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African American Studies at Beinecke Library

The Beinecke Library collections include numerous African American community and business directories from the early decades of the 20th century. Such directories reveal detailed information about African American communities, documenting commerce, religious and civic activity, and social events.
September 28, 2010
The Lester Blackwell Granger Paper (JWJ MSS 58) are available for  consultation by students and scholars. A description of the collection can be found online: Lester Blackwell Granger Papers JWJ MSS 58.
September 1, 2010
The Manet Harrison Fowler and Manet Helen Fowler Papers (JWJ MSS 59) are available for research. A detailed description of the collection can be found online: Manet Harrison Fowler and Manet Helen Fowler Papers JWJ MSS 59.
August 3, 2010
David Suwondo, Yale Class of 2013, on Jean Toomer's CaneDavid Suwondo's essay on Jean Toomer's novel Cane (written for Professor Jessica Pressman’s Spring 2010 English 127 class) draws on two items in the Jean Toomer Papers (JWJ MSS 1) at the Beinecke Library: the original page proofs of Cane (JWJ MSS 1, Box 26, Folder 607) and Jean Toomer's comments and corrections of the proofs (JWJ MSS 1, Box 26, Folder 608).
June 2, 2010
Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010), photographed by Carl Van Vechten, September 15, 1941. Photographs by Carl Van Vechten are used with permission of the Van Vechten Trust; the permission of the Trust is required to reprint or use Van Vechten photographs in any way. To contact the Trust email: Van Vechten Trust.
May 10, 2010

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The temporary reading room is located in Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, across Wall Street from the Beinecke.

Beginnig September 6, 2016 our hours will be

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