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Durham County Library North Carolina Collection Librarian Inducted into Historical Society

Durham – Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection librarian, Lynn Richardson, has been inducted into the Historical Society of North Carolina. Formed in 1945, the Society is made up of scholars of North Carolina history primarily from colleges, universities, libraries and archives throughout the state. Participation is by invitation only and limited to no more than 75 active members.

“I am very honored to have been asked to join the Historical Society,” said Richardson. “There are very few public librarians in the Society, and I’m happy to represent the field. I’m looking forward to exploring North Carolina’s history as a member of this esteemed organization.”

Richardson has been the head of Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection since 2001. She chaired the Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project, a collaborative community outreach effort that collected civil-rights-related photographs and oral histories and deposited them in the NC Collection. Richardson also curated permanent exhibits featuring highlights of Durham County history for the Durham County Administration Building, a traveling exhibit of 12 banners on the arts in Durham, and a web exhibit entitled “And Justice for All” that identifies and gives the significance of the 250 photographs used in a mural installed in the new Durham County Courthouse.

Richardson currently serves on Durham’s Historic Preservation Commission, the board of Duke Homestead State Historic Site’s Education and History Corporation, and the History Advisory Committee of the Museum of Durham History. She was vice-chair of the committee whose work led to the founding of the Museum of Durham History. She has an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information about Durham County Library’s local history collection, visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities.

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