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Collection Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress

1925 to 1929


  1. January 1925

    Moves to New York City

  2. July 1925

    Registers play Meet the Mamma for copyright

    Wins Opportunity magazine contest for short story, "Spunk," and play, "Color Struck"

    Works for author Fannie Hurst

    Enters Barnard College on scholarship

    Portrait of Fannie Hurst. Carl Van Vechten, photographer. March 16, 1938. From the Carl Van Vechten Photograph Collection.
  3. 1926

    Studies with anthropologist Franz Boas at Columbia University

  4. 1927

    Receives Carter Woodson Association fellowship

    Goes south to collect folklore

  5. May 19, 1927

    Marries Herbert Sheen, St. Augustine, Florida

    Acquires patronage of Charlotte Osgood Mason

  6. 1928

    January: Separates from Sheen

  7. March 1928

    Moves to Polk County, Florida

  8. May 1928

    Receives Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College

    Goes to New Orleans to collect hoodoo folklore

  9. 1929

    Revises folklore manuscript in Florida