The Museum is grateful for donations of items for its permanent collection. A selection of recent accessions includes:

  • A collection of trading cards representing inventors George Washington Carver, Elijah J. McCoy, and James West, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • A DVD film, “People Past & Present: Hillsdale, AKA Barry Farms,” by Tendani Mpulubusi El (2010).
  • Books on Black entrepreneurs, donated by Mr. Robert Williams.
  • A video of the MBIE reception, 16 March 2013, by C.J. Taylor (see

To donate items to the Museum, please contact John Whitman, Executive Director, whitman at


Being a proud native of Washington, DC, I am even more proud to have been one of four children of James and Mary Williams, who were from Greenwood, SC.  My father became a self-employed brick-layer and my mother was primarily a house-wife. All of my education has been attained in Washington, DC. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School, I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts, in Spanish at Howard University. I finished my formal education at The Catholic University of America with a Master of Science in Library Science.
My entire professional career was spent at the Library of Congress. I retired from the agency as a cataloger after devoting more than 43 years there. During those years, of the thousands of books that I cataloged, many were biographical about innovators and entrepreneurs.
These experiences ironically became a perfect match for when I personally met and was taught by many very successful entrepreneurs. As a federal retiree I continue to manage my Amway business as an Independent Business Owner.
With pride I donate these two books:
It is fun making money, by G.W. King, Jr. (Xulon Press, 2012) and Momma married a man, by Ruth Halsey (Godzchild Publication, 2011). Each autobiography on success and business is by and about two of the most successful African-American couples to build the Amway business.
I feel that the books are a worthy addition to the growing collection of the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I believe that the following principles in each book are a perfect match for some visions that the Museum has: (1) being a catalyst for creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the community; (2) creativity is also an instrument to allow individuals and groups to take ownership of their own  creations, and thereby to build wealth beyond income.
Robert L. Williams