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Langston Hughes literary ephemera

Call Number: RH MS P789


This collection of literary ephemera by author and poet Langston Hughes consists of a program and a translation by Hughes.


  • Creation: 1963


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Langston Hughes (1901-1967)

Langston Hughes was born in 1901 in Joplin, Missouri to Caroline Leary Hughes. From 1903 to 1915, Hughes lived in Lawrence, Kansas with his grandmother, Mary Langston; during that time, he briefly lived with his mother in Topeka, Kansas, circa 1908-1909 (he recalled this experience in his autobiography The Big Sea). Following his grandmother's death in 1915 Hughes joined his mother in Illinois. The family then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Hughes graduated high school. He then entered New York's Columbia University in 1921, but only attended for a year. During his time at Columbia Hughes discovered Harlem, where he became an influential part of the Harlem Renaissance. In 1926 he published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues. Over the course of his life, Hughes created a wide range of works including novels, short stories, children's books, scripts, translations, and, of course, poetry. Following abdominal surgery, Langston Hughes died May 22, 1967.


2 folders ; 25 x 38 cm

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Scope and Contents

The Langston Hughes literary emphemera dates from 1963 and consists of two items, a translation and a program; both are signed by Hughes. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by item title.

Physical Location

RH MS P789

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, McBlain Books, 2007.

Guide to the Langston Hughes Literary Ephemera Collection
Langston Hughes literary ephemera
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2022.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Langston Hughes Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P789, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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