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W. E. B. Du Bois: Online Resources

Compiled by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist

W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt)
Du Bois, 1868-1963.

1 photographic print.
c1919 May 31.
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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

Digital Collections

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

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.

African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition Collection

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.

Panoramic Photographs

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.

America's Library

Meet 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.


African-American 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.

American 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:

Prints and Photographs Division

Images of 20th Century African American Activists: A Select List

The selected list includes an image of Du Bois.

Prints 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.

Special Presentation

African 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 collections.

Teachers Page

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.

Lesson Plans

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 them.

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.

Themed Resources

Civil Rights

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.

Today in History

September 14

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.

September 18

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.

Virtual Programs and Services

Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section of the Library of Congress

African 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.

Civil Rights Resource Guide

This guide compiles links to civil rights resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site and beyond.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

The 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.

Documenting 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.

The 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.

Traveling 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 includes Prof. 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.

Selected Works by W.E.B. Du Bois

Aptheker, Herbert, ed. The Correspondence of W. E. B. Du Bois. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 A4 1997 [Catalog Record]

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 Record]

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 Record]

Selected Biographies and other Studies of Du Bois

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 Record]

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 Record]

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 Record]

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 Record]

Marable, Manning. W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2005.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 M37 2005 [Catalog Record]

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 Record]

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 Record]

Wolters, Raymond. Du Bois and His Rivals. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 W65 2002 [Catalog Record]

Zhang, Juguo. W. E. B. Du Bois: The Quest for the Abolition of the Color Line. New York: Routledge, 2001.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 J84 2001 [Catalog Record]


Nordquist, Joan. W. E. B. Du Bois: A Bibliography. Santa Cruz: Reference and Research Services, 2002.
LC Call Number: Z8244.9 .N67 2002 [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Cavan, Seamus. W. E. B. Du Bois and Racial Relations. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 1993.
LC Call Number: E185.97.D73 C38 1993 [Catalog Record]

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 Record]

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 Record]

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 Record]

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 Record]

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