UMass Amherst Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) announced Friday the release of nearly 100,000 digitized items from the W. E. B. Du Bois Papers including “correspondence (more than three quarters of the papers), speeches, articles, newspaper columns, nonfiction books, research materials, book reviews, pamphlets and leaflets, petitions, novels, essays, forewords, student papers, manuscripts of pageants, plays, short stories and fables, poetry, photographs, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, videotapes, audiotapes, and miscellaneous materials.”
Students and researchers can browse or search the Du Bois Papers collection via SCUA’s digital collections website Credo — a wellspring of valuable primary source information in its own right) and named after Du Bois’ 1904 statement “proclaim[ing] his philosophy of racial equality.” You can learn more about Du Bois at UMass Amherst’s W.E.B. Du Bois Center which “supports new scholarship, community engagement and connects students, educators, scholars, and the public through lectures, symposia, fellowships and collaborations, to share the vast intellectual resources associated with W. E. B. Du Bois.”
A staggering achievement and a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about W.E.B. Du Bois, and Black history, scholarship, and thought in the U.S.
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