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Sisters' collection spans century of history

Librarians at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C., have started the massive task of cataloging materials donated to the school from the estate of Raleigh's famous centenarian sisters, Sadie and Bessie Delany.

"I had no idea that the collection would be as rich as it is," said Linda Simmons-Henry, the library director at St. Augustine's. "This is a collection of a 100-year period of an African-American family."

The Delanys' best-selling 1993 novel, Having Our Say, chronicled the two sisters' lives, which began in the 1880s on St. Augustine's campus, where they were raised with their eight brothers and sisters. Their father, Bishop Henry Beard Delany, the principal of the college, was the first black elected Episcopal priest in America.

_ Compiled from wire reports

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