African American Studies at Beinecke Library

African American Arts and Political Activism Printed Ephemera Collection

Posted in African American Studies at Yale, Beinecke Collections, Research Resources by beineckepoetry on November 19, 2007


The Beinecke Library has acquired a collection of 20th century printed ephemera related to African American political activism and arts. Materials are primarily from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1913-1990, with the bulk of the material dating from from 1963 to 1976. Significant organizations documented in the collection include the Philadelphia chapters of the Black Panther Party and Peace and Freedom Party, as well as local and national electoral campaigns of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Many of the items document speakers and events sponsored by political, art, and social pressure groups. Items include handbills, leaflets, direct mail, posters, and other printed ephemera. (MM)

A detailed description of the collection is available on line: African American Arts & Political Activism Printed Ephemera Collection.

Image: Materials from the African American Arts & Political Activism Printed Ephemera Collection

Clippings Files

Posted in Beinecke Collections by beineckepoetry on November 6, 2007

The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection Clippings Files include clippings, pamphlets, and ephemeral literature documenting various aspects of the African American experience in the twentieth century. The collection is arranged in three subgroups: Pamphlets and Ephemeral Publications (JWJ 1); Clippings Arranged by Personal and Corporate Names (JWJ 2); Clippings Arranged By General Subjects (JWJ 2x).

The collection highlights the achievements of individual African Americans, the work of community and education organizations, and areas such as film, theater, music, politics, and civil rights. The clippings were collected primarily by Langston Hughes, James Weldon and Grace Nail Johnson, Ollie Jewel Simms Ocala (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 ephemeral publications (primarily found in the JWJ 1 call number range but also found in both JWJ 2 and JWJ 2x).

Some individual ephemeral publications and clipping groups (by subject) can be found in Orbis, inlcuding: Pamphlets and clippings by and about Imamu Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones); Pamphlets and clippings by and about Jean Toomer; Pamphlets and clippings on segregation; and Pamphlets and clippings about the Jubilee Singers.


Images: Jo Baker Day clipping from Amsterdam News (JWJ Clippings 2 — Baker, Josephine 1948-1960); Rhapsody in Blue cartoon from Chicago Daily News, 1932 (JWJ Clippings 2 — Warfield, William – Waters, Ethel).