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Print editions

W.E.B. Du Bois at Camp Litchfield, Me., ca.1940
W.E.B. Du Bois at Camp Litchfield, Me.,

The University of Massachusetts Press has published six volumes of W.E.B. Du Bois’ selected correspondence and previously unpublished writings, edited by Herbert Aptheker:

  • Selected Correspondence, Volumes 1-3 (1973, 1976, 1978)
  • The Education of Black People (1973)
  • Prayers for Dark People (1980)
  • Against Racism: Unpublished Essays, Papers, Addresses, 1887-1961 (1985)

Microfilm edition

The bulk of W.E.B. Du Bois’ correspondence was microfilmed in 1980. The set of 79 reels is widely available in research libraries, with an additional 10 reels of Du Bois’ writings and other miscellaneous materials available in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

United States

  • Alabama
    • Southern University
  • Arizona
    • Arizona State University
    • Central Arizona College
  • Arkansas
    • University of Central Arkansas
  • California
    • California State University, Long Beach
    • Los Angeles County Public Library
    • Los Angeles Public Library
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • University of California, Irvine
    • UCLA
  • Colorado
    • University of Colorado
  • Connecticut
    • Southern Connecticut State College
    • Yale University
  • Delaware
    • University of Delaware
  • District of Columbia
    • Howard University
    • Library of Congress
    • University of Columbia
  • Florida
    • Florida A&M
    • Florida Atlantic
    • Florida State University
    • University of Florida
    • University of North Florida
  • Georgia
    • Atlanta University (Robert W. Woodruff Library)
    • Atlanta Fulton University
    • University of Georgia
  • Illinois
    • Chicago Public Library
    • Loyola University, Chicago
    • Northern Illinois University
    • Northwestern University
    • University of Illinois
  • Indiana
    • Indiana University
  • Kentucky
    • Murray State University
  • Louisiana
    • Amistad Research Center, Tulane University
    • Grambling State University
    • Louisiana State University
  • Maine
    • Bowdoin College
  • Maryland
    • Coppin State College
    • Morgan State University
  • Massachusetts
    • Boston National Historical Park
    • Boston Public Library
    • Harvard University
    • Suffolk University
    • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Wellesley College
  • Michigan
    • Michigan State University
    • University of Michigan
    • Wayne State University
  • Mississippi
    • Southern Mississippi University
  • New Hampshire
    • Dartmouth College
  • New Jersey
    • Princeton University
    • Rutgers University
  • New York
    • Columbia University
    • Cornell University
    • Hofstra University
    • Manhattan Community College
    • New York Public Library, NY
    • University of Rochester
    • Vassar College
  • North Carolina
    • Duke University
  • Ohio
    • Cleveland Public Library
    • Kent State University
    • Oberlin College
    • Ohio State University
    • University of Cincinnati
  • Pennsylvania
    • Bloomsburg State College
    • Cheyney State College
    • Dickinson College
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • University of Pittsburgh
  • Rhode Island
    • Brown University
  • South Carolina
    • College of Charleston
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis State University (miscellaneous reels)
    • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Texas
    • Southern Methodist University
    • Texas A&M University
    • Texas Southern University
    • University of Texas
  • Virginia
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • William and Mary

Outside the United States

  • Australia: Monash University
  • Bahamas: College of the Bahamas, Nassau
  • Canada: Trent University
  • Germany: Univeristät Köln
  • Ghana: Du Bois Memorial Centre, Accra, Ghana
  • Ireland: Ulster Polytechnic

2 Responses to “Du Bois Papers: Microfilm and Print Editions”

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    rscox Says:

    Our list of places that hold the microfilm is probably close to comprehensive, but I can’t be quite certain. Every once in a while we hear of somewhere else that has purchased the set, and we add them to the online list when we do. Since you know the reels you might wish to borrow, you might see if your library can arrange an interlibrary loan for you. Failing that, we are in the throes of a large project to digitize all of the Du Bois Papers, but the first results won’t go public until next June, and the project won’t be complete for another two years after that. By next June, I expect that all of Du Bois’ correspondence through about 1930 or 1935 will be available, though, which will be a good start. If we can help in the meantime, please let me know!

    –Rob Cox

  2. 2
    Phil Sinitiere Says:

    Hi Rob, Rice University in Houston has the Du Bois Papers on microfilm, along with a hardcopy of McDonnell’s detailed finding aid.

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