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Harry Robinson, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Archivist
Museum Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Super

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1941
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Archivist
Museum Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Super

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1941
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Museum director, Harry Robinson, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 16, 1941. His mother, Ruth, and father, Harry Sr., raised their family in Raceland Louisiana, where Robinson attended Pitman and Kent Hadley elementary schools. The family moved to Thibodaux, Louisiana the year Robinson entered high school. He attended C.M. Washington High School where he came under the tutelage of his industrial arts teacher. However, health reasons prompted Robinson to instead major in history and minor in library science, and he received his B.A. degree from Southern University in 1964.

Robinson attended graduate school at Atlanta University and majored in Library Science. It is here where Robinson researched volumes of African American history making him a legend in his field. Robinson received his M.S.L.S. degree in 1965 from Atlanta University and returned to Southern University to continue his work as an archivist. Robinson went on to become a cataloger at Kentucky State University and worked at the University of Florida.

After earning his Ed.D in 1969 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and heading up special collections for Alabama State University, Robinson joined Bishop College in Dallas as librarian and museum director in 1974. With his negotiation skills, Robinson was able to acquire many collections for the museum. Under his leadership, a new facility was built in 1984 as Fair Park in Dallas to house the collection. The collection includes African American decorative arts, Sepia Magazine’s photo archive and the carefully researched archaeological specimens of the Freedmen’s Cemetery Collection. Robinson has developed the African American Museum in Dallas into a nationally recognized destination for people from all over the world.

Robinson lives in Dallas, Texas. He is the President of the Association of African American Museums, the African American Library Association and a member of the Institute of Museum and Library Science.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls his mother's intuition
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls following his mother's principles, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls following his mother's principles, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his mother's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Harry Robinson, Jr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls lessons from his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his father's commitment to education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls his father's pride in his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls a loan from his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his elementary schools in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his schools in Raceland, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers Godchaux's sugar plantation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers living on Harvey Peltier, Sr.'s plantation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his family's Christmas traditions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his family's church membership
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers the influence of his principal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Harry Robinson, Jr. reflects upon his primary education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers desegregation in Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls C.M. Washington High School in Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers his early interest in history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls the student demonstrations at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes Southern University President Felton G. Clark
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Harry Robinson, Jr. talks about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's papers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls his career after Southern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Harry Robinson, Jr. talks about President Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers his first two marriages
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls acquiring Ralph Abernathy's papers for Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes George Wallace's honorary degree from Alabama State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls hosting Bishop Joseph Howze at Alabama State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls trying to secure Harper Councill Trenholm, Sr.'s papers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls being hired at Bishop College in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls founding the Museum of African-American Life and Culture in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls relocating the Museum of African-American Life and Culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Harry Robinson, Jr. recalls fundraising for the Museum of African-American Life and Culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Harry Robinson, Jr. remembers obtaining a grant from The Meadows Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes the donors to the Museum of African-American Life and Culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes the collections of the African American Museum in Dallas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes the location of the African American Museum in Dallas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Harry Robinson, Jr. talks about the value of the African American Museum in Dallas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes the challenges of funding a museum
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Harry Robinson, Jr. describes his hopes for the African American Museum in Dallas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Harry Robinson, Jr. reflects upon his life