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MS Am 2035

Wagner, Jean, 1919-. Jean Wagner papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2035
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wagner, Jean, 1919-.
Title: Jean Wagner papers,
Date(s): 1945-1983 (inclusive), 1957-1963 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Correspondence and papers of the French scholar of Afro-American poetry Jean Wagner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*84M-23. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1985.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jean Wagner Papers (MS Am 2035). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Wagner was a French scholar of American Studies, especially Afro-American poetry. He received his Doctorat d'Etat from the Sorbonne in 1963, having completed his thesis on American Afro-American poetry, entitled: Les poetes negres des Etas-Unis. This work eventually was translated and published in English as: Black poets of the United States from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes, University of Illinois Press, 1973.


Organized into the following series: Please note that item number 23 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

This collection of papers is Wagner's correspondence with colleagues, poets and librarians, working notes and subject files relating to the presentation of his thesis. There are a few original manuscripts by others, notably Langston Hughes, Alfred Kreymborg and Samuel Allen.

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