Alumni Library celebrates black history collections in the Libraries

The latest "edition" of Penn State's Alumni Library at features selections from an exhibit of the Charles L. Blockson Collection of African-Americana and the African Diaspora, an important assemblage of some 10,000 volumes relating to African-American, African, Latin American and Caribbean history and culture. The collection is housed in the Charles L. Blockson Room, on the third floor of Pattee Library, west.

On Spotlight, looks at The Divine Nine, The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which is made up of nine International Greek letter organizations, including four sororities and five fraternities. Known as “The Divine Nine,” many of the chapters evolved during a period when African Americans were essentially being denied rights and privileges afforded other college students.

Penn State lore details the University’s black history, 1899 to 2009, as documented by Darryl Daisey, Penn State '83, who worked with Penn State's Africana Research Center, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, and Office of Educational Equity to create

These resources and more can be found at Penn State's Alumni Library, a joint project of the University Libraries and the Penn State Alumni Association. The Penn State Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University, to each other, provide valuable benefits to members, and support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to

Penn State University Libraries, with more than five million volumes, five million microforms, 68,000 serial subscriptions, 500 online databases and 33,500 e-journals, most of which have full-text articles, constitute a major resource for students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The largest research library in Pennsylvania, it is one of four resource libraries that provide service and collections to all other libraries and citizens of the commonwealth. For more information, go to

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Last Updated November 18, 2010