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A Guide to the Zora Neale Hurston Papers

 

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff (Photographs processed by Kimberly Burroughs)

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
August 2008

 

Zora Neale Hurston

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hurston, Zora Neale
Title: Zora Neale Hurston Papers
Bulk dates: 1926-1960
Dates: 1919-2002
Abstract: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, manuscripts, photographs, and miscellaneous personal papers of author, Zora Neale Hurston.
Extent: 6.0 Linear feet 16 boxes; 1 binder
Identification: MS Group 6
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Author, folklorist, anthropologist. Born in Eatonville, Florida; educated at Barnard College and Colombia University. Did research on African-American folklore in the American South, Haiti, and the West Indies. Published works include: Of Mules and Men (1935); Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934); Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), Moses: Man of the Mountain (1939), Seraph on the Suwanee (1948); and her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road (1943). Hurston also wrote short stories, plays, and non-fiction articles. She taught at North Carolina College for Negroes.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, manuscripts, photographs, miscellaneous personal papers. Correspondence concerning race relations, Hurston's writings and fieldwork, personal matters; manuscripts of articles, short stories, plays; biographical material about Zora Neale Hurston. The majority of the papers have been encapsulated and bound.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

The Zora Neale Hurston literary estate is represented by: Victoria Sanders Literary Agency, 241 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 11H, New York, NY 10014.


Related or Separated Material

Related documents are located in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida: Three letters to Mary G. Holland (Mrs. Spessard L. Holland) dated 1955-1958 and a 1950 Orlando Sentinel Star news article. The University of Florida also holds letters written by and about Hurston in the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Collection, the Edith Pope Papers, and the Tracy L'Engle Angas Papers. Additional information about Hurston may be available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neale_Hurston.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Zora Neale Hurston Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

After Hurston died on January 28, 1960 in a Fort Pierce, Florida, hospital, her papers were ordered to be burned. A law officer and friend, Patrick DuVal, passing by the house where she had lived, stopped and put out the fire, thus saving an invaluable collection of literary documents for posterity. The nucleus of this collection was given to the University of Florida libraries in 1961 by Mrs. Marjorie Silver, friend and neighbor of Hurston. Other materials were donated in 1970 and 1971 by Frances Grover, daughter of E. O. Grover, a Rollins College professor and long-time friend of Hurston's. In 1979 Stetson Kennedy of Jacksonville, who knew Hurston through his work with the Federal Writers Project, added additional papers.


Contents List

Correspondence

The correspondence has been encapsulated and bound in two boxes (C1-C2). The letters are listed alphabetically in this collection description. Please note the box number when requesting letters. The description for each letter usually includes the name of the author, whether typed or handwritten (see note on abbreviations), recipient, date, place of writing, pagination, and a short abstract.


