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The star of this documentary is bibliophile, author, historian, lecturer, collector, and activist Charles LeRoy Blockson (1933- ), who donated the Charles L. Blockson African American and African Diaspora Collection to Penn State in 2006.


The Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State - University Park is home to more than 200,000 printed volumes, more than 25 million archival records and manuscripts, and another million photographs, maps, prints, and audio-visual items. We offer primary source materials for a diverse community of researchers, who range from K-12 and Penn State students, as well as scholars around the world.  We collect in a variety of subject disciplines, a sampling of which includes Utopian literature, science fiction, labor organization and representation, local Centre County history, and we are also home to the Penn State University Archives.