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Langston Hughes literary works collection

Call Number: RH MS 1023


The Langston Hughes literary works collection contains a variety of typescripts, proofs, and publications of Hughes' writings acquired from various sources.


  • Creation: 1926-1967


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; in 1915 he 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.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box, + 1 oversize volume)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Langston Hughes literary works collection dates from 1926 to 1967 and is arranged in a single series, which includes such items as typescripts, publications, and proofs. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic. The collection's oversized material is located at RH MS D52.

Physical Location

RH MS 1023

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Kb W H873pr 1963 ms Purchase, 1964. Purchase, Michael Fabre, 1973. Purchase, Tavistock Books, 1996.

Guide to the Langston Hughes Literary Works Collection
Langston Hughes literary works collection
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007. Finding aid revised by mrk, 2010; skt, 2010; 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 1023, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States