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Dorothy Porter Wesley papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 93
Scope and Contents

The collection consists chiefly of the correspondence, writings, biographical materials, research files, photographs, and personal papers of librarian, curator and bibliophile Dorothy Porter Wesley. The bulk of the collection is comprised of research materials relating to various subjects relating to African American history, culture, and bibliography, including the following: African-American abolitionists Sarah Remond and William C. Nell, African American literature, African literature, and Afro-Brazilian literature. The collection also includes records of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

This collection may be housed off-site at Yale’s Library Shelving Facility (LSF). To determine if all or part of this collection is housed off-site please check the library’s online catalog, Orbis; material for which the location is given as “LSF” must be requested 36 hours in advance. Please consult with Beinecke Access Services for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Dorothy Porter Wesley 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., (Swann African American sale, New York, 2012 March 1, lot 296) on the Sinclair Lewis Fund, 2012.


This collection is organized into four series: Series I. Correspondence, 1870-2011. Series II. Professional Papers, 1869-2003. Series III. Research Files, 1847-2004. Series IV. Personal Papers, 1869-2006.

180 Linear Feet (350 boxes)
Related Names
Wesley, Dorothy Porter, 1905-1995
Language of Materials