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 - Rare History Of Afrij FcJ In Iknpton library;...
Rare History Of Afrij FcJ In Iknpton library; Rwd Ifcrd licjro Cc!!a':D HAMPTON INST, Va. Publish - k - J bA .lii . in 4632, ont of tht oldest known histories ot Africa has beta found the Negro collection of tht Coi P. Huntington Library of Hamp ton Institute, it was announced this week by Dr. Malcolm S. Mac - Lean, new president of tht famed institution of learning for Negroes. Consisting of two volumes of more than 800 pages, this descrip. tion of Africa during the earliest slave days - was written in the fas - lian language by Leonis African!. Tht two - volume set, to a perfect state of prtserraUon, is sow .oa exhibition ia tht George Foster Poabody room ef the campus library. Tht only other set of this African history, known to be ia existence, it preserved in the rare documents rooms of the Library of Congress. This valuable set of books is hut one of the 3071 items listed ia "A Classified Catalogue of tht Negro Collection ia tht Collit P. Hunting, ton Library." which has just beta published by Hampton Institute. Mentor A. Howe and Boacot X. Lewis, who compiled tht publica tion under tht Virginia Writers'! Project, state in the Foreword, that "the classification of the material in the Collis P. Huntington Library began as a necessary stage in the preparation of Tht Negro la Vir ginia" The many requests that have been made for source material en various aspecto of Negro life have revealed an urgent need for a ca talogue ot this valuable collection Bibliographers hive predicted that the publication of this Classi fied Catalogue will reveal the Ne gro collection at Hampton as on a par with or even superior to the famed Sehomburg Collection of the New York 185th Street Libranr and the Moorland Negro Collection 1 Howard University. Consisting of two parts, (1) The Negro in Africa, and 2i Tht Ne gro ia America, the catalogue con tains a preface by Eudora Ramsay Richardson, State Supervisor of the Virginia Writers Project, a fore word by Mentor A Howe and Ros - eoe E. Lewis, the compilers, and aa authors indext to the Items that have been classified, covering in all 1 pages. aUbUefTapky The new publication makes avail able for the first time a complete reference bibliography to the vast amount of source material relating to tht Negro that has accumulated m tht Institute library since the school's founding to IMS. During Hampton's early years. numerous philanthropists, many ol them former members ef various anti - slavery societies, turned over their libraries to General Samuel Chapman Armstrong for the use of tht freedmen whom he was educating. liam Wflberforee, John M. Lang - M tBiil Tellium TVwka. rv. ston, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Chas. W. Cheatsutt, Blanche K. Bruce, and Booker T. Washington. 2a 1901, George Foster Pvabody. trustee of tht school, secured the Malone coUecuos of 100 books tor Hampton, In 1114 tht entire Negro collection of Dr. Phil Broome Brooks, a prominent Negro phy sician of Washington, D. C, was given to Hampton Institute. In later years tht various collections donated by friends of Hampton have been expanded by tht purchase ot several thousand books and pamphlets, some of them rare out - of - pnnt editions, others contemporary writings by end about the Negro. Ia addition to tht 1S32 African set, tht Gacaifled Catalogue of the Hampton collection includes first edition accounts of tht slave trade written by tht Royal African Com pany tITIO), by Captain William Snodgrass (1734) by Jraacia Moore (1736), and by Anthony Beneaet (1762). A rare 1631 edition ol tht poems ot Phillia Wheatley. tht Negro writer of Massachusetts, is also of in terest te eUtdents of toe devolp - ment and progress of the Negro in America. ! , The Catalogue classifies the original speeches of Richard Allen. Frederick Douglass, John M. Lang - ston, Booker T. Washington, and many other Negro leaders and lists the 300 volume file of newspaper dippings relating to such topics as Negro towns, Negro disfranchisement the Negro church. Negro labor. Negro inventors, Negro priae - flghters. Negro actors, etc A complete set of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poems and Charles W. Chestoutts stories and separate sections on contemporary poetry and prose by and about the Negro art included .in toe Hampton Institute Library Catalogue. Twa Years ef Preaeratiea A force oi Negro workers stationed at Hampton Institute and supervised by Roscoe X. Lewis, of the faculty, worked nearly two years in preparing tht Classified Catalogue. In addition to M enter A. Howe, co - compiler, other stafl members on the project were Claude W. Anderson, Rene Sidney. Thomas Cotton, Frances Greene Lillie Williams. Elizabeth Mc - Combs, Frances Langhorne. and Mary Lou Lee. Miss Thelma Toombes of the Richmond Vir gmia Writers' Project office and Richard K - idd of Phenix School as sisted In stenciling and assembling the Catalogue. Dr. MacLean hai announced thai this complete Catalogue of Hamp ton's Negro collection wSU be place on sale at (130. Mail orders

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  1. The New York Age,
  2. 28 Dec 1940, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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