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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Division of Archives and Special Collections in Purdue Libraries has developed a permanent digital timeline to document significant dates of African-American history at the university.

The collection, available at http://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/orthefirenexttime/index.html, is the result of a collaboration among Archives and Special Collections, Digital Initiatives, and Purdue’s Black Cultural Center, and is titled “… Or the Fire Next Time: African-American Students at Purdue, A Digital Timeline.”

From the first entry, featuring David Robert Lewis as Purdue’s first black graduate in 1894, to the most recent, G. Christine Taylor’s appointment in 2009 as the university’s first vice provost and chief diversity officer, the timeline continues to evolve. It will soon include the first major facility named for an African-American alumnus, the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, said Shauna Borger, digital collections coordinator in Purdue Libraries.

February is Black History month.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Shauna Borger, 765-496-7851, borger@purdue.edu