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Langston Hughes Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRR
Date: 23 Jan 2006

Biographical History

Langston Hughes was a well-known African-American poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, song lyricist, radio writer, translator, author of juvenile books, and lecturer. He attended Columbia University (1921-1922) and Lincoln University, A.B. (1929). In addition to his writing he was Madrid correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American, 1937; visiting professor in creative writing, Atlanta University, 1947; poet in residence, Laboratory School, University of Chicago, 1949. (Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.)

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Four typed pages include the poems "Elderly Race Leaders," "Pattern," "Moonlight Night: Carmel," and "Ballad of Ozie Powell." Among the long poems on eleven sheets of carbon copies are "Air Raid Over Harlem" and "Death in Harlem." The former, which seems to foreshadow the Watts riots, does not appear in Dickinson's list of Hughes' published poems. "Pattern" was later published under the title "Remembrance" and "Alabama Scene," which deals with racial violence, was later published under the title "Ku Klux." Two mimeographed pages contain a brief writer's bio and a list of publications up to 1934. Given by the author to Emanuel van Loggem in Paris, 1937. Hughes was in Europe as War Correspondent to Spain.


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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.

Related Material

The Arna Wendell Bontemps Papers contain correspondence with Hughes and a number of typescripts of his essays and plays.

Subject Headings


Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.


African American poets.
American poetry -- African American authors.
Poets, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Langston Hughes Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bromer Booksellers, Boston.

Table of Contents

Autobiographical material