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Lester Blackwell Granger papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 58
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of writings, notes, clippings, correspondence, and other papers, stemming from Lester Blackwell Granger's work as executive secretary of the National Urban League and his involvement in social work and civil rights issues. Writings consist of annotated and corrected typescript drafts and printed copies of speeches and addresses, autobiographical works, and social commentaries by Granger, as well as some fiction. Also found are papers relating to the National Urban League, a transcript of an interview with Granger, and an oil painting of Granger by Manet Harrison Fowler.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Lester Blackwell Granger Papers 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

Purchased from William Reese Co. on the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts & Letters Fund, 2009.


The collection is organized into three series: I. Writings, 1937-1970. II. Other Papers, 1936-1969. III. Art Work, undated.

2.08 Linear Feet ((5 boxes) + 1 framed art work)
Related Names
Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976
Fowler, Manet Harrison, 1895-1976
Language of Materials