Call for Essays: Black Women and the Archive

Deborah Gray White, Nell Irvin Painter BI ’77, and Darlene Clark Hine RI ’04. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard News Office.

Call for Essays: 

Black Women and the Archive


Members of the Association of Black Women Historians probably know better than most about the challenges, inequities, and frustrations that accompany archival research. At the same time, each one of us has had that research altering find, that reclamation of a sister or a part of history that not only had been long lost, forgotten, or ignored, but that likely ended up being a game changer for a project or study.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, we would like to hear from you in an 800-1200 word essay for our blog. We want to encourage our members and other historians to share their stories so that we continue to produce engaging, historical work. 

A March 2019 piece published by ABWH, “The Erasure and Resurrection of Julia Chinn, U.S. Vice President Richard M. Johnson’s Black Wife,” from ABWH Lifetime member Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, was shared over 6,000 times on Facebook. Help us continue to promote Black women’s history.

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We would love to hear from you sooner rather than later but our cutoff date is December 30, 2019 by 11:59pm.