The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain
a wide variety of material associated with Paul Laurence Dunbar,
including manuscripts, photographs, and books.
This guide compiles links to digital materials related
to Dunbar that are available throughout the Library of Congress
Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites
focusing on Dunbar and a bibliography containing selections
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.
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Historic
American Engineering Record (HAER), and the Historic American
Landscapes Survey (HALS) collections document achievements
in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States
through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering
Jump Back in Time
Laurence Dunbar was Born, June 27, 1872
(Personal voices from the Library of Congress: compelling stories & fascinating facts.)
From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature at the Library of Congress
The Caged Bird Sings: Paul Laurence Dunbar at the Library of Congress
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.
Included in the exhibition is a letter from Paul
Laurence Dunbar to Booker T. Washington, January 23, 1902.
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.
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
in PPOC on Paul Laurence Dunbar or Paul Lawrence
Dunbar to locate images.
History Month Portal
In celebration of African-American History Month, the
Library developed this Web site highlighting the many
resources on African-American history and culture available
from its extensive online collections.
African American Identity in the Gilded Age: Two Unreconciled Strivings
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
Found Poetry with Primary Sources: The Great Depression
Explore poetry using American
Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers'
Project, 1936-1940 collection of American Memory,
which covers personal stories collected by the Works Progress
Administration. In particular, students write "found
poetry" based on the stories found in this collection.
1900 America: Primary Sources and Epic Poetry
To better understand the turn-of-the-nineteenth century
United States, this interdisciplinary lesson integrates
use of primary resources with historical and literary
analysis. Students work in groups and express themselves
creatively through a multimedia epic poem.
Paul Laurence Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872, in Dayton,
Ohio. Although he died when he was only thirty-three,
Dunbar had achieved international acclaim as a poet, short
story writer, novelist, dramatist, and lyricist.
Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section
of the Library of Congress
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. Paul Laurence Dunbar is included in the
War and Reconstruction section.
African American Sheet Music from the John Hay Library at Brown University
This collection consists of 1,307 pieces of African-American
sheet music dating from 1850-1920. It includes many songs
from the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the
1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period.
Cornell University Library Making of America Collection
The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The materials selected illuminate
the subject areas of education, psychology, American history,
sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection
more than ten items by Paul
Modern American Poetry's Paul Laurence Dunbar Page, from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The page includes literary criticism and examples of Dunbar's
Laurence Dunbar Digital Collection, from Wright State University
A digital collection of selected poems by the American
poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar, presented by the
Wright State University Libraries. Includes a biographical
sketch of Dunbar and a photo gallery.
Laurence Dunbar House, from the Ohio Historical Society
This Italianate turn-of-the-century structure was the final
home of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. It exhibits his literary
treasures, many of his personal items and his family's furnishings.
University of Dayton's
Paul Laurence Dunbar Web Site
This site includes a biography, a collection of selected
poems, photographs, and links to resources to learn more
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Lyrics of Lowly Life. Secaucus,
NJ: Citadel, 1984.
LC Call Number: PS1556 .L6 1984 [Catalog
Gayle, Addison. Oak and Ivy; A Biography of Paul Laurence
Dunbar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .G3 [Catalog
Hudson, Gossie H., and Jay Martin, eds. The Paul Laurence
Dunbar Reader: A Selection of the Best of Paul Laurence Dunbar's
Poetry and Prose, Including Writings Never Before Available
in Book Form. Baltimore: Gateway, 1999.
LC Call Number: PS1556 .A4 1999b [Catalog
Jarrett, Gene A., and Thomas L. Morgan, eds. The Complete
Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Athens: Ohio University
LC Call Number: PS1556 .A4 2005 [Catalog
Martin, Herbert W., and Ronald Primeau, eds. In His Own
Voice: The Dramatic and Other Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence
Dunbar. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002.
LC Call Number: PS1556 .A4 2002 [Catalog
Papers of Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1873-1936.
LC Call Number: Microfilm 15,441-9P [Catalog
Austin, Charles M. Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Roots
and Much More: A Scrapbook of His Life and Legacy. Miamisburg,
OH: Miamisburg News, c1989.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .A87 1989 [Catalog
Best, Felton O. Crossing the Color Line: A Biography
of Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt,
LC Call Number: PS1557 .B47 1996 [Catalog
Hudson, Gossie Harold. A Biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Baltimore, MD: Gateway, 1999.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .H84 1999 [Catalog
Metcalf, E. W. Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Bibliography.
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1975.
Gentry, Tony. Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Chelsea
LC Call Number: Z8247.4 .M48 [Catalog
LC Call Number: PS1557 .G46 1989 [Catalog
Reef, Catherine. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Portrait of a
Poet. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2000.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .R34 2000 [Catalog