Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. Papers of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1865-1998 (inclusive),
1905-1975 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MC 476
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1896-1977
Title: Papers of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk)
Quantity: 21.64 linear feet (44 file boxes, 2 folio boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 1.5 linear feet of photographs,
24 folio folders, 24 folio+ folders, 8 oversize folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Shirley Graham Du Bois, African American writer, playwright, composer, biographer,
teacher, civil rights and left-wing activist.
Accession number: 2001-M22
These papers were purchased from David Graham Du Bois by the Radcliffe Institute and Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for
Afro-American Research for the Schlesinger Library in 2001.
Processed: March 2003
By: Susan von Salis and Jessica Tanny
Access. Unrestricted, except for those folders which are closed due to fragility;
use photocopies or digital images
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Shirley Graham Du Bois is held by Odell
Murry. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or
the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Shirley (Graham) Du Bois was born November 11th in Indianapolis, Indiana; this much
is known. The exact year of her birth, however, has been uncertain. At various times
in her life, she asserted the year to be 1896, 1899, 1902, 1904, 1906, and 1907. Gerald
Horne in his biography, Race Woman, states "she was born Lola Shirley Graham on 11 November 1896, but at points in her
life she shaved as much as ten years from her true age (38)."
Her father, Reverend David A. Graham, was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal
(A.M.E.) Church where her mother, Elizabeth Etta (Bell) Graham, was also active. David
A. Graham and Elizabeth Bell Graham were married November 21, 1895, following the
death of his first wife, Lorena Mason. While references in the collection are often
elusive and contradictory, it is most likely that David A. Graham had three sons with
Lorena Mason Graham, and five children with Elizabeth Bell Graham: Lola (Shirley),
David A.(born 1900), Lorenz B. (born 1902), Aurelius R.("William," born 1907), and
Orval B. (born 1913?). David A. Graham had assignments in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Chicago, Detroit, Tennessee, Colorado Springs, Louisiana, Spokane, and Seattle before
being appointed President of Monrovia College in Monrovia, Liberia, in 1926. Upon
his return to the United States in ca. 1930, he and Elizabeth Bell Graham lived in
Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota, among other places. A deeply religious man, he was
also somewhat of a firebrand as a minister; his sermons were often political in nature
and touched on such topics as the N.A.A.C.P. and the struggle for civil rights. His
outspoken manner may have contributed to his being required to move so often throughout
his ministerial career. A brother-in-law, Bishop W. Sampson Brooks, was a prominent
figure in the A.M.E. Church.
With her family's frequent moves, it was difficult for Shirley to keep up in school,
but she did graduate from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington, in 1915.
In 1918 she married Shadrach McCants. They had two sons: Robert (born 1923), and David
(born 1925). Although Du Bois usually claimed that she was widowed shortly after David's
birth, she actually obtained a divorce in Portland, Oregon, in 1927. Her children
were raised largely by her mother.
Now calling herself Shirley McCanns, Du Bois attended classes at the Howard University
School of Music (1927-1928), the Institute of Musical Arts in New York City (1929),
and the Sorbonne (1929-1930). During this period she traveled extensively, and also
taught music at Morgan College (now Morgan State University) in Baltimore, and served
as a music librarian at Howard. She entered Oberlin College in 1931 to study music,
receiving her A.B. degree in 1934 and a master's in music the following year. She
taught fine arts at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial Normal School for Negroes
(now Tennessee State) from 1935 to 1936; this experience seems to have soured her
on a career in teaching. Always intending to continue her intellectual pursuits, she
continued to study, taking classes at Yale and New York universities in the 1940s;
she came close to completing her doctorate in English and education at New York University.
Du Bois's employment path was as varied and hectic as her educational one. In 1932,
while still a student at Oberlin, her musical drama Tom-Tom premiered at the summer festival, "Stadium Opera," in Cleveland, Ohio. The work was
hailed as "not only great in conception and splendidly executed, but that it was a
new opera. Something different from what has preceded it in history." Following her
year of teaching at Tennessee Agricultural in Nashville, she was appointed by the
Illinois Federal Theatre Project as director-supervisor of Federal Theatre #3, the
"Negro Unit" of the Chicago Federal Theatre, where she put on wildly successful productions,
such as Little Black Sambo and Swing Mikado. She founded, with her brother Bill, the Graham Artists Bureau in Chicago with the
purpose of securing bookings for African American artists. From 1941 to 1943 Du Bois
worked for the USO, directing operations for Negro troops at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
Beginning in 1943 she began serving as a field secretary for the N.A.A.C.P. Her volunteer
activities included serving as a trustee of the Rosenberg Children's Trust Fund and
starting a fund for financial aid for singer Hope Foye.
In 1944 her son Robert died in a military hospital; throughout her life, Du Bois harbored
feelings that the military was responsible for his death, due to lack of care afforded
him on account of his race.
Throughout her career, Du Bois was a prolific writer. Well known for her many juvenile
and adult biographies on the lives of great leaders, she wrote not only about famous
African American figures such as George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass and
Paul Robeson, but also about Gamal Nasser, Julius Nyerere and Pocahontas. In the late
1940s Du Bois got a Guggenheim grant to write extensively on the life of Anne Newport
Royall (1769-1854), a newspaper woman who gained notoriety by traveling extensively
throughout the country publishing her shrewd observations on the "history, life and
manners" of many major cities and towns. This work was never published. Her memoir
of W.E.B. Du Bois, His Day Is Marching On, was published in 1971.
An avid writer and speaker, Du Bois also gave innumerable speeches and published articles
on a variety of subjects throughout her life. Articles such as "Minorities in China,"
and "We Too Want Peace," a reflection on women and world peace published in Soviet Women, are examples of the global issues Du Bois tried to address throughout her career.
In 1961, she founded the civil rights magazine, Freedomways, and became head editor. Du Bois also wrote on such topics as Ghana, Egypt and the
Middle East, African unity, the People's Republic of China, and American-Soviet relations.
Her romantic life was checkered; after the dissolution of her marriage to McCants,
she had a number of romantic interests, some of which are documented in the collection.
There is evidence that she was engaged to Joseph Himes in 1932, although she broke
off the relationship soon afterwards. Her romantic involvement with W.E.B. Du Bois
seems to have begun in the mid or late 1930s; certainly by 1941 their relationship
was no longer platonic. Following the death of W.E.B. Du Bois's first wife, Nina,
in October 1950, he and Shirley Graham Du Bois were married February 27, 1951. Together,
the Du Boises worked tirelessly to improve the lot of underrepresented groups in the
United States, increasingly through their involvement in left causes and groups, probably
including the Communist Party of the U.S.A. Shortly after their wedding in 1951, W.E.B.
Du Bois was indicted for "un-American" activities. Although W.E.B. Du Bois was acquitted
for insufficient evidence, the Du Boises were frustrated with lack of progress in
the United States. After being harassed endlessly by United States officials, they
decided to emigrate to Ghana in 1961, where W.E.B. Du Bois was invited to create the
multi-volume Encyclopedia Africana, a work that was not completed until recent years.
After his death in 1963, Du Bois worked for some time developing the field of telecommunications
in Ghana with Ghana Television. This work included not only developing facilities
such as studio space, but also training technicians and other staff, and developing
a national infrastructure to handle the new communications medium. After the coup
in 1966 that resulted in the unseating of Ghanaian president, Kwame Nkrumah, Du Bois
moved to Cairo where she lived with her son, David (Graham) Du Bois. Du Bois continued
to devote herself to causes of liberation, of African peoples, women, African Americans,
and people of color worldwide. She died of cancer in Beijing in 1977.
For further biographical information, see Gerald Horne, Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois (2000).
The following is a short bibliography of Shirley Graham Du Bois's books in chronological
- George Washington Carver, Scientist. (co-written with George Dewey Lipscomb) New York: Julian Messner, Inc., 1944
- Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World. New York: Julian Messner, 1946
- There Once Was a Slave...the Heroic Story of Frederick Douglass. New York: Julian Messner, 1947
- "Naiveté, the Story of Anne Royall" unpublished, ca.1947
- Your Most Humble Servant. New York: Julian Messner, 1949
- The Story of Phillis Wheatley. New York: Julian Messner, 1949
- Jean Baptiste du Sable: Founder of Chicago. New York: Julian Messner, 1953
- The Story of Pocahontas, 1953
- Booker T. Washington; Educator of Hand, Head and Heart. New York: Julian Messner, 1955
- His Day Is Marching On. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1971
- Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile; A Biography. New York: Third Press, 1972
- Zulu Heart. New York: Third Press, 1974
- Julius K. Nyerere, Teacher of Africa. New York: Julian Messner, 1975
The collection is divided into five series.