Box Folder
1 7 Alexander, Frank. TLS to Zora Neale Hurston Tallahassee. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). United Insurance Company of America Claim. 1958, Dec. 16
1 39 Alexander, Jack. TLS to ZNH Philadelphia. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Enlargements of photographs in Sat. Evening Post. 1956, Sept. 10
1 47 Andersen, Martin. TLS to ZNH Orlando. (1p. 9 1/2 x 7). A new correspondent; thanks for Collins tip. Enclosed letter to Mr. James Cox. 1956, April 30
1 60 Andersen, Martin. TLS to ZNH Orlando. (1p. 9 1/2 x 7). Re ZNH's article in Orlando Sentinel; 2 enclosures. (1 letter and 1 clipping). 1955, Oct. 20
1 38 Andersen, Martin. TLS to ZNH Orlando. (1p. 9 1/2 x 7). ZNH must take an objective viewpoint. 1956, Sept. 18
1 21 Augustine, Frederick. ALS to ZNH Melbourne Fla. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 10). Wants ZNH to speak on race relations for Unitarian group. 1957, Sept. 10
1 68 Bardolph, Richard. TLS to ZNH Greensboro, N.C. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Engaged in study of prominent Negroes in American History. 1955, Sept. 1
2 10 Barley, H. Postcard to ZNH Spain. (4 x 5). Villa in Spain; living cheap; leaving for France. 1954, July 8
2 73 Bates, Jesse V. TLS to ZNH Los Angeles. (1p. (frag. only) 7 1/2 x 10 1/2). Molotov; Elvis Presley; Hollywood. Not dated
1 19 Beam, T.C. Boston. TLS to ZNH Yanceyville, N.C. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Would like ZNH's comments on article he has written. 1958, Feb. 3
1 11 Beebe, George (ed. Miami Herald). TLS to Doug Silver (1p. 27 1/2 x 21 1/2). He cannot see the purpose of Zora's story. She needs a ghost writer. Not part of Hurston's Papers; added by the Silvers. 1958, July 9
1 76 Bixby R. Burdell. TLS to ZNH New York. (1p. 8 x 10 1/2). Re ZNH's letter to Governor Dewey. 1955, June 9
1 65 Brown, Willie. ALS to ZNH, Eustis, Florida. (1 p. 8 1/2 x 11). Would like to see ZNH. 1955, Sept. 11
2 41 Collins, LeRoy. TLS to ZNH Tallahassee. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re ZNH's suggestions about publicizing Fla.'s historic ties with Spain. 1950, May 18
1 59 Crippen, John K. TLS to ZNH Park Ridge, Ill. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). American Negro; communism. Enclosures. 1955, Oct. 29
2 74 Cutler, Ronald. TLS to ZNH Gainesville, Fla. (1 1/2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Race theories. Not dated
1 22 Cutler, Ronald. TLS to ZNH Gainesville, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Florida stories. 1957, Aug. 22
1 25 Cutler, Ronald. TLS to ZNH Gainesville, Fla. (3/4pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Re anthology of Florida Stories. 1957, June 12
1 73 Dabney, Virginius. TLS to Martin Andersen Richmond. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re ZNH's letter. 1955, Aug. 15
2 24 Darden, Woodrow. TLS to ZNH Titusville, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re Negro school. 1952, Aug. 6
1 27 Davis, Grace. ALS to ZNH New York. (2pp. 8 x 6). Hurt her foot. 1957, Apr. 13
1 37 Dennis, B.H. ALS to ZNH Manhasset, NY. (1p. 5 x 8). Title of Book. 1956, Sept. 25
1 44 Eisenberg, Larry. TLS to ZNH Nashville, Tenn. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Men and Mules; Methodist Church. 1956, May 10
1 48 Eisenberg, Larry. TLS to ZNH Leesburg, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Permission request to use stories from Mules and Men. 1956, Apr. 19
2 75 Enns, Robt.N. TLS to Mr. Moore n.p. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: article on ZNH's death. [1960]
1 26 _______, Eva. ALS to ZNH Riverside, Calif. (5pp. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2). About her divorce. 1957, May 9
1 17 Ferguson, M. Mitchell. TLS to ZNH Tallahassee. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Requirements for public school teachers. Enclosed list of requirements. 1958, Feb. 27
1 63 Fuller, Hoyt. Telegram to ZNH. (1p. 8 x 5 1/2). Needs information on Negro women authors. 1955, Sept. 20
