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The Greene Fund has been established to endow the Belle Da Costa Greene Award, to be granted annually to a medievalist of color for research and travel.

Belle Da Costa Greene (1883-1950) was a prominent art historian and the first manuscript librarian of the Pierpont Morgan collection. She was also the first known person of color and second woman to be elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (1939). According to the Morgan Library & Museum website, "Greene was barely twenty when Morgan hired her, yet her intelligence, passion, and self-confidence eclipsed her relative inexperience, [and] she managed to help build one of America's greatest private libraries." She was, just as importantly, a black woman who passed as white in order to gain entrance and acceptance into the racially fraught professional landscape of early twentieth-century New York. Her legacy highlights the professional difficulties faced by medievalists of color, the personal sacrifices they make in order to belong to the field, and their extraordinary contributions to Medieval Studies. Once the endowment goal of $45,000 has been raised, the Belle Da Costa Greene Award of $2,000 will be granted annually.

Donations may be made online by clicking the button below. Donations by check should be made out to "Medieval Academy of America," with a note on the memo line reading "Greene Fund," and sent to:

Greene Fund
Medieval Academy of America
17 Dunster St., Suite 202

Cambridge, MA 02138


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