- 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.
- 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.
Organized into three series: Series I. Pamphlets. Series II. Personal/Corporate Names. Series III. General Subjects.
Clippings file of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 89