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Du Bois's pageants were large-scale presentations on the course of Black history, designed to appeal to a mass audience. The most famous, The Star of Ethiopia, was designed for a cast 1,000 and was performed in New York (1913), Washington (1915), Philadelphia (1916), and Los Angeles (1925). The Star of Ethiopia material includes typescripts and manuscripts, stage directions, posters, programs, and financial records of some of the productions. Manuscripts for other pageants include George Washington and Black Folk: A Pageant for the Bicentennary, 1732-1932, The Souls Jewel of Ethiopia, The Seven Gifts of Ethiopia, and The Nine Tales of Black Folk.

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W.E.B. Du Bois Papers: Series 12. Pageants, 1913-1941
0.5 linear feet

Call no.: MS 312

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Series 12. Pageants
1913-1941


Du Bois, W. E. B., George Washington and Black Folk: A Pageant for the Bicentennary, 1732-1932
1932
Reel 87: 1391

Manuscripts and notes

Du Bois, W. E. B., The History of the Negro in America in Twelve Living Pictures
n.d.
Reel 87: 1422

Manuscript

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Jewel of Ethiopia
n.d.
Reel 87: 1421

Manuscripts and notes

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Nine Tales of Black Folk
1941
Reel 87: 1422

Manuscript and notes for pageant and film

Du Bois, W. E. B., Pageant of Negro History
1913
Reel 87: 1443

Manuscripts

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Seven Gifts of Ethiopia
n.d.
Reel 87: 1459

Manuscripts

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Star of Ethiopia
1914-16
Reel 87: 1466

Manuscripts, notes and materials concerning performances of the pageant

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Provenance

Acquired from Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1973

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Cite as: W.E.B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.