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Yale University Collection Guides

Guides to Yale University’s extensive collections of research materials related to international Modernism and African American studies are now available from the Yale University Art Gallery (to request copies please contact Christopher Gartrell:

Yale University Collections Guide: Modernism directs students and scholars to collections documenting the work, lives, and communities of writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, architects, editors, curators, and tastemakers. The Guide features the work of key figures including (but not limited to): James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Joseph Conrad, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wassily Kandinsky, Florine Stettheimer, Josef Albers, Eero Saarinen, Virgil Thomson, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya.

Yale University Collections Guide: African American Studies highlights the rich collections at Yale documenting the African American experience, from materials documenting the sale trade to the work of modern and contemporary African American writers and artists. Materials in Yale collections address subjects including slavery and emancipation, Abolitionist movements, the American Civil War, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and the work of African Americans in all art forms, including literature, fine art, theater, and music. Key figures represented in the Yale collections include (but are not limited to): the Amistad prisoners, Isaac Mendes Belisario, Phillis Wheatley, the Beecher Family, Hannah Crafts, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Anson Phelps Stokes, James Vander Zee, Benny Goodman, Masood Ali Wilbert Warren, Richard Wright, Romare Bearden, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weams, and Lloyd Richards.

The Guides highlight primary source materials in the Yale galleries and libraries including manuscripts, correspondence, works of art, books, journals, photographs. The Guides provide useful information about accessing Yale collections on campus and online; lists of online resources includes the following.

Yale Collections Online Resources:

Yale University Library:

Digital Cross-Collections Search:

Orbis, the Yale University Library Catalogue:

Finding Aid Database:

Beinecke Library:

African American Studies at Beinecke Library:

Let it Resound: Sheet Music in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection:

Irving S. Gilmore Music Library:

Oral History, American Music:

Lewis Walpole Library:

Manuscripts and Archives:

Yale University Art Gallery:

Yale Center for British Art:

Images: The Prodigal Son by Aaron Douglas; "Details, An American Place (O'Keeffe paintings)" photographed by Alfred Stieglitz; Jessie Fauset, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston at Tuskegee;Jean Coctaeu photographed by Berenice Abbott.


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