Series I, Personal and Biographical (#1.1-9.3), is divided into seven subseries.
Subseries A, Biographical information (#1.1-2.3f+), includes autobiographical/biographical
sketches, drivers license, scrapbooks, clippings, awards, household information, etc.
Subseries B, Education (#2.4o-4.4), consists of class notebooks, etc.
Subseries C, Travel (#4.5-5.6), includes passports, notes, and diaries.
Subseries D, Date books (#5.7v-6.7v), is arranged chronologically.
Subseries E, Correspondence with suitors (#6.8-7.2), is arranged chronologically.
Subseries F, Financial (#7.3-7.15), includes passbooks, statements, etc.
Subseries G, Clippings and Other Material Collected by Shirley Graham Du Bois (#7.16-9.3),
covers subjects of interest to Shirley Graham Du Bois and is arranged by mostly topic.
Series II, Family (#9.4-15.5f), is divided into four subseries. See Graham family
genealogical chart at the end of this finding aid. Information for the chart was gathered
from papers and photographs in the collection.
Subseries A, Parents (#9.4-11.10), includes Reverend D.A. Graham's sermons, writings,
correspondence and biographical information. Also includes Etta Bell Graham's scrapbooks,
correspondence with her children, and biographical information.
Subseries B, Brothers (#11.11-12.3), mainly consists of correspondence between Shirley
Graham Du Bois and her four brothers. Also includes writings by brothers Lorenz Bell
Graham and Orval Graham.
Subseries C, Sons (#12.4-13.15), consists of correspondence between Shirley Graham
Du Bois and Robert McCanns and David Graham.
Subseries D, W.E.B. Du Bois (#13.16-15.5f), includes publicity, articles, clippings,
scrapbook, celebration and memorial programs, and correspondence with Shirley Graham
Du Bois and publishers re: W.E.B. Du Bois bibliography.
Series III, General Correspondence (#15.6-22.18), spans 1926-1975 and concerns financial
matters, legal issues, personal schedules, travel, appointments and volunteer activities,
Ghana TV (see also Series IV, Subseries H), W.E.B. clubs of America, "repatriation"
of Americans to Ghana, and W.E.B. Du Bois's work. Also included is correspondence
with friends. The series includes outgoing typescript letters from Shirley Graham
Du Bois as well as many incoming ones. Correspondents include: Herbert and Bettina
Aptheker, Frederick Artz, Josephine Baker, Cedric Belfrage, Brindley Benn, Arna Bontemps,
Stokely Carmichael , Edward Dickinson, Hallie Flanagan, Philip Foner, Vincent and
Vivian Hallinan, Vincent Harding, Nathan Hare, William Hastie, Lawrence Hautz, Bernard
Jaffe, George Kondolf, William P. Mahoney, Elizabeth Moos, Truman Nelson, Mary White
Ovington, George Padmore, Paul and Eslanda Robeson, and Walter White. There is no
correspondence in this series for 1976 to 1977.
Series IV, Work and Writings (#22.19-44.19f+), is divided into eight subseries.
Subseries A, Musical scores (#22.19-25.6f), also includes librettos, programs, scrapbook,
Subseries B, Theater productions (#25.7-25.19, Folio Box 26), includes programs, reports,
articles, and a scrapbook regarding Shirley Graham Du Bois's work at the Works Progress
Administration (W.P.A.) Chicago Federal Theatre, 1931-1941.
Subseries C, Speeches (#25.20-28.18f), covers topics such as race relations in the
United States, African-Asian relations, China, and Africa. Most are typescripts, but
some are printed. The series includes programs, research materials, itineraries, correspondence,
flyers, clippings, etc.
Subseries D, Articles (#29.1-31.20), covers the same topics as the Speeches subseries.
Includes both typescript and printed articles published in mainly political journals
and magazines, including the New World Review, Political Affairs, Freedomways, and Africa and the World.
Subseries E, Nonfiction books (#32.1-40.15), includes correspondence, drafts, notes,
clippings, etc., regarding her biographical writings. Also included are four drafts
of her work on Anne Newport Royall with different titles: "Naiveté," "Anne Royall's
United States," "The Verdict," and "Royal Anne: The Woman in the Case." "Naiveté"
appears to be the most complete and was bound with brads into three separate books
each with its own cover.
Subseries F, Fiction works (#40.16-41.5), includes a draft of the novel Zulu Heart, and some short stories and poems.
Subseries G, Plays (#41.6-42.19), includes clippings, contracts, programs, notes,
Subseries H, Other work (#42.20v-44.19f+), documents her work with the USO, NAACP,
Rosenberg and other trusts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Ghana TV.
Series V, Photographs, (#PD.9-116), was originally broadly organized by David Graham
Du Bois. Those that had been pulled for Race Woman were reintegrated into the collection. Although most photographs in the collection
were unidentified, attempts have been made to identify people and events wherever
possible. The series is divided into five subseries.
Subseries A, Portraits, family and friends (#PD.9-45).
Subseries B, Family photo albums (#PD.46-65), consists of four photograph albums which
have been disbound and put into folders. Photographs found slipped between pages are
marked with the page number where they were originally found and put into a folder
following the album itself. Photographs found at the back or between blank pages were
put into separate folders. In #PD.57-58, entire pages of photographs came loose as
they were being processed. These photographs were numbered sequentially as they were
originally found. As there are many duplicate photographs amongst all of the albums,
at the front of the first folder of each album is a notation of duplicates.
Subseries C, Work and writings (#PD.66-79b).
Subseries D, Ghana (#PD.80-91).
Subseries E, International events and trips (#PD.92-116) includes Paris, Nigeria,
Egypt, Berlin, China, Japan, etc.
Folder headings are those of the archivist unless otherwise noted; headings by either
Shirley Graham Du Bois or David Graham Du Bois are in quotations.
- Series I. PERSONAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
- Subseries A. Biographical Information
- 1.1. Autobiographical and biographical sketches, 1946-1950, n.d.
- 1.2. Oral history transcript, 1971
- 1.3. Driver's license, store "courtesy card," 1941, n.d.
- 1.4-1.5. Clippings re: Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1962-1975,n.d.
- 1.6f. Clippings re: Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1962-1975, n.d.
- 1.7f+. Clippings re: Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1962-1975, n.d.
- 1.8. Shirley Graham Du Bois scrapbook, 1927-1930, n.d. Mostly photocopies of #1.9f-1.11f
- 1.12-1.14. Shirley Graham Du Bois scrapbook, 1939-1951, n.d. Mostly photocopies of #1.19f+-1.20o;
includes clippings, correspondence, programs re: Shirley Graham Du Bois writings,
wedding, politics, awards, and music.
Also reference copy of photograph in #1.12; original in #PD.1.
- 1.15-1.17. Loose items from #1.19f+-1.20o
- 1.18f+. Loose items from #1.19f+-1.20o
- 1.21. "Ghanaian Handcraft," scrapbook of blank notecards with African graphics, photographs,
- 1.22. Piano recital program, 1916
- 1.25. Health: correspondence, diets, reports, 1953-1974
- 1.26. Copper printing plate, "Mrs. W.E.B. du Bois," n.d.
- 1.27. Registered voter I.D. card, 1957
- 1.28. Awards: citation, certificates, programs, invitation, 1935-1951; includes photocopy
- 1.30f. Award: Institute of Race Relations, 1947
- 1.31f. Award certificate, "United Negro and Allied Veterans of America" in recognition for
There Once Was a Slave, n.d.
- 1.32m. Plaque, "Afro-American Award," n.d.; photograph of Shirley Graham Du Bois on metal
plaque, c. 1920s.
- 1.33. "Shirley Graham Du Bois cemetery deed:" correspondence, deed, brochures, receipts,
1946-1954. Includes documents re: plot of William B. Graham.
- 1.34. Re: property owned by Shirley Graham Du Bois (insurance, rental, sale); includes correspondence
notes, plans, 1951-1961.
- 2.1-2.2. Household effects: shipping and storage (lists, documents, correspondence), 1966-1969,
- 2.3f+. Household effects: shipping and storage (lists, documents, correspondence), 1966-1969,
- Subseries B. Education
- 2.4o. Diplomas: Nashville Public School, Grammar Department, June 7, 1911; Clarksville High
School, May 24, 1911.
