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From the Director
We are especially proud of our success at embracing new technology to increase levels of professionalism and professional services at Amistad. The Center's distinction in the adoption and use of innovative collections management software has become value-added, and is now well documented in flattering statistics related to preservation of collections, expanded access, and effective service.

The efforts of knowledgeable and entrepreneurial staff complemented by the participation and support of farsighted partners have produced these successes with predictable cause and effect. At the outset of the new year, we have chosen to share a few reports of acknowledgments and special projects for which Amistad has received widespread recognition.    

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Executive Director
Lee Hampton
Amistad in the News
Staff efforts to highlight collections and expand access to the Center's unique holdings are drawing attention from the media. Amistad's current exhibition on the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons of Louisiana was recently highlighted. A checklist for the exhibition is found on Amistad's website, and the exhibition will run through March 29.

Amistad has also contributed to the online Abolitionist Map of America as part of PBS's airing of the three-part series The Abolitionists. An article on the Center's contribution can be found here. You can view Amistad's contribution of digital documents or learn more about the map and browse contributions by all of the partner institutions here. You can even watch a short video about how to use the Mapping History app for your iPhone to follow the map!

As always, check out Amistad's blog and Facebook page to keep up-to-date on events and news from the Center.
Center Continues to Serve Record Number of Researchers
Amistad Reading Room
Director Lee Hampton visits with researchers in Amistad's busy Reading Room, January 2013
Newly compiled statistics for 2012 reveal that Amistad served a record number of researchers, both in-house visitors who traveled to the Center and those served at a distance. And 2013 is already off to a fast start.

During the recent American Historical Association annual meeting held in New Orleans, Amistad's Reading Room was busy with historians from around the nation taking time out of the conference schedule to conduct a little research. The Center assisted a number of researchers who planned visits and those who just dropped in! In addition, Amistad is currently hosting a visit by a class of undergraduate students from The College of New Jersey (CNJ) who are researching African American women's history. Thanks to Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi, Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at CNJ, for organizing their visit.
Change in 2013 Exhibition Schedule
Amistad Exhibition Gallery The December 2012 edition of e-Amistad Reports included a list of the upcoming 2013 exhibitions at the Amistad Research Center. The staff of the Center would like to announce a change in that schedule.

In addition to the current exhibition on the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons of Louisiana, the Center's upcoming exhibitions will include the following displays. More details and exhibition titles will be made available as they are finalized.

Am I Not a Brother, Am I Not a Sister: An Exhibition to Commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation   

April 2 - June 14

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this exhibition will highlight documents that provide narratives of individual stories concerning the international slave trade, the abolitionist movement, and the eventual emancipation of enslaved persons in the United States. 


African American Life and Photography

June 17 - September 27

This exhibition will highlight the vast photographic holdings of the Amistad Research Center, including works by Carl Van Vechten, Arnold de Mille, and Marion Palfi. It will document aspects of the daily lives of African Americans through the photographic lens.   


Schools of the American Missionary Association

October 1 - December 20

The tradition and history of schools founded by the American Missionary Association (AMA) during and following the Civil War is a long one. This exhibition will discuss the foundations and legacy of schools founded by the AMA, from elementary schools to normal schools to HBCUs against the backdrop of African American education in the 19th and 20th centuries.