Education has been a major part of The HistoryMakers since its inception. The HistoryMakers has conducted institutes, held public programs, created curriculums and produced documentaries all in the name of education. Please read below to learn more about The HistoryMakers education initiatives.

9-Month Residency

9-Month Residency

The second part of Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute, takes the form of a 9-month residency completed at one of The HistoryMakers’ partnering host institutions. Fellows arrive at their host institution in the beginning of September and remain until June.


Below is a list of participating host repositories and their fellows for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 programs.


Host Repository



2011-2012 Fellow

2012-2013 Fellow

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, Alabama

Debbie Pendleton

Cheylon Woods


Amistad Research Center at Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Laura Thomson

Felicia Render


Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Georgette Mayo

Aaisha Haykal

Ardra Whitney

Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (Chicago Public Library)

Chicago, Illinois

Michael Flug and Beverly Cook


Skyla Hearn

Franklin Library at Fisk University

Nashville, Tennessee

Jessie Carney Smith and Beth Howse

Aisha Johnson

Amanda Carter

Maryland State Archives

Annapolis, Maryland

Chris Haley and Emily Oland Squires

Krystal Appiah

Alex Champion

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

Culver City, California

Cara Adams and Larry Earl

Alyss Hardin

Chaitra Powell

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Daniel Linke

Brenda Tindal


The HistoryMakers

Chicago, Illinois

Julieanna Richardson


Cynthia Lovett


During the on-site residency period, fellows utilize knowledge and skills gained during the summer immersion training to process African American collections at their host repository. Fellows are required to organize at least one public program and one community outreach event (lecture, exhibit, etc.) and implement social media and/or other online resources, in accordance with their residency plans, which are developed in collaboration with their host repository during the Summer Immersion Program. Fellows are also expected to give presentations on their education and career choice to other students at the high school and undergraduate levels. Fellows are required to maintain a blog, including weekly blog entries of their experiences and progress throughout the fellowship. Fellows also prepare a poster presentation and/or panel entry for the SAA Annual Conference and are strongly encouraged to submit papers for presentation as a participant in a panel at other professional conferences such as ALA, MAC, New England Archivists, MARAC, Society of Southwest Archivists, etc.

To find out more about what The HistoryMakers’ IMLS fellows are doing at their host repositories, please visit The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training, and Placement Institute blog: