The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain
a wide variety of material associated with W. E. B. Du Bois,
including manuscripts, photographs, and books.
This guide compiles links to digital materials related
to W. E .B. Du Bois that are available throughout the Library
of Congress Website. In addition, it provides links to external
Websites focusing on Du Bois and a bibliography containing
selected works for both general and younger readers.
Library of Congress Web Site | External
Web Sites | Selected Bibliography
American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray
The collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review
of African-American history and culture, spanning almost
one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the
early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material
published between 1875 and 1900. The special presentation Daniel A. P. Murray and His Mission includes a biography of W.
E. B. Du Bois.
American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition
The Paris Exposition of 1900 included a display devoted
to the history and "present conditions" of African
Americans. W. E. B. Du Bois and special agent Thomas J.
Calloway spearheaded the planning, collection and installation
of the exhibit materials, which included 500 photographs.
The collection contains more than 300
photographs compiled by Du Bois.
The collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring
American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. W.
E. B. Du Bois is included in the following photographs:
Posters from the WPA
The collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically
diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part
of the New Deal.
Van Vechten Collection
The collection consists of 1,395 photographs taken by
American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between
1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait
photographs of celebrities, including many figures from
the Harlem Renaissance. Included in the colleciton is an image of DuBois.
Amazing Americans: W. E. B. Du Bois
Designed for elementary and middle-school students,
America's Library provides a variety of stories about
W. E. B. Du Bois, including W.
E. B. Du Bois, Growing Up, W.
E. B. Du Bois and the NAACP, and W.
E. B. Du Bois and the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
This exhibition showcases the incomparable African-American
collections of the Library of Congress. It displays more
than 240 items, including books, government documents,
manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.
It includes a letter
from W. E. B. Du Bois congratulating Booker T. Washington.
Treasures of the Library of Congress
American Treasures of the Library of Congress is an unprecedented
exhibition of the rarest, most interesting, or significant
items relating to America's past, drawn from every corner
of the world's largest library. The exhibition includes
the following items pertaining to Du Bois:
of 20th Century African American Activists: A Select List
The selected list includes an image of Du
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Du
Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt),--1868-1963
to find digital images related to Du Bois.
American History Month Portal
In celebration of African-American History Month, this
Web site highlights the many resources on African-American
history and culture available from our extensive online
Features and Activities
This feature presentation introduces teachers and students
to the topic of Immigration. W. E. B. Du Bois is mentioned
in the Artistic Rebirth section of the presentation.
African American Identity in the Gilded Age: Two Unreconciled Strivings
Students examine the tension experienced by African Americans
as they struggled to establish a vibrant and meaningful
identity based on the promises of liberty and equality
in the midst of a society that was ambivalent towards
them and sought to impose an inferior definition upon
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
Students gain a sense of the living history that surrounds
the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Through studying
primary source materials from American
Memory and other online resources, students of all
backgrounds may better grasp how historical events and
human forces have shaped relationships between black and
white and rich and poor cultures of our country.
Explore the fight for voting rights as well as the racial history of the United States in sports and schools. Study maps, baseball cards and political cartoons as well as pamphlets, legal documents, poetry, music, and the personal correspondence and oral histories of the famous and the ordinary.
On September 14, 1638, John Harvard, a 31-year-old clergyman
from Charlestown, Massachusetts died, leaving his library
and half of his estate to a local college. The young minister's
bequest allowed the college to firmly establish itself.
In honor of its first benefactor, the school adopted the
name Harvard College...
Seven U.S. presidents — John Adams, John Quincy
Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush —
were educated at Harvard, as were leaders in many fields.
The school's notable alumni include Ralph
Waldo Emerson, Henry
David Thoreau, W.E.B.
Du Bois, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., T.S. Eliot, Ralph
Bunche, David Rockefeller, I.M. Pei, Robert Coles,
Patricia Schroeder, Al Gore, Jr., and Yo-Yo Ma.
On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington delivered
his famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech at the
opening of the Cotton States and International Exhibition
in Atlanta, Georgia. Washington, the founder and president
of the Tuskegee
Normal and Industrial Institute, was the first African-American
man ever to address a racially-mixed Southern audience...
Challenge to Washington's Leadership
Some African American leaders, including W.E.B. Du Bois,
rejected Washington's emphasis on gradual economic and
social advancement in favor of immediate political and
intellectual empowerment. A Fisk
graduate with a Harvard doctorate, in 1905 Du Bois organized
an "anti-Bookerite" movement calling for immediate
political and social equality. In 1909, Du Bois's group
joined with white liberals to form the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The NAACP
battled racial injustice through the legal system. In
1954, NAACP lawyer Thurgood
Marshall successfully argued the Brown
v. Board of Education of Topeka case. In this
landmark decision, the Supreme Court overturned Plessy
v. Ferguson ruling public school segregation
violated rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section
of the Library of Congress
American Sites in the Digital Collections
This guide highlights contributions by African Americans
to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics
and much more as represented in the vast online collections
of the Library. W. E. B. Du Bois is included in the Great
Depression and World War II section.
Rights Resource Guide
This guide compiles links to civil rights resources throughout
the Library of Congress Web site and beyond.
Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925
This compilation of printed texts traces how Southern
African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant
Christianity into the central institution of community life.
the American South, from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital
publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts,
images, and audio files related to southern history, literature,
and culture. The collection includes several titles
by W. E. B. Du Bois, including The
Upbuilding of Black Durham. The Success of the Negroes and
Their Value to a Tolerant and Helpful Southern City.
Exhibit of American Negroes, from the University of Miami
An online exhibit on Du Bois and the Paris Exposition of
1900, by Dr. Eugene Provenzo.
Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century, from the Iowa Digital Library
The collection presents 7,949 publicity brochures, promotional
advertisements, and talent circulars for some 4,546 performers
who were part of the Chautauqua circuit. The collection
W. E. B. DuBois, a book on the subject of the development
of a people.
W. E. B. Du Bois Papers, 1803-1999 (bulk 1877-1963), from the Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Access the finding aid for the papers of W. E. B. Du Bois in the Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. Included in the finding aid is online content that has been digitized.
W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site
The site contains information about W. E. B. Du Bois and visitors can experience a self-guided interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington, Masssachusetts.
Aptheker, Herbert, ed. The Correspondence of W. E. B.
Du Bois. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press,
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 A4 1997 [Catalog
Du Bois, W. E. B. The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois:
A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its
First Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 A3 2007 [Catalog
McDonnell, Robert W., ed. The Papers of W. E. B. Du Bois,
1803 (1877-1963) 1979: A Guide. Sanford, N.C.: Microfilming
Corp. of America, 1981.
LC Call Number: Z6616.D8 M35 [Catalog
Agbeyebiawo, Daniel. The Life and Works of W. E. B. Du
Bois. Accra: s.n., 1998.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 A38 1998 [Catalog
Alridge, Derrick P. The Educational Thought of W. E.
B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History. New York: Teachers
College Press, 2008.
LC Call Number: LB875.D83 A43 2008 [Catalog
Hwang, Hae-sung. Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du
Bois: A Study in Race Leadership, 1895-1915. Seoul: American
Studies Institute, Seoul National University, 1992.
LC Call Number: E185.61 .H99 1992 [Catalog
Library of Congress. A Small Nation of People: W. E.
B. Du Bois and African-American Portraits of Progress.
New York: Amistad, 2003.
LC Call Number: E185.86 S6325 2003 [Catalog
Marable, Manning. W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat.
Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2005.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 M37 2005 [Catalog
Moore, Jacqueline M. Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du
Bois, and the Struggle for Racial Uplift. Wilmington,
N.C.: Scholarly Resources, 2003.
LC Call Number: E185.97.W4 M66 2003 [Catalog
Smith, Shawn Michelle. Photography on the Color Line:
W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture. Durham, N.C.:
Duke University Press, 2004.
LC Call Number: TR23 .S63 2004 [Catalog
Wolters, Raymond. Du Bois and His Rivals. Columbia:
University of Missouri Press, 2002.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 W65 2002 [Catalog
Zhang, Juguo. W. E. B. Du Bois: The Quest for the Abolition
of the Color Line. New York: Routledge, 2001.
Nordquist, Joan. W. E. B. Du Bois: A Bibliography.
Santa Cruz: Reference and Research Services, 2002.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 J84 2001 [Catalog
LC Call Number: Z8244.9 .N67 2002 [Catalog
Cavan, Seamus. W. E. B. Du Bois and Racial Relations.
Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 1993.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 C38 1993 [Catalog
Cryan-Hicks, Kathryn T. W. E. B. Du Bois: Crusader for
Peace. Lowell, Mass.: Discovery Enterprises, 1991.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 C78 1991 [Catalog
McDaniel, Melissa. W. E. B. Du Bois: Scholar and Civil
Rights Activist. New York: Franklin Watts, 1999.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 M43 1999 [Catalog
Randolph, Ryan P. W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Civil
Rights. New York: PowerPlus Books, 2005.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 R36 2005 [Catalog
Troy, Don. W. E. B. Du Bois. Journey to Freedom.
Chanhassen, Minn.: Child's World, 1999.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 T76 1999 [Catalog