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Joel E. Spingarn Collection

Call Number: JWJ MSS 11

Scope and Contents

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing manuscripts inventory. All pertinent information has been retained.


  • 1910-1947


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Joel E. Spingarn Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Joel Spingarn Collection contains items presented to the James Weldon Johnson Collection, most likely by Amy Spingarn, Mr. Spingarn's widow, after his death in 1939.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The Joel Spingarn Collection contains Correspondence with various persons, including W. E. B. Du Bois, and a German translation of a James Weldon Johnson poem done by Spingarn's wife, Amy.

JOEL E. SPINGARN (1875-1939)

Joel Spingarn was an educator and writer who published works on literary criticism and collections of his own poetry. He is most well-known for his involvement in social reform, primarily his work with the NAACP and his establishment of the Spingarn Medal, given to recognize the contributions of African-Americans.

Processing Information

Former call number: JWJ MSS Small Collections. Additional letters from Langston Hughes to Amy Spingarn were added to folder 15 in June 2001.

Guide to the Joel E. Spingarn Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
August 1996
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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