black writers and poets who helped create the Black Arts Movement. In that same spirit, Umbra celebrates the efforts of the individuals and institutions that have helped to preserve and make accessible online hundreds of thousands of pieces of African American history and culture.
Umbra is developed by the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota Libraries in partnership with Penumbra Theatre Company. It is made possible by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Direct to Umbra
Currently, over 400,000 digital items are made available from over 500 institutions.
Umbra is currently a beta release.