- 2.5f+. Diplomas: Lewis & Clark High School, June 11, 1915; Lewis & Clark High School Typewriting
Proficiency Certificate, Jan. 19, 1915.
- 2.6-2.10. Class notebook: Biology I, Morgan State summer course, 1931
- 2.11. Oberlin College Conservatory: course catalogs, 1930-1932
- 2.12. Oberlin College, notes on others' theses re: Negro music, 1924, 1934
- 2.13. Oberlin College: student essays, 1934-1935
- 2.14. Oberlin College: Honors Day and Commencement, 1934-1935; includes programs, clippings.
- 2.15. Oberlin College: B.A. and M.A. certificates, 1934-1935
- 2.16v. Oberlin College: "Hi-O-Hi" yearbook, 1933.
Includes reference copy of photograph of classmate?; original in #PD.1.
- 3.1v. Oberlin College: "Hi-O-Hi" yearbook, 1935
- 3.2. Oberlin College: 1934 "Class Letter," n.d.
- 3.3. Yale: Class notes, public relations, 1943
- 3.4. New York University transcripts, 1944-1945
- 3.5-3.9. New York University: Shirley Graham Du Bois's class notebook (disassembled), 1944-1945;
includes history and principles courses.
- 3.10. New York University class notebook (disassembled), "Nature of Language," 1945-1946;
- 3.11. New York University class notebook (disassembled), "Nature of Language," 1945-1946
- 3.12-4.1. New York University class papers, (ts.), 1944-1946, n.d. (6 folders)
- 4.2. "A Critical Study of 'The Good Earth'" (ts.), Drama 136, 1938
- 4.3. "A Brief Survey of Dialects in Dramatic Dialogue" (ts.), Drama 136, 1938
- 4.4. Arabic class notes, 1969
- Subseries C. Travel
- 4.5. Souvenir postcard, schedule of ships, 1926-1927
- 4.6. "Passport, 1960-61": correspondence, receipts, applications re: passports (U.S., Tanzania,
Guinea, 1952-1975); includes cancelled United States passport.
Also reference copy of 1971 "Certificate of Identity," with photograph; original in
- 4.7. United States passport, 1960
- 4.8. Passports: Ghana (1963), Guinea (1966)
- 4.9. Passport, Guinea, (1970)
- 4.10. Passport, Tanzania, 1972
- 4.11-4.13. "Visa refusal, 1970;" includes correspondence, travel documents, press releases, petitions.
- 4.14. "Clippings, visa refusal, 1970"
- 4.15f. Other travel documents, 1974-1976, n.d.
- 4.16. Mostly copies of 4.15f.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.1.
- 4.17. Travel notes: Liberia, London, 1928?
- 4.18. Nigeria, 1960: inauguration of Nnamdi Azikiwe. Includes invitations, notes, speech,
- 4.19. China visit, 1967: travel diary (ts. notes) re: national minorities
- 4.20v. Travel diary, China, 1967
- 4.21v. Travel diary, China, 1967-1968
- 4.22. Loose items from #4.21v
- 5.1v. Travel diary, China, 1974
- 5.2. Correspondence, program re: China visit, 1974 (25th anniversary of National Day).
- 5.3. Visit to China, 1974: envelope, "For Mrs. Du Bois," photograph, menu, souvenir items,
mostly in Chinese.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.1.
- 5.4v. Travel diary, China, n.d.
- 5.5. Loose items from #5.4v
- 5.6. Travel notes, Sudan, n.d.
- Subseries D. Date Books
- 5.10. Date books, 1952-1953 (2 volumes)
- 5.11. Date books, 1954-1955 (2 volumes)
- 5.14. Date book, 1958 (2 volumes)
- 5.15. Date book, 1959 (2 volumes)
- 5.16. Date books, 1960, 1962 (2 volumes)
- 6.5v. Date books, 1970-1975
- 6.7v. Rolodex/business cards, n.d.
- Subseries E. Correspondence with Suitors
- 6.8-6.12. Joseph Himes, 1932-1933.
Includes reference copy of photograph in #6.10; original in #PD.1.
- 7.1-7.2. Max Foresman, 1942-1943
- Subseries F. Financial
- 7.3. Passbook, documents re: accounts, Booker T. Washington Credit Union, 1941-1949
- 7.4. "Shirley Household Account," 1951-1953
- 7.5. Loose items from #7.4
- 7.6-7.9. Swiss Bank Corporation/London statements, 1962-1978; includes correspondence.
- 7.10f. Swiss Bank Corporation/London statements, 1962-1978
- 7.11. Bank of Egypt, 1966-1967; includes checks/ register, statements, correspondence, receipts.
- 7.12f+. Bank of Egypt, 1966-1967
- 7.13. Geneva Bank: "Banque Pariente... (closed)" 1972-1974; includes correspondence, transfer
documents, draft agreement forms re: Du Bois Publications.
- 7.14. Other bank accounts, 1956-1968, n.d.; includes correspondence, statements, passbook.
- 7.15. Other financial, 1934-1975; includes loans, income tax, reports, correspondence.
- Subseries G. Clippings and Other Material Collected by Shirley Graham Du Bois
- 7.16-8.2. "Afro-Am History," 1943-1976; includes unpublished essays and lists (ts.); published
articles, pamphlets. (3 folders)
- 8.3. "Angela Davis," 1971-1973, n.d.; includes petition, flyers, pamphlets, correspondence.
- 8.4. "Julius Kambarage Nyerere from the New Yorker," 1966
- 8.5-8.6. "Nkrumah - Mats. Death," 1958-1972: clippings, speeches, pamphlets; includes photocopies
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.1.
- 8.8. "Ogi Egbunh," 1971; includes article and speech (typescript).
- 8.9. "Sadat's Revolt," 1957; includes essay by Allan Wingate (typescript).
- 8.10. Programs for national events, Republic of Ghana, 1960
- 8.11. Case studies (ttypescript) re: African-Americans in Czechoslovakia, n.d.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.1.
- 8.12-8.13. Published articles, essays by other authors, 1893-1975
- 8.14. Speeches, essays (typescript) by other authors, 1968, n.d.
- 8.15. Poems by other authors, 1962, n.d.
- 8.16. Postcards of art by H. Kofi Bailey, n.d.
- 8.17-8.18. Photocopies from #8.19o
- 8.20-8.25. Scrapbook of clippings, (photocopies; originals discarded), 1960-1961. Includes African
politics, United States Civil Rights Museum, Cuba.
- 9.1. Other documents (tyepscript), 1865, 1971, n.d.; includes 1940s photocopy of the appointment
of William H. Kellogg to Commissary of Substance with rank of Captain signed by Abraham
- 9.2f. Printed musical score by Meta Davis, n.d.
- 9.3. Program from the play, "The Green Pastures," at the Mansfield Theatre, New York City,
1930; includes inscription from "the escort."
- Series II. FAMILY
- Subseries A. Parents
- 9.4. Reverend D.A. Graham: biographical, 1936, n.d.; includes clippings.
Also reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.2.
- 9.5. Reverend D.A. Graham: biographical, 1927; includes passport.
- 9.6f. Reverend D.A. Graham: visa, 1925
- 9.7. Reverend D.A. Graham: correspondence with his children, 1920-1936, n.d.
- 9.8. Reverend D.A. Graham: Crown Hill Cemetery, 1936-1948; includes correspondence, deed,
- 9.9. Reverend D.A. Graham: work, 1904-1935, n.d.; includes correspondence, certificate
- 9.10. Reverend D.A. Graham: work, badge from 9th Session Indiana, Greater Bethel A.M.E.
Church, Indianapolis, Sept. 25-29, 1935
- 9.11. Reverend D.A. Graham: work, postcards of Monrovia College, Liberia, n.d.
See also #PD.19 for other photograph postcards of Monrovia.
- 9.12-9.16. Reverend D.A. Graham: sermons, 1912-1936, n.d.
- 9.17. Reverend D.A. Graham: writings, 1916-1930, n.d.
- 9.18. Reverend D.A. Graham: "Ethics of the Pulpit and Pastorate," (typescript) n.d.
- 9.19. Reverend D.A. Graham: collected works of other authors, 1928, n.d.; includes clippings,
notes, hymns (typescript).
- 9.20-9.25. Etta Bell Graham: Photocopies of #10f+.1.
- 9.26-9.27. Etta Bell Graham: loose items from #10f+.1; includes photocopies.
Also reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.3f+.
- 9.28-9.29. Etta Bell Graham, "Mamma's Scrapbook," (disassembled, photocopies), 1910-1936, n.d.;
includes clippings, telegrams.
- 11.1. Etta Bell Graham: family, 1851, 1943; includes Indiana "Certificate of Registration"
for entitlement to residency of Lucy Ann Graham, David A. Graham's mother; obituary
for Cora Bell Grissom, Elizabeth Bell Graham's sister.
- 11.2. Etta Bell Graham: biographical, 1885-1952, n.d.; includes obituary, clippings, school
- 11.3. Etta Bell Graham: marriage, 1895-1936; includes clippings, guest book, invitations.
- 11.4-11.6. Etta Bell Graham: correspondence with sons, 1920-1952, n.d.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.4.
- 11.7. Etta Bell Graham: correspondence with Shirley Graham Du Bois ("Lola"), 1927-1940,
- 11.8. Etta Bell Graham: other correspondence, 1926-1952, n.d.; includes letter to Franklin
Delano Roosevelt petitioning him to throw out indictment of W.E.B. Du Bois.
- 11.9. Etta Bell Graham: speeches and writings, 1936-1939, n.d.; includes Shirley Graham
Du Bois drawing, school? essay (ts.), clippings.
- 11.10. Etta Bell Graham: collected materials, 1929-1937, n.d.; includes clippings, program.
- Subseries B. Brothers
- 11.11. Correspondence, 1920s-1930s
- 11.12. Correspondence, 1940s
- 11.13. Correspondence, 1950s
- 11.4-11.16. Correspondence, 1960s
- 11.17-11.19. Correspondence, 1970s
- 11.20. "God Pickan," by Lorenz B. Graham (typescript play), n.d., re: missionaries in Liberia
- 12.1-12.2. Childhood memoir by Orval Graham, (typescript and handwritten draft), n.d.
- 12.3. Collected material, 1928-1979; includes correspondence, writings, clippings, programs.
- Subseries C. Sons
- 12.4. Correspondence with Robert, 1927-1929
- 12.5-12.9. Correspondence with Robert, 1930-1939
- 12.10-12.12. Correspondence with Robert, 1940-1943
- 12.13. Correspondence with Robert, n.d.
- 12.14. Letters to Robert, 1943-1944
- 12.15. Robert: school grades, 1939
- 12.16. Correspondence with David Graham Du Bois, 1929, 1945
- 12.17-12.22. "David Graham Du Bois Letters, '39-'42": correspondence with David Graham Du Bois,
- 12.23-12.24. "David Graham Du Bois Letters from China, '59-'60": correspondence with David Graham
Du Bois, 1956-1974; includes letters from China, Egypt, Amsterdam, etc.
- 13.1. Correspondence with David Graham Du Bois, 1936-1941; includes letters from Etta B.
Graham to Shirley Graham Du Bois.
- 13.2. Correspondence with David Graham Du Bois, 1942
- 13.3. Correspondence with David Graham Du Bois, 1943
- 13.4-13.5. Correspondence with David Graham Du Bois, 1944
- 13.6. Correspondence with David Graham Du Bois, 1945
- 13.7. Letters to David Graham Du Bois from family, 1942
- 13.8. Letters to David Graham Du Bois from friends, 1942, 1963, 1980
- 13.9. Letters re: David Graham Du Bois's education at Oberlin College, 1942-1943
- 13.10. David Graham Du Bois financial and educational records, 1943, 1956, 1960-1963, n.d.;
includes grade school report card.
- 13.11. "The Death of Nasser," article by David Graham Du Bois in The Black Scholar, 1971
- 13.12. Interview with Stokely Carmichael (ts. copy), n.d.
- 13.13-13.15. Correspondence with David Graham Du Bois and Robert (or one unidentified son), 1933-1936,
n.d.; includes holiday greeting cards.
- Subseries D. W.E.B. Du Bois
- 13.16. Biographical, 1957, n.d.; includes voter registration card, brief life chronology.
- 13.17. Sketch of W.E.B. Du Bois by Fred Allen, n.d.
- 13.18-13.20. Publicity, 1957-1970, n.d.; includes articles, clippings, pamphlets, "W.E.B. Du Bois
and His Monumental Literary Efforts," by Shirley Graham Du Bois. Also photocopies
- 13.22f-13.23f. Articles re: W.E.B. Du Bois, 1958-1963, n.d.
- 13.24v. Celebration volume on W.E.B. Du Bois's life, n.d.
- 14.1. Health, 1946-1958, n.d.; includes correspondence, reports, insurance information.
- 14.2. Financial, 1961-1962; includes bank correspondence.
- 14.3. Travel, 1960; includes deposition for passport request.
- 14.4. "Tschaika" (motor vehicle information), 1961-1963; includes correspondence, receipts.
- 14.5. Correspondence, re: other W.E.B. Du Bois properties, 1951
- 14.6. Letters to Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1934-1936
- 14.7-14.9. Letters to Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1940-1949
- 14.10. Letters to Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1950-1955
- 14.11. Letters from Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1946-1962, n.d.
- 14.12. Correspondence between Shirley Graham Du Bois and Du Bois Williams, W.E.B. Du Bois's
- 14.13. Other correspondence, 1940-1963, n.d.
- 14.14-14.15f+. Photocopies of #14.16o.
- 14.17-14.20. Death: condolences and obituaries, 1963; includes letter from Ida Pruitt, messages
from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, Nikita Khrushchev, et al.
- 14.21-14.22. Speeches and writings, 1938-1962, n.d.
- 14.23. "Trust," correspondence with Kraus-Thomson Organization Limited (KTO Press), publisher
of The Collected Published Works of W.E.B. Du Bois, 1971-1987; includes contract, invoices, notes, pamphlets.
- 14.24. "Partington," correspondence with Paul Partington re: lack of foreign press translations
in W.E.B. Du Bois bibliography from KTO Press, 1973-1980
- 14.25. Press release and program, re: International Peace Award, 1953.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.4.
- 14.26. W.E.B. Du Bois centennial celebration, 1968; includes clippings, photographs, speeches,
- 14.27-14.30. "Du Bois Memorial - Carnegie Hall," 1963-1964; includes clippings, pamphlets, flyer,
tributes, radio script, letters from Elizabeth Moos, Ossie Davis, et al.
- 14.31-14.33. "Site Dedication," ceremony dedicating W.E.B. Du Bois birthplace in Great Barrington,
Mass., 1967-1979; includes program, invitations, speech, clippings. Also photocopies
- 15.1-15.2. "Paper Dedication, UMass," re: W.E.B. Du Bois archives, University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, 1973-1980; includes Shirley Graham Du Bois honorary doctoral degree, brochures,
clippings, press packets, citation, speech.
Also reference copy of photograph of Shirley Graham Du Bois receiving degree; original
- 15.3f+. "Paper Dedication, UMass," re: W.E.B. Du Bois archives, University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, 1973-1980
- 15.4. Photocopies of #15.5f
- Series III. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE
- 15.6. Correspondence, 1926-1928
- 15.7. Correspondence, 1930
- 15.8-15.9. Correspondence, 1931
- 15.10-15.11. Correspondence, 1932
- 15.12. Correspondence, 1933
- 15.13-15.14. Correspondence, 1934
- 15.15-15.16. Correspondence, 1935
- 15.17. Correspondence, 1936
- 15.18. Correspondence, 1937
- 15.19-15.20. Correspondence, 1938
- 15.21-15.24. Correspondence, 1939; includes Edward Dickinson, George Kondolf, director of the Chicago
Federal Theatre, et al.
- 16.1-16.2. Correspondence, 1940; includes Eslanda (Essie) Robeson, Ethel Waters, Edward Dickinson,
George Kondolf, et al.
- 16.3-16.4. Correspondence, 1941
- 16.5-16.6. Correspondence, 1942.
Includes reference copy of photograph in 16.5; original in #PD.7.
- 16.7-16.8. Correspondence: 1943; includes Yvonne, Shirley Graham Du Bois's daughter-in-law, re:
- 16.9-16.11. Correspondence, 1944; includes letter to Henry Ford, Sr. re: George Washington Carver,
correspondence with Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Robeson, et al.
- 16.12. Correspondence, 1945
- 16.13-16.15. Correspondence, 1946; includes Langston Hughes, Mark Twain Society re: honorary membership,
- 16.16-16.19. Correspondence, 1947; includes Langston Hughes, Carl Van Vechten (signed "Carlo"),
- 17.1-17.2. Correspondence, 1948; includes letter and article (typescript) from United Public
Workers of America, re: fighting Jim Crow laws, etc.
- 17.3. Correspondence, 1949
- 17.4. Correspondence, 1950; includes Eslanda (Essie) Robeson, et al.
- 17.5-17.7. Correspondence, "Trial," 1951, re: W.E.B. Du Bois's indictment and trial.
- 17.8-17.9. Correspondence, 1952; includes Howard Fast, et al.
- 17.10-17.13. Correspondence, 1953; includes subpoena from the "Sub Committee on Investigation"
signed by Joseph McCarthy.
- 17.14-17.15. Correspondence, 1954
- 17.16-17.17. Correspondence, 1955
- 17.18. Correspondence, 1956
- 17.19-17.20. Correspondence, 1957; includes Rockwell Kent, interview of W.E.B. Du Bois and Shirley
Graham Du Bois (ts. edited).
- 17.21. Correspondence, 1958
- 17.22-17.23. Correspondence, 1959; includes Chu Po-shen and correspondence re: Du Boises' trip
- 18.1-18.2. Correspondence, 1960; includes "Agreement and Declaration of Trust" (typescript copy)
re: making Shirley Graham Du Bois trustee of the Louis E. Burnham estate; United States
press release re: "Regulation of Travel by Soviet Citizens in the United States";
letter from Paul Partington; flyer for Shirley Graham Du Bois talk at "Annual Rally
for Peace and Friendship" at the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship.
Also reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.7.
- 18.3. Correspondence, 1961; includes uncataloged photograph of young Ghanaian boy in Du
Boises' holiday card.
- 18.4. Correspondence, 1962; includes Ben and Ethel Schub.
- 18.5-18.8. Correspondence, 1963; includes correspondence re: death of W.E.B. Du Bois, invitation
to state banquet at the Imperial Palace of Ethiopia, uncataloged photographs of a
collage of W.E.B. Du Bois clippings.
Also reference copies of photographs in #18.5; originals in #PD.7.
- 18.9-18.13. Correspondence, 1964; includes Ossie Davis.
Also reference copy of photograph in #18.9; original in #PD.7.
- 18.14-18.16. Correspondence, 1965; includes Lil Landau.
- 18.17. Photocopy of #18.18f.
- 19.1-19.5. Correspondence, 1966; includes photocopy of W.E.B. Du Bois short story, "On Being
Crazy," correspondence with Josephine Baker, Ida Pruitt.
- 19.6-19.8. Correspondence, 1967; includes Stokely Carmichael.
- 19.9-19.10. Correspondence, 1968; includes Anna Louise Strong.
- 19.11-19.14. Correspondence, 1969; includes Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Graham Du Bois's statement
in response to Martin Luther King's assassination.
- 20.1-20.7. Correspondence, 1970; includes introduction to W.E.B. Du Bois's The Negro by George Shepperton (typescript); publication and photocopy of declaration re: Fisk
University student movement for a black university; article by Shirley Graham Du Bois
in opposition to advertisement, "An Appeal by Black Americans for United States Support
to Israel" (ts.); selection from The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: "Negroes and Jews - The Two Nationalisms and The Bloc(ked) Plurality" by Harold
- 20.8-20.13. Correspondence, 1971.
Includes reference copy of photograph of Garth Cate; original in #PD.7.
- 20.14-20.18, 21.1-21.5. Correspondence, 1972; includes Kraus-Thomson Organization Ltd. re: W.E.B. Du Bois
- 21.6-21.14. Correspondence, 1973; includes statement from Obi B. Egbuna, "I am No Medusa on Ice,"
correspondence re: Shirley Graham Du Bois's spring trip to the United States.
- 21.15-22.4. Correspondence, 1974; includes "Where To - From Here," article by Shirley Graham Du
Bois (typescript), correspondence and "interview" with Abby Simon, daughter of Abbott
Simon (typescript). (8 folders)
- 22.5-22.11. Correspondence, 1975; includes flyer for Shirley Graham Du Bois lecture, resignation
of Nathan Hare from Black Scholar.
- 22.12. Correspondence and poems by Margaret Burroughs, 1977.
- 22.13-22.14. Correspondence, n.d.
- 22.15-22.18. Correspondence with Kwame Nkrumah, 1956-1971, n.d.
- Series IV. WORK AND WRITINGS
- Subseries A. Musical Scores
- 22.19-22.21. "Little Black Sambo," 1938-1941, n.d.; includes clippings, libretto, program, treatment.
- 22.22. Photocopies of #22.23f.
- 22.24-22.25. Photocopies of #22.26f.
- 22.27. "Swing Mikado," clippings, 1938, n.d.
- 23.1-23.2. "Tom-Tom," 1932-1980, n.d.; includes clippings, letter, flyer, programs.
- 23.3. "Tom-Tom," published libretto (photocopy from The Roots of African American Drama), 1998
- 23.4-23.5. "Tom-Tom," (typescript libretto), n.d. (two copies)
- 23.6. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Overture (photocopy of #24f.1) n.d.
- 23.7-23.8. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Act I (photocopy of #24f.2-24f.5) n.d.
- 23.9. "Tom-Tom," musical score: "From Act I" (photocopy of #24f.6) n.d.
- 23.10-23.12. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Act II (photocopy of #24f24f.7-24f.10) n.d.
- 23.13. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Act II "No Time, Caberet [sic] Scene from the Opera," (photocopy
of #24f.11) n.d.
- 23.14. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Act II Chorus Score, (photocopy of #24f.12) n.d.
- 23.15-23.18. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Act III, copy #1 (photocopy of #24f.13-24f.15) n.d.
- 23.19-23.20. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Act III, copy #2 (photocopy of #24f.16-24f.19) n.d.
- 23.21-23.23. "Tom-Tom," musical score: Act III, copy #3 (photocopy of #24f.20-24f.22) n.d.
- 25.1-25.2. Other music, 1916-1939, n.d.; includes librettos for "Deep Rivers: A Music Fantasy,"
published in Arts Quarterly, "Towards Freedom" (typescript synopsis of musical, "Mississippi Rainbow")
- 25.3. Photocopies of #25.4f.
- 25.5. Photocopies of #25.6f
- Subseries B. Theater Productions
- 25.7. Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Chicago Federal Theatre, 1937-1938, n.d.; includes
group letter, literature, programs.
- 25.8f. Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Federal Theatre, n.d.; includes national policy
board agenda, summer theater report.
- 25.9-25.10. "The Hairy Ape," by Eugene O'Neill, (typescript) adaptation by Shirley Graham Du Bois
for the Negro Unit of the Chicago Federal Theatre, n.d. (2 copies)
- 25.11. Chicago Federal Theatre summer session, planning committee report, 1937; includes
article, "Towards an American Theatre," by Shirley Graham Du Bois in Arts Quarterly.
- 25.12v. Daybook re: Shirley Graham Du Bois's director-supervisor schedule at the Chicago Federal
Theatre, Princess Theatre, 1936-1937; includes weekly receipts for Shirley Graham
Du Bois production, "Mississippi Rainbow."
- 25.13. Programs: other Shirley Graham Du Bois productions, 1931-1941
- 25.14. Programs: others' productions, 1939
- 25.15-25.19. Photocopies of #26f.
See also subseries G.
- Subseries C. Speeches
- 25.20. Speeches, 1936-1938; includes "Shirley Graham Discusses the Negro Artist" (typescript).
- 25.21-25.24. Speeches, 1941-1949, n.d.; includes "American All," "Women on the Frontier," "The
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass," "There Once Was a Slave," speech delivered
at the national founding convention of the Progressive Party."
- 27.1-27.2. Speeches, 1944-1949, n.d.; includes invitations, programs.
- 27.3-27.4. Speeches, 1950-1959, ts./printed; includes programs, article, invitations.
- 27.5-27.6. Speeches, "1951 - First Defense Trip;" includes notes, clippings, flyers, invitations,
itineraries, biographical information, correspondence.
Also reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.8.
- 27.7-27.8. Speeches, "1953 Lecture Tour;" includes itineraries, flyer, invitations, correspondence,
press releases, biographical information, flower/gift cards.
- 27.9-27.11. Speeches, "China visit - 1959," (typescript notes), photocopies of disassembled scrapbook
of clippings in Chinese.
- 27.12. Speeches, 1960-1961, (typescript, printed) re: Africa, United States peace rally,
China, women of Ghana.
- 27.13. Speeches, "Lecture material - Marcy, 1961"; includes clippings, pamphlet, 1960-1961.
- 27.14. Speeches, 1962-1964, (typescript, printed)
- 27.15. Speeches, 1965-1969, (typescript, printed)
- 27.16-27.17. Speeches, 1970
- 28.1. Speeches, 1971; includes pen drawing of Shirley Graham Du Bois by Harold S. Dorsey.
- 28.2. Speeches, clippings re: speech at Harvard, 1971
- 28.3. Speeches, radio interview with Esther Jackson et al., at Interchurch Center, New York
City (typescript transcript), Feb. 1971
- 28.4. Speeches, 1972-1974
- 28.5. Speeches, letters from students re: speech at John S. Roberts Junior High School,
New York City, 1972.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.8.
- 28.6. Speeches, "African Society," Sept. 1974, re: donating W.E.B. Du Bois's "Collected
- 28.7-28.10. Speeches, 1975
- 28.12. Speeches, "Chou [En-lai] Memorial," 1976; includes introduction (ts.), press release,
- 28.13-28.17. Speeches, n.d.; includes photocopy of #28.18f.
- Subseries D. Articles
- 29.1. "A Day at Hampstead," Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life, 1931
- 29.2-29.5. Shirley Graham Du Bois articles, 1943-1949; includes "We Hold These Truths" columns.
- 29.6-29.10. Shirley Graham Du Bois articles, 1951-1959
- 29.11-29.19. Shirley Graham Du Bois articles, 1960-1969
- 29.20f+. Shirley Graham Du Bois articles, 1960s
- 29.21-30.4. Shirley Graham Du Bois articles, Egyptian Gazette column, 1960s (7 folders)
- 30.5-30.10. Shirley Graham Du Bois articles, 1970-1979; includes ms. note from Averstone, editor
of The Pan Africanist.
- 30.11-31.15. Shirley Graham Du Bois articles, n.d.; includes photocopy of #31.16f+. (21 folders)
- 31.17-31.20. Others' articles, 1962-1971; includes Richard P. Stevens, Herbert Aptheker, Gamal
- Subseries E. Nonfiction Books
- 32.1-32.4. Correspondence with publishers, 1946-1964, n.d.; includes clippings, invitations,
- 32.5-32.6. Photocopies of #32.7f+
- 32.8. Shirley Graham Du Bois book jackets
- 32.9-32.11. The Third Press, 1971-1975; includes correspondence, catalogs, clippings, royalty
- 32.12f. Shirley Graham Du Bois corrected page proof for Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile, selected pages.
See also 32.10 for corresponding correspondence.
- 32.13-32.17. George Washington Carver, Scientist: typescript draft, n.d.
- 32.18. George Washington Carver, Scientist: copy of dedication, book list, clippings, n.d.
- 32.19-32.20. George Washington Carver, Scientist: foreign book jackets, front matter
- 32.21o. George Washington Carver, Scientist: foreign book jackets, front matter
- 32.22. George Washington Carver, Scientist: adaptation for radio by American School of the Air (ts.), 1945
- 32.23. "The Valkyrie," Somerville High School publication, Somerville, New Jersey, Sept.
1914; includes athletic notes by Paul Robeson.
- 32.24. Paul Robeson souvenir booklets, 1961-1964, n.d.
- 32.25. Paul Robeson programs, 1930, n.d.; includes autographed playbill for Othello at the
Savoy Theatre, London.
- 32.26f. Paul Robeson birthday tribute, 1959, 1973
- 32.27. Paul Robeson birthday tribute, (typescript draft), 1973
- 32.28f. "I Know a Man," song written for Robeson by Lerman and Morgenstern, copy of score,
- 32.29f+. Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World: book jacket, photocopies of front matter, from Norwegian edition, 1948
- 32.30. Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World: photocopies of book cover, front matter, illustrations, from Swedish edition, 1950
- 33.1-33.5. Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World: early incomplete draft (typescript), n.d
- 33.6-33.12. Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World: typescript draft, 1945
- 33.13. Correspondence, clippings, photocopies of #33.14f+ re: Paul Robeson, Shirley Graham
Du Bois's book, 1946-1973, n.d.
- 33.15. Other writings on Paul Robeson by Shirley Graham Du Bois, ca.1949
- 33.16-34.5. There Once Was a Slave: typescript draft, n.d. (10 folders)
- 34.6. There Once Was a Slave: etching of Frederick Douglass (copy), n.d.
- 34.7f. There Once Was a Slave: pen and ink drawing of Frederick Douglass, n.d.
- 34.8. There Once Was a Slave: photocopies of book jackets, front matter from various foreign editions, 1957-1962
- 34.9f+. There Once Was a Slave: photocopies of book jackets, front matter from various foreign editions, 1957-1962
- 34.10. There Once Was a Slave: clippings, 1947-1948, n.d.
- 34.11. Other Shirley Graham Du Bois writings on Frederick Douglass, n.d.
- 34.12. Your Most Humble Servant: book jackets, front matter from various foreign editions, 1952, 1962
- 34.13f+. Your Most Humble Servant: book jacket, n.d.
- 34.14. Clippings, re: Your Most Humble Servant, 1945-1950, n.d.; includes photocopy of #34.15f+
- 34.16f+. The Story of Phillis Wheatley: book jacket, photocopies of front matter from German edition, 1957
- 34.17-34.18. The Story of Phillis Wheatley: prepared radio script (ts.) from the Columbia Broadcasting System, Jan. 1949.
Includes reference copies of photographs; originals in #PD.8.
- 34.19. The Story of Phillis Wheatley, 1949-1955, n.d; includes clippings, letter.
- 34.20v. Jean Baptiste du Sable: Founder of Chicago: Shirley Graham Du Bois notes, n.d.
- 34.21. Jean Baptiste du Sable: Founder of Chicago, 1953-1978, n.d.; includes clippings, correspondence.
- 34.22. "The Marriage of Jean Baptise du Sable" (typescript draft), n.d.
- 34.23o. Jean Baptiste du Sable: Founder of Chicago: corrected proofs, 1953
- 34.24-34.26. "Cultural Division Materials," 1981-1982; includes proposal, treatment and promo segment
for movie adaptation by Glenn Bruce of Jean Baptiste du Sable: Founder of Chicago.
- 34.27. "Je Suis Pointe du Sable," by Steve Minium adaptation (typescript screenplay) of Jean Baptiste du Sable: Founder of Chicago, n.d.
- 34.28-34.30. "Jean Baptiste de [sic] Sable," by Seymour Klein, adaptation (ts. screenplay) of Jean Baptiste du Sable: Founder of Chicago, n.d.
- 35.1v. The Story of Pocahontas: Shirley Graham Du Bois notes, n.d.
- 35.2. The Story of Pocahontas, 1954; includes clippings.
- 35.3. The Story of Pocahontas: photocopy of cover, front matter, Italian edition, 1970
- 35.4. Booker T. Washington; Educator of Hand, Head and Heart: clippings, ca. 1956
- 35.5-35.12. His Day is Marching On, (original title, "Mine Eyes Have Seen") (typescript draft), n.d.
- 35.13. His Day is Marching On, 1971; includes clippings, press release, letters, book jacket.
- 35.14-35.21. Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile; A Biography: typescript draft, n.d.
- 36.1. Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile; A Biography: alternate chapters, n.d.
- 36.2-36.3. Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile; A Biography: research materials, 1959-1963, n.d.; includes articles, speeches.
- 36.4-36.6. Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile; A Biography: notes, n.d.
- 36.7v-36.8v. Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile; A Biography: notes, n.d.
- 36.9-36.12. Julius K. Nyerere, Teacher of Africa: typescript draft, n.d.
- 36.13v. Julius K. Nyerere, Teacher of Africa: notes, n.d.
- 36.14. A Pictorial History of W.E.B. Du Bois: correspondence with Johnson Publishing Company, 1975-1980
- 37.1. Guggenheim application materials for book on Anne Royall, 1947-1948; includes award
- 37.2-37.11. "Anne Royall's United States" (typescript draft), n.d.
- 37.12-37.22. "Anne Royall's United States, Book II" (typescript draft), n.d.
