One Remarkable Collector

Mayme A Clayton was a librarian at UCLA, but she was no ordinary librarian. Starting in her twenties Ms. Clayton collected African-American artifacts that included a 1773 book signed by poet Phillis Wheatley, 75,000 photographs, 9,500 sound recordings and historical documents. She kept her private collection in a garage behind her Los Angeles home. Dr. Clayton died in October 2006 but her son is determined to give her tremendous legacy a rightful home.  He’s working to move the Mayme A. Clayton Collection of African-American Culture and History into a 23,470 sq. feet facility. A true national treasure, the collection and the woman.

190_clayton_3.jpg       The Mayme Clayton Library & Cultural Center

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