Week 2: Comments on the Readings (Musmann article)
I was intrigued by some of the information that the Musmann article (“The Ugly Side of Librarianship”) left out. For example, he mentions Thomas Blue several times yet gives little to no background information about him. So I looked him up. It turns out that no one has really paid Blue any attention over the years, despite the fact that he was the first African-American to head a library.
Here’s what I found:
- A blurb from the Notable Kentucky African Americans database
- The resolution passed upon his death by the library trustees
- A blurb on the ONLY person (that I could find) to write a long piece on Blue– his former student Lillian Wright, who wrote her dissertation on him
There are probably more blurbs out there, but it just seems so odd to me that no one has paid more attention to this man. Even Musmann spends more time talking about the efforts of Ernestine Rose than he does Blue.
Also, at the bottom of page 90, Musmann mentions that in 1943 the fist African American was elected to the governing council of the ALA. But he doesn’t say anything else about this person. Did anyone else feel like there were odd gaps in this article, which purports to be a history of racial segregation in libraries?