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Theorizing Racial Formations

Resources for Professor Elizabeth Alexander's Theorizing Racial Formations course (AFAM 505a, AMST 643a), Fall 2012
Pemberton, Ebenezer, 1705-1777.  Heaven the Residence of the Saints & An Elegiac Poem, by Phillis, a Negro Girl, of Seventeen Years of Age, Belonging to Mr. J. Wheatley of Boston. London:  1771.
JWJ Zan W56 771
Wheatley, Phillis. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. [Albany]: Thomas Spencer, 1793.
JWJ Zan W56 773G
Hannah Crafts. “The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts, a Fugitive Slave Recently Escaped from North Carolina.” Unpublished Manuscript: [ca. 1853-1861].
The Bondwoman's Narrative / Hannah Crafts; edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (New York: Warner Books, 2002)
JWJ Za C842 2002B
Robert Reed.  “The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict, or the inmate of a gloomy prison. With the Mysteries and Miseries of the New York House of Reffuge [sic] and Auburn Prison Unmasked. With the rules and regulations of Auburn Prison from 1840 up to the present time and different modes of punishments. / The Life and Adventures of Rob Reed. His Fifteen Years Imprisonment. With the Mysteries and Miseries of Auburn Prison. With the rules and regulations of the prison unmasked. The troubles and sorrows of the prisoner from the time he enters the prison until he is discharged.” ca. 1858. Unpublished manuscript.
W. E. B. Du Bois manuscripts and notes, including a fragment from The Souls of Black Folk.  JWJ MSS 8 Box 3  
The Souls of Black Folk; Essays and Sketches, by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois. JWJ Zan D853 903S
Red Summer Archive -- Juanita Jackson Mitchell collection of correspondence, NAACP documents, minor publications, and ephemera relating to the “Red Summer” of 1919, including report of trials, clippings documenting riots, official and informal correspondence, and published reports of riots and their aftermath.
Recent Acquisition
RL Simpson Collection Cabinet Card Photos
JWJ MSS 59 box 6-a
Harlem Silent Protest Photos JWJ MSS 76 box 14 (pictured above)   
James VanDerZee, Eighteen Photographs. Portfolio with 18 mounted silver print photographs, 1905-1938
The Crisis
JWJ A+C 8689 67:575 and 78:685 (copy 2 of both)
Alain Locke, ed. The New Negro (NY: Boni and Liveright, 1925)
JWJ Zan L79 925n Copy 1 Presentation copy to Van Vechten; inscribed by Locke, signed throughout
James Weldon Johnson, God’s Trombones
JWJ Zan J632 927G Copies 1 and 4
James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an ex-colored man.
JWJ Zan J632 912a Copy 3
Langston Hughes papers Scottsboro notes (JWJ MSS 26 Box 337), Photo of Scottsboro Boys (JWJ MSS 26 Box 474)
Anthology of Revolutionary Poetry (compiled and edited by Marcus Graham; with an introduction by Ralph Cheyney & Lucia Trent). From the library of Langston Hughes; includes manuscript notes and draft poems by Hughes in margins, flyleaves, etc.  JWJ Zan H874 Zz929A    
Scottsboro Limited; four poems and a play in verse by Langston Hughes; with illustrations by Prentiss Taylor. Copies 1, 2 and 3 –including a one copy with the original pencil sketches for the drawings, one with original prints, and one copy of the large format edition   JWJ Zan H874 +932sb  
Weary Blues / by Langston Hughes ; with an introduction by Carl Van Vechten.
JWJ Zan H874
Book of Negro folklore / edited by Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps. Annotated by Hughes
JWJ Zan H874 958B Copy 2
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
JWJ MSS 9 Box 2
Newspaper clippings about and advertisements for Nella Larsen’s Passing.
JWJ MSS 89 Box 110  
Nella Larsen, Passing. JWJ Zan L328 929p   Copy 1
Richard Wright papers, Native Son mss (JWJ MSS 3 43 and 44) ; Native Son film stills (JWJ MSS 3 Box 68)  
Native Son Movie poster ACC 43013      
Amiri Baraka, manuscript notebook. ACC 37385      
Answers in Progress / Imamu Ameer Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (large format illustrated broadside). JWJ ZZan1 C1    


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