2 76 Gandy, Neail. ALS to ZNH Bronx. (1 1/2pp. 7 x 5 1/4). "My house is your home". Not dated
1 45 Gartley, Harold (Lippincott). TLS to Margrit de Sabloniere Philad. (1p. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2). Translation of Dust Tracks on a Road into Dutch. 1956, May 9
1 40 Goddard, P.H. Telegram to ZNH Patrick Air Force Base. (1p. 8 x 5 1/2). Offer of position as librarian. 1956, June 13
2 42 Graham, Rugus. TLS to City Editor. 1950, April 19
1 3 Grover E.O. TL to Mr. Maxwell (Winter Park). (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Seeks info about ZNH's last days. Gift of Frances Grover. 1960, Feb. 15
2 49 Grover, E.O. TL (carbon) to ZNH [Winter Park]. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Praise of work; enclosed brief review of Dust Tracks on a Road. Gift of Frances Grover. 1942, Nov. 12
2 48 Grover, E.O. TL (carbon) to ZNH. [Winter Park]. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Encouragement on her writing. Gift of Frances Grover. 1942, Dec. 22
1 4 Grover, E.O. TL to City Manager Winter Park. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Requests info about ZNH's funeral. Gift of Frances Grover. 1960, Feb. 15
2 50 Grover, E.O. TL to Mr. Pfiffer (Winter Park). (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Dust Tracks on a Road. 1942, Nov. 12
2 65 Grover, E.O. TL(carbon) to ZNH [Winter Park]. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Is she going to present any plays at Rollins this winter?. Gift of Frances Grover. 1933, Nov. 15
2 52 Grover, E.O. TLS to Mr. Maxwell (Winter Park). (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Why did Mr. Osborne ignore ZNH in his article; enclosed article. 1942, June 16
2 18 Hammond, Nancy. TLS to ZNH NY. (1p. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2). Permission for reprinting Saturday Evening Post story. 1953, Mar. 30
1 16 Hart, Marie. ALS to ZNH Merritt Island, Fla. (2pp. 4 x 3 1/2). Sorry ZNH left island; inquiry about her teaching. 1958, Feb. 28
2 4 Hartman, Ralph. Christmas card to ZNH Cleveland, Ohio. (5 1/4 x 4 1/4). 1954, Dec. 7
1 30 Heggernan, M. TLS to ZNH New York. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Concerning yellow ochres. 1957, Jan. 29
1 66 Hetherington, Alma. TLS to ZNH Saint Cloud, Fla. (2pp. 7 x 8 (burned fragments]). Sorry she had to cancel date. 1955, Sept. 6
2 19 Hetherington, Prudence. ALS to ZNH Chicago. (5pp. 7 1/2 x 10 1/2). Herbert's divorce. 1953, Mar. 29
2 77 Hetherington, Prudence. Nov. 12. ALS to ZNH (Los Angeles). (3pp. 7 x 10 1/2). Dogs; Herb's divorce. Not dated
1 69 Hill, T.L. TLS to ZNH Newberry, S.C. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re her article on the segregation issue. 1955, Aug. 29
1 24 Holland, Mary. Post card to ZNH Washington. (5 1/2 x 3). Will answer ZNH's letter. 1957, June 19
2 46 Holt, Hamilton. TLS to ZNH and E.O. Grover Winter Park. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11 and 1 p. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2). Likes Dust Tracks on a Road. 1943, Jan. 27
2 78 Huie, William. ALS to ZNH Jax. (1p. 7 x 10). Ill, fund for Ruby's defense. Not dated
2 1 Huie, William. TLS to ZNH Bethesda, MD. (1p. 7 x 7 1/2). Enclosing galleys which contain ZNH's material; enclosed galleys. 1955, Apr. 19
2 8 Huie, William. TLS to ZNH Bethesda. (2pp. [burned frag.] 7 x 10). Ruby and trial; enclosure: The Woman in the Suwannee Jail. 1954, Sept. 1
2 55 Hurst, Fanny. TLS to E.O. Grover. (1p. 27 1/2 x 21 1/2). "Zora achievements are getting better and bigger.". Gift of Frances Grover. 1940, Jan. 27
1 23 Hurston, Everett E., Sr. ALS to ZNH Brooklyn. (1p. 8 x 10). Not living with Myrtie any more; securing future of children. 1957, July 1
1 32 Hurston, Everett. ALS to ZNH Brooklyn. (4pp. 4 x 5). Job plans; recently married. 1957, Jan. 2
1 31 Hurston, Iva. ALS to ZNH Brooklyn. (2pp. 10 x 6). Send pictures; doesn't want ZNH to get them a car. Pictures enclosed. 1957, Jan. 12
