Scope and arrangement
The W.E.B Du Bois Collection consists of a small body of speeches, articles, correspondence and related material primarily authored by Du Bois. Of special interest is a typescript, with editorial comments, of the first two chapters of Du Bois' autobiography Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (1940-1942). The collection also includes a typescript of an article entitled "Miscegenation" (1935). There are thirteen speeches and a book review ranging in subject matter from "The Talented Tenth", to a tribute to Dr. Carter F. Woodson, race relations, labor issues, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the speeches "What the Negro Wants in 1948", was delivered at a meeting of the NAACP.
The correspondence primarily consists of letters with Arthur Schomburg regarding a variety of subjects (1911-1931), and with Catherine Latimer and Jean Blackwell Hutson of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and History of the New York Public Library concerning the donation of material (1949-1957). The collection also includes a program for a dinner in honor of Du Bois (1924) and a paper by Immanuel Gein entitled "Early Pan-Africanism" in which an analysis of several Pan-African Congresses as well as Du Bois' life and personality are presented (1966).