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Clippings file of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 89

Scope and Contents

The Clippings File of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection include pamphlets and clippings documenting various aspects of the African American experience in the twentieth century. The collection especially highlights the achievements of individual African Americans, the work of community and education organizations, and areas such as film, theater, music, sports, politics, and civil rights. The clippings were collected primarily by Langston Hughes, James Weldon and Grace Nail Johnson, Ollie Jewel Simms Okala (a friend and close associate of the Johnsons), and Carl Van Vechten, with some additional materials added by others. Clippings in the collection are drawn from national and regional news sources as well as newspapers and magazines with an African American focus. The majority of clippings are from New York, Ohio, Arkansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania newspapers. The collection also includes pamphlets and ephemera.

Dates

  • circa 1920-1993

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Clippings File of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial 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

Collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded on some items. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: Series I. Pamphlets. Series II. Personal/Corporate Names. Series III. General Subjects.

Extent

122.36 Linear Feet (295 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.jwjclippings

Overview

The Clippings File of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection includes pamphlets and clippings documenting the African American experience in the twentieth century. The collection especially highlights the achievements of individual African Americans, the work of community and education organizations, and areas such as film, theater, music, sports, politics, and civil rights. The clippings were collected primarily by Langston Hughes, James Weldon and Grace Nail Johnson, Ollie Jewel Simms Okala (a friend and close associate of the Johnsons), and Carl Van Vechten, with some additional materials added by others. Clippings in the collection are drawn from general news sources as well as national and regional newspapers and magazines with an African American focus. The majority of clippings are from New York, Ohio, Arkansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania newspapers. The collection also includes pamphlets and ephemera.

Processing Information

The finding aid for this collection was created by transcribing file titles from the folders and boxes in the collection; contents were not verified against the titles. The clippings file has not been maintained as an active file (added to) since circa 1985.

An updated listing for the pamphlets series was created by Eleanor Pritchett, 2018. This listing was incorporated into the online description in 2022.

Former call numbers: JWJ 1, JWJ 2, JWJ 2X.
Title
Guide to the Clippings File of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
Status
Completed
Author
by Clayton McGahee and Ellen Doon
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2022: The pamphlets series was updated to include a title-level listing, which was created by Eleanor Pritchett in 2018.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

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New Haven, CT 06511

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Access Information

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