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Manuscripts of Du Bois's nonfiction books, including several unpublished works. Among the significant unpublished works is A World Search for Democracy (mostly complete), which was written in the 1930s, Russia and America: An Interpretation, and This Africa: How It Arose, Whither It Goes. Also noteworthy are Du Bois's research notes for the Encyclopedia of the Negro and for a study of the Black soldier during the First World War, The Black Man and the Wounded World. The series also includes prospectuses for several books.

Among the published works represented in the series are several surviving chapters of The Souls of Black Folk and a complete typescript with Du Bois' annotations of A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century: The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois.

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W.E.B. Du Bois Papers: Series 5. Nonfiction Books, 1896-1962
5.25 linear feet

Call no.: MS 312

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Series 5. Nonfiction Books
1896-1962


Du Bois, W. E. B., Africa, Its Geography, People and Products

Reel 84: 530

Manuscript and research notes

Du Bois, W. E. B., Africa, Its Place in Modern History

Reel 84: 584

Manuscript, with unpublished conclusion and fragments

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Black Man and the Wounded World

Reel 84: 625

Prospectus; Manuscript fragments; Notes and research material; Excerpts from materials concerning black soldiers; Material concerning the 92nd Division (lists of officers, orders and memos, historical sketches, miscellaneous, medical reports, the 368th Infantry); Material concerning the 805th Pioneer Infantry; Printed War Department material; Miscellaneous

Du Bois, W. E. B., Black Reconstruction

Reel 84: 1366

Research notes

Du Bois, W. E. B., Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace

Reel 84: 1409

Manuscript fragments

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Cotton Slave, 1800-1860

Reel 84: 1440

Prospectus and fragments of prospectus

Du Bois, W. E. B., Darkwater

Reel 84: 1494

Manuscript of chapters 5-9 and fragments

Du Bois, W. E. B., Dusk of Dawn

Reel 84: 1558

Manuscript of chapter 6 (incomplete) , chapter 7 and fragments

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Encyclopedia of the Negro

Reel 84: 1606

Certificate of incorporation, May 10, 1932; Scope of proposed Encyclopedia, ca.1935; Opinions on an Encyclopedia of the Negro, 1935-37; Memorandum on the Encyclopedia of the Negro, March 1935; Brief biography of Du Bois; Report of progress, March 20, 1936; A Suggested list of subjects which an Encyclopedia of the Negro should treat, Section 1: The Negro in Africa; Subject listing for the Encyclopedia: Aberdeen, Lord -- Clinton, George Wylie; Confidential memorandum regarding the significance of the proposed Encyclopedia of the Negro, March 15, 1937; Proposed division of space for the Encyclopedia for various topics; Estimated expenses of the proposed Encyclopedia, 1937; Tentative list of contemporaries to be included in the Encyclopedia Encyclopedia of the Negro, Parts II-V: II: Proposed division of space for the Encyclopedia of the Negro; III: List of major articles to be included; IV: Great men of Negro blood and others; V: Tentative list of contemporaries to be included in the proposed Encyclopedia of the Negro; "Do We Need an Encyclopedia of the Negro?" May 22, 1939 and an early draft, "Reason for an Encyclopedia of the Negro," January 13, 1939; Guide to proposed supplenlentary list of topics and titles "A List of Two Thousand and Eighty-One Subjects Which Might be Treated by Encyclopedia of the Negro," April 1, 1940; Proposed topics; A proposed plan of cooperation between the Encyclopedia of the Negro and the WPA Writers' Project, March 10, 1941; Sources of information; Bibliographies of literature dealing with African languages and culture, 1937-40; Bibliographies of literature concerning Central and South America; Select bibliography of the Negro in Chicago; Proposed biographies for inclusion in the Encyclopedia; Miscellaneous

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Gift of Black Folk

Reel 85: 322

Manuscript fragments

Du Bois, W. E. B., A History of the Negro in Six Chapters

Reel 85: 327

Outline of chapters 1 and 2

Du Bois, W. E. B., John Brown
1962
Reel 85: 333

Material for 1962 revised edition

Du Bois, W. E. B., Morals and Manners Among Negro Americans (18th Atlanta University Conference)

Reel 85: 349

Manuscript fragments, including "The Woman in Black," which was published in revised form as section 8, "Home Life."

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Negro

Reel 85: 377

Manuscript of chapter 2

Du Bois, W. E. B., Pan-Africa: The Story of a Dream

Reel 85: 384

Manuscript of pages 1-11

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Philadelphia Negro

Reel 85: 391

Manuscript fragments of chapters 3 and 16

Du Bois, W. E. B., Russia and America: An Interpretation

Reel 85: 395

Manuscript and incomplete manuscript

Du Bois, W. E. B., Seven Critiques of Negro Education, 1906-1938

Reel 85: 614

Manuscript, with unpublished conclusion, and incomplete manuscript

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Slave

Reel 85: 727

Prospectus of a proposed book by Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois

Du Bois, W. E. B., A Sociology of the American Negro

Reel 85: 729

Outline of chapters 1 and 2 and manuscript of chapter 1 of proposed book by Du Bois and Ellen Irene Diggs

Du Bois, W. E. B., A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life From the Last Decade of Its First Century (The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois)

Reel 85: 759

Manuscript Manuscript with editorial changes; Fragments and notes; Fragments and notes from Clouds of Time, an early version of the work

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Souls of Black Folk

Reel 85: 1424

Handwritten manuscript of "Of the Coming of John" (incomplete); Typescript of "Of the Coming of John" (incomplete); Handwritten manuscript of "Of the Sorrow Songs" (incomplete, notes?); Prefaces and revisions for 1953 edition; Miscellaneous

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States, 1638-1870

Reel 85: 1486

Two pages, possibly from an early draft of the manuscript Notes

Du Bois, W. E. B., This Africa: How It Arose, Whither It Goes

Reel 85: 1488

Manuscript; Revised manuscript (incomplete); Fragments

Du Bois, W. E. B., A World Search for Democracy

Reel 86: 1

Incomplete manuscript; Fragments and notes

Du Bois, W. E. B., Untitled

Reel 86: 90

Manuscript of a collection of Du Bois speeches given during his 1950 senatorial campaign (incomplete)

Du Bois, W. E. B., Unidentified

Reel 86: 132

Manuscript and notes for chapter 5, "Black dilemma," of an unidentified book

Du Bois, W. E. B., Unidentified
ca.1920s
Reel 86: 140

Manuscript of 3 chapters of an unidentified book, "The Shadow of Africa," "British West Africa" and "French West Africa."

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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.