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Kalimah Redd Knight, president, and the League of Women for Community Service, Inc. (LWCS) have worked diligently to safeguard the archives of one of the longest continuously running Black women’s clubs in America. Originally organized in 1919 to support World War I African American servicemen deemed ineligible for transitional benefits from a segregated U.S. military system, it grew into a social and cultural hub and a de facto cultural repository for the archives and objects of the Black community. The archives, recently catalogued in collaboration with Simmons University, contains books, manuscripts, ephemera, photographs, and other material dating from 1827.
Margaret L. Winslow, curator of Historical Collections & Archives at Mount Auburn Cemetery, has been overseeing the collection and cataloging of records and objects relating to the history of the cemetery and the rural cemetery movement for more than two decades. She has expanded the collections and developed and managed cataloging, digitization, transcription, and publication projects, all of which have provided greater public accessibility to Mount Auburn’s holdings. In addition, she has been an extraordinary resource for Mount Auburn staff, volunteers, and outside researchers.
This is the thirteenth annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper. Historic New England established the annual prize to honor collectors or dealers who have assembled or helped save significant collections related to New England and its diverse communities or the nation. View a list of previous prize winners.