1 27 Hurston, Iva. ALS to ZNH Brooklyn. (3 1/2 pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Thanks for fruit; tells about herself as she is new in the Hurston family. 1957, Feb. 2
2 20 Hurston, J.C. Christmas card to ZNH Jacksonville. (6 x 5). 1952, Dec. 18
2 44 Hurston, Z.N. ALS to E.O. Grover Daytona. (4pp. 10 3/4 x 7 1/4). Need for recreation center in Eatonville. Problems of the community and of Hungerford School. Gift of Frances Grover. 1943, Nov. 7
2 67 Hurston, Z.N. ALS to E.O. Grover Maitland. (2pp. 11 x 7). Mrs. Thompson; friends. Gift of Frances Grover. 1932, Aug. 7
2 66 Hurston, Z.N. ALS to E.O. Grover. Ishpening. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Fannie Hurst. Gift of Frances Grover. 1933, Feb. 1
1 6 Hurston, Z.N. ALS to Harper Brothers Fort Pierce, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Would Harper's be interested in her new book, Herod the Great. 1959, Jan. 16
2 30 Hurston, Z.N. ALS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Refusal of book; Burroughs Mitchell. 1951, Sept. 13
1 57 Hurston, Z.N. ALS to Margrit Sabloniere Eau Gallie, Fla. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). ZNH's article in Orlando Sentinel on race issue; ill; beginning work on life of Herod the Great. 1955, Dec. 3
2 53 Hurston, Z.N. Postcard to E.O. Grover. (3 x 5 1/2). Has been ill with respiratory ailment, but is coming to Florida. Gift of Frances Grover. 1942, Apr. 15
2 89 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Mary Holland, Eau Gallie. (5p. 8 1/2 x 11). Feels sorry for MKR's death. Speaks about Mary Bethune and her feelings toward her - she is working on the life of Herod the Great and explains the work to Mary Holland. 1955, June 13
2 90 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Mary Holland, Merritt Island, Fla. (3p. 8 1/2 x 11). Thoughts on Pepper and Zora's termination at the library. 1957, June 27
2 91 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Mary Holland, Merritt Island, Fla. (3p. 8 1/2 x 11). Discusses intentions for and article on Southern lawmakers. 1957, July 2
2 92 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Mary Holland, Fort Pierce, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Preference for Senator Holland over Pepper. 1958, Oct. 21
2 72 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Connie Sheen New York (in Microfilm). (1p. 8 x 10 (photostat)). Working for Fannie Hurst. 1926, Jan. 5
2 71 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Connie Sheen New York. (2pp. 8 x 10 (photostat)). Wants her friendship. 1926, Feb. 2
2 47 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Daytona. (1p. 7 x 10 1/4). Collecting material. Asks Grover to send some of her material to the Readers' Digest More Picturesque Language Department. Gift of Frances Grover. 1942, Dec. 10
2 63 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Chicago. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Fellowship. Gift of Frances Grover. 1934, Dec. 13
2 69 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Eatonville, Fla. (1p. 10 1/2 x 7). Programs of Negro folk material. Gift of Frances Grover. 1932, June 8
2 61 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover NYC. (1p. 10 1/2 x 7). On Federal Negro Theatre project; thanks for help. Gift of Frances Grover. 1935, Dec. 29
2 56 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Durham, N.C. (2pp. 6 x 7 3/4). Is heading drama department at a North Carolina College and is in Paul Green's workshop at Chapel Hill;. Tell My Horse is successful in England. Morgan College has conferred Litt.D. on her. Gift of Frances Grover. 1939, Oct. 12
2 68 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Eatonville, Fla. (1 3/4 pp. 10 1/2 x 7). Negro theatre. Gift of Frances Grover. 1932, June 15
2 58 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Jamaica, L.I. (3/4p. 8 1/2 x 11). Going home for winter; things brought from Haiti; Guggenheim. Gift of Frances Grover. 1937, Oct. 23
2 79 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover NY. (1p. 7 x 11 1/2). Fellowship has been granted. Gift of Frances Grover. Not dated
2 59 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Jamaica, B.W.I. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Has read over his poems; gathering material for book. Gift of Frances Grover. 1936, July 3
2 54 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover Los Angeles. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Writing her autobiography. Mr. and Mrs. John Mershon, Eta Motten and Ethel Waters. Rollins College. Gift of Frances Grover. 1941, Dec. 20
2 62 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to E.O. Grover NYC. (3/4p. 10 x 6 1/4). Has lost zest for doctorate. Gift of Frances Grover. 1935, May 14
2 45 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to H. Holt Daytona Beach. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Glad he liked Dust Tracks; Mrs. Mary Montagu Burghley. 1943, Feb. 11
2 38 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury ?. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Is sending the article. 1951, May 24
2 40 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury ?. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Taft; no honor in Ann Watkins, Inc. 1951, May 10
2 32 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury ?. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Working on SPOT; her garden; nice neighbors. 1951, Aug. 8
2 36 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Belle Glade, Fla. Stuart Rose editing her remarks; Ann Watkins; pennile (enclosed TNS to Ann Watkins). 1951, June 4
2 28 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie, Fla. (1 3/4 pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Has no winter coat, tropical virus, Asian antagonism to U.S.; her folk concerts. 1952, Mar. 6
2 33 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Thinks Ann Watkins is after them both. 1951, July 15
2 35 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie, Fla. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Thanks for money; her garden; her house; her script; Herod the Great. 1951, July 9
2 27 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). World events. 1952, May 6
2 26 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Her stories; money problems. 1952, June 15
2 31 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Short Stories. 1951, Aug. 19
2 29 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie. (3/4p. 8 1/2 x 11). Her garden, hocked typewriter. 1951, Oct. 25
1 50 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Margrit Sabloniere Eau Gallie, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Has to move - house being sold; segregation. 1956, Mar. 15
2 37 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to McIntosh and McKee Belle Glade, Fla. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Story - hair straightening business. 1951, May 28
2 39 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to McIntosh and McKee Belle Glade, Fla. 1/4p. 8 1/2 x 11). Taft article for Jean Parker Waterbury. 1951, May 11
2 15 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Mr. William Nunn Eau Gallie. (1/2 or 1 page (burned frag.) 11 x 4 1/2). Feels she has been injured by statements in the Pittsburgh Courier. 1953, May 28
1 35 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Sabloniere Cocoa, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Race disturbance; librarian position at Patrick Air Force Base. 1956, Nov. 7
1 46 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to Sabloniere Eau Gallie. (3/4p. 8 1/2 x 11). Package sent to her had been stolen. 1956, May 9
2 60 Hurston, Z.N. TLS to William Stanley Hoole. (1p). Telling about her future novel - glad the southland is coming into prominence. Acquired from W. Stanley Hoole. 1936, March 7
2 7 Hurston, Z.N. Tlx to Saturday Evening Post Eau Gallie, Fla. (1p. (burned fragment) 8 1/2 x 11). Crank letter she received. 1954, Sept. 2
2 56a Hurston, Zora Neale. TL to Dr. Carita Corse, Maitland, Fla. Returned from book fair in Boston; depressed. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979. 1938, Dec. 3
1 15 Hurston, Zora Neale. TLS to M. Mitchell Ferguson Fort Pierce, Fla. 5pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Concerning her certificate for teaching in Florida. 1958, Mar. 7
1 1 Johnson, Hubert A. TLS to E.O. Grover Philadelphia. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Where to obtain books of ZNH. Gift of Frances Grover. 1960, April 27
2 80 Kahn, E. Jr. TLS to ZNH n.p. (2 1(2pp. (burned fragments of) 11 x 4 1/2). McCarthy-Army me; Herod the Great; color of skin. Not dated
1 34 _______, Katharane. ALS to ZNH Los Angeles. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Working in real estate; may visit ZNH in Florida. 1956, Nov. 18
1 64 Keeley, Joseph C. TNS to ZNH New York. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Encloses letter from Mr. Morgan requesting permission to use one of her articles. 1955, Sept. 19
1 13 King Clennon. TNS to ZNH Alcorn, Mi. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). "The Washington Cat" has answered his letter which he sent to her. 1958, Apr. 6
1 18 King, Clennon. TLS to ZNH Alcorn, Mi. (1 1/4pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Explains his search for her. 1958, Feb. 22
1 5 King, Clennon. TLS to ZNH Compton, Calif. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Sorry he has not done anything for her; leaflets on Negro enclosed. 1959, June 28
1 28 Knowland, William F. TLS to ZNH Washington D.C. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Thanks for letter; integrating Negro vote in Republican party. 1957, Jan. 31
1 8 Larson, J. Edwin. TLS to ZNH Tallahassee. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Concerning her insurance. 1958, Dec. 2
2 14 Lawrence, David. TLS to ZNH Washington. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Glad to have her comments. 1953, July 29
1 67 Leighton, Josephine. TLS (form letter) to "Fellows" New York. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: Guggenheim Fellowships. 1955, Sept. 6
2 43 Leonard, H.A. TLS to ZNH Miami. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: Zora's work in Democratic party; enclosed letter from Angus Graham to City Manager. [1950] April 15
2 57 Lippincott, B.L. TLS to E.O. Grover. Philadelphia. (1p. 7 x 7 1/2). Re: Grover's opinion of Their Eyes were Watching God. 1937, Oct. 19
2 64 Lippincott, J.B. TLS to E.O. Grover. Philadelphia. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: ZNH's work. 1934, Feb. 5
2 22 Lokko, F.C. ALS to ZNH Liberia. (1p. 8 x 9 1/2). Read article of ZNH and would like to correspond with her. 1952, Oct. 9
1 72 Lynd, Eva. TLS to ZNH Melbourne. (1/2p. 8 3/4 x 5 1/2). Concerning car for ZNH. 1955, Aug. 19
2 9 MacLusk, Rosina. Postcard to ZNH New Jersey. (5 1/4 x 3 1/2). Enjoying self at lake with children. 1954, Aug.?
1 10 Mahon, John Scott. TLS to ZNH New York. (3/4p. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4). Would like to see manuscript of Herod the Great. 1958, Sept. 15
1 2 Maxwell, Clark. TLS to E.O. Grover Eau Gallie. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Could not find much material about the last days of ZNH. Gift of Frances Grover. 1960, Mar. 3
2 12 Meyer, Marjorie. TLS to ZNH New York. (1p. 7 1/4 x 10 1/2). Tear sheets from her story for Barnard book. 1954, Jan. 14
1 36 Michael, Maurice. TLS to Margrit de Sabloniere London. (1p. 6 3/4 x 8). Re: Dutch publisher for Dust Tracks on a Road. 1956, Oct. 24
1 43 Miller, Levi. TLS to ZNH Baltimore. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Racial policies-Methodists. 1956, May 17
2 3 Mitchell, Helen and Burroughs. Christmas card to ZNH Piermont, NY. (8 1/2 x 4 1/2). 1954, Dec. 17
1 42 Moore, Richard. TLS to ZNH Daytona Beach. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Glad she will be at Bethune-Cookman College commencement. 1956, May 18
1 62 Morgan, William. ALS to ZNH Marion, Alabama. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Sending postage for return of the work sent to her. 1955, Sept. 28
2 23 Nelson, Frederick. TNS to ZNH Philadelphia. (1p. 7 x 6). Returning clippings. 1952, Sept. 11
2 5 Nunn, William. Telegram to ZNH Pittsburgh. (5 1/2 x 8). Would like story on Ruby McCollum trial. 1954, Nov. 12
2 21 Nunn, William. TLS to ZNH Pittsburgh. (1p. 10 1/2 x 7). Re: McCollum cast. 1952, Nov. 12
1 61 Oehmler, H. R. ALS to ZNH (Penna?). (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: Supreme Court decisions. 1955, Oct. 15
2 81 Owen, Dorothy. ALS to ZNH, Arlington, Fla. (1p. 5 1/4 x 7). Wants more information on what they are to do. [195?] Sept. 25
1 58 Owen, Dorothy. Postcard to ZNH, Palatka, Fla. (5 1/2 x 3). Getting house straightened. 1955, Nov. 13
1 54 Owen, E.E. Christmas card to ZNH, Palatka, Fla. (5 x 4 burned fragment). 1955, Dec. 14
2 51 Pfeiffer, F. TLS to E.O. Grover, Philadelphia. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: Dust Tracks on a Road. 1942, Nov. 4
1 56 Ruell, Juanita. ALS to ZNH, Seattle, Washington. (2pp. 9 3/4 x 7). Basket shop-supplies from Haiti. 1955, Dec. 6
1 29 Ruell, Juanita. TLS to ZNH Seattle Washington. (1p. 8 x 7 1/4). Her basket shop; wants ZNH to apply for professor at the U. of Washington (clipping of herself enclosed). 1957, Jan. 31
1 20 Rutledge, Nelson. TLS to ZNH, Patrick Air Force Base. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Sorry they have no position available for her. 1957, Oct. 29
1 33 Sabloniere, Margrit. Postcard to ZNH, Leiden. (4 x 6). Her best wishes. 1956, Dec. 18
1 52 Sabloniere, Margrit. TLS to ZNH Leiden. (1p. 11 x 6 1/2). ZNH's article in Orlando Sentinel. 1956, Feb. 16
1 49 Sabloniere, Margrit. TLS to ZNH Leiden. (1p. 7 1/2 x 6). Has begun to read Dust Tracks on a Road. 1956, Apr. 16
1 55 Savoya, Edna H. TLS to ZNH Miami. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Not sending her books as she requested. 1955, Dec. 13
2 82 Scott, Thomas. ALS to ZNH, Charleston, West Virginia. (1p. 9 x 5 3/4). Wants to come to Florida. Not dated
2 83 Seller, T.J. ALS to ZNH, New York. (1p. (Burned fragment) 8 1/2 x 11). U.S. Supreme Court Decision. Not dated (Aug. 24)
2 84 Sexton, Waldo E. Telegram to ZNH, Vero Beach. (8 x5). Come down this afternoon. Not dated
2 11 Sexton, Waldo E. TLS to ZNH Vero Beach. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Would she write an article about Brooklyn Dodgers at Vero Beach. 1954, Mar. 3
2 13 Sheen, Constance (in microfilm). ALS to ZNH, Chicago. (6pp. 8 x 5 1/2 and 9 x 5 1/2). Renewing old friendship after long lapse. 1953, Aug. 20
2 70 Sheen, Constance. ALS to ZNH (photostat)?. (3 1/2pp. 10 x 8). Correcting misinterpretation in last letter of hers. 1926, Feb. 4
2 85 Smathers, Frank. ALS to ZNH, Miami. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Discusses Old Man and the Sea. Not dated
2 86 Smathers, Frank. Telegram to ZNH, Miami. (8 x5). When are you coming down?. Not dated (Apr. 1)
2 6 Smathers, George. TLS to ZNH Washington. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). His position on Sen. McCarthy case and enclosed official statement of his position. 1954, Oct. 25
2 88 Smathers, Lna?. ALS to ZNH, Miami. (2pp. (ink blurred) 8 x 5 1/2). Campaign. Not dated
2 87 Smathers, Lna?. ALS to ZNH, Waynesville. (7pp. 5 x 4). Large family together - 12 children. Not dated
1 70 Taylor, W.W. TLS to Editor of Orlando Sentinel Raleigh. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: ZNH's article (letter) originally in Orlando Sentinel. 1955, Aug. 25
1 71 Taylor, W.W. TLS to ZNH Raleigh. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Re: her letter written to the editor of Orlando Sentinel. 1955, Aug. 25
1 41 Traffero, Mrs. Irene. ALS to Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore. (3pp. 8 x 5). Wants copies of ZNH's statement