YCAL-JWJ Collection Highlights

The bestselling book of the nineteenth century, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) provides an example of the rapidly changing print culture of the period. The Collection contains an expansive range of books, pamphlets, broadsides, sheet music, cards, memorabilia, and other materials documenting more than 150 years of this still-significant novel’s publication history, readership, and cultural evolution.
February 24, 2013
The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection highlights the close relationship between “Arts” and “Letters,” and the history of African American cultural production cannot be understood fully without inclusion of the visual arts and the attendant issues that surround the idea of “representation.”
February 23, 2013
The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of American Negro Arts and Letters was founded in 1941 by Carl Van Vechten in honor of James Weldon Johnson (1871 – 1938). The collection celebrates the accomplishments of African American writers and artists, with a strong emphasis on those of the Harlem Renaissance.
February 22, 2013
Building upon the Harlem Renaissance strengths of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection, later archives and small collections of notable authors such as Richard Wright, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, and Amiri Baraka document the creative output of writers forging new artistic ventures in regard to African American life at home and abroad.
February 19, 2013
Unique manuscripts written by nineteenth-century African American writers exemplify the richness and historical significance of materials in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection.
February 19, 2013
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