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Thomas Weissinger

Professor Emeritus, African American Studies/Library Administration


Thomas Weissinger has a solid record in African American Studies and librarianship as Librarian, African American Research Center (a unit within the History, Philosophy, and Newspapers Library), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2002-2016); Head Librarian, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, Cornell University (1985-2001); Coordinator, Library Instruction, Kilmer Area Library, Rutgers University (1982-1985); and City Hall Librarian, Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ (1980-1982). He holds a M.L.S. from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (1980), a M.A. from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh (1978), and a B.A. from the School of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1973). He has a special interest in Black heritage book collectors and Black Studies scholarly communication; and he has taught ‘Researching the African American Experience’ in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And notwithstanding, he is a former editorial board member of The Journal of Pan African Studies, author of The Book Collecting Practices of Black Magazine Editors (Litwin Books, 2014), co-author with Joseph Wilson of Black Labor in America, 1865-1983: A Selected Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1986), and author of articles on the African American experience.

For more information on Professor Weissinger's work, please see this interview in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies.