Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian

Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian

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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, she fought for promotion and equal pay against entrenched sexism and racism. 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 and Zora Neale Hurston. Her work as an actress and playwright helped established the Harlem Experimental Theater. Ethelene Whitmire's new biography offers the first full-length portrait of Andrews' activism, engagement with the arts of the Harlem Renaissance, and work with the NYPL.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252038509
  • 9780252038501

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"Andrews was a fascinating librarian. . . . Fans of the Harlem Renaissance will enjoy this book."--Library Journal "Students of the Harlem Renaissance have long known of Regina Anderson Andrews' significance. What was missing, however, was a book-length study. Ethelene Whitmire has filled that need with her prize-winning biography."--Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society "[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 Renaissanceshow more

About Ethelene Whitmire

Ethelene Whitmire is an associate professor of library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.show more

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