The architectural renderings of the planned Redmond Learning Center.
Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center
“As one of America’s greatest love poets, Eugene B. Redmond is the preacher of poetic rhythm, syntax, and content—a remarkable achievement unto itself. But he has also amassed a one-of-a-kind “Collection” that deserves to be placed under one roof and made available to scholars, teachers, the general public, and children especially. Therefore, I am pleased to support the creation of the Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center in the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville” - Dr. Maya Angelou
The Center will feature two exhibit galleries, individual and group research space, and processing and staff areas. In addition, the attached Learning Center will be constructed and furnished with state-of-the-art technology to support the community use of the collection in all formats. The creation of the center will provide scholars, faculty, students of all ages and the surrounding Metro East St. Louis community access to Dr. Redmond’s Collection with its unique historical record of African American and multicultural arts movements both in the U.S. and internationally.
Eugene B. Redmond Collection
The collection integrates research in the fields of art, folklore, literature, poetry, history, dance, music, drama, photography, diversity and culture in unique ways.
“It provides an expanded understanding of African American--and other--writers and artists through expressive and powerful moments of creativity. Historically and culturally, these primary source materials are rooted in East St. Louis, Dr. Redmond’s travels (regionally, nationally and abroad) and SIUE. The Collection and the development of its Center have the potential to be the Elijah P. Lovejoy Library’s most distinct feature and one of the University’s greatest scholarly assets.” - Regina McBride, Ph. D., Dean of Library and Information Services, SIUE
As one of the greatest post-civil rights repositories ever assembled, Lovejoy Library’s EBR Collection contains thousands of books, magazines, rare program booklets and flyers, audio/visual recordings and historic posters. It also holds more than 150,000 photographs of literary artists, musicians, entertainers, scholars, dancers/choreographers, supporters of the arts and political activists, which Dr. Redmond has taken over the last four-and-a-half decades. Many of these images appear regularly in Drumvoices Revue, which is co-published by SIUE and the East St. Louis-based Writers Club that bears his name, and in the ESL Monitor and St. Louis American newspapers.
Dr. Eugene B. Redmond
Dr. Eugene B. Redmond is an award-winning author/editor of several dozen books, journals and anthologies. As Literary Executor of the estate of Henry Dumas (1934-1968), and in collaboration with writers such as Amiri Baraka and Toni Morrison, he has edited several volumes of the Dumas’ works. An SIUE alumnus, literary historian, and scholar, Eugene B. Redmond was named Poet Laureate of East Saint Louis in 1976, the same year that Doubleday published his critical history, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry.