Laura E. Helton is Assistant Professor of Print and Material Culture in the Departments of English and History at the University of Delaware.  Her work on African American print culture, archival studies, and public humanities has appeared in PMLA, Social Text, and Southern Quarterly. Her current book project, “Collecting and Collectivity: Black Archival Publics, 1910-1950,” examines the emergence of African American archives and libraries to show how historical recuperation shaped forms of racial imagination in the early twentieth century.


PhD, History, New York University (2015)

MLIS, Rutgers University (2009)

MA/Certificate in Archival Management, New York University (2004)

Other Publications

“Black Bibliographers and the Category of Negro Authorship,” in African American Literature in Transition, 1900-1910, ed. Shirley Moody-Turner (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

Review of Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, by Vanessa K. Valdés, The American Literary History Online Review XIX, June 19, 2019. https://academic.oup.com/alh/pages/the-alh-online-review-series-xix

“Legacies of Freedom Summer in the Classroom,” with Deborah McDowell, Nicole Burrowes, and LaTasha Levy, Southern Quarterly 52, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 155-172.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Co-organizer with Jesse Erickson and Curtis Small, “Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art,” Biennial Symposium of the Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware, April 26-27, 2019

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