Northwestern University Libraries hired an archivist to document the lives of black students, faculty and alumni, the University announced Tuesday.
Charla Wilson will be the first archivist for the black experience, according to a news release. The position was created in collaboration with the NU Black Alumni Association, NU Libraries and the Office of the Provost, dean of libraries Sarah Pritchard told The Daily. The first official proposal for this position came from NUBAA and a group of NU students following demonstrations held in 2015, Pritchard said.
University archivist Kevin Leonard said Wilson’s position will assist NU Libraries and archives to do much more work in expanding and improving their holdings relating to the black experience.
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An archivist, historian and librarian, [Charla] Wilson said the NUBAA collection promises insights into the lives, struggles, campus influence and accomplishments of African-Americans over the course of Northwestern’s history.
She has experience in collection acquisition and digitization, arrangement and description of records, and manuscripts, public services, oral history, exhibit design and public programming around historical collections.
Wilson was most recently employed with the Barona Cultural Center and Museum of California. Prior to that, she was a library, archives and museum collections manager at the Women’s Museum of California.
Wilson holds a degree in American studies, with course concentration relating to African-American history and culture, from Scripps College. Her graduate degrees are from Claremont Graduate University and from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).
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