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ERIC Number: EJ1189516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Mary E. Godfrey (1913-2007): Penn State's First African American Full-Time Faculty Member
Holt, Ann
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v58 n3 p234-245 2017
Art educator Mary Godfrey was notably the first African American full-time faculty member hired at Penn State in 1957. In 2005, however, the extent of Penn State's archival records on Godfrey consisted of one index card in the Special Collections' card catalog that read "Godfrey, Mary E.: Retires after 22 yrs of service." In this article, I address issues around the making of art education histories and the archival representation of contributions to the field by and about marginalized groups. I present findings from a sustained archival study involving the collection and interpretive analysis of Godfrey's archival papers, eventually accessioned in 2008, and interview data from two dissertation studies. Assuming a role of citizen archivist, I also provide a case for why archives matter, calling for art educators to take responsibility in assisting archivists in furthering the archival mission by contributing to and diversifying the art education historical record.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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