Legendary activist, author and scholar Angela Davis is preparing to share her personal collection of documents, letters, papers, photos, and more with world.
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has secured Davis’ work for their Schlesinger Library which “documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.” The library houses collections from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Boston Chapter), Julia Child, Hellen Keller, Susan B. Anthony and more.
“My papers reflect 50 years of involvement in activist and scholarly collaborations seeking to expand the reach of justice in the world,” Davis said in a statement, according to The Harvard Gazette. “I am very happy that at the Schlesinger Library they will join those of June Jordan, Patricia Williams, Pat Parker, and so many other women who have been advocates of social transformation.”
Jane Kamensky, director of theSchlesinger Library, shared her excitement about the Davis archive and is confident the material will yield “prize-winning books for decades.”
Davis’ name has been atop the library’s wish list since 2013, when they created an internal committee to develop a more diverse and broad range of archives. “Angela Davis was very naturally at the top,” said Kamensky.
Of course, scholars, fans, and admirers alike are praising Davis for her contribution to history both in the past and the future.
“She’s of enormous importance to the history of political thought and political activism of left-wing or progressive politics and the history of race and gender in the United States since the mid-’60s,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr, who says he’s been following Davis’ career since he put her famous poster on the wall of his Yale dorm in the 1960s.