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Arna Bontemps Collection

Call Number: JWJ MSS 6

Scope and Contents

The papers contains materials documenting the life of Arna Bontemps, including Series I, Correspondence , and Series II, Writings .


  • 1934 - 1957


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Arna Bontemps 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 Arna Bontemps Collection contains items presented to the James Weldon Johnson Collection by Mr. Bontemps.


4 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Arna Bontemps Collections contains writings and correspondence presented to the James Weldon Johnson Collection by Mr. Bontemps.

ARNA BONTEMPS (1902-1973)

Arna Bontemps was a teacher and writer whose novel God Sends Sunday appeared at the end of the Harlem Renaissance in 1931. He continued writing and editing anthologies and served as librarian at Fisk University.

Processing Information

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

Guide to the Arna Bontemps 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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