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Langston Hughes play scripts

Call Number: RH MS 1554


This collection consists of six play scripts written by or about Langston Hughes, sometimes with other authors. All scripts have been autographed by Hughes.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1958


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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 entered New York's Columbia University in 1921, but he only attended for one 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 poetry. Following abdominal surgery, Langston Hughes died May 22, 1967.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1554

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Langston Hughes, [1959?].

Related Materials

Several collections of materials and printed works by and about Langston Hughes are available in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Consult the online catalog for additional information.

Processing Information

All items previously shelved at KB / W / H873 call numbers.

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Langston Hughes play scripts, RH MS 1554, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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