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Wallace Thurman Collection

Call Number: JWJ MSS 12

Scope and Contents

NOTE: This finding aid was produced from a previously existing manuscripts inventory. All pertinent information has been retained. Former call number: JWJ MSS Small Collections.


  • 1927-1942


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wallace Thurman 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 Wallace Thurman Collection contains items presented to the James Weldon Johnson Collection after his death in 1934, many from Mrs. William Jourdan Rapp, the widow of Thurman's collaborator on "Harlem."


1.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Wallace Thurman Collection contains Correspondence, (including letters from Langston Hughes), Writings, primarily versions of Aunt Hagar's Children and the musical play Harlem, written with William Jourdan Rapp, and Personal Papers.


Wallace Thurman was a novelist and playwright who found fame before his early death with the novel The Blacker the Berry and the play, "Harlem". A biographical sketch of Thurman written by Harold Jackman, can be found in folder 59 of this collection.

Guide to the Wallace Thurman Collection
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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Access Information

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