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African American Studies at Beinecke Library

One of the oldest collections at Yale, the Slavery Pamphlets archive comprises over 750 booklets and tracts, bound into 80 volumes, from predominantly American and European regions. The collection is now being fully catalogued for the first time, and in the process, acquisitions assistant Eileen Hackett and veteran rare book cataloger Stephen Young discovered a rare pamphlet: a “Catalogue of Negroes, Mules, Carts, Wagons &C.” compiled by one “John G.
October 19, 2016
Materials list for "Blackface Minstrelsy and the Politics of Power," ThStds 304 / AfAm 225/ AmStud 338Minstrelsy and 19th Century Black PerformanceOctoroon playbill from Worcester, Mass [?] BrSides 2014 312Octoroon playbill from Nottingham, England BrSides Double Folio 2011 43
October 7, 2016
 Remarks by Melissa Barton, Curator of Drama & Prose, Yale Collection of American Literature, at the opening of Destined to Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75, an exhibition on view at Beinecke Library through December 10, 2016 It is my great privilege to be able to tell you a little bit about James Weldon Johnson and the collection created in his memory.
October 3, 2016
Please join us to celebrate the opening of “Destined to Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75” on Thursday, September 29th at 4pm at the Beinecke Library.
September 22, 2016
Congratulations to Cave Canem, awarded the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for service to the American literary community.
September 20, 2016
African American literary and artistic achievements are showcased in a new exhibition, “Destined to Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75,” at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The exhibition runs Sept. 23–Dec. 10 in the library, 121 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.
September 20, 2016
The Beinecke Library's new exhibition,  “Destined to Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75,” explores, in part, the life and work of James Weldon Johnson; materials from Johnson's literary archive (JWJ MSS 49) reveal aspects of his roles as civil rights activist, lyricist, man of letters, poet and writer, and diplomat. A man of letters and of the law, author of solemn lyrics and popular love songs, Johnson led a multi-faceted life and his career was one of constant reinvention.
September 18, 2016


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