Answered By: Joe Bourneuf
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2016     Views: 77

Although Du Bois was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University (in 1895), his collected papers are primarily held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

"Robert W. McDonnell's "The W.E.B. Du Bois Papers" (The Crisis, 1980) provides an interesting account of how a multitude of Du Bois's written works, including correspondence as well as published and unpublished documents, came to be archived at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst library. McDonnell also describes how individual papers were carefully organized (or even reassembled from scattered pages) and laboriously processed for storage on microfilm. In the article he indicates the other repositories that house original works by Du Bois: specifically, the libraries at Fisk University and Yale University, as well as the Schomburg Center.
[Citation: McDonnell, Robert W. 1980. "The W.E.B. Du Bois Papers." The Crisis, 87:9 (November): 359-364].
This issue of The Crisis is viewable at Google Books [article's start page]"
from: (accessed 7/24/2014).

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