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Arna Bontemps Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bontemps, Arna, 1902-1973.
Title: Arna Bontemps Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1927-1968
Quantity: 42 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscript plays, stories, songs, speeches, and book manuscripts and galley proofs.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

African-American poet, critic, playwright, novelist, author of children's books, librarian.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning 1888 to 1997, the Arna Wendell Bontemps Papers comprises correspondence, writings and memorabilia of the educator, historian, librarian and Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist, playwright, and critic (1902-1973). While documenting Bontemps 21-year career as librarian at Fisk University, the collection also illuminates the life and work of this early chronicler of African-American culture. With the exception of some late 19th century secondary sources associated with Bontemps' research, the bulk of the original documentation dates from 1935 forward.

Arranged alphabetically, the Correspondence-Subject Files (Boxes 1-30) contains incoming letters and outgoing carbons as well as publicity, programs, and other printed material relating to lecture engagements, play productions, and writing projects. Correspondents whose letters are of greatest depth and duration include Paul Breman, publisher of Bontemps' book of poetry, Personals; Anvil editor Jack Conroy, Bontemps' collaborator on They Seek a City and three children's books; playwright Owen Dodson, with whom Bontemps served on the American Film Center's Committee for Mass Communication in Race Relations; poet Countee Cullen, Bontemps' collaborator on the play "St. Louis Woman"; composer W. C. Handy, for whom Bontemps acted as ghost writer for his autobiography, Father of the Blues; literary agents Maxim Lieber and John B. Turner; and Harlem Renaissance critic and photographer Carl Van Vechten. Bontemps' other correspondents include artists (Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence); civil rights activists (Julian Bond, Mary White Ovington, Mary Church Terrell, Walter White, Roy Wilkins); composers (Harold Arlen, Verna Arvey, Thomas A. Dorsey, Ulysses Kay, William Grant Still, John W. Work); critics (Herbert Hill, Nick Aaron Ford, John T. Frederick, Blyden Jackson, Alain Locke, J. Saunders Redding, Darwin Turner); editors and journalists (Horace R. Cayton, Frank M. Davis, Hoyt W. Fuller, Harold Jackman, Roi Ottley, George S. Schuyler); historians (August Meier, Lawrence Dunbar Reddick); juvenile literature authors (Erick Berry, Mari Evans, Florence Crannell Means, Milton Meltzer, Charlemae Rollins, Ellen Tarry); novelists (William Demby, Ralph Ellison, John O. Killens, Clarence Major, Alice Walker); playwrights (Georgia Douglas Johnson, Robert Lucas, Schuyler Watts); poets (Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Lucille Clifton, Marcus Christian, Frank S. Horne, Melvin B. Tolson); and sociologists (C. Eric Lincoln, Ira DeAugustine Reid). Although not characterized by a large number of letters, the Correspondence-Subject Files relating to educator W.E.B. Du Bois, novelist Jean Toomer, poet and playwright Langston Hughes, and sociologist Charles S. Johnson constitutes a unique group of documents which includes third-party correspondence, printed material by and about these figures, and manuscript writings.

Organizational correspondence includes that of cultural associations (American Society of African Culture, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc.); educational institutions (Dillard University, Fisk University, George Peabody College for Teachers, University of California, University of Chicago); fraternal organizations (Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Pi Phi); newspapers (The Chicago Defender, The Chicago Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Herald-Tribune); periodicals (Common Ground, The Crisis, Ebony, Negro Digest, The Saturday Review of Literature); publishers (American Book Company, Dodd, Mead & Company, Doubleday & Company, Follett Publishing Company, Grolier, Inc., Hill and Wang, Inc., Houghton Mifflin Company, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Macmillan Com pany, John C. Winston Company); professional organizations (American Library Association, Association for Childhood Education, Authors League of America, P.E.N.); religious groups (American Friends Service Committee, Seventh-day Adventists, the Methodist Church); and theatrical companies (Establishment Theatre Company, Inc., Karamu Theatre). Of particular interest among the organizational files are the materials relating to the Julius Rosenwald Fund, a philanthropic institution which awarded Bontemps a fellowship, and for which he later served on its selection committee.

Arranged by format, Writings (Boxes 31-76) includes research material, notes, drafts, manuscripts and/or published material for articles and essays, book reviews, books, play and radio scripts, poems, song lyrics, speeches and stories. Articles and essays range from biographical sketches ("Rock, Church, Rock") to medical pamphlets ("The Low-Down on TB"), personal reminiscences ("The Awakening: a Memoir") to professional publications ("Special Collections of Negroana"). As both a librarian and a creative writer, Bontemps was uniquely qualified (and therefore often called upon) to contribute to a variety of publications that included American Scholar, Arts in Childhood, Film News, The Message Magazine, Phylon, and Tomorrow. Reflecting his eclectic interests and extending them to the book format, Bontemps produced anthologies (The Book of Negro Folklore, Great Slave Narratives, The Poetry of the Negro); histories (They Seek a City, 100 Years of Negro Freedom); children's fiction (Lonesome Boy, Sam Patch, Slappy Hooper); juvenile biographies (George Washington Carver, Young Booker); novels (Chariot in the Sky, Drums at Dusk); and collections of his poems (Personals) and stories (The Old South). Written mostly as collaborative efforts, playscripts include "Creole Square" (with Schuyler Watts); "The Great Speckled Bird" (with Jack Conroy); "St. Louis Woman" (with Countee Cullen); and "When the Jack Hollers" and "Jubilee" (with Langston Hughes), the latter staged for the 1940 Negro Exposition in Chicago, and subsequently produced for radio broadcast. Spanning 1939 to 1966, the radio and television scripts document Bontemps' media appearances and book promotions. His close association with Harlem Renaissance figures, together with his practical knowledge of both librarianship and book publishing, brought Bontemps a steady barrage of invitations to deliver speeches at church services, public school assemblies, librarians' conferences, teachers' convocations, university seminars, and writers' symposiums. Characterized by an anecdotal prose style, Bontemps' stories aren't reliably distinguishable from his essays, at least one of which, "3 Pennies for Luck," was published as both fiction and non-fiction. Unpublished biography ("Young King Cole"), juvenile literature ("Bon-Bon Buddy"; "Boy of the Border"; "Tom-Tom Treasure"), novels ("The Chariot in the Cloud"; "Of Many Waters"; "Yielding Seed"); anthologies ("Rat Tales"; "Sugar Hill") and unfinished projects constitute Miscellaneous Writings.

Memorabilia (Boxes 77-85) includes address books, citations, financial material, clippings about Bontemps, reviews, travel-related items, including guidebooks and souvenirs, and research material, mostly printed, on Africa, civil rights in the U.S., and Langston Hughes. Periodical issues of The Colored American Magazine, The Crisis, The Messenger, Opportunity , andThe Voice of the Negro, as well as small amount of ephemera, have been added to the Library's rare book collection.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Writings are subdivided by type (e.g, articles, book reviews) and within each subseries are arranged alphabetically by title. Memorabilia is arranged alphabetically by type.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

A number of items, mostly issues of periodicals, were removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging, as follows:

  • The Colored American Magazine - 1901, Aug; 1906, Oct; 1909, May and Nov
  • The Crisis - 1926; 1927, Jan-Apr and June-Dec; 1928, Jan-Nov; 1929; 1930; 1931, Jan-Feb
  • The Messenger - 1925, Dec; 1926, Jan-June and Aug-Dec; 1927, Jan-Mar and May
  • National Negro Conference Proceedings - 1909 (1st)
  • Northwestern University on the Air: Of Men and Books - 1941, Nov. 18, "Negro Writers" (guest, Arna Bontemps); 1942, Nov. 18, "Children's Books and American Unity" (guest, Arna Bontemps); 1944, May 27, "Race Relations" (guest, Arna Bontemps)
  • Opportunity - 1925, Dec; 1926, Jul, Sep, Nov; 1928, Jan; 1942, Feb
  • Tops - Vol. 1, no. 2 (undated)
  • The Voice of the Negro - 1904 May
  • "Profiles of Black Achievement: Arna Bontmeps/Aaron Douglas" (Pleasantville, N.Y.: Guidance Associates, 1973) consisting of 2 filmstrips and 2 phonodiscs, with accompanying discussion guide

To locate these items, please refer to the Classic Catalog.

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Subject Headings


Aaron, Stephen.
Algren, Nelson, 1909-1981.
Anderson, T. J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1928-
Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986.
Arvey, Verna, 1910-1987.
Asch, Moses.
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014.
Bayliss, John F.
Bond, Julian, 1940-2015.
Bontemps, Arna, 1902-1973.
Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962.
Breman, Paul.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000.
Brown, Sterling A., 1901-1989.
Burden, Jean.
Burroughs, Margaret Taylor, 1915-2010.
Campbell, E. Simms (Elmer Simms), 1906-1971.
Cayton, Horace R. (Horace Roscoe), 1903-1970.
Chapman, Abraham.
Christian, Marcus Bruce, 1900-1976.
Clarke, John Henrik, 1915-1998.
Conroy, Jack, 1898-1990.
Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946.
Cullen, Ida Mae Roberson.
Cuney, William Waring, 1906-1976.
Danner, Margaret.
Davis, Frank Marshall, 1905-1987.
Davis, Robert A.
Dawson, William L. (William Levi), 1886-1970.
Demby, William.
Dodson, Owen, 1914-1983.
Dover, Cedric.
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.
Edmonds, Randolph, 1900-1983.
Ellison, Ralph.
Emanuel, James A., 1921-2013.
Evans, Mari, 1923-
Fabre, Michel.
Fauset, Jessie Redmon.
Fields, Julia.
Frederick, John T. (John Towner), 1893-1975.
Gleason, Ralph J.
Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958.
Hill, Herbert, 1924-2004.
Hines, Carl Wendell.
Howland, Frances.
Hudson, David.
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
Huntley, Leston.
Jackman, Harold, 1901-1961.
Jacobsen, Josephine.
Joans, Ted.
Johnson, Charles Spurgeon, 1893-1956.
Johnson, Georgia Douglas, 1886-1966.
Kay, Ulysses, 1917-1995.
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000.
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954.
Major, Clarence.
Meadowcroft, Enid La Monte, 1898-1966.
Means, Florence Crannell, 1891-
Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009.
Mitchell, Loften.
Moon, Bucklin, 1911-
Newsome, Effie Lee, 1885-1979.
Oden, Gloria.
Ottley, Roi, 1906-1960.
Ovington, Mary White, 1865-1951.
Palfi, Marion, 1907-1978.
Piquion, René.
Pool, Rosey E., 1905-1971.
Preece, Harold, 1906-
Preminger, Alex.
Randall, Dudley, 1914-2000.
Reynolds, Louis B. (Louis Bernard), 1917-1983.
Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979.
Schuyler, George S. (George Samuel), 1895-1977.
Shute, Nevil, 1899-1960.
Still, William Grant, 1895-1978.
Stock, Mildred.
Tarry, Ellen, 1906-2008.
Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954.
Thompson, Era Bell.
Tolsin, Melvin Beaunorus.
Toomer, Marjorie Content.
Tunis, John Roberts, 1889-1975.
Turner, Darwin T., 1931-1991.
Turner, John B.
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964.
White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960.
White, Walter, 1893-1955.
Work, John W. (John Wesley), 1901-1967.