- 38.1-38.3. "Naiveté, Book I" (typescript draft), ca.1947
- 38.4-38.7. "Naiveté, Book II" (typescript draft), ca.1947
- 38.8-38.11. "Naiveté, Book III" (typescript draft), ca.1947
- 38.12-39.8. "Royal Anne: The Woman in the Case" (typescript draft), n.d. (16 folders)
- 39.9-39.15. Anne Royall (ts. notes), n.d.; includes complete parts of Shirley Graham Du Bois typescript
- 39.16-39.20. Anne Royall "Her story as told in her writings" (typescript notes), n.d.
- 39.21-39.26. Anne Royall, ts. notes re: Aaron Burr etc., 1948-1949, n.d.; includes clippings.
- 40.1-40.15. "The Verdict" re: Anne Royall (typescript draft), n.d.
- Subseries F. Fiction Works
- 40.16. Poems by Shirley Graham Du Bois?, (typescript draft), n.d.
- 40.17. Poems by others, 1923, n.d; includes poem by Lorenz B. Graham.
- 40.18. Selected poems of W.E.B. Du Bois (typescript draft), front matter, ca. 1964
- 40.19-40.26. Zulu Heart (typescript draft), n.d.
- 41.1. "I Got Wings," short story (typescript draft), n.d.
- 41.2. "Kawo: A Story of Africa" short story by Shirley Graham Du Bois and Lorenz B. Graham
(typescript draft), n.d.
- 41.3. "Wings Over Jordon [sic]," short story (typescript draft), n.d.
- 41.4. "Mary," "Tar," "Heaven Can Wait," short stories (typescript draft), n.d.
- 41.5. Published short stories by Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1943-1945
- Subseries G. Plays
- 41.6. "The Bannekers," prospectus for radio show (typescript) n.d.
- 41.7. "The Bannekers," script for radio show (typescript) n.d.
- 41.8-41.11. "Coal Dust," Acts I-III (typescript), n.d.
- 21.12-41.14. "Coal Dust," Acts I-III (typescript draft with penciled changes), n.d.
- 41.15. "Coal Dust," 1939, n.d.; includes clippings, program.
- 41.16. "Da Sun of God: a music-play" (typescript), n.d.
- 41.17. "Deep Rivers," radio "tone-poem" script, copy #1 (typescript), n.d.; includes foreword.
- 41.18. "Deep Rivers," radio "tone-poem" script, copy #2 (typescript), n.d.
- 41.19. Letter from Federal Theatre Project re: "Deep River," "Machine Dust," 1938
- 41.20. "Dust to Earth," Act I (typescript), n.d.
- 41.21. "Dust to Earth," Act II (typescript), n.d.
- 41.22. "Dust to Earth," Act III (typescript), n.d.
- 41.23. "Dust to Earth," notes taken at the "Forum" re: critiques of the play (typescript),
- 41.24. "Dust to Earth," 1941, n.d.; includes programs, clippings, contract.
- 41.25-41.28. "Elijah's Ravens," Acts I-III, copy #1 (typescript), 1940
- 41.29-41.32. "Elijah's Ravens," Acts I-III, copy #2 (typescript), 1940
- 42.1-42.3. "Elijah's Ravens," Acts I-III, copy #3 (typescript), 1940
- 42.4. "Elijah's Ravens," story line (typescript), n.d.
- 42.5. "Elijah's Ravens," 1941, n.d.; includes programs, clippings.
- 42.6. "Harlem U.S.A.," script by Shirley Graham Du Bois? (typescript), 1950
- 42.7. "I Gotta Home," 1940, n.d.; includes clippings, flyer.
- 42.8. "It's Morning," copy #1 (typescript), n.d.
- 42.9. "It's Morning," copy #2 (typescript), n.d.
- 42.10. "It's Morning," copy #3 (typescript), n.d.
- 42.11. "It's Morning," copy #4 (typescript), n.d.
- 42.12. "Now is the Time" (typescript), n.d.
- 42.13-42.14. "The Revolutionists," by Shirley Graham Du Bois and Seldon Rodman, Acts I-III, copy
#1 (typescript), n.d.
- 42.15-42.17. "The Revolutionists," by Shirley Graham Du Bois and Seldon Rodman, Acts I-III, copy
#2 (typescript), n.d.; includes signatures of Shirley Graham Du Bois and Margaret
- 42.18. "The Shadow of Olive Trees" (typescript), n.d.
- 42.19. Untitled script from YMCA camp (2 copies), 1942
- Subseries H. Other Work
- 42.20v. Notes: "Sudan '68," 1968
- 42.21v. Notes, 1968, n.d.
- 42.22v. Notes re: mostly addresses, 1971? n.d.
- 42.23. Loose items from #42.22v
- 43.4. Removed from #43.3v
- 43.9-43.14. USO at Ft. Huachuca, 1941-1943, n.d.; includes correspondence, reports, clippings,
script, poems, programs, speech, contract.
Also reference copy of photograph in #43.9; original in #PD.8.
- 43.15-43.17. Sage and Sand, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, January-March 1942
- 43.18-43.20. N.A.A.C.P., 1943, n.d.; includes correspondence, memos, minutes.
Also reference copy of photograph in #43.18; original in #PD.8.
- 43.21. Progressive Party, 1948, 1952, n.d.; includes clipping, flyer, invitation.
- 43.22-43.23. Rosenberg Children's Trust Fund, 1953-1955, n.d.; includes correspondence, legal documents,
minutes, reports, photocopies of #43.24f+.
- 43.25-43.27. Hope Foye Fund, 1954-1957, n.d.; includes correspondence, lists, program, financial,
Also reference copies of photographs in #43.27; originals in #PD.8.
- 44.1. Asian and African Writing Conference, 1958; includes clipping.
- 44.2. Negro Women's Emancipation Committee, 1960-1961, n.d.; includes correspondence, lists,
statement of purpose, invitations.
- 44.3v. University of Massachusetts Amherst yearbook, 1975; includes Shirley Graham Du Bois
as guest faculty.
- 44.4. Republican Spain, n.d.; includes clipping, program, press releases.
- 44.5. Other work, 1936-1977, n.d.; includes clippings, contracts, press card, election ballot,
pamphlet, program, report.
Also reference copy of photograph; original in #PD.8.
- 44.6. Ghana TV: "This is Ghana Television" (pamphlet), n.d.
- 44.7. Ghana TV: reports, 1963, n.d.
- 44.8. Ghana TV, 1964, n.d.; includes curriculum vitae, correspondence, minutes.
- 44.9. Ghana TV: speeches, 1964, n.d.
- 44.10. Ghana TV: clippings, 1964-1965, n.d.; includes photocopies of #44.11f+.
- 44.12-44.15. Ghana TV: "Mrs. Du Bois, Director of Television: Personal" (disassembled binder),
1964-1966; includes correspondence, Shirley Graham Du Bois's schedule, W.E.B. Du Bois's
work, "repatriation" of Afro-Americans to Ghana.
- 44.16. Ghana TV: "12 inch portable TV sets," 1965; includes correspondence, invoices re:
Sanyo TVs sent to Ghana.
- 44.17. Ghana TV: shipment of Sanyo television sets, 1965; includes correspondence, invoices,
- 44.18. Ghana TV: trip to Japan, 1964; includes clippings, itineraries, correspondence, lists,
- Series V. PHOTOGRAPHS.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.1. Removed from #1.1, 2.16v, 4.16, 6.10, 8.6, 8.11
- PD.3f. Removed from #9.27
- PD.4. Removed from #11.4, 14.25, 15.2
- PD.5-6. Removed from #15.5f
- PD.7. Removed from #16.5, 18.2, 18.5, 18.9, 19.5, 20.13
- PD.8. Removed from #27.5, 28.5, 34.18, 43.9, 43.18, 43.27, 44.5
- Subseries A. Portraits, Family, Friends
- PD.9. Portraits of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1896 - ca.1905
- PD.10. Portraits of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1920s
- PD.11. Portraits of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1930s
- PD.12. Portraits of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1940s
- PD.13. Portraits of Shirley Graham Du Bois, ca.1950s-1977, n.d.; includes Shirley Graham
Du Bois's funeral with family and friends.
- PD.14. Snapshots of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1941-1976, n.d.
- PD.15. Reverend D.A. Graham: portraits, ca.1880-c. 1930, n.d.
- PD.16. Reverend D.A. Graham: Bethel A.M.E. Church, Spokane, Washington, ca.1920s
- PD.17. Reverend D.A. Graham: other A.M.E. congregations, n.d.
- PD.18. Reverend D.A. Graham: conferences
- PD.19. Reverend D.A. Graham: Monrovia College, Liberia; includes photo postcards.
