St. Lawrence University
Fellowship Description: 

Mary Jane Smith used this fellowship to develop a course on the History of the Civil Rights Movement that treats images as central texts. Students digitized and catalogued an archive, acquired by Catherine Tedford of the Brush Art Gallery, of Associated Press photos of lesser-known events in the civil rights movement, created a digital map and timeline of the events catalogued, and gave oral presentations on their work at a Brush Art Gallery event. In this way, students gained literacy in digital research and scholarship while recognizing the role that images played in the modern civil rights movement.


Mary Jane Smith received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Georgia College. She received both the Master of Arts degree in History and the Doctor of Philosophy in History from Louisiana State University. Dr. Smith is a United States historian whose primary areas of specialization are U.S. southern race relations during the Progressive Era (1880-1917), the history of the U.S. South since Reconstruction, and African American History. Among the courses that Dr. Smith teaches for the department are History 104: Development of the United States (1877-Present), History 273: The Civil Rights Movement, History 272: The New South, and History 263: African American History to 1865, and History 264: African American History 1865-Present. She also teaches a Global Studies survey course: Global Studies 102: Race, Culture, Identity. Her primary area of research is the racial discourse and politics of southern white women’s voluntary associations during the Progressive Era, particularly southern branches of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. She is beginning research on southern black women’s temperance work between 1865 and 1917.

Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of African American Studies
Mary Jane Smith