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The Influence of Philanthropic Agencies on the Development of Monroe Nathan Work's "Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America"

Sibyl E. Moses
Libraries & Culture
Vol. 31, No. 2, Libraries & Philanthropy II (Spring, 1996), pp. 326-341
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25548439
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The Influence of Philanthropic Agencies on the Development of Monroe Nathan Work's "Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America"
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Abstract

An examination of the contributions of philanthropic agencies, notably the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, and the Phelps-Stokes Fund to the development of The Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America provides the focus of this study. Monroe Nathan Work's Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America is the most reliable and comprehensive retrospective listing of sources by and about people of African descent published before 1928. Paradoxically, it has not been the focus of detailed research, nor has the role of philanthropy in the development of the bibliography been examined. This article details the extent to which Work benefited from the support of philanthropic agencies, and it contributes to the sparse literature on the role of philanthropy in the development of early African American reference publications and research.

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