- PD.20f-21f. Reverend D.A. Graham: Monrovia College, Liberia.
- PD.22. Etta Bell Graham: portraits, ca.1889-1936, n.d.; includes Graham family portrait.
- PD.23. D.A. Graham, Jr., n.d.; includes portrait of Lorenz, snapshots of Shirley Graham Du
Bois with his wife Matryce and Bill's widow, Butch.
- PD.24. Lorenz Bell Graham, 1902-1949, 1971-1975, n.d.; includes Ruth Morris Graham and children.
- PD.25. Bill Graham, ca.1927-1965, n.d.
- PD.26. Orval Graham, ca.1920s; includes uncataloged photographs of Orval's children and their
- PD.27. Robert Graham McCanns, 1941, n.d.; includes early portrait of David Graham Du Bois.
- PD.28. David Graham Du Bois, 1942, n.d.
- PD.29. Other family members, ca.1880s,-c.1900s n.d.; includes portrait of Lucy Ann Graham,
Cora Bell Grisson.
- PD.30. Unidentified family, possibly portraits of Graham children, 1903, n.d.
- PD.31. Unidentified family members, 1885 - ca.1920s, ca.1960s, n.d.
- PD.32. W.E.B. Du Bois: portraits and snapshots, ca.1908-1960, n.d.
- PD.33. W.E.B. Du Bois: portraits and snapshots with Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1961, n.d.
- PD.34. W.E.B. Du Bois: family and friends, 1906-1907, n.d.
- PD.35. W.E.B. Du Bois: with Paul Robeson (slide), n.d.
- PD.36. W.E.B. Du Bois: speeches and events, 1918-1951, n.d.; includes "Conference of Negro
Leaders" and "Second Defense, Los Angeles," uncataloged print of W.E.B. Du Bois and
R.R. Moton in front of statue of Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute.
- PD.37. W.E.B. Du Bois: "Defendants... Reunion, 1956;" includes photograph of Kyrie Elkin,
Sylvia Soloff, Elizabeth Moos, Abbott Simon.
- PD.38. W.E.B. Du Bois: unidentified events, 1936-1945, 1961 n.d.
- PD.39-40. W.E.B. Du Bois: photo album from Drum Magazine, ca.1960
- PD.41. W.E.B. Du Bois: death, 1963
- PD.42. Shirley Graham Du Bois friends, identified, 1927-1936, n.d.; includes Rachel Davis
Du Bois, Charles Lampkin.
- PD.43. Shirley Graham Du Bois friends, identified, 1971-1972, n.d.; includes Hanna Reitsch,
Coretta Scott King, Queen Mother Moore, Henry Frizell, Elizabeth Moos, Vivian Hallinan?
- PD.44. Shirley Graham Du Bois friends, unidentified, n.d.
- PD.45. David Graham Du Bois friends, 1934, n.d.; includes portrait of Shirley Graham Du Bois.
- Subseries B. Family Photo Albums
- PD.46. "Pages from Grandma's [Etta Bell Graham] Photo Album," n.d.
- PD.47-48. Etta Bell Graham photo album, n.d.; includes mostly family photographs.
- PD.49-50. Loose items removed from album #PD.47-48; includes Martha Bell Brooks, portrait of
Lorenz in Monrovia, 1927.
- PD.51-52. Shirley Graham Du Bois photo album, 1937, n.d.; includes Langston Hughes, Hallie Flanagan
(#PD.52-94), subjects "Baby Parade," (David Graham Du Bois, Robert) "Today He is a
Man," Paris," "Morgan," "Oberlin," [Ft. Huachuca], [Chicago Federal State Theatre].
- PD.53-54. Loose items removed from album #PD.51-52.
- PD.55f. Shirley Graham Du Bois photo album, n.d.; includes the Du Boises in Central Asia,
Rome, Italy, Venice, Italy, Ghana.
- PD.56. Loose items removed from album #PD.55f.
- PD.57-58. Shirley Graham Du Bois photo album, 1952-1957, n.d.; includes Lawrence Hautz, Du Boises'
trips to Great Barrington, Mass., Cape Cod.
- PD.59-65. Loose photographs from photo album #PD.57-58; includes Bernard Jaffe (#PD.64), the
DuBoises' trip to Great Barrington, Mass. (#PD.61).
- Subseries C. Work and Writings
- PD.66. Shirley Graham Du Bois and Hall Johnson, choral director, n.d.; includes photo mechanical
- PD.67. Shirley Graham Du Bois in musical productions?, n.d.
- PD.68. "Federal Theatre Photos," n.d.; includes Hallie Flanagan.
- PD.69. Shirley Graham Du Bois productions: "Elijah's Ravens," 1930, "Little Black Sambo,
- PD.70. Shirley Graham Du Bois productions: "Dust to Earth," 1941, "Mississippi Rainbow,"
"Garden of Time," n.d.
- PD.71. Unidentified productions, n.d.
- PD.72. Paul Robeson, from Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World, 1913-1942, n.d.
- PD.73f. Essie Robeson, from Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World, 1961
- PD.74. Robeson family, from Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World, 1945, n.d.
- PD.75f. Frederick Douglass, from There Once was a Slave, n.d.
- PD.76. Photographs used in Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile, n.d.
- PD.77. Literary awards and publicity photographs, ca.1940-1950, n.d.
- PD.78-79a. USO - Ft. Huachuca, early 1940s, n.d.
- PD.79b. USO - Ft. Huachuca, n.d.
- Subseries D. Ghana
- PD.80. "Airport leaving for Ghana from New York City, Oct. 18, 1961"
- PD.81. At home with friends, 1964, n.d.
- PD.82. Ghana TV: event at the station, n.d.
- PD.83-86. Ghana TV: trip to Japan, 1964
- PD.87. Kwame Nkrumah, n.d.
- PD.88. "Mom and Nkrumah in Guinea," n.d.
- PD.89-90. Embassy events in Ghana, n.d.; includes foreign ambassadors to Ghana, Herbert and
- PD.91. Other events, 1960, n.d.; includes delegates from the Afro-American delegation, Vivian
and Bill Graham at the president's home, W.E.B. Du Bois receiving an honorary degree
from the University of Ghana.
African Americans--Juvenile fiction
African American families
African American women
African American women authors--20th century
African American women composers
African American women political activists
African Americans--Intellectual life--20th century
Anti-communist movements--United States.
Authors, American--20th century
Egypt--Foreign relations--20th century
Egypt--Politics and government
Ghana--Politics and government--1957-1979
Manuscripts for publication
Musical theater--United States
Voyages and travels
Women authors--United States
Women composers--United States
Women dramatists--United States
Women in the theater--United States
Women musicians -- United States.
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Aptheker, Herbert, 1915-2003
Aronson, James, 1953-
Artz, Frederick Binkerd, 1894-1983
Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975
Belfrage, Cedric, 1904-1990
Bontemps, Arna Wendell, 1902-1973
Burroughs, Margaret Taylor, 1917-2010
Carmichael, Stokely, 1941-1998
Clarke, John Henrik, 1915-1998
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Du Bois, David Graham
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Dunbar, Paul L.
LinkFast, Howard, 1914-2003
Federal Theatre Project (Chicago, Ill.)
Flanagan, Hallie, 1890-1969
Foner, Philip Sheldon, 1910-1994
Frazier, Edward Franklin, 1894-1962
Graham, David A.
Graham, Elizabeth Etta Bell
Graham, Lorenz B.
Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958
Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965
Hastie, William, 1904-1976
Hautz, Lawrence A.
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Johnson, Charles S.
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971
Locke, Alain LeRoy, 1886-1954
Mahoney, William P.
Mason, Bernard Lee
Mayfield, Julian, 1928-1984
Melish, William Howard
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People--Employees
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (U.S.)
Nelson, Truman, 1911-1987
New York University--Students
Nicoll, Allardyce, 1894-1976
Nkrumah, Kwame, 1909-1972
Nyerere, Julius K. (Julius Kambarage), 1922-1999
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953
Ovington, Mary White, 1865-1951
Partington, Paul G.
Permanent Organization for Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity
Poston, Ted, 1906-1974
Powell, Adam Clayton, 1908-1972
Prattis, Percival Leroy, 1895-1980
Robeson, Eslanda Goode, 1896-1965
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Rosenberg Children's Trust Fund
Sanchez, Sonia, 1934-
Spingarn, Arthur, (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971
Stevens, Richard P.
Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970
United Service Organizations (U.S.)--Employees
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965
Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977
White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955
Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981