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Marti Clemmons, Library Volunteer, Is PCC Diamond Alum

Date: 07/02/2013
The Library is proud of recent PSU graduate Marti Clemmons, recently named a Diamond Alum by Portland Community College. Marti's involvement with the Library began when she took two history classes with Professor Patricia Schechter; Marti helped process the Rutherford Collection and then curate the related exhibit. When her classes ended, Marti continued working on the Rutherford Collection as a volunteer for Special Collections. In their description of her, PCC says the following: photo of Marti Clemmons

Since January 2012, Clemmons has worked with a unique collection of Portland African-American historical documents, the Burdine-Rutherford Collection, with Cristine N. Paschild, head of special collections and the university archivist at the PSU library. "Say We Are Here: Culture Community and Activism Across Four Generations of Black Oregonians" showcases the existence of a contiguous residential African-American community in North and Northeast Portland. Clemmons is helping to make this collection available as a resource for students, teachers, researchers and the general public interested in African-American history and the Oregon experience. Through her archiving work, she is creating the opportunity for Portlanders to gain a richer understanding of a pivotal part of the city's cultural backdrop. - "PCC selects five 2013 Diamond Alum Award winners"

More recently, Marti has worked at the Library as a staff member, assisting with a new collection from the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and she will curate our upcoming JACL exhibit. Congratulations, and many thanks, to Marti! Photo courtesy of PCC.

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