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Paul Laurence Dunbar: Online Resources

Complied by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist

 Paul Laurence Dunbar, half-length portrait, seated, facing left.
Paul Lawrence [sic] Dunbar.
1 photomechanical print.
[Published 1905].
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZ62-108239

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 Memory Historical 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 African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society

This selection of manuscript and printed text and images illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes. Search the collection on Paul Laurence Dunbar to locate items pertaining to Dunbar.

A selection of highlights from this collection includes:

African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920: Selected from the Collections of 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. Browse the collection by name to locate eleven items pertaining to Dunbar.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, 1933-Present

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 technologies.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection contains fourteen items by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

America's Library

Jump Back in Time

Paul Laurence Dunbar was Born, June 27, 1872

Blogs (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

Exhibitions

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. Included in the exhibition is a letter from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Booker T. Washington, January 23, 1902.

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.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search in PPOC on Paul Laurence Dunbar or Paul Lawrence Dunbar to locate images.

Special Presentation

African-American 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.

Teachers Page

Lesson Plans

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 them.

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.

Today in History

June 27

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.

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. Paul Laurence Dunbar is included in the Civil War and Reconstruction section.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

The 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 illustrated poems.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Digital Collection, from Wright State University Libraries

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.

Paul 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 about Dunbar.

Selected Works by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Lyrics of Lowly Life. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel, 1984.
LC Call Number: PS1556 .L6 1984 [Catalog Record]

Gayle, Addison. Oak and Ivy; A Biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .G3 [Catalog Record]

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 Record]

Jarrett, Gene A., and Thomas L. Morgan, eds. The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005.
LC Call Number: PS1556 .A4 2005 [Catalog Record]

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 Record]

Papers of Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1873-1936.
LC Call Number: Microfilm 15,441-9P [Catalog Record]

Selected Biographies and other Studies of Dunbar

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 Record]

Best, Felton O. Crossing the Color Line: A Biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1996.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .B47 1996 [Catalog Record]

Hudson, Gossie Harold. A Biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Baltimore, MD: Gateway, 1999.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .H84 1999 [Catalog Record]

Bibliographies

Metcalf, E. W. Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Bibliography. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1975.
LC Call Number: Z8247.4 .M48 [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Gentry, Tony. Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Chelsea House, 1989.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .G46 1989 [Catalog Record]

Reef, Catherine. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Portrait of a Poet. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2000.
LC Call Number: PS1557 .R34 2000 [Catalog Record]

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