Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1902-02-01 - 1967-05-22

Langston Hughes (1901 or 1902-1967), American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. Hughes's birth year was likely 1901 but was previously thought to be 1902. His dates of existence in this person record are pulled from the Library of Congress Name Authority File, which still uses the 1902 birth year. For a fuller explanation of discrepancies in Hughes’s birth year, see Jennifer Schuessler, “Langston Hughes Just Got a Year Older," New York Times, August 9, 2018.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Langston Hughes papers

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 26
Overview: The Langston Hughes Papers contain letters, manuscripts, personal items, photographs, clippings, artworks, and objects that document the life of the well-known African-American poet.
Dates: 1862-1980

James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson papers

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 49
Overview: The James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson Papers provide evidence of the personal and professional lives of James Weldon Johnson, Grace Nail Johnson, and to a lesser degree, the Johnson and Nail families, spanning the years 1850 to 2005, with the bulk of material dating between 1900 and 1976. The papers chronicle Johnson’s writing career and involvement in education, politics, and cultural affairs and consist of a variety of documents, including correspondence, writings, personal papers,...
Dates: circa 1850-2005, bulk 1900-1976

Claude McKay collection

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 27
Overview: The Claude McKay Collection consists of correspondence, writings, personal papers, photographs and memorabilia documenting the life and work of Claude McKay.
Dates: 1853-1990, bulk 1922-1948