Rosa Parks goes digital Mary Mundy, senior archives specialist, left, and Maricia Battle, curator, prints and photographs division, explain items in the Rosa Parks archive to members of the media during a media preview at the Library of Congress, Madison Building, in Washington. The archive is now online. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rosa Parks goes digital
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Rosa Parks' archive of letters, writings, personal notes and photographs has been fully digitized by the Library of Congress. It is now available online.
 
The library has announced that the collection of 10,000 items belonging to Parks is available to the public.
 
Her collection was kept from the public for years. That is because of a legal battle between her heirs and friends. But in 2014, philanthropist Howard Buffett bought the collection. He placed it on long-term loan at the national library.
 
The collection presents a more complex portrait of Parks. She is remembered for a single, iconic act of civil disobedience. Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. That act sparked a yearlong bus boycott that helped dismantle formal segregation.
 
Parks died in 2005 at 92. She wrote of feeling lonely and lost as she lived through the struggle with segregation. After her arrest, Parks lost her job as a tailor at Montgomery's largest department store because of her activism. Her husband, Raymond, lost his job, too. The couple sank into deep poverty. They moved to Detroit but continued to struggle.
 
She traveled with the NAACP, pressing for civil rights. She eventually landed a job at Hampton Institute in Virginia, earning $3,700 a year. The school is now Hampton University. 

Not until 1965, when Parks was hired for the district office of Michigan Rep. John Conyers, did she finally earn a steady, living wage, archivists say.
 
The collection reveals Parks had an aggressive edge. She supported more radical actions seeking equality over the years, archivists said. She used her symbolic status to support Malcolm X, gatherings of Black Panthers and the Wilmington 10 in North Carolina.
 
The library now holds about 7,500 manuscript items and 2,500 photographs from Parks. They include the Bible she kept in her pocket, letters from admirers and her Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
How does this new digital archive promote Rosa Parks’ old old papers, letters and notes?
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COMMENTS (82)
  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/02/2016 - 12:10 a.m.

    The people might have wanted to get out the facts about Rosa Parks because people might have wanted to get other people who forgot about Rosa Parks to be remembering Rosa Parks by going digital on people. The facts about Rosa Parks which people had been hearing about the history of Rosa Parks which people had been fighting for the rights to show some facts about Rosa Parks in the public. The people would be able to have the rights to be showing all of the facts and photographs online which people would be able to see the history and photographs about Rosa Parks. People might have gotten the right to be showing the history and photographs online which people would wanted to history to be going digital on other people.
    Critical Thinking Question: How does this new digital archive promote Rosa Parks' old old papers, letters and notes?
    Answer: By getting people to be able to see everything from the archive to be putting everything about Rosa Parks on digital devices.

  • kevina2-sch
    3/02/2016 - 12:17 a.m.

    6.)
    I consider this article to be "newsworthy" because it talks about Rosa Parks going digital and also talks about her collection.

  • autianae-ste
    3/02/2016 - 11:17 a.m.

    This new digital archive promotes Rosa Parks' old personal documents because now that it is online, anyone can access it and if the original copies were to every get destroyed, (probably won't) they will still be out for those to see.

  • briannec-ste
    3/02/2016 - 12:57 p.m.

    I think it is great that they have made her letters and writings digital. In some places they could inspire other people, she alone was inspirational but now all of her writings are out for people to read.

  • hannad-sch
    3/02/2016 - 01:20 p.m.

    Question 2- ex. credit)
    The Library of Congress is now allowing an archive of Rosa Parks' letters, photographs, and personal notes be available online.
    Supporting detail 1.) Rosa Parks is a famous black american that is known for her boycott in opposition towards discrimination against blacks in buses.
    Supporting detail 2.) Rosa Parks was a tailor that used the bus every day to get to and from work.
    Supporting detail 3.) One day, she stepped on the bus and took a seat in the front close to the driver. A white man stepped on and asked to move because she was black, she refused and was put in jail.
    Supporting detail 4.) After she was released from jail, she and her friends organized a boycott against the bus company. It had a major impact the amount of costumers, and the bus laws finally changed.

  • wilsoash3-dil
    3/02/2016 - 03:19 p.m.

    It promotes them by making copies so her originals dont get harmed.

  • samuelr-2-bar
    3/02/2016 - 03:27 p.m.

    This digital archive promotes Rosa Parks' old papers letters and notes because many people would not read her old old papers and letter but now people may because it is at the touch of their finger tips with the internet. "Her collection was kept from the public for years. That is because of a legal battle between her heirs and friends. But in 2014, philanthropist Howard Buffett bought the collection. He placed it on long-term loan at the national library." This quote shows that many people will want to read her old old papers and letters now because they were kept a secret from the public for years. This digital archive promotes Rosa Parks' old papers letters and notes because many people would not read her old old papers and letter but now people may because it is at the touch of their finger tips with the internet.

  • michaelf-kut
    3/02/2016 - 06:49 p.m.

    I think that making this available to the public is a good idea. The letters may have info about why Rosa decided to stand up of herself on the bus. This may help us learn about segregation in the 1950's.

  • katherinec-3-bar
    3/02/2016 - 07:25 p.m.

    This digital archive promotes Rosa Parks old paper, letters, and notes because now they are available to common people. It makes it easier for people to get hold of her papers and read them. it says in paragraph 2,"The library has announced that the collection of 10,000 items belonging to Parks is available to the public." I chose this paragraph because we have recently learned about Rosa Parks in history class.

  • simonak-3-bar
    3/02/2016 - 07:57 p.m.

    The new digital archive promotes Rosa Park's old papers, letter and notes by making them available for anyone to look at (they are more accessible). Because "the library announced that the collection of 10,000 items belonging to Parks is available to the public,", many people are able to access her documents and this is therefore promoting what Rosa Park's believed in, along with the paper, letters, and such.
    My opinion on this article is that I think this is good the the library of congress is doing this to promote Rosa Park's old artifacts.

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