Scope and arrangement
The John Edward Bruce papers are arranged in three series:
Series contains letters written to Bruce by black politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and activists including John Wesley Cromwell, Alexander Crummell, Arthur A. Schomburg, J. E. K. Aggrey, Amanda Ira Aldridge, A. Agbebi, Richard T. Greener, T. Thomas Fortune, and Charles W. Anderson. Bruce wrote and received letters from three continents; some of these frank and intimate notes are made even more revealing by marginal comments. The Letters in Group A are arranged alphabetically by author, with each entry consisting of a letter followed by a number. The Autograph Letters in Group B, continues the correspondence, but each entry is cataloged under an item number. Group C, Bruce Letters, includes letters sent by Bruce and are arranged using a double numerical system. This group also contains a large section of letters sent to Bruce.
Consists of manuscript and printed copies of Bruce's articles, editorials, short stories, poems, addresses, and other writings concerning national and local politics, race relations, historical black figures, Haiti, Prince Hall Masons, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Universal Negro Improvement Association, and other topics.
Among other items, the MISCELLANEOUS series contains four scrapbooks of clippings, letters, invitations and other items; material relating to Mrs. Florence Bruce, including letters; articles and clippings; and manuscript fragments.