Draft:Diana Lachateñeré

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Please read the notability criteria for a person to have a biography on Wikipedia; the evidence in this article doesn't seem to show sufficient notability. MurielMary (talk) 01:59, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Diana Lachateñeré is a former Assistant Director of Collections and Services at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She has served as a consultant on many different archival programs including the Center for Black Music Research; Institute for the Study of History, Life and Culture of Black People at Jackson State University; Jazz Heritage Project at Medgar Evers College; and the Cuban Archives Project of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University.[1]


Lachateñeré is probably most well-known as being the former Assistant Director of Collections and Services at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She has also worked at Schomburg as the Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Book Division as well as the Manager of the Scholars-in-Residence Program.[1] While managing collections at Schomburg, she was heavily involved in many notable projects, including African and African Diaspora Transformations in the 20th Century. She served as Division Curator for the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Institute, which encourages minorities and others interested in African-American studies to pursue degrees in the humanities.[2]

In addition, Lachateñeré served as a Collection Manager for the In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience Project, an extensive research project through Schomburg.[3] She was also a member of the processing team of the Lorraine Hansberry Papers at Schomburg.[4]

Involvement with SAA[edit]

Diana first attended the Society of American Archivists in the early 1970s when Ann Shockley was creating sessions either focused on African Americans or had African American representation. Diana remembers in an interview with Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable History, Shockley invited "all of us, all of the young, people of color to her house for dinner ... She made it very clear that this was the first time the Society had this number of black people there.”[5] However, it wasn't until 1981 that a roundtable was created specifically for minorities in archival work.

The SAA moved slowly, but Diana, along with archivist Paula Williams, drafted a resolution. Members approved the resolution and the Task Force on Minorities was created. Ed Weldon was chosen as the president and Thomas Battle was appointed as the chairman, with Diana Lachateñeré invited as the SAA representative for the Joint Committee on Minority Recruitment.[5] In 1984, she was elected to the Nominations Committee and was appointed to the Membership Committee.

The task force accomplished many of the goals they set and continued to argue for a membership committee. Diana stated in the same interview, “the reason why we were pushing a membership committee is because then, out of the membership committee you could put together a recruitment program that could in fact target, we would target everybody, but we could specifically target black folks...”[5]

In 1987, the task force was discouraged by the SAA's apparent lack of interest and financial support, thereby restricting their effectiveness. Ultimately, the task force ended with the recommendation that a minorities' roundtable be formed. The Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable was established later that year, with Diana Lachateñeré and Carol Rudisell serving as the initial coordinators for the roundtable. Diana served as co-editor and prepared the first two newsletters for the roundtable and helped to set an agenda for the group.[5] The roundtable held its first meeting in September of 1987 at the annual SAA conference in New York City. This meeting brought a structure for the roundtable that continues today, including the process of electing two co-chairs, with one being elected every year.


  • Blacks in the Railroad Industry Collection, 1946-1954 (1980)
  • Preliminary Listing of the San Francisco Manuscript Collections in the Library of the California Historical Society (1980)
  • Interview with Katherine Stewart Flippin (1981)
  • Naomi Anderson Johnson: Oral History Project (1979)


  1. ^ a b "Diana Lachatanere". Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.
  2. ^ "The Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute". Africana Age. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "About This Site". In Motion.
  4. ^ "Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust". www.lhlt.org. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  5. ^ a b c d Hankins, Rebecca (August 3, 2016). "Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable (AACR) History". Archivists and Archives of Color Newsletter – via Society of American Archivists.

Category:Living Category:African-American Category:Diaspora by ethnic group Category:Archivist Category:Librarians Category:Historian Category:Woman