The Library is Back in Business

Closed since March, the JCB is now open to Library staff and a limited number of in-residence researchers. Click on the heading above to learn more about the Library's reopening plan, as well as our extended services to researchers and the public.
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Election Season (then as now)

As local officials across the United States prepare for an unprecedented presidential election against the backdrop of a global pandemic, we hope that a few selected pamphlets from the JCB's collection can offer a semblance of historical diversion – if not electoral education – for members of our community.

Remember to vote on November 3!

View the documents here

black and grey pattern with repeating flourishes

Injustice in our midst: A Message to our Community

Since protests erupted in the days and weeks following the horrific murder of George Floyd, and amidst other ongoing episodes of systemic race-based violence against members of minority communities, the Library’s staff and extended community have been thinking about how institutions of historical memory like the JCB can and should respond.

As a steward of historical materials that are deeply illustrative of – and deeply imbedded within – the histories of race-based oppression in the Americas, the JCB has a special responsibility to take part in these conversations....

Dr. Herman Bennett delivers a lecture to a crowd at the John Carter Brown Library

Kings and Slaves: Diplomacy, Sovereignty, and Black Subjectivity in the Early Modern World

How did early encounters between Europeans and Africans affect subsequent migration of Africans to the Americas?

Dr. Herman Bennett, a specialist on the African diaspora in  Latin America during the colonial period, draws on his recent work, African Kings and Black Slaves, in a lecture delivered at the JCB in honor of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the John Carter Brown Library's Associates.

View the lecture here