Corporate Bodies

Federal Writers' Project.
Fisk University.


African American Seventh-Day Adventists.
African American dramatists.
African American intellectuals.
African American librarians.
African American novelists.
African American poets.
African Americans -- Biography.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Music.
African Americans in the performing arts.
African-American arts.
American literature -- African American authors.
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Children's literature -- Authorship.
Harlem Renaissance -- Archival resources.


United States -- Civilization -- African American influences.
United States -- Race relations.

Genres and Forms

Galley proofs.
Manuscripts for publication.
Scripts (documents)
Songs (document genre)
Speeches (documents)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Arna Bontemps Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Arna W. Bontemps, 1965-1973 , and Mrs. Alberta Bontemps, 1998.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: April 1999
Revision history: 7 Sep 2005 - EAD file created (MRR); 10 Jan 2012 - magazine added to Box 78 (MBD); 18 Jun 2012 - LCSH updates (MRC); 26 Oct 2012 - extent revised (MBD); 3 Nov 2015 - recording IDs added, separated material described, cleaned up encoding (MRC); 10 May 2022 - media updated (RMH)

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Correspondence-Subject Files
Box 1 A (2 folders)
Box 1 Aaron, Stephen
Box 1 Abrahams, Peter
Box 1 Abrahamson, Julia
Box 1 Abramson, Ben
Box 1 Adoff, Arnold
Box 1 Afro-American Newspapers
Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina
See Turner, Darwin.
Box 1 Alabama State College
Box 1 Aladdin Books
Box 1 Alba, Nanina
Alexander, Margaret Walker
See Walker, Margaret.
Box 1 Alexander, Sally (Mrs. Ernest Raymond Alexander)
Box 1 Algren, Nelson
Box 1 Allen, Samuel W.
Alliance Productions, Inc.
See Salisbury, Leah.
Box 1 American Book Company (2 folders)
Box 1 American Film Center, Inc.
See also Dodson, Owen.
Box 1 American Folklore Society
Box 1 American Friends Service Committee
Box 2 American Library Association (2 folders)
Box 2 American Negro Exposition admission pass
The American Negro Reference Book
See Phelps-Stokes Fund.
Box 2 The American Scholar
Box 2 American Society of African Culture (3 folders)
Box 2 American Studies Association
Ames, Elizabeth
See Yaddo.
Box 2 Amos, Preston E.
Anderson, Margaret
See Common Ground.
Box 2 Anderson, Thomas Jefferson
Box 2 Andrews, Regina
Box 2 Andric, Dragoslav
Box 2 Archer, Leonard Courtney
Box 2 Archon Books
Box 2 Arkansas Teachers Association
Arlen, Harold
Box 2 "Blues-Opera" (based on "St. Louis Woman") - manuscript
Box 2 "Free and Easy" (based on "St. Louis Woman") - manuscript program
Box 2 Arvey, Verna
Box 2 Arvin, Newton
Box 2 Asch, Moses
Associated Negro Press, Inc.
See Barnett, Claude A..
Box 3 Association for Childhood Education
Box 3 Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc.
Box 3 Atkins, Russell
Box 3 The Atlantic Monthly/Atlantic Monthly Press
Box 3 Aubert, Alvin
Box 3 Authors League of America 1937-1968, undated (5 folders)
Box 3 B (1 folder)
Box 3 Bailey, Pearl
Box 3 Baker, John
Box 3 Banks, Nathan
Box 3 Baraka, Imamu Amiri
Barber, Ione Morrison Rider
See Rider, Ione Morrison.
Box 3 Barnett, Claude A.
Box 3 Barrett, Lindsay
Box 3 Barrett, William M.
Box 3 Bass, Charlotta
Box 3 Bass, George
Box 3 Bayliss, John F.
Box 3 Beacon Press
Box 3 Beecher, John
Box 3 Bellegarde, Dantes
Benet, William Rose
See The Saturday Review of Literature.
Box 3 Bennett, Gwendolyn
Box 3 Bennett College (Greensboro, N.C.)
Box 3 Berkley, Constance E. G.
Box 3 Bernfeld, Henri Marcel
Box 3 Berry, Erick
Box 3 Berry, Gail
Box 3 Bethune, Lebert
Birth Control Federation of America, Inc.
See Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc..
Box 4 Blount, Mildred
Box 4 Bluford, Lucile H.
Box 4 Bond, Horace Mann
Box 4 Bond, Julian
Box 4 Bone, Robert
Box 4 Bonner, Mary Graham
Box 4 Bontemps, Charles-Auguste
Box 4 Borome, Joseph Alfred
Box 4 Bousfield, M. O.
Box 4 Braithwaite, William Stanley
Box 4 Brawley, Benjamin Griffith
Box 4 Breen, Robert
Box 4 Breman, Paul
Box 4 British Broadcasting Corporation
Box 4 Bromhall, Winifred
Box 4 Brooks, Gwendolyn
Box 4 Brooks, Helen Morgan
Box 4 Brown, Benjamin A.
Box 4 Brown, Elmer
Box 4 Brown, Isabella Maria
Box 4 Brown, Sterling Allen
Box 4 Browning, Alice C.
Box 4 Burden, Jean
Box 4 Burley, Dan
Box 4 Burns, Ben
See also Ebony; Negro Digest.
Box 4 Burns, Loretta Susie
Box 4 Burnshaw, Stanley
Box 4 Burrell, Natelkka E.
Box 4 Burroughs, Margaret Taylor
Box 4 Burrows, Vinie
Box 4 Buster, Greene B.
Box 4 Butcher, Philip
Box 4 Byrd, James W.
Box 4 Bynner, Witter
Box 4 C (2 folders)
Box 4 Cahnman, Werner Jacob
Box 4 Cain, Stith Malone
Box 4 Campbell, Elmer Simms
Box 4 Campbell, S. Brunson
Box 4 Canaday, Nicholas
Box 4 Canady, Hortense
Box 4 Carew, Jan R.
Box 4 Carlson, Julie Ann
Box 4 Carrere, Mentis
Box 4 Carter, Elmer A.
Box 4 Cason, John Walter
Box 4 Catholic Adult Education Center (Chicago, Ill.)
Box 4 Cayton, Horace Roscoe
Box 4 Les Cenelles Society of Arts and Letters (New Orleans, La.)
Box 5 Chandler, Len
Box 5 Chapman, Abraham
Box 5 Chaput, Donald
Box 5 Chesnutt, Helen M.
Box 5 The Chicago Defender
Box 5 Chicago Public Library
Box 5 The Chicago Sun
Box 5 Chicago Tribune
Box 5 Chilton Books
Box 5 Christian, Marcus Bruce 1941-1963, undated (2 folders)
Box 5 Clarke, John Henrik
Box 5 Clifton, Lucille
Box 5 Cobb, William Montague
Box 5 Cole, Robert A.
See also Writings: Miscellaneous: "Young King Cole: a Boy Who Earned a Fortune".
Box 5 Collins, Leslie M. (2 folders)
Box 5 Columbia University
Box 5 Commins, Saxe
Committee for Mass Education in Race Relations
See Dodson, Owen.
Box 5 Common Ground
Box 5 Conroy, Jack 1942-1957 (6 folders)
Box 6 Conroy, Jack 1958-1968, undated (6 folders)
Box 6 Cooper, Alvin
Box 6 Cooper, Wayne F.
Box 6 Cornish, Sam
Box 6 Council on Interracial Books for Children, Inc.
Box 6 Cowen, Joseph Robert
Box 6 Crews, Judson
Box 6 The Crisis
Box 6 Cullen, Countee 1942-1945 (2 folders)
Box 6 Cullen, Ida Mae Roberson
Box 6 Cuney, [William] Waring
Box 6 Curtiss, Mina Stein Kirstein
Box 6 Curtwright, Wesley
Czechoslovak Theatrical and Literary Agency
Box 6 D
Box 6 Dabney, Wendell Phillips
Box 6 Dalton, Henry
Box 6 Danner, Margaret
Box 6 Daughtry, Willa Estelle
Box 6 Davis, Arthur Paul
Box 6 Davis, Frank Marshall
Box 6 Davis, Griff
Davis, John P.
See Phelps-Stokes Fund.
Davis, Ossie
See Du Bois Memorial Committee.
Box 6 Davis, Robert A.
Box 6 Davis, Toussaint L.
See also John Street Baptist Church (Worcester, Mass.).
Box 6 Dawson, William Levi
Box 6 [John] Day Company, Inc.
Box 6 De Hartog, Jan
Box 6 Delaware State College
Box 6 Demby, William
Box 6 Detroit Alumni Club of Fisk University
Box 6 Detroit Children's Book Fair (1961)
Box 6 Detroit Federation of Teachers
Detroit Fisk Alumni Club
See Detroit Alumni Club of Fisk University.
Box 6 Dickinson, Donald C.
Box 6 Dickinson, Elizabeth M.
Box 6 Dillard University
Box 7 Dodd, Mead & Company 1941-1973, undated (3 folders)
Box 7 Dodson, Owen 1944-1963, undated (2 folders)
Box 7 Domino, Ruth
Box 7 Donahey, Mary D.
Box 7 Dorsey, Thomas A.
Box 7 Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc.
See Doubleday & Company, Inc..
Box 7 Douglas, Aaron and Alta
Box 7 Dover, Cedric
Box 7 Dramatists' Guild
Box 7 Dreer, Herman
Dryden Press, Inc.
See Burnshaw, Stanley.
Box 7 DuBois, Rachel Davis
Box 7 Du Bois, Shirley Graham
Box 7 Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt - 1927-1961 see also (2 folders)
See also Writings: Books: 100 Years of Negro Freedom, Writings: Miscellaneous: "The Free and the Fatherless" : W. E. B. Du Bois Section.
Box 7 Du Bois Memorial Committee
Box 7 Dumas, Henry
Box 7 Dunbar, Rudolph
Box 7 Duncan, Anne McKay
Box 7 Duncan, Rea Lubar
Box 7 Dunham, Katherine
Box 7 Durem, Dorothy (Mrs. Ray)
Box 7 Durham, Richard
Box 7 Du Sable High School (Chicago)
Box 7 [E. P.] Dutton and Co., Inc.
Box 7 E
Box 7 Ebony
Box 7 Edman, Marion
Box 7 Edmonds, Randolph
Box 7 Educational Services Incorporated (Cambridge, Mass.)
Box 7 Edwards, Colin D.
Box 7 Edwards, Thyra
Box 8 Eisenberg, Bernard
Box 8 Eldridge, Paul
Box 8 Ellis, Ethel Bontemps
Box 8 Ellison, James and Virginia
Box 8 Ellison, Ralph and Fanny
Box 8 Emanuel, James A.
Box 8 Embree, Edwin R.
See also [Julius] Rosenwald Fund.
Box 8 Encyclopaedia Britannica
Box 8 English, Gladys
Box 8 Enright, James O.
Box 8 Epelle, Sam - "Meet Nigeria" manuscript
Box 8 [Paul S.] Erikson, Inc.
Establishment Theatre Company, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
See Aaron, Stephen.
Box 8 Estes, David E.
Box 8 Evans, Eva Knox
Box 8 Evans, Mari
Box 8 Evansville (Ind.) Public Library
Box 8 F
Box 8 Fabio, Sarah Webster
Box 8 Fabre, Michel
Box 8 Fagin, Nathan Bryllion
Box 8 Faulkner, William J.
Box 8 Fauset, Arthur Huff
Box 8 Fauset, Jessie Redmon
Box 8 Ferguson, Blanche E.
Box 8 Ferris, Helen Josephine
Box 8 Field, Marshall
Box 8 Fields, Julia
Fisk University
Box 8, 9 Printed material 1942-1972, undated (9 folders)
Box 9 Fisk University Centennial Writers Conference: "The Image of the Negro in American Literature" 22-24 Apr. 1966 - lectures
Folkways Records
See Asch, Moses.
Box 9 Follett Publishing Company
Foner, Philip S.
See International Publishers.
Box 9 Ford, Nick Aaron
Box 9 Ford Foundation
Box 9 Forgue, Norman W.
Box 9 Frank, Waldo
Box 9 Frederick, John Towner
Box 9 Free Library of Philadelphia
Box 9 Freeman, Carol
Box 9 Friends of Literature (Chicago, Ill.)
Box 9 Friendship Press
Box 9 Fuller, Hoyt W.
Box 9 G
Box 9 Galantiere, Lewis
Box 9 Gannett, Lewis
Box 10 Garber, Ethel
Box 10 Gates, Doris
Box 10 George Peabody College for Teachers
Box 10 Georgia State Department of Education
Box 10 Gibbs, James L.
Box 10 Gilbert, Lon
Box 10 Gilbert, Zack
Box 10 Gilden, Bert and Katya
Box 10 Gilpin, Patrick J.
Box 10 Ginn and Company
Box 10 Gleason, Ralph J.
Box 10 Goodwill Book Club (Memphis, Tenn.)
Box 10 Gorlier, Claudio
Goss, Margaret Taylor see
See Burroughs, Margaret Taylor
Box 10 Graham, Rudy B.
Graham, Shirley
See Du Bois, Shirley Graham.
Box 10 Granger, Lester B.
Box 10 Green, Archie
Box 10 Greene, Jay E.
Box 10 Gregory, Yvonne
Box 10 Grolier, Inc. 1961-1966, undated (2 folders)
Box 10 Gross, Edward
Box 10 Gross, Theodore L.
Box 10 Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
Box 10 Grove, Thurman and Mary
Box 10 [John Simon] Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Box 10 Gysin, Brion
Box 10 H
Box 10 Haines, Madge
Box 10 Hair, Paul Edward Hedley
Box 10 Hale, Frank W.
Box 10 Hall, Theresa H.
Box 10 Hampton Institute
Box 10 Handley-Taylor, Geoffrey
Box 10 Handy, William Christopher 1939-1940 (2 folders)
Box 11 Handy, William Christopher 1941-1958, undated (3 folders)
Box 11 Hanrahan, Virginia
Box 11 Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.
Box 11 Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.
Box 11 Harlem Cultural Council 1966 - exhibition catalog
Box 11 "Harlem U.S.A." (WMCA radio program)
Box 11 Harmon Foundation
Box 11 Harper & Brothers
Box 11 Harper & Row
Box 11 Harper's Magazine
Box 11 Harrison, William
Hartog, Jan de
See De Hartog, Jan.
Box 11 Hayden, Robert Earl
Box 11 Hayes, Donald J.
Box 11 Haygood, William C.
See also [Julius] Rosenwald Fund.
Box 11 Hazel, Robert
Box 11 Head School (Nashville, Tenn.)
Box 11 Hemenway, Robert
Box 11 Henry, Myrtle Catherine
Box 11 Hesse, Eva
Box 11 Hicklin, Fannie Ella Frazier
Box 11 Highroad
Box 11 Hill, Herbert
Box 11 Hill, Roy L.
Box 11, 12 Hill and Wang, Inc. 1961-1967 (4 folders)
Box 12 Hines, Carl Wendell
Box 12 Hines, Ida E. ("Aunt Idoo")
Box 12 Hogins, James Burl
Box 12 Hohmann, Walter H.
Box 12 Holman, M. Carl
Box 12 Holt, Nora Douglas
Box 12 Holt, Rackham
[Henry] Holt and Company, Inc. see
See Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc..
Box 12 Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.
Box 12 Hopper, Franklin Ferguson
Box 12 Horn Book, Inc.
Box 12 Horne, Frank S.
Box 12 Hotel Theresa (New York, N.Y.)
Box 12 Houghton Mifflin Company 1937-1968, undated (5 folders)
Box 12 Howard University
Box 12 Howland, Frances
Box 12 Huber, Miriam Blanton
Box 12 Hudlin, Warrington
Box 12 Hudson, David
Box 12 Huff, William Henry
Box 12 Huggins, Kathryn Laverne
Hughes, Langston
Box 13 Correspondence relating to expanded The Poetry of the Negro 1939-1967, undated (2 folders)
Anthology manuscripts
Box 13 "Cats, Crickets, and Stars"
Box 13 "Poems That Just Grew"
Box 13 "Spread My Wings and Fly"
Box 13 "That's a Moon"
Essay manuscripts
Box 13 "My Early Days in Harlem"
Box 13 "Don't You Want to Be Free?" (Centennial version: 1963)
Box 13 "Emperor of Haiti" - 2 copies (2 folders)
Box 13 "Esther"
Box 14 "The Gospel Glory" - 2 copies (2 folders)
Box 14 "The Gospel Glow" - "revised rehearsal script"
Box 14 "Jerico-Jim-Crow" - "final revised acting script"
Box 14 "Just Around the Corner"
Box 14 "Little Ham"
Box 14 "Mulatto"
Box 14 "Mule Bone" - "Spring, 1930"
Box 14 "Mule Bone" - "Jeliffe-[Karamu] House"
Box 14 "The Prodigal Son"
Box 14 "Simple Takes a Wife"
Box 14 "Simply Heaven"
Box 14 "Soul Gone Home"
Box 14 "The Sun Do Move" - 2 copies (2 folders)
Box 15 "Tambourines to Glory"
Box 15 Hunt, Evelyn Tooley
Box 15 Hunter, Alberta
Box 15 Huntley, Leston
See also Writings: Miscellaneous: "The Sunny Side of the Street".
Box 15 Hylton, Richard
Box 15 Hyman, Stanley Edgar
Box 15 I
Box 15 Illinois State University (Normal)
Box 15 Illinois Teachers College
Box 15 Indiana University Press
Box 15 Ingram, Rex
Box 15 International Institute of Arts and Letters
Box 15 International Press Agency Ltd.
Box 15 International Publishers
Box 15 Italiaander, R. B. M.
Box 15 J
Box 15 Jack and Jill
Box 15 Jackman, Harold
Box 15 Jackson, Blyden
Box 15 Jackson, Booker T.
Box 15 Jackson, Mahalia
Box 15 Jacobsen, Josephine
Box 15 Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham
Box 15 Jenkins, Welborn Victor
Box 15 Joans, Ted
Box 15 John Street Baptist Church (Worcester, Mass.)
Box 15 Johnson, Benjamin Tanner
Box 15, 16 Johnson, Charles Spurgeon - printed material by and about Johnson, Opportunity submissions, manuscript writings, notes, miscellany (11 folders)
See also Fisk University.
Box 17 Johnson, Dorothy
Box 17 Johnson, Ethel A.
Box 17 Johnson, Georgia Douglas Camp
Box 17 Johnson, Helene
Box 17 Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
See also Ebony; Negro Digest.
Box 17 Jones, Eldred D.
Box 17 Jones, Laurence C.
Jones, LeRoi
See also Baraka, Imamu Amiri.
Box 17 Jones, Savannah
Box 17 Jordan, Joe
Box 17 Jordan, Norman
Box 17 K (1 folder)
Box 17 Kanin, Garson
Karamu House (Cleveland, Ohio)
See Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham.
Box 17 Kariara, Jonathan - "The Green Bean Patch" - script
Box 17 Kay, Ulysses
Box 17 Kennedy, Raymond
Box 17 Kent, George E.
Box 17 Kentucky State College
Box 17 Killens, John Oliver
Box 17 Kinnamon, Keneth
Box 17 Knollenberg, Bernhard
Box 17 [Alfred A.] Knopf, Inc. 1941-1970, undated (2 folders)
Box 17 Knoxville College
Box 17 Kornweibel, Theodore
Box 17 Koshland, Miriam G.
Box 17 L
Box 17 LaMarre, Hazel
Box 17 Lane, Wilson H.
Box 17 Langston University
Box 17 Larimer, Mary Ogden
Box 17 Larrick, Nancy
Box 17 Larsen, Carl
Box 17 Lawrence, Jacob
Box 17 Lawson, Edward
Box 17 Lazar, Irving Paul
Box 17 League of Allied Arts (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Box 17 Lee, George Washington
Box 17 Lee, Lloyd L.
Box 17 Lee, Mollie Huston
Box 17 LeMoyne College (Memphis, Tenn.)
Box 17 Lennon, Florence Becker
Box 17 Leonardi, Leon
Box 17 Lesser, Sol
Box 17 Lester, Julius
Box 17 Lherisson, Camille
Box 17 Liberty Book Club, Inc.
Box 17 Library Journal
Box 17, 18 Lieber, Maxim 1940-1963 (8 folders)
Lieber, Minna Edith
See Maxim, Lieber.
Box 18 Lincoln, Charles Eric
Box 18 Lincoln Institute of Kentucky
Box 18 Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.)
Box 18 Linden, Margaret
Box 18 Link, Carolyn
Box 18 Link, Gordden
Box 18 Lipton, Lawrence
Box 18 Litten, Frederic Nelson
Box 18 Little, Brown & Company
Box 18 Liveright Publishing Corporation
Box 18 Livsey, Rosemary E.
Box 18 Llorens, Lucille
Lochard, Metz
See The Chicago Defender.
Box 18 Locke, Alain LeRoy
Box 18 Long, Herman Hodge
Box 18 Lorde, Audre
Box 18 Los Angeles Public Library
Box 18 Louisiana Education Association
Box 18 Love, Rose Leary
Box 18 Lowenfels, Walter
Box 18 Lucas, Robert "A Dramatization of Black Thunder" - script
Box 18 Luce, Clare Boothe
Box 18 Luckhardt, Mildred Madeleine Corell
Box 18 LuValle, James E.
Box 18 M (2 folders)
Box 19 MacDowell Colony
Box 19 McGinnis, Frederick A.
Box 19 McGraw-Hill Book Company
Box 19 McKay, Claude
Box 19 McLaren, Ken
Box 19 Macleod, Norman
Box 19 Macmillan Company
Box 19 Mahadevan, T. K.
Box 19 Major, Clarence
Box 19 Makerere College (Kampala, Uganda)
Box 19 Maltz, Albert
Box 19 Mamoulian, Rouben
Box 19 Mardus, Elaine
Box 19 Margolies, Edward
Box 19 Marinoff, Fania
Box 19 Market Place Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Box 19 Marks, Jeannette Augustus
Box 19 Marshall, Thurgood
Box 19 Martinez, Maurice
Box 19 Maxon, Constance M.
Meadowcroft, Enid La Monte
See Grosset & Dunlap, Inc..
Box 19 Means, Carl
Box 19 Means, Florence Crannell
Box 19 Meier, August
Box 19 Meltzer, Milton 1953-1967 (3 folders)
Box 20 Memphis (Tenn.) city schools
Box 20 Menarini, Gianni
Box 20 The Message Magazine
Box 20 [Julian] Messner, Inc.
Box 20 The Methodist Church
Box 20 Meyer, Annie Nathan
Box 20 Michel, Lois A.
Box 20 Micheline, Jack
Box 20 Michigan Library Association
Box 20 Midwestern Writers' Conference
Box 20 Millender, Dharathula H.
Millet, Garland see Oakwood College
Box 20 Milwaukee Public Library
Box 20 Minneapolis Teachers League
Box 20 Mitchell, Loften
Box 20 Mkapa, Benjamin W.
Box 20 Mobile Teachers' Association
Box 20 Modisane, Bloke - "The Situation" manuscript
Box 20 Moon, Bucklin
See also Doubleday & Company, Inc..
Box 20 Moore, George Curtis
Box 20 Moore, Gerald
Box 20 Moore, William L.
Box 20 Mopper, Irving
Box 20 Morgan State College (Baltimore, Maryland)
Box 20 [William] Morrow & Company, Inc.
Box 20 Moss, Carlton
Box 20 Most, Marty
Box 20 Moten, Etta
Box 20 Motley, Willard
Box 20 Mottram, Eric
Box 20 Mouzon, Brunetta - "Popo and Fifina" script
Box 20 Mumford, Lewis
Box 20 Munger, Edwin S.
Box 20 Munson, Gorham
Box 20 Murphy, Beatrice M.
Murphy, Carl
See Afro-American Newspapers.
Box 20 Murray, Pauli
Box 20 Murray State College (Ky.)
Box 20 N
Box 20 Nashville, Tennessee
Box 21 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Box 21 National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Box 21 National Council of Teachers of English
Box 21 National Negro Congress (Chicago)
Box 21 National Tuberculosis Association
Box 21 National Urban League
Negro American Literature Forum
See Bayliss, John F..
Box 21 Negro Book Society
Box 21 Negro Digest
See also Fuller, Hoyt W..
Negro Radio Workshop
See Lawson, Edward.
Box 21 Neider, Charles
Box 21 New School for Social Research
Box 21 New York Herald Tribune
Box 21 New York Public Library
Box 21 The New York Times
Box 21 Newman, Isidora
Box 21 Newsome, Effie Lee
Box 21 Nichol, Francis David
Box 21 Nineteenth Century Women's Club (Oak Park, Ill.)
Box 21 Njau, Rebeka - "The Scar" script
Box 21 Norfolk (Va.) school libraries
Box 21 Norford, George
Box 21 Norlev, Erling
Box 21 North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
North Carolina Negro Library Association
See Bennett College.
Norway, Nevil Shute
See Shute, Nevil.
Box 21 O
Box 21 Oak Park (Mich.) Public Library
Box 21 Oakwood College (Huntsville, Ala.)
Box 21 Oden, Gloria
Box 21 Odunewu, Alade
Box 22 O'Hara, Frank Hurburt
Box 22 O'Higgins, Myron
Box 22 Ohl, John F.
Box 22 Oklahoma State University
Box 22 Oliver, Diane A.
Box 22 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Box 22 O'Neal, Frederick
Box 22 O'Neal, Regina S.
Box 22 Ortiz Oderigo, Nestor R.
Box 22 Osborne, Juanita Tyree
Box 22 Ottley, Roi
Box 22 Ovington, Mary White
Box 22 Oxford University Press
Box 22 P
Box 22 Pacific Union College
Box 22 Packwood, Cyril Outerbridge
Box 22 Palfi, Marion
Pankey, Aubrey and Kay
See Seven Seas Publishers.
Box 22 Parkway Community House (Chicago)
Box 22 Pasadena Inter-Racial Women's Club
Box 22 Patchen, Kenneth
Patterson, Frederick Douglass
See Tuskegee Institute
Box 22 Patterson, Ray
Box 22 Letters
Box 22 Postcards
Box 22 Printed material (2 folders)
Box 22 Peare, Catherine Owens
Box 22 Pearl High School (Nashville, Tenn.)
Box 22 Pegler, Westbrook
Box 22 Pennsylvania Library Association
Box 22 Petersen, Sydney Vernon
Box 22 Peterson, Dorothy
Box 23 Phelps-Stokes Fund
Box 23 Phi Delta Kappa
Box 23 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Box 23 Phylon
Box 23 Picott, Rupert
Box 23 Piquion, Rene
Box 23 Pitcher, Oliver
Box 23 The Pittsburgh Courier
Box 23 Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Box 23 Plymouth Congregational Church (Detroit, Mich.)
Box 23 Poag, Thomas E.
Box 23 Pool, Rosey E.
Porter, Dorothy Burnett
See Howard University.
Box 23 Porter, Kenneth Wiggins
Box 23 Poston, Ted
Box 23 Powers, James Farl
Box 23 Preece, Harold
Box 23 Preminger, Alex
Box 23 Prentice-Hall International, Inc.
Box 23 Presence Africaine
Box 23 Primeau, Ronald
Box 23 Public Library of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County (N.C.)
Box 23 [G. P.] Putnam's Sons
Box 23 Q
Box 23 Quint, Catherine
Box 23 R
Box 23 Ralston, Richard
Box 23 Randall, Dudley
Box 23 Ransom, John Crowe
Box 23 Raymond, Margaret T.
Redd, George N.
See Fisk University.
Box 23 Reddick, Lawrence Dunbar
See also New York Public Library.
Box 23 Redding, Jay Saunders
Box 23 Reed, Ishmael
Box 23 Reid, Ira DeAugustine
See also Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt.
Box 23 Reines, Bernard Jacob
Box 23 Reynolds, Louis Bernard
Box 23 Richardson, Joe Martin
Box 23 Rider, Ione Morrison
Rinehart & Company, Inc.
See Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc..
Box 23 Rive, Richard
Box 23 Rivers, Conrad Kent
Box 23 Robbins, Richard
Box 23 Roberson, Ed
Box 23 Robeson, Paul
Box 23 Robinson, Armstead Louis
Box 23 Rollins, Charlemae Hill
Box 23 Ronald, Rolanda
Box 23 Rosenberg, Dorothy
Box 23 Rosenwald, Lessing Julius
Box 24 [Julius] Rosenwald Fund 1938-1949, undated (2 folders)
Box 24 Row, Peterson & Company
Box 24 Rowan, Carl Thomas
Roy, Savannah
See Jones, Savannah.
Box 24 Rubin, Louis Decimus
Box 24 Rutland, Eva
Box 24 S (2 folders)
Box 24 Saher, Lilla van
Box 24 St. James Literary Forum (Cleveland, Ohio)
Box 24 Salisbury, Leah
Box 24 Salk, Erwin A.
Box 24 San Francisco Negro Historical and Cultural Society
Box 24 Sanford, Isabel
Box 24 The Saturday Evening Post
Box 24 The Saturday Review of Literature
Box 24 Savannah State College
Box 24 Savoy, Willard W.
Box 24 Saxon, Dan
Scheer, George F.
See World Publishing Company.
Box 24 Scholastic Magazines, Inc.
Box 24 Schuyler, George Samuel and Josephine
Box 24 Scott, Emmett J.
Box 24 Scott, Hazel
Box 24 Scott, Foresman and Company
Box 24 Seuell, Malchus M.
Box 24 Seven Seas Publishers
Box 24 Seventh-day Adventists
Box 25 Shank, Mary
Box 25 Sharon, Henrietta Bruce
Box 25 Shedd, Margaret Cochran
Box 25 Sheldon, William D.
Box 25 Shute, Nevil
Box 25 Sigma Pi Phi (2 folders)
Box 25 Silver, Reuben
Box 25 Simon, Adelaide
Box 25 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
Box 25 [L. W.] Singer Company
Box 25 Smallwood, Bill
Box 25 Smith, Arthur Lee
Box 25 Smith, Earle C.
Box 25 Smith, Jeffrey H.
Box 25 Smith, Mary Carter
Box 25 Smythe, Hugh and Mabel
Box 25 Snellings, Rolland
Box 25 Society of Midland Authors
Box 25 Soper, Francis A.
Box 25 Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.)
Box 25 Spellman, A. B.
Box 25 Spencer, Anne
Box 25 Spingarn, Amy
Box 25 Spingarn, Arthur B.
Box 25 Spivack, Bernard
Box 25 Spivey, Lenore W.
Box 25 State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Orangeburg, South Carolina
State Teachers College (Montgomery, Ala.)
See Alabama State College.
Box 25 Sterling, Dorothy
Box 25 Stewart, Donald Ogden and Ella Winter
Still, Verna Arvey
See Arvey, Verna.
Box 25 Still, William Grant
Box 25 Stock, Mildred
Box 25 Stoff, Michael B.
Box 25 Stokes, Anna J. - "The Autobiography of Anna J. Stokes" manuscript
Box 25 Stokes, Olivia Egleston Phelps
Box 25 Sutton, William Alfred
Box 25 Swank, Raynard Coe
Box 25 T
Box 25 Talladega College
Box 25 Tarn, Nathaniel
Box 25 Tarry, Ellen
Taylor, Margaret
See Burroughs, Margaret Taylor.
Box 25 Taylor, Patricia E.
Box 26 Teachers Union of the City of New York
Box 26 Telluride Association
Box 26 Temple, Ruth Janetta
Box 26 Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College
Box 26 Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University
Box 26 Tennessee Education Congress
Box 26 Tennessee Library Association
Box 26 Terrell, Mary Church
Box 26 Texas Southern University
Box 26 Texas State University for Negroes
Box 26 Thomas, Richard W.
Box 26 Thompson, Charles Hubbard
Box 26 Thompson, Era Bell
See also Ebony; Negro Digest.
Box 26 Thomson, Virgil
Box 26 Time
Box 26 Tinker, Edward Laroque
Box 26 Tolson, Melvin Beaunorus
Box 26 Tomorrow
Toomer, Jean
Box 26 "Meridian Hill" - holograph manuscript
Box 26 "The Wayward and the Seeking" - typescript manuscript
Box 26 "Winter Road" - typescript manuscript
Box 26 Material related to the Jean Toomer Papers at Fisk University
Box 26 Toomer, Marjorie Content
Box 26 Torrence, Ridgely
Box 26 Torres, John
Box 26 Tottress, Richard E.
Trounstine, John J.
See Turner, John B..
Box 26 Troy, Owen and Ruby
Box 26 Tunis, John Roberts
Box 26 Turner, Darwin T.
Box 26 Turner, John B. 1937-1950 (2 folders)
Box 26 Turner, Lorenzo Dow
Box 27 Tuskegee Institute (2 folders)
Box 27 [Charles E.] Tuttle Company
Box 27 U (1 folder)
Box 27 United States. Work Projects Administration
Box 27 University of California 1963-1966 (2 folders)
Box 27 University of Chicago
Box 27 University of Illinois at Chicago Circle 1966-1968, undated (2 folders)
Box 27 University of Minnesota
Box 27 University of Wisconsin
Box 27 Unterecker, John
Box 27 V (1 folder)
Box 27 Van Vechten, Carl 1939-1943 (2 folders)
Box 28 Van Vechten, Carl 1944-1954, undated (6 folders)
Box 28 Viking Press, Inc.
Box 28 Virginia Teachers Association
Box 28 Voorhees, Lillian Welch
Box 28 W (2 folders)
Box 28 WCFL (Chicago)
Box 28 WTTW (Chicago)
Box 28 Wagner, Jean
Box 28 Walcutt, Charles Child
Box 28 Walden, Daniel
Box 28 Walker, Alice
Box 28 Walker, Margaret
Box 28 Warfel, Harry Redcay
Box 28 Warren County (N.C.) Supervisors Office
Box 28 Watkins, Sylvestre C.
Box 28 Watts, Schuyler
Waxman, Julia
See [Julius] Rosenwald Fund.
Box 28 Webster, Harvey Curtis
Box 28 Weiss, Alexander
Box 28 Welch, Marie de L.
Box 28 Westerman, George W.
Box 29 Wheeler, Charles Enoch
Box 29 White, Clarence Cameron
Box 29 White, Nathaniel B.
Box 29 White, Walter Francis
Box 29 [John Hay] Whitney Foundation
Box 29 Wideman, John Edgar
Box 29 Wiley College (Marshall, Texas)
Box 29 Wilkins, Roy
Box 29 Williams, Clarence
Box 29 Williams, Eugene
Box 29 Williams, Fred Hart
Box 29 Williams, John
Box 29 Williams, Wilson A.
Box 29 Wills, Frances
Box 29 Wilson, Ernest J.
Box 29 [John C.] Winston Company 1947-1957 (3 folders)
Winter, Ella
See Stewart, Donald Ogden and Ella Winter.
Box 29 Wofford, Azile
Box 29 Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Box 29 Wood, Milton
Box 29 Woods, Porter
Box 29 Work, John Wesley
Box 29 World Publishing Company
Box 29 Worthy, Ruth
Box 29 Wright, Bruce McMarion
Box 29 Wright, Charles
Box 29 Wright, Jay
Box 29 Wright, Richard
Writers' Conference (Evanston, Ill.)
See Midwestern Writers' Conference.
Box 29 Y
Box 29 Yaddo
Box 29 Yale University Library
Box 29 Yates, Elizabeth
Box 29 Young Women's Christian Association
Box 29 Z
Box 29 Zangrando, Robert L.
Box 29 Fan mail 1938-1955
Box 30 Fan mail 1956-1970, undated (4 folders)
Box 30 Unidentified
Articles and essays
Box 31 "The Administration of Fisk University" - notes, typescript manuscript
Box 31 "American Missionary Association Archives in Fisk University Library" - typescript carbon; brochure (Nashville, 1947)
Box 31 "American Negro Poetry" - typescript manuscripts, including a French translation "La Poesie Noire Americaine"
Box 31 "An American Original," Tomorrow June 1945
"The Awakening: a Memoir" - typescript manuscript
Box 31 "Banneker's Strange 'Disturbance," The Message Magazine Sept. 1950
Box 31 "Black & Bubbling," The Saturday Review Apr. 5, 1952
Box 31 "Blues" - typescript manuscript
Box 31 "The Boy Who Wasn't Sure," Classmate Mar. 1945
Box 31 "Buried Treasures of Negro Art," Negro Digest Dec. 1950 - typescript manuscripts
Box 31 "Chestnutt Papers Go to Fisk" - Library Journal Aug. 1952 - typescript carbon (offprint)
Box 31 "Children's Books and American Unity," Northwestern University On the Air Nov. 18, 1942 - transcript of radio conversation
Box 31 "Countee Cullen," Film News Jan. 1946
Box 31 "Countee Cullen: American Poet" - The People's Voice Jan. 26, 1946 - dust jacket copy: Hold Fast to Dreams "7-8-68" manuscript
Box 31 "Even Money on John Chavis," Common Ground; "Even Money Bet on John Chavis," Negro Digest Autumn 1949; Feb. 1950 - typescript
Box 31 "The Exodus Train" (excerpt from They Seek a City), Common Ground Spring 1945
Box 31 "Facing a Dilemma," The Saturday Review Feb. 16, 1952
Box 31 "Famous WPA Authors," Negro Digest June 1950 - typescript manuscripts; carbon typescript title "Famous Authors of WPA"
Box 31 "Fiddler's Progress," Young People (American Baptist Publication Society) Apr. 1, 1945
Box 31 "Fisk University Library" - Fisk News Feb. 1956 - typescript manuscripts
Box 31 "Foreword: Selected Items from the George Gershwin Memorial Collection of Music and Musical Literature" undated - typescript manuscripts; brochure (Nashville: Fisk University Library)
Box 31 Grolier Encyclopedia biographies
Box 32 "Half a Life," The Message Magazine, Vol. XII, no. 10
Box 32 "Harlem in the Twenties," The Crisis Oct. 1966
Box 32 "The Harlem Renaissance," The Saturday Review Mar. 22, 1947
Box 32 "Harlem: the 'Beautiful' Years," Negro Digest Jan. 1965
Box 32 "He Got Fired!" Classmate Jan. 1945
Box 32 "He Was Fired," Pilgrim Neighborhood Feb. 1947
Box 32 "How I Told My Child About Race," Negro Digest May 1951 - typescript manuscript
Box 32 "How 'St. Louis Woman' Was Born" - typescript manuscript
Box 32 "How You Get T.B.," The Message Magazine June 1947 - typescript manuscript
Box 32 "Hughes, (James Mercer) Langston" from Encyclopaedia Britannica 1969
Box 32 "I Press On!" Classmate Apr. 1945
Box 32 "I Remember," Topic no. 5 - typescript manuscripts
Box 32 "In Choosing a College" - typescript manuscripts; brochure (Nashville: Fisk University, 1953?)
Box 32 The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man / by James Weldon Johnson - typescript manuscripts
Box 32 Biographical notes for Folkways Records recording (FP90) of readings by Sterling Brown and Langston Hughes - typescript manuscripts; printed material (artwork by Jacob Lawrence)
Un Chant Nouveau / by Langston Hughes (Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Imprimerie de l'Etat) undated
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
Box 32 Black Thunder / by Arna Bontemps - typescript manuscript; photocopy from Boston: Beacon Press, 1968 edition
Box 32 Cane / by Jean Toomer - research notes; typescript manuscript; photocopy from New York: Harper & Row, c1969 edition
Box 32 Christmas Gif' / by Charlemae Rollins - typescript manuscripts
Box 32 Don't You Turn Back / poems by Langston Hughes, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins - typescript manuscript; photocopy from New York: Knopf, c1967, 1969 edition
Hold Fast to Dreams
See "On Integrating the Old with the New".
Box 32 "Negro Poetry for Young People" (Folkways FC7114) - typescript manuscripts
Box 32 Not Without Laughter / by Langston Hughes - typescript manuscript
Box 32 100 Years of Negro Freedom / by Arna Bontemps - typescript manuscripts; photocopy from New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1961 edition
Box 32 The Poetry of the Negro "revised" / edited by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes - holograph; typescript manuscripts
Box 32 Unidentified work by or about Scott Joplin - holograph and typescript manuscripts
Box 32 "Is the Colored Press Necessary?"' unidentified newspaper, "Afro-Magazine Section" Feb. 9, 1957
Box 32 "The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters," The Yale University Library Gazette Oct. 1943
Box 32 "The Jubilee Singers of Fisk University" - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "Langston Hughes" - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "The Line,"The Saturday Review Aug. 22, 1953
Box 33 "Literature for Intercultural Education," Arts in Childhood, Series III, Bulletin 2; The Ispescope, Vol. 1, no. 4 1948 - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "The Lonesome Boy Theme," The Horn Book Magazine Dec. 1966 - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "The Low-Down on TB," National Tuberculosis Association circa 1941
Box 33 "Maker of Demons," The Message Magazine Sept. 1949 - typescript manuscript
Box 33 "My dear young friends . . . " - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "The Negro Awakening: What Librarians Can Do," Library Journal Sept. 1, 1963 - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "The Negro Contribution to American Letters" - typescript manuscripts; photocopy of selection from The Black American Reference Book (1976) reprinted from The American Negro Reference Book (1966), edited by J. P. Davis (3 folders)
Box 33 "Negro Culture" - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "The Negro in White America: Cultural Status" - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "Negro Newspapers" Feb. 9, 1943 - memorandum to Ralph A. Beals, University of Chicago Libraries
Box 33 "Negro Poetry in the United States" - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "Negro Poets in the U. S. A." for Folkway Records anthology (FP91/2) - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "Negro Poets, Then and Now" - Phylon, Vol. XI, no. 4 - typescript manuscripts
Box 33 "The Negro Renaissance: Jean Toomer and the Harlem Writers of the 1920's" - research notes; typescript manuscripts (2 folders); photocopy of selection from Anger, and Beyond, edited by Herbert Hill (New York: Harper & Row, circa 1966)
Box 34 "The Negro Writer," The Peabody Reflector Jan. 1953 - typescript manuscript
Box 34 "Negro Writers," Northwestern University On the Air Nov. 18, 1941 - transcript of radio conversation
Box 34 "Negro Writers in Chicago," The Chicago Sun Bee undated
Box 34 "The New Black Renaissance," Negro Digest Nov. 1961 - typescript manuscripts (2 folders)
Box 34 New Standard Encyclopedia entry for "Civil Rights Movement" - photocopy
Box 34 "On Integrating the Old with the New" - typescript manuscripts; photocopy of Introduction for Hold Fast to Dreams (Chicago: Follett, 1969)
Box 34 "Only Half a Life" (Evanston, Ill.: National WCTU Publishing House, 1947)
Box 34 "A Pianist with a Mind of Her Own: Hazel Scott," Senior Scholastic Mar. 5, 1945
Box 34 "The Private Library and Personal Papers of W. E. B. Du Bois - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Race Relations," Northwestern University On the Air, May 27, 1944 - transcript of radio conversation; typescript
Box 34 "Ralph J. Bunche" - typescripts
Box 34 "Rare and Fine Books" by Bibliophilus, newspaper column in The Chicago Sun 1942-1943 undated
Box 34 "Reflections on Richard Wright: a Symposium on an Exiled Native Son" - typescript manuscripts of Bontemps' contribution to 1964 Asilomar Conference discussion; photocopy of selection from Anger, and Beyond, edited by Herbert Hill (New York: Harper & Row, circa 1966)
Box 34 "Remembering Cane" - holograph, typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Report to Opportunity Fellowships Committee" - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "A Response to Long Black Song: Essays in the Black American Literary Tradition / by Houston Baker, Jr. - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Richard Wright" - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Rock, Church, Rock!" - typescript manuscript
Box 34 "Rolf Italiaander at Fisk" - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Sad-Faced Author," The Horn Book Magazine Jan./Feb. 1939 - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Saturday Night: Portrait of a Small Southern Town, 1938" - typescript manuscript
Box 34 "The Secrets of Booker T. Washington" (a synopsis for an article) - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Sing a Soothing Song," Top of the News Mar. 1959 - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Six Voices" for Folkways Records "Anthology of Negro Poets" (FP91/1) - typescript manuscript
Box 34 "The Slave Narrative: an American Genre" (from Great Slave Narratives) - typescript manuscripts
Box 34 "Special Collections of Negroana" - The Library Quarterly July 1944 - typescript manuscripts (4 folders)
Box 35 "Spirituals" - typescript manuscripts
Box 35 "Story of the Negro," The Afro-American, 1949 (serialized); Negro Digest, July 1948 (excerpt)
Box 35 "The Talented Tenth," Negro Digest Dec. 1947
Box 35 "The Task of the Negro Writer as Artist: 'Statement by Arna Bontemps'," Negro Digest Apr. 1965 - holograph and typescript manuscripts
Box 35 "They Seek a City" (excerpt), Negro Digest Aug. 1945
Box 35 "3 Pennies for Luck," Chicago Tribune Books Today Dec. 4, 1966 - typescript manuscripts
See also Writings: Stories.
Box 35 "Three Portraits of the Negro," The Saturday Review Mar. 28, 1953
Box 35 "Three Visitors to Tennessee," Tennessee Librarian June 1955 - typescript manuscripts
Box 35 "The Tradition of Black Poetry" - typescript manuscript
Box 35 "A Tribute to Du Bois" - Negro Digest, July 1964; Journal of Human Relations, 1966, 1st - typescript manuscripts
Box 35 "The Two Harlems," American Scholar Spring 1945 - typescript manuscripts
Box 35 "The University Library" - typescript manuscript
Box 35 "Versions of the Bible" (working title: "The Good Book"), The Message Magazine Nov. 1953 - typescript manuscripts
Box 36 "White Haitians" - typescript manuscripts
Box 36 "White Southern Friends of the Negro" (working title: "Southern White Friends of the Negro") - typescript manuscripts
Box 36 "Why I Returned" (working title: "Why I Stayed") - typescript manuscripts; photocopy of selection from The South Today, edited by Willie Morris (New York: Harper & Row, 1965) (2 folders)
Box 36 "William Still and the Underground Railroad," The Message Magazine June 1945
Box 36 "Words Like Freedom," The Journal (Louisiana Education Association), Jan. 1966; PLA Bulletin, Nov. 1966 - typescript manuscripts
Box 36 "Young Ben of West Point," Negro Digest Apr. 1945
Box 36 [Untitled]
Box 36 Essay-review on the Negro and children's literature for the New York Herald Tribune 1965
Fisk University library
Harassment of Langston Hughes, Oct. 15, 1963
1958-59 musical season at Fisk University
Text for pamphlet for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Book reviews (by title)
Box 36 A- N (9 folders)
Box 37 O-Z (4 folders)
Box 37, 38 American Negro Poetry [anthology]
Research notes
Contributors' manuscripts
Biographical notes, rights and permissions
Front matter, Introduction - manuscript
Typescript manuscript - setting copy (2 folders)
Box 38, 39 Anyplace But Here [with Jack Conroy, revised and expanded version of They Seek a City]
Research notes (2 folders)
Typescript manuscript (4 folders)
Typescript manuscript - setting copy
Box 39 Black Thunder [novel]
Holograph manuscript (5 notebooks in 2 folders)
Later revision titled "Gabriel's Attempt" (unfinished)
Box 39, 40, 41 The Book of Negro Folklore [anthology, edited with Langston Hughes]
Research notes
Typescript manuscript (6 folders)
Galleys (2 folders)
Box 41 Bubber Goes to Heaven (working title: "Bubber Joins the Band") [juvenile] - typescript manuscript
Box 41, 42 Chariot in the Sky [novel] - typescript manuscripts
Box 42 Drums at Dusk (working titles: "The Scourge"; "Troubled Island") [novel] - typescript, miscellaneous pages
Box 43 Famous Negro Athletes [juvenile]
Research material (5 folders)
Typescript manuscript (3 folders)
Box 43 The Fast Sooner Hound [juvenile, with Jack Conroy] - typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 43, 44 Frederick Douglass: Slave, Fighter, Freeman [juvenile]
Typescript manuscripts (4 folders)
Box 44, 45 Free at Last: the Life of Frederick Douglass [juvenile]
See also Writings: Books: 100 Years of Negro Freedom; Writings: Miscellaneous: "The Free and the Fatherless": Frederick Douglass section.
Typescript manuscripts (5 folders)
Galleys (3 folders)
Box 45 George Washington Carver (working title: "Carver's Green Thumb") [juvenile]
Research notes
Typescript manuscripts
Box 45, 46, 47 Great Slave Narratives [anthology]
Introduction and notes
Research material (4 folders)
Manuscript - setting copy (6 folders)
Box 47, 48, 49 The Harlem Renaissance Remembered: Essays
Research notes (2 folders)
Manuscript submissions, A-Z by author (4 folders)
Typescript manuscript (3 folders)
Galleys (4 folders)
Box 49, 50 Hold Fast to Dreams: Poems Old and New [anthology]
Manuscripts (miscellaneous)
Miscellany, chiefly publication fee records for contributors
Box 50 Lonesome Boy [juvenile]
Typescript manuscripts (2 folders)
Page proofs
Box 50 Mr. Kelso's Lion [juvenile] - typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 50 The Old South: "A Summer Tragedy" and Other Stories of the Thirties - typescript manuscripts; galleys (4 folders)
Box 51 100 Years of Negro Freedom - research notes; typescript manuscripts (8 folders)
see also Writings: Miscellaneous: "The Free and the Fatherless".
Box 51 The Pasteboard Bandit [juvenile] - typescript manuscript
Box 51 Personals [poetry] - page proofs
Box 52, 53, 54 The Poetry of the Negro [anthology, with Langston Hughes]
Correspondence with contributors (2 folders)
Biographical material of contributors
Notes (2 folders)
Typescript manuscripts (15 folders)
Box 54 Sam Patch, the High, Wide, & Handsome Jumper [juvenile, with Jack Conroy] - research notes; typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 54 Slappy Hooper, the Wonderful Sign Painter [juvenile, with Jack Conroy]
Typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Page proofs
Box 54, 55 The Story of George Washington Carver [juvenile]
Chapter outline
Research notes
Suggestions for re-write
Typescript manuscripts (6 folders)
Box 55, 56 Story of the Negro
Research notes (4 folders)
Typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Galleys (2 folders)
Box 56 They Seek a City [with Jack Conroy, revised and expanded as Anyplace But Here] - research notes; typescript manuscripts (7 folders)
Box 57 We Have Tomorrow - typescript manuscripts, miscellaneous
Box 57, 58 Young Booker: Booker T. Washington's Early Days [juvenile]
See also Writings: Books: 100 Years of Negro Freedom; Writings: Miscellaneous: "The Free and the Fatherless": Booker T. Washington section.
Typescript manuscripts (2 folders)
Manuscript - setting copy (3 folders)
Page proofs (2 folders)
"The Low-Down on Tuberculosis" / by Arna Bontemps undated
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
"Only Half a Life" / by Arna Bontemps (Evanston, Ill.: National WCTU Publishing House, 1947?))
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
American Missionary Association Archives in Fisk University Library / by Arna Bontemps (Nashville: s.n., 1947)
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
Music scores
"Golgotha Is a Mountain" Poem by Arna Bontemps; music by John W. Work (New York: Galaxy Music Corporation, 1959)
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
"Meine dunklen Hande: funf Negergedichte von Langston Hughes und Arna Bontemps" / Hermann Reutter (Mainz: B. Schott) undated
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
"Oh! I've Seen Many Mountains" Poem by Arna Bontemps; music by John W. Work (New York: Ethel Smith Music Corp., 1954) (2 copies)
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
"Songs of Separation" / by William Grant Still (New York: Leeds Music Corporation, 1949) Includes selection "Idolatry" from poem by Arna Bontemps.
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
"St. Louis Woman" (New York: A-M Music Corporation, 1946)
Transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
"Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home"
"Cakewalk Your Lady"
"I Wonder What Became of Me"
Box 59 "Black Thunder" - typescript manuscript fragment
"Careless Love"
See "When the Jack Hollers".
"Cavalcade of the Negro Theatre"
See "Jubilee".
Box 59 "Les Cenelles" - research notes; typescript manuscript (4 folders)
Box 59 "Creole Square" [with Schuyler Watts] - typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 59 "The Domino Mask" (alternate title: "The Quadroon Ball") - typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 59 "The Great Speckled Bird" [with Jack Conroy] - typescript manuscripts (4 folders)
Box 59 "Honey Child" - typescript manuscript
Box 59, 60 "Jubilee" [with Langston Hughes]
Research notes (2 folders)
Typescript manuscripts (6 folders)
Box 60 "St. Louis Woman" [with Countee Cullen] - typescript manuscripts (9 folders)
Box 60 "The Sparrow's House" (alternate title: "Keepers of the House") - typescript manuscript
Box 61 "When the Jack Hollers" [with Langston Hughes] - typescript manuscripts (4 folders)
Box 61 [Miscellaneous] - lists and tear sheets
Radio and television scripts
Box 61 1939 May 6 "Know Your Authors" (WCFL Chicago)
Box 61 1940 June 25 "Off the Bookshelf" (WJJD Chicago)
Box 61 1940 Nov 28 "Sad-Faced Boy" (CBS American School of the Air adaptation)
Box 61 1941 Dec. 14 "Salute to Freedom" (CBS broadcast featuring an Arna Bontemps/Langston Hughes collaboration on "a radio poem on American folk heroes")
Box 61 1955 Nov. 12 "Books That Live" (WJW Cleveland)
Box 61 1963 Apr. 20 "Saturday Night Theatre" intermission feature (WTMJ-TV)
Box 61 1963 Apr. 22 "Critique" (WMVS-TV Milwaukee)
Box 61 1966 May 23 "Planet Earth"
Box 61 1966 June 16 [no title] (WDCN-TV on Jubilee Singers) - "What Can I Do?" (WBBM Chicago)
Song lyrics
These were written, in part, in collaboration with Langston Hughes [et al.] for the 1940 Negro Exposition, Chicago, Ill.
Box 61 "Boulevard Cowboy"
Box 61 "Chocolate Carmencita"
Box 61 "If You No Savvy I'll Make You Savvy Somehow"
Box 61 "Jubilee - Jubilee"
Box 61 "Little Flower of the Tropics"
Box 61 "Lonely Little Maiden by the Sea"
Box 61 "Market Day in Martinique"
Box 61 "Rhythm Club Fire"
Box 61 "Sweet Nothings in Spanish"
Box 61 "That's the Way We Do It in Chicago"
Box 61 "Voodoo Man"
Box 61 "When the Sun Goes Down in Rhumba Land"
Box 61 "Adventures in Authorship" - notes
Box 61 "American Negro Poetry" - typescript manuscript
Box 61 "The Black Renaissance of the 1920's known as the Harlem Renaissance" - typescript manuscript
Box 61 "Black Writing Today" - typescript manuscript
Box 61 "Booker T. Washington" - typescript manuscript
Box 61 "The Breaking Patterns of Segregation" - notes
Box 61 Commencement address at Hampton High School (Dickson, Tenn.) 1959
Box 61 "Forgotten Men of the Negro Press" - typescript manuscripts
Box 61 "4 Freedoms" - notes
Box 61 "Four Lies" - notes
Box 62 "Freedom Is a Powerful Word" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Great Readers Make Great Writers" - notes
Box 62 "The Harlem Renaissance" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Hold Fast to Dreams" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Intro"[duction] for Charles S. Johnson Fall 1948 - typescript notes
Box 62 "Introduction for Peter Abrahams" - typescript manuscript
Box 62 "The Literature of Freedom" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "The Lonesome Boy Theme" - typescript manuscript
Box 62 "Marian Anderson: an Introduction" - notes, typescript manuscript
Box 62 "The Meaning of Louis Armstrong: a public lecture on 'The Negro Contribution to American Culture'" - notes
Box 62 "Negro in American Culture" - notes
Box 62 "The Negro in Poetry & Drama" - notes
Box 62 "The Negro Renaissance: Jean Toomer and the Harlem Writers of the 1920's" - typescript manuscript
Box 62 "The Negro's Contribution Reconsidered" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Old Myths, New Negroes" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Opportunities for Development of Negro Talent" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Oration for Carl Van Vechten" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "The Poetry of the American Negro" - notes
Box 62 "The Poetry of the Negro" - notes
Box 62 "Public Oration for Paul E. Magloire" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Reading and the College Student" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Reading for Personal Development" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Recent Writing by Negroes" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "The Relevance of Dunbar" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "Remarks . . . [at] Student Convocation, Fisk, 1-4-'62" (re: literary contest) 1962
Box 62 "Remarks . . . in Presenting American Library Association's Liberty and Justice Book Award in Imaginative Literature to James Thurber for Further Fables for Our Time" Apr. 25, 1957 - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "A Renaissance Remembered" Apr. 14, 1962 - address delivered at the 26th Annual Educational Conference of the Teachers Union of the City of New York; typescript manuscripts, two versions
Box 62 "Significance of Charles S. Johnson Papers" - typescript manuscripts
Box 162 "A Statement . . . on Receiving Jane Addams Children's Book Award" 1956 - manuscript fragment
Box 62 "Three Negro Leaders" - notes
Box 62 "Why Negro History Week?" - notes
Box 62 "Words Like Freedom" - typescript manuscripts
Box 62 "The Writer's Window" - notes
Untitled - A-Z by topic
Box 62 Books and libraries - notes and holograph manuscript
Box 62 Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance - notes
Box 62 Librarianship and authorship - notes
Box 62 New Criticism and the African-American writer - notes
Box 62 On presentation of a book to the Detroit Public Library - notes
Box 62 Origins of African-American folklore - notes
Box 62 Poetry and the modern world - notes
Box 62 Miscellaneous lecture notes
Box 63 "Aunt Viney's Confession" - holograph manuscript
Box 63 "The Avengers" - manuscript notes
Box 63 "Barrel Staves," New Challenge Mar. 1934 - photocopy
Box 63 "Big Six" - holograph manuscript
Box 63 "Boy Blue" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Cunning" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "The Cure" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Death at Heaven's Gate" - holograph, typescript manuscript
Box 63 "The Devil Is a Conjurer" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Don't Mind We Sisters" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Evil Woman" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Fast Sooner Hound" (excerpt), Children's Digest Sept. 1952
Box 63 "A Feather for Calcedonia" - holograph, typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Hair-trigger Kid" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Heathen at Home" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Hoppergrass Man" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Last Tag" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Let the Church Roll On" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Lonesome Boy, Silver Trumpet" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Saturday Night" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "A Summer Tragedy," Opportunity June 1933 - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "Talk to the Music" (working title: "The Blues She Sang") - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "3 Pennies for Luck" - typescript manuscript (2 folders)
See also Writings: Articles and essays
Box 63 "Voodoo Killing in Marksville" - manuscript notes
Box 63 "The Vultures" - holograph manuscript
Box 63 "Where Willie Went" - holograph manuscript (fragment)
Box 63 "Winter Night in the Summer House" - typescript manuscript
Box 63 "A Woman with a Mission" - typescript manuscript
Untitled - A-Z by first line
Box 63 "It must have been a matinee"
Box 63 "It was about the most disrespectfullest thing . . . ."
Box 63 Manuscript notes and plot outlines
Box 64 "Adah" [synopsis for a biographical novel about Adah Isaacs Menken] - typescript manuscript, research material
Box 64 "American Original" [essay collection] - typescript manuscripts
Box 64 "Bon-Bon Buddy" [juvenile, with Langston Hughes] - typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 64 "The Boy of the Border" [juvenile, with Langston Hughes] - typescript manuscripts (5 folders)
Box 64 "The Chariot in the Cloud" [novel] - typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 64 1940: American Negro Exposition (Chicago) - captions, legends, titles
Box 64 1967: National Negro History Week observance - suggested guidelines
"The Free and the Fatherless" - combined biography project on Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. Du Bois
Box 64 Frederick Douglass section (published, in part, as Free at Last and 100 Years of Negro Freedom) - research notes; typescript manuscripts (8 folders)
Box 66, 67, 68, 69 Booker T. Washington section (published, in part, as Young Booker and 100 Years of Negro Freedom)
Research notes (19 folders)
Typescript manuscripts (5 folders)
Box 69, 70, 71 W. E. B. Du Bois section (published, in part, as 100 Years of Negro Freedom):
Research notes (13 folders)
Typescript manuscripts (3 folders)
Box 71, 72 "God's Country: the Negro Comes to Illinois" [WPA project edited with Jack Conroy, later re-worked and, in part, published as They Seek a City] (10 folders)
Research material
Typescript manuscripts
"The Negro in Illinois"
See "God's Country: the Negro Comes to Illinois".
Box 72 "New Africa Series" - introductory description for proposed Hill and Wang, Inc. series
Box 73 "Of Many Waters" (working titles: "The Blue Battalion" ; "The Gaudy Island") [novel] - research notes; synopses; typescripts (8 folders)
Box 73 "Paul Antoine" [play, with Langston Hughes] - working notes, synopsis
Box 73, 74 "The Prizefighter and the Woman" [novel] - notes; holograph manuscript (notebook); typescript manuscript
Box 74 "Rat Tales" (working title: "Waterfront Streets") [anthology] - research material (2 folders)
Box 74 "Sugar Hill" [anthology] - typescript manuscripts (2 folders)
Box 74 "The Sunny Side of the Street / by L.H. & N.J., submitted by Arna Bontemps" - story outline; character sketches
See also Correspondence-Subject Files: Huntley, Leston.
Box 74 "The Symbols of Despair" [book on origins of racism] - outline only
Box 75 "Tom-Tom Treasure" [juvenile] - typescript manuscript (6 folders)
Box 75 "Yielding Seed" [novel] - typescript manuscript (2 folders)
Box 75, 76 "Young King Cole: a Boy Who Earned a Fortune" [biography]
See also Correspondence-Subject Files: Cole, Robert A.
Research material
manuscript notes
Typescript manuscript (2 folders)
Box 76 Miscellaneous project proposals, synopses
Box 76 Miscellaneous notes, manuscript fragments
Box 77 Addresses and address lists, business cards, telephone numbers, etc.
Box 86 Arna Bontemps - Portrait 06/17/1973 (Audio cassette) (ID#: bontemps_004)
Box 86 Interview with A.B. (Margaret Perry, University of Rochester, at Yale University) 12/11/1970 (1/4 inch audio tape) (ID#: bontemps_003)
Box 86 [Interview with Arna Bontemps Pt. 1] 12/11/1970 - Interview with Arna Bontemps at Yale University by Margaret Perry, Education Librarian, University of Rochester Pt. 1 (Audio cassette; running time 46:11) (ID#: bontemps_001)
Box 86 [Interview with Arna Bontemps Pt. 2] 12/11/1970 - Interview with Arna Bontemps at Yale University by Margaret Perry, Education Librarian, University of Rochester Pt. 2. (Audio cassette; running time 34:16) (ID#: bontemps_002)
Box 77 Awards, citations
Box 77 Course outlines, notes, bibliographies
Box 77 Criticism and interpretation 1939-1997
Box 77 Family-related
Box 77 Credit cards and related material
Box 77 Insurance, health
Box 77 Insurance, life
Box 77 Leases and housing-related material
Box 77 Pension reports
Box 77 Receipts
Box 77 Lecture itineraries, travel connections
Box 77 Photographs
Printed material
Box 77 about Bontemps 1930-1940s (2 folders)
Box 78 about Bontemps 1950-1960s, undated (4 folders)
Box 78 Obituaries and tributes 1973-1974, 2002
Box 78 "St. Louis Woman" / "Blues Opera" / "Free and Easy" 1945-1960, undated
Box 78 Miscellaneous
Box 78 Programs for "St Louis Woman," various productions
Box 78 Miscellaneous
Research materials
Box 82, 83 Africa
Consists of printed material collected, in part, in connection with trip to East Africa, presumably as background for proposed "New Africa Series," for which Bontemps was to have been editor
Box 84 Civil rights in the U.S. - printed materials
Box 84 Time line on note cards of important historical dates
Box 85 Langston Hughes
Assembled by Bontemps for biography of Langston Hughes, this material contains photocopies of correspondence from Yale University Library (?) with Bontemps, Walter Brough, Sylvia Chen, Countee Cullen, Ralph Ellison, Ezra Pound, Wallace Thurman, and Langston Hughes' father.
Box 78 American Negro Poetry
Box 78 American Negro Reference Book / edited by John P. Davis
Box 78 American Negro Short Stories / edited by John Henrik Clarke
Box 78 Anger and Beyond / edited by Herbert Hill
Box 78 Anyplace But Here
Box 78 Black Thunder
Box 79 The Book of Negro Folklore
Box 79 The Book of Negro Humor / selected and edited by Langston Hughes
Box 79 Chariot in the Sky
Box 79 Drums at Dusk
Box 79 Famous American Negro Poets / by Charlemae Rollins
Box 79 Famous Negro Athletes
Box 79 The Fast Sooner Hound
Box 79 Father of the Blues / by W.C. Handy (with the assistance of Arna Bontemps)
Box 79 Frederick Douglass: Slave, Fighter, Freeman
Box 79 God Sends Sunday
Box 79 Golden Slippers
Box 79 Hold Fast to Dreams
Box 79 Lonesome Boy
Box 79 The Old South: "A Summer Tragedy" and Other Stories of the Thirties
Box 79 100 Years of Negro Freedom
Box 79 Personals
Box 79 The Poetry of the Negro
Box 79 Popo and Fifina
Box 79 Sad-Faced Boy
Box 79 "St. Louis Woman"
Box 79 Sam Patch, the High, Wide, & Handsome Jumper
Box 79 Slappy Hooper, the Wonderful Sign Painter
Box 79 The South Today / edited by Willie Morris
Box 79 The Story of George Washington Carver
Box 79 Story of the Negro
Box 80 They Seek a City
Box 80 We Have Tomorrow
Box 80 You Can't Pet a Possum
Travel-related material - guidebooks, Berlitz phrase books, etc.
Box 80 England
Box 80 France
Box 80 Haiti
Box 80 Italy
Box 81 Uganda
Box 81 Yugoslavia (2 folders)
Box 81 General (2 folders)
Box 81 Voter registration cards for Arna and Alberta Bontemps 1955
Writings by others
Box 81 Dramatization by unknown author of "Wings on His Shoulders," from We Have Tomorrow

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