James Weldon Johnson Collection

Phillis Wheatley, An Elegiac Poem: on the Death of that Celebrated Divine and Eminent Servant of Jesus Christ, the Reverend and Learned George Whitefield..., [Boston: Ezekeil Russel, 1770]. (JWJ Zan W56 +77OE; view all images in this set)
April 2, 2009
Production photographs, film stills, and program from Borderline, an experimental silent film produced in 1930 by Pool Films. Posted in conjunction with the Beinecke Library's current exhibition, Paper Trail: Documenting 20th-Century Film in the Archive (February 9 through March 31, 2009). The exhibition features  scripts, notes, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed matter documenting the work of such filmmakers as Boris Kaufman, Mary Ellen Bute, Stan Brakhage, Gerard Malanga, and H.
February 9, 2009
Photographs of dancer and choreographer Pearl Primus dancing "Hard Time Blues," her dance based on a folk song about sharecropping by singer Josh White. Primus was well known and widely celebrated for her dance performances based on important African American poems and songs, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes and "Strange Fruit" by Lewis Allen. Photographs by Carl Van Vechten, 1943.
May 28, 2008
Zora Neale Hurston, photographed by Prentis Taylor
February 28, 2008


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