[Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900]

Image citation:
Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; ( : accessed June 15, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas General Gordon Granger of the Union Army informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people in the state were free.

This was in accordance with Lincoln’s executive order, the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two and a half years earlier. That order had declared all the enslaved people in the Confederate states free. By the time Granger made the announcement in Texas, Lincoln was gone. Enforcement of his order in Texas had been slow.

June 19, the date of Granger’s announcement became the date for an annual celebration, Juneteenth (a combination of June and nineteenth). Also known as Emancipation Day, it is the oldest and most popular celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people. In 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas. Today it is a holiday in 47 states including New York (since 2004).   Outdoor celebrations commonly include parades, picnics and speeches.  Henry Louis Gates writes: "Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures."

Ralph Ellison’s novel Juneteenth was published in 1999.

For more information about Juneteenth, see this New York Times article, "Juneteenth: The History of a New Holiday."

In 2020, CUNY began observing Juneteenth as an official holiday across the system, following Gov. Cuomo’s executive order declaring it a holiday for state employees.

On June 18, 2021, President Biden signed legistation making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

This post was written by Lisa Finder, Associate Professor, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Liaison to the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies

Did you know that librarians teach classes in information literacy and research? LIBR 100 is a one-credit course for students who are interested in improving their research skills and gaining an understanding of the flow of information and information sources. When students learn the skills taught in LIBR 100 they are better equipped to evaluate information, critical in a time when it is difficult to distinguish reliable information from misinformation. See the Information Research (LIBR 100) page for upcoming classes.

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 9:25am under libr100, information research.


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Celebrate Pride Month (June 2020) by reading some first-hand histories of individuals and organizations active in mid-twentieth century LGBTQ+ communities. Early archives include the records of gay and lesbian associations started in the 1940's and 1950's. Decades later, three collections document governmental and medical responses to the AIDS crisis. In between are a treasure trove of primary sources including oral history transcripts, diaries and letters. Discover how primary sources illuminate history. Link to Archives of Sexuality & Gender (log in with your Hunter NetID/password is required:

Cover page for Gay Power magazine

"Gay Power." Gay Power, vol. 3, no. 37, 1975. Archives of Sexuality and Gender, Accessed 3 June 2020.

Posted Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 9:59am under lgbtq+, pride, online, history, primary sources.

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You might notice that our Ask A Librarian chat service has gotten a new look. It is still the same great service that allows you to chat with a librarian whenever you are feeling stuck with your research, overwhelmed by search results, or not finding what you are looking for. Ask A Librarian is staffed by a network of college and university libraries to allow you to chat 24/7 with college and university librarians from across the world.  Give it a try. We are sure you will find librarians can be a wonderful resource for refining research questions, developing search strategies, and providing all sorts of recommendations for books, journals, databases, and other resources. If your question turns out to be too complex to resolve in a chat session, just leave your email and Hunter Librarians will follow up with you.  

Posted Monday, June 1, 2020 - 6:26am under ask a librarian, chat, help.

Hunter College Libraries staff and faculty are all still working hard to provide access to our services and resources.

Our Ask-a-Librarian service is busier than ever and available 24/7 - Hunter Librarians are online an ready to help. When Hunter and CUNY librarians are unavailable, a worldwide consortium of academic librarians are online and help you and also refer your questions to us for follow up.

When in doubt, Ask A Librarian!

Grid of Hunter Librarians on Zoom, working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hunter Librarians are still here (online) for you!

Posted Monday, May 4, 2020 - 11:25am under ask a librarian, questions, reference, covid-19.
Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:01am under .

Beginning March 14, all CUNY libraries will suspend regular overdue fines and recall overdue fines on books. This is to reduce the need for borrowers to return books to campuses or to negotiate fine payments in-person during the period affected by coronavirus closures.
Reserve fines will remain unchanged.

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020 - 2:48pm under fines.

Good news, folks!

In the spirit of making our book collection more accessible, both to the Hunter community and to CUNY as a whole we have, effective immediately, increased our number of renewals from two to five.

All you have to do is remember to renew, which you can do online.

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Image by flickr user Frontyard Projects,

Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:27am under circulation, books, policies.

Do you ever wonder what to do if Hunter College Libraries does not have a book that you're looking for? If you have exhausted a search for a book in Hunter College Libraries catalog, you can see if any of the CUNY college libraries have a copy. If so, you can request the book through CUNY Libraries Inter Campus Service (CLICS) to be delivered to Hunter College. If Hunter College Libraries does not have the book, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.  If you are looking for an article that is not available in any of Hunter College Libraries' databases, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Here's a diagram that may help.





Posted Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 5:46pm under borrowing, books, interlibrary_loan, CLICS.