Tuesday, June 28, 2011

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): Harold T. Pinckett and Sara Dunlap Jackson

Harold T. Pinckett was the first African American archivist at the National Archives. Mr. Pinckett worked at the National Archives from 1942 until 1979. He also taught history at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Sources: Helms, Douglas. "In Memoriam: Harold T. Pinckett." Perspectives 39.8 (2001): n.pag. Web. 2 Dec. 2010. ; Helms, Douglas. "Obituary [Dr. Harold T. Pinckett]." Agricultural History 75.3 (2001): 349-351. Print. ; "Harold T. Pinckett Minority Student Award." Society of American Archivists. Society of American Archivists, n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2010. ; Shockley, Anne Allen. "Librarians, Archivists, and Writers: A Personal Perspective." The Black Librarian in America Revisited. Ed. E.J. Josey. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1994. 320, 322. Print.

Sara Dunlap Jackson was the earliest known African American archival assistant to work at the National Archives. Ms. Jackson worked at the National Archives from 1944 until 1990.

Sources: Berlin, Ira. "In Memoriam: Sara Dunlap Jackson." Documentary Editing: Journal of the Association of Documentary Editing 13.3 (1991): 69. Print. ; Berlina, Ira. "Dedication: In Memory of Sara Dunlap Jackson, May 28, 1919-April 19, 1991." Prologue 29.2 (1997): 85. Print. ; Berlin, Ira. "Remembering Sara Dunlap Jackson (1919-1991)." BlackPast.org. Black Past, n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2010. ; "Historical News and Notices." The Journal of Southern History 57.3 (1991): 574-587. Print. ; "Sara Dunlap Jackson, Federal Archivist." South Carolina African American History Calendar, 2011. Web. 4 Jan. 2011.


  1. I'm so delighted and thrilled to see this mention of Harold T. Pinckett and Sara Dunlap Jackson. I'm currently part of a very small population of African American archivists currently employeed at NARA. I'm preparing to speak to the St. Louis African American Society of History and Genealogy next Saturday, February 18, 2012 and I'm doing research on the history of black archivists at the agency and the history of blacks in Federal documents.