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Donald Roe, Ph.D.

Professor Roe teaches courses in United States History and Public History. He joined the staff in 2002 after serving as an adjunct lecturer from 1995 to 2002 and completing a career spanning twenty-six years as an archivist and subject area expert in the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch at the National Archives. He is a faculty mentor of the Ronald McNair Scholars Achievement Program and faculty advisor for the “Buffalo Soldier Warriors Project.” During 2001-2002, he served on the National Sound Recording Preservation Board appointed by the Librarian of Congress. His research interests include African-American Images in mass media; film and archives; the desegregation of the public schools in the District of Columbia; and the history of jazz.


Dr. Roe has written numerous articles relating to film and archives. Among them are articles appearing in Prologue: Quarterly Journal of the National Archives that include “Documenting the Changing Lives of Women through NARA’s Motion Picture Holdings” 31 (Summer 1999): 111-116; and “The USIA Motion Picture Holdings and African-American History.” 29 (Summer 1997): 154-159. He is currently completing a manuscript on the desegregation of the public school system in the District of Columbia and his most recent article on this subject, "The Dual School System in the District of Columbia, 1862-1954: Origins, Problems, Protests," appears in Washington History 16.2 (Fall/Winter 2004-2005): 27-43.

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