Building Community While Building a Library: Community Partnerships and the Creation of the Mayme A. Clayton  Library and ...
Mayme A. Clayton  Library & Museum (MCLM) <ul><li>Believed to be the largest privately owned collection of rare books, fil...
MCLM Mission <ul><li>“to collect, preserve, exhibit and celebrate the unique history and cultural heritage of Americans of...
Foundations to Achieve Mission <ul><li>Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Facility in which to operate  </li></ul><ul><li>Strong...
The Collection Brief Biography of Mayme Clayton  Birth of the Collection
Mayme Clayton – Early Life <ul><li>Born August 4, 1923 in Van Buren, AK </li></ul><ul><li>Father owned general store, moth...
Mayme Clayton - Librarian <ul><li>Continued her education </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BA, History, University of California,...
Mayme Clayton - Collector <ul><li>Frustrated that institutions not preserving early and rare books and documents by & abou...
The Collection <ul><li>20,000 rare books </li></ul><ul><li>9,500 sound recordings dating from 1900 </li></ul><ul><li>1,700...
Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral   signed by Phyllis Wheatley   Tuskegee Airman “ The Colored Man is  No Slac...
The Facility
Former Home <ul><li>Originally, paper collections housed in Clayton’s converted garage </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton provided ...
Current Facility <ul><li>In 2006, agreement finalized with state, county, city governments to lease former courthouse </li...
Community Partnerships
Partnerships <ul><li>Rich collections but need help preserving and providing access – currently focus is on programming </...
Collection Processing Carried out by volunteers and interns Coordinated by Director of Archives
Volunteers <ul><li>Recruited from presentations at civic groups, through bimonthly newsletter, word-of-mouth </li></ul><ul...
Angel City Chapter  of the Links, Inc. <ul><li>Volunteer service organization of women of color </li></ul><ul><li>Members ...
Links Achievers <ul><li>Mentoring program  for college-bound male  high school seniors  </li></ul><ul><li>Have previously ...
Strategies for Community Building <ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Word-of-mouth/networking </li></ul><ul><li>In-kind ...
Potential Outcomes of Community Building  <ul><li>Creates a public with understanding of institution’s mission and signifi...
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2009 presentation at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Pre-Conference on the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum. Located in Culver City, CA, MCLM holds African Americana including rare books, manuscripts, photographs, motion pictures, ephemera, and art.

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Mayme Clayton Library and Museum

  1. 1. Building Community While Building a Library: Community Partnerships and the Creation of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum Krystal Appiah RMBS Preconference June 19, 2009
  2. 2. Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM) <ul><li>Believed to be the largest privately owned collection of rare books, films, manuscripts, photographs on African American history and culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Collected over 40 years by former librarian Mayme Clayton. </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduled to open to public in 2010. </li></ul>
  3. 3. MCLM Mission <ul><li>“to collect, preserve, exhibit and celebrate the unique history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent and thereby help to provide a more complete view of American history” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Foundations to Achieve Mission <ul><li>Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Facility in which to operate </li></ul><ul><li>Strong institutional and community relationships </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Collection Brief Biography of Mayme Clayton Birth of the Collection
  6. 6. Mayme Clayton – Early Life <ul><li>Born August 4, 1923 in Van Buren, AK </li></ul><ul><li>Father owned general store, mother was homemaker </li></ul><ul><li>Parents took children to hear notable Black lecturers, such as Mary McLeod Bethune </li></ul><ul><li>Moved to New York City after high school where met Andrew Lee Clayton </li></ul><ul><li>Couple married in 1946 & moved to Los Angeles where they raised 3 sons </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mayme Clayton - Librarian <ul><li>Continued her education </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BA, History, University of California, Berkeley </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MLIS, Goddard College </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Librarian at Doheny Library at University of Southern California, 1952-1957 </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian at University of California, Los Angeles, 1957-1972 – law librarian & then librarian for newly created African American Studies Center </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mayme Clayton - Collector <ul><li>Frustrated that institutions not preserving early and rare books and documents by & about African Americans – particularly in Western United States </li></ul><ul><li>Began collecting in earnest in late 1960s, using her own money </li></ul><ul><li>Collected/purchased items from garage sales, flea markets, antiquarian book sellers, companies going out of business </li></ul><ul><li>Collected actively until death in 2006 </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Collection <ul><li>20,000 rare books </li></ul><ul><li>9,500 sound recordings dating from 1900 </li></ul><ul><li>1,700 film titles dating from 1916 </li></ul><ul><li>350 film posters and playbills </li></ul><ul><li>75,000 photographs including linotypes, daguerreotypes, tintypes, and ferrotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Manuscripts, records and ephemera </li></ul>
  10. 10. Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral signed by Phyllis Wheatley Tuskegee Airman “ The Colored Man is No Slacker” E.G. Renesh Movie posters
  11. 11. The Facility
  12. 12. Former Home <ul><li>Originally, paper collections housed in Clayton’s converted garage </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton provided access to researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Became inadequate for access & preservation </li></ul>Circa 1985 Circa 2004
  13. 13. Current Facility <ul><li>In 2006, agreement finalized with state, county, city governments to lease former courthouse </li></ul><ul><li>Collection housed in 23,000 s.f. building </li></ul>
  14. 14. Community Partnerships
  15. 15. Partnerships <ul><li>Rich collections but need help preserving and providing access – currently focus is on programming </li></ul><ul><li>Corporations – Sony, Cuadra Star </li></ul><ul><li>Universities – Howard, Pepperdine, UCLA, USC </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural institutions – Autry Center, Huntington, Skirball Cultural Center </li></ul><ul><li>Community organizations – Links, Inc; Jackie Robinson Center; California African American Genealogical Society </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul>
  16. 16. Collection Processing Carried out by volunteers and interns Coordinated by Director of Archives
  17. 17. Volunteers <ul><li>Recruited from presentations at civic groups, through bimonthly newsletter, word-of-mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Include librarians, teachers, university students </li></ul><ul><li>Unique opportunity to handle rare materials </li></ul><ul><li>Copy catalog books </li></ul><ul><li>Organize magazine collection </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory and catalog films </li></ul>
  18. 18. Angel City Chapter of the Links, Inc. <ul><li>Volunteer service organization of women of color </li></ul><ul><li>Members volunteer at MCLM </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in annual service project with Links Achievers w/ MCLM </li></ul>
  19. 19. Links Achievers <ul><li>Mentoring program for college-bound male high school seniors </li></ul><ul><li>Have previously done landscaping, painting projects at MCLM </li></ul><ul><li>This year’s project introduced them to some of the functions within archives and research libraries </li></ul>
  20. 20. Strategies for Community Building <ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Word-of-mouth/networking </li></ul><ul><li>In-kind support </li></ul><ul><li>Process of building relationship is as important as product of relationship </li></ul>
  21. 21. Potential Outcomes of Community Building <ul><li>Creates a public with understanding of institution’s mission and significance </li></ul><ul><li>Gives community sense of ownership in institution </li></ul><ul><li>Creates user base </li></ul><ul><li>Establishes long-term supporters </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial donors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Donors of collections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public policy advocates </li></ul></ul></ul>

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