John Hope Franklin Research Center

John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture


The John Hope Franklin Research Center in the Rubenstein Library collects, preserves and promotes the use of published and unpublished primary sources for the exploration, understanding and advancement of scholarship of the history and culture of Africa and people of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

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2016-2017 Travel Grant Awards

Congratulations to this year's Glaxo SmithKline travel grant awards to research the collections of the Franklin Research Center and Rubenstein Library

Beatrice Adams, Rutgers University

Erik McDuffie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gretchen Henderson, Georgetown University

Maria Montalvo, Rice University

Nick Witham, University College London, Institute of the Americas

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Upcoming Event

Varela Hands

The Struggle Continues: A Dialouge with SNCC Veterans

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Location: The Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Time: 12:00-1:30PM

Please join us for a conversation with three veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as they discuss their work after SNCC and the southern freedom movement. Charles Cobb, journalist (founder of National Association of Black Journalists) and author (This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible), Judy Richardson, filmmaker (Eyes on the Prize) and author (Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC) and Maria Varela, photographer, community organizer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, will reflect on how their experiences in SNCC impacted the choices they made with the rest of their lives.

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Traveling Exhibition

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John Hope Franklin: Imprint of an American Scholar

This traveling exhibit commemorates Dr. John Hope Franklin (1915-2009), one of the most well-known and influential scholars of his generation. He was the definitition of a public intellectual, and this presentation draws upon the rich documents contained in his personal papers housed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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John Hope Franklin@100: Scholar, Activist, Citizen

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John Hope Frankin: Imprint of An American Scholar Exhibit Online

John Hope Franklin: The Global Scholar

John Hope Franklin@100 Website