Friday, November 29, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian
The first African American to head a branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL), Regina Andrews led an extraordinary life. Allied with W. E. B. Du Bois, Andrews fought for promotion and equal pay against entrenched sexism and racism and battled institutional restrictions confining African American librarians to only a few neighborhoods within New York City.
Andrews also played a key role in the Harlem Renaissance, supporting writers and intellectuals with dedicated workspace at her 135th Street Branch Library. After hours she cohosted a legendary salon that drew the likes of Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, and Zora Neale Hurston. Her work as an actress and playwright helped established the Krigwa Players and Harlem Experimental Theater, where she wrote plays about lynching, passing, and the Underground Railroad.
Ethelene Whitmire's new biography offers the first full-length study of Andrews' activism and pioneering work with the NYPL. Andrews established her career at a time when librarianship had just been recognized as a profession. Whitmire's portrait of her sustained efforts to break down barriers reveals Andrews's legacy and places her within the NYPL's larger history.
Ethelene Whitmire is an associate professor of library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin.
"[A] much-needed, essential study. By placing Regina Andrews' life and work in historical and familial context, the author provides insight into Andrews' significant contributions to the twentieth century and the Harlem Renaissance."
--Verner Mitchell, coauthor of Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle, A Biography of the Harlem Renaissance
Last week I received the page proofs from the university press. Now the book has been formatted and looks like the final version. I have to check for errors. I am allowed to find up to 16 (based upon the size of the book) at no cost to me. I also have to create an index for the book. Some authors pay someone and other authors like to create their own. I decided to do my own after looking at other examples in biographies. I came up with categories this summer per instructions from the press and now I can add the page numbers from the proofs. Initially the press thought the proofs would be ready in November but they were done quite early. Very exciting to see the whole book manuscript as proofs! Below is the title page.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
This week I received the copy from the marketing department that will appear on the book's jacket, the website of the press, in the catalog, etc. I also have a great blurb from a Harlem Renaissance scholar and my own ISBN numbers for both the cloth and e-book versions of Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian. I can't wait to see the cover.
Hyde Park High School (Chicago, Illinois), 1918
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
The book manuscript has passed another milestone at the University of Illinois Press and should officially go into production soon. I've been informed that this step should take about a year. I'm excited about finishing work on this project as a I start on my new project with a new blog, The Audre Lorde was a Librarian Project.
Regina Andrews Audre Lorde
Monday, January 21, 2013
I am currently reading Barbara Ransby's new biography, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (Yale University Press). Evidence suggests that Regina Andrews knew the Robesons and they definitely moved in the same circles in Harlem in the 1920s.