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Papers of influential artist and activist Shirley Graham Du Bois, the second wife of W. E. B. Du Bois, are held at Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute, Schlesinger Library. They include her personal correspondence, private papers, professional work, and photographs. The finding aid includes a subseries on W. E. B. Du Bois.
Available from the Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers document virtually every stage in his long career and show his involvement in many areas of twentieth century racial, literary, and social reform movements. In particular, the correspondence files, including well over 100,000 items show Du Bois' interactions with others in these realms. The earliest letter in the collection, a note to his grandmother, dates from 1877 when Du Bois was just nine years old. Among the latest is the draft of a letter, written not long before his death in 1963, appealing to the leaders of the Soviet Union and China to heal the divisions that had arisen in the world communist movement. The files, containing only a few items from his early youth, become more plentiful for Du Bois' student days in the 1880s and 1890s, and the commencement of his career as scholar and educator in the 1890s and 1900s. They are at their fullest during his period with the NAACP as editor of The Crisis, 1910-1934, and they remain nearly as abundant for the last thirty years of his life, 1934-1963.