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  • Faith Berry papers,


  • Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, speeches, writings, book reviews, reports, radio and television transcripts, research materials, press releases, clippings, printed matter, posters, photographs, and other papers pertaining to Berry's career as an author, editor, and educator; her research on the life and literary career of poet Langston Hughes; collaboration with professor and literary critic J. Saunders Redding on an anthology of his works; and work on behalf of civil rights and women. Documents her membership on the NAACP Task Force on Africa, service as media coordinator for the U.S. President's Advisory Committee for Women, media contract work for the U.S. Women's Bureau, and attendance as a representative of the National Council of Negro Women at the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development, and Peace held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1980.
  • Includes drafts of the NAACP Task Force on Africa's Report and Recommendations (1978- ) for a policy on Africa; transcript of a radio program honoring Hughes which was narrated and produced by Berry (1979); a working script for Kissinger in Retrospect, a 1977 television documentary on the political career of U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger; correspondence and drafts as well as writings not selected by Berry for inclusion in the J. Saunders Redding anthology titled A Scholar's Conscience; Selected Writings of J. Saunders Redding, 1942-1977 (1992); and subject files relating to feminism and women's rights.
  • Files for Berry's study of Langston Hughes include correspondence, research material, articles by Berry concerning Hughes, and other papers. Includes copies of correspondence between Hughes and publishing firm Rinehart & Company, Inc., between 1953 and 1960; a copyedited manuscript of Berry's book titled Langston Hughes: Before and Beyond Harlem (1983); research materials including poems and notes for Good Morning, Revolution; Uncollected Social Protest Writings (1973); and papers pertaining to her work with the Langston Hughes Review including a commemorative issue devoted to Darwin T. Turner.
  • Correspondents include George Houston Bass, Theodore M. Berry, Arna Bontemps, Broadus N. Butler, Alexis M. Herman, Franklin Williams, and Margaret Bush Wilson.


  • Berry, Faith
  • Redding, J. Saunders (Jay Saunders), 1906-1988
  • NAACP Task Force on Africa


  • -  Bass, George Houston--Correspondence
  • -  Berry, Theodore M.--(Theodore Moody),--1905-2000--Correspondence
  • -  Bontemps, Arna,--1902-1973--Correspondence
  • -  Butler, Broadus N.--Correspondence
  • -  Herman, Alexis M.,--1947---Correspondence
  • -  Hughes, Langston,--1902-1967
  • -  Hughes, Langston,--1902-1967.--Good morning, revolution; uncollected social protest writings.--1973
  • -  Hughes, Langston,--1902-1967--Correspondence
  • -  Kissinger, Henry,--1923-2023
  • -  Redding, J. Saunders--(Jay Saunders),--1906-1988
  • -  Williams, Franklin,--1917-1990--Correspondence
  • -  Wilson, Margaret Bush,--1919-2009--Correspondence
  • -  United States.--President's Advisory Committee for Women
  • -  United States.--Women's Bureau
  • -  NAACP Task Force on Africa
  • -  National Council of Negro Women
  • -  Rinehart & Company, Inc.--Correspondence
  • -  World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development, and Peace--(1980 :--Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • -  Kissinger in retrospect
  • -  Langston Hughes review
  • -  African American authors
  • -  African American poets--20th century--Biography
  • -  African American women--Societies and clubs
  • -  African Americans--Literary collections
  • -  African Americans--Relations with Africans
  • -  African Americans--Societies, etc
  • -  American literature
  • -  Civil rights
  • -  Feminism
  • -  International Women's Decade, 1976-1985
  • -  Protest poetry, American
  • -  Social problems--Literary collections
  • -  Women--Societies and clubs
  • -  Women
  • -  Women--United States
  • -  Women's rights
  • -  Women's rights--United States
  • -  United States--Intellectual life--20th century
  • -  United States--Politics and government--1969-1974
  • -  United States--Social conditions--20th century


  • -  Arranged in two parts composed of nine series.
  • -  Part I arranged in five series. Series 1: Langston Hughes, 1859-1984; Series 2: NAACP Task Force on Africa, 1963-1979; Series 3: Women's Issues, 1972-1983; Series 4: Kissinger in Retrospect, 1977; and Series 5: Oversize, 1978-1982.
  • -  Part II arranged in four series. Series 1: Langston Hughes, 1925-2009; Series 2: J. Saunders Redding, 1939-1991; Series 3: Miscellany, 1931-1999; and Series 4: Oversize, 1933, undated.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container number, Faith Berry Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Gift, Faith Berry, 1984-2009.
  • -  Sound recordings transferred to Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
  • -  Three issues (1965) of the French periodical Jeune Afrique transferred to Library of Congress Serial & Government Publications Division.
  • -  The opera titled Troubled Island and two pieces of sheet music transferred to Library of Congress Music Division.
  • -  Author, editor, and educator. Born 1938; died 2017.
  • -  Collection material in English, with French.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at


  • 6,500 items.
  • 30 containers plus 2 oversize.
  • 13.6 linear feet.


  • Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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  • mm85061711

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