Southern University


The GU272 and SU Memory Project is a digital archive and database that seeks to identify and document the life stories and history of descendants of the GU272 who have a connection to Southern University, the only historically black college and university system in the United States. This collection will support the research and teaching of scholars across a broad spectrum of disciplines including history, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, law, and political science. The library will provide free and open access to archival documents, making it possible for interested researchers and students throughout the world to study and use these materials. This interdisciplinary project would immediately enrich the archival holdings of the John B. Cade Library and demonstrate the value of recognizing, remembering, and representing the past in ways that reflect the ambitions, challenges, and opportunities of the future.

Principal Investigators

Angela Proctor

Head University Archivist and Digital Librarian, Southern University

Angela Proctor is the Head University Archivist and Digital Librarian with over twenty years of experience working at Southern University and A&M College. She has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Southern University and a Masters's in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Louisiana State University, both located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She specializes in identifying and preserving essential records that document the cultural heritage of Southern University and the community that it surrounds, organizing and maintaining the documentary record of the institution, groups, communities, and individuals, assisting in the process of interpreting documentation of past events through the use of primary source materials and serving a broad range of people who seek to locate and use the information found in evidentiary records. As archivist, she preserves, promotes, and provides the widest possible accessibility of materials, while respecting legal and ethical access restrictions including public statutes, cultural protections, donor contracts, and privacy requirements. She is the project administrator of several digital online collections including: The Harper’s Weekly Journal of Civilization and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper; the Verla Birrell Textile and Designs; and Southern University History Online and is responsible for the online digital database for ArchivEra, the Archives, Manuscripts, and Rare Books Department at Southern University.

Eddie Hughes

Head of Special Collections, Southern University

Eddie Hughes III is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. He received his BA and MAT in history from Grambling State University and received his MSLS in library studies from Clark Atlanta University. Hughes is married to Monica and together they have two children. Hughes enjoys his career as a librarian because the nature of the profession is conducive to his efforts of living a simple life and it also allows him to help others achieve their endeavors; in addition, as a librarian, Hughes is knowledgeable of the latest research techniques and computer technology. Hughes’ favorite color is brown, his favorite dish is seafood, and his philosophy of life is: I know that I don’t know.

Maya Banks

Access Services Manager, Southern University

Maya Riley Banks is an academic librarian with more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as head of access services and reference librarian at John B. Cade Library on the campus of Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge. In addition to managing access services, she participates in information literacy teaching, research assistance, collection development, and outreach. Maya is passionate about lifelong learning and student success. Current areas of interests include social media engagement, marketing and outreach in libraries, library user experience, information technology, and organizational leadership. Banks holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Southern University and a master of library and information science degree from Louisiana State University. She believes that being a librarian is not about the books—it's about the people!

Dawn Kight

Dean of Libraries, Southern University

Dr. Dawn Kight currently serves as the dean of libraries at Southern University and A&M College. Previously, she served as the assistant university librarian for Technology and Information Services. With degrees in computer science and library and information science, Dr. Kight has successfully managed projects focused on digital initiatives for more than twenty-five years. She also has a certificate in records management from the Louisiana Archives Records Management Division. She currently serves on the LOUIS Consortium Executive Board, ALA Information Technology Policy Committee, and was recently appointed to the ACRL/ULS Technology Committee. Dr. Kight has served as a PI, Co-PI, and project manager for federal, state, and privately funded grants. Her most recent accomplishment was receiving a PhD in science and math education.