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March 25, 1993

Black Cultural Organization Publishes New Directory for Minority Higher Education Programs

The publication of The Murray Resource Directory to the Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be marked at a continental breakfast reception and press conference on Thursday, April 1 from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress.

At the reception, the National Demonstration Laboratory for Interactive Information Technologies also will announce the establishment of the Daniel A. P. Murray Summer Faculty in Technology for Historically Black Universities, a week-long workshop in computer and high-tech information technologies. A new CD-ROM publication of 352 titles from the Daniel Murray collection of historic publications relating to African American history also will be unveiled.

The directory is published by the Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association, a non-profit employee organization of the Library of Congress. It is available for $67, postage paid, from Logical Expression in Design, Suite 407, 1730 M St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. (202) 429-6920. Special discounts are available for tax-exempt organizations, schools, libraries, and federal government agencies.

The 322-page cloth bound directory provides information about federal and corporate programs designated for black colleges and universities. A list of 104 historically black institutions is provided, with background on their history, curriculum, campus environment, physical setting, admissions, and financial assistance programs. Color and black and white illustrations provide a pictorial review of past and present life at black colleges. A special report prepared by the Science and Technology Division of the Library of Congress lists scholarships and grants available for minority men and women.

The Daniel A.P. Murray African-American Culture Association was established in 1979 to promote increased awareness and appreciation of the African-American culture and heritage. Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) worked at the Library of Congress for 52 years. He joined the Library as an assistant to Librarian of Congress Ainsworth Rand Spofford in 1871. He was the first Black staff member to receive a starting annual salary of $1,400 (as opposed to the usual $360 to $600.) When he retired on December 31, 1922, he was cited for the nature and quality of his work as well as for the "almost unbroken continuity and regularity of his attendance." He died exactly three years later. In his will, Murray left the Library 1,448 books and pamphlets, 14 broadsides, and one map.

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PR 93-039
ISSN 0731-3527

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