Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Frazine Taylor Receives Whiting Award

By Jim Baggett, Archives Department, Central Library

Frazine Taylor
At its annual meeting last week in Decatur, the Society of Alabama Archivists presented the Marvin Yeomans Whiting Award to Frazine Taylor, chair of the Black Heritage Council.

Named in memory of Marvin Whiting, the Birmingham Public Library’s first archivist and a pioneer of the archival profession in Alabama, the award has been given each year since 2012 to an individual, institution, or organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation and dissemination of local history in our state.

Frazine Taylor holds a BS in Business Commerce from Knoxville College in Tennessee and received her Master of Library Science from Atlanta University. Taylor is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who lived in the Fiji Islands for several years, and she has traveled extensively in the South Pacific. She worked in the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington from 1970–1976, where she was in charge of sending peace corps volunteers to overseas posts. In her library and archives career Taylor worked at the Tuskegee University Library and served as co-head of reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Since her retirement from ADAH, Taylor has worked as a part-time archivist at Alabama State University.

Recognized as the premier expert on African American genealogy in our state, Frazine Taylor is author of the book Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide, and is a researcher and consultant for the PBS series Finding Your Roots.

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