Harlem Renaissance Librarian: The Biography of Regina Andrews

Using extensive primary and secondary sources, this scholarly book project examines the life of Regina Andrews (1901-1993), the first African American Supervising Librarian in the New York Public Library system. I use black feminist theory to investigate the intersections of race, class, and gender on her personal, professional, creative (playwright and actress), and civic lives. Andrews began her career in 1923 at the 135th Street branch (now known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) and ended it with her retirement from the Washington Heights branch in 1967. I am also in the process of developing a documentary about Andrews.

Publications

Whitmire, E.(In progress). "We must Be more than librarians": Regina Andrews and the Little Theatre Movement. Whitmire, E. (2007). Breaking the Color Barrier: Regina Andrews and the New York Public Library. Libraries and the Cultural Record, 42(4), 409-421.

Funding

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Scholarly Fellowship - 2008
University of Wisconsin - Madison's Graduate School - Summer 2008
University of Wisconsin - Madison's Vilas Associate Award - 2008 - 2010