Mythos, memory, and history : African American preservation efforts, 1820-1990

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Traces the history of efforts to document and preserve African American history, with a detailed analysis of the preservation of objects, folklore, music, governmental records, and other materials over the 19th and 20th centuries.


  • African American Museum Project
  • Center for African American History & Culture (U.S.)
  • National African American Museum (U.S.)
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • National African American Museum Project


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Ruffins is a curator at the National Museum of American History

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Museums and communities : the politics of public culture (Book.)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Historic preservation
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Museums
  • History
  • Protection
  • Cultural property
  • Museums--History
  • African Americans--History
  • Cultural property--Protection

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Number of pages : 105; Page numbers : 506-611

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