Teenie Harris Archivist, Carnegie Museum of Art
Areas of focus: Charles "Teenie" Harris, Photography, Diversity and Inclusion
Dominique Luster is a proud Kentuckian transplanted to Pittsburgh for school and work. She currently serves as the Teenie Harris Archivist at Carnegie Museum of Art, striving to help the museum build a world-renown archive that is uniquely hyper-specialized on the life of African-Americans in the mid-20th century. The Teenie Harris Archive consists of nearly 80,000 images dating from the 1930s to the 1970s; documenting what might be one of the most complete insights into African-American urban life at that time. The collection spans just about every major topic imaginable from births and weddings to cars and jazz clubs and features some of the most prominent African American entertainers and politicians as well as beloved local community members in their everyday lives.
Previously, Luster worked as a Liaison Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) where she focused on serving at-risk undergraduate students, promoted advanced research at the undergraduate level, and served as the liaison to the Theatre Arts Department. Luster studied theatre design and technology at the University of Kentucky before moving to Pittsburgh to pursue her MLIS in archives and information management at Pitt.
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