Research 1

Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) has continued to be an integral part of the library literature during the thirty-five year history of the organization. As the organization has grown, so too has the amount of literature. The heading “Black caucus” was first indexed in Library Literature in 1970. Listed under that heading were six articles: two on segregation, three on the caucus, and an article about the concern for Black librarians. Today, about one hundred articles can be found within electronic databases and references. The following bibliography is a brief historical overview of what has been written about BCALA since 1970.


“ALA Black Caucus.” Wilson Library Bulletin. 46 (1971): 24.

“Black Caucus awarded its first award for distinguished service to librarianship to Mrs. Clara S. Jones.” American Libraries. 1 (1970): 734.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association membership directory. Chicago, IL: The Caucus, 1980.

“Black Caucus vetoes “patching”: the speaker stands as is.” American Libraries. 8 (1977): 405-406.

Crawford, D. R. “Black librarians’ caucus of the American Library Association as seen by itself: materials for a history.” Research Paper. Kent State University, 1974 (72 pages).

Eshelman, William R. “ALA Black caucus raps ALA execdirector.” Wilson Library Bulletin. 48 (1974): 371.