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Eric Jon Rawlins Collection

Identifier: 2021.12

Scope and Contents

The Eric Jon Rawlins Collection consists of personal and professional papers of Librarian Eric Jon Rawlins. Materials include correspondence to and from Eric Jon Rawlins, certificates, his funeral program, newspaper clippings, personal and professional photographs of Eric Jon Rawlins, Broward County Library brochures, and bookmarks. Additionally, Rawlins' 6,000 vinyl record album collection is also included and inventoried separately. Please contact African American Research Library and Cultural Center Special Collections to view inventory list.


  • 1979 - 1997

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Eric Jon Rawlins was born in Corona, Queens, New York City on December 12, 1951 to parents Gwendolyn and Dennis Rawlins. He had three sisters, Renee, Michele, and Andrea. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Hunter College in New York City. While attending college, he worked at Langston Hughes Library as the coordinator of Media Information and Referral Services. In 1978, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to join the Broward County Library’s Library-In-Action Project which provided services to the African American community. Eric served as the branch manager of the Von D. Mizell Library from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he worked as the head of Traveling Libraries in the Outreach Services Department. Eric worked for a short time in the Marketing Department (1993-1994), then returned to the Outreach Services Department as the Main Library Program Coordinator and Division Exhibit Services Coordinator (1994-1996).

Eric Rawlins participated in community outreach in addition to his professional career. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he produced a television program for the NAACP entitled “Let’s Face It”. Eric was the second vice president of the NAACP Fort Lauderdale branch. He also wrote popular music reviews and was a newspaper columnist for the Westside Gazette. In Broward County, Florida, Eric served in organizations such as the Sistrunk Historical Festival, South Florida Black Journalists Association, and Lauderdale Manors Civic Association. He was the founding member and treasurer of the People of Color AIDS Coalition of Broward County.

Eric died on November 19, 1996 from a lung infection.


1 Hollinger Box

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The collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Correspondence, Series II. Personal Papers, Series III. Professional Papers, and Series IV. Printed Materials.

Processing Information

This collection received file level processing. This finding aid may be updated to reflect new descriptions as well as acquisitions to the collection.

Eric Jon Rawlins Collection
Emily Calderon
July 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center Repository

2650 Sistrunk Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale Florida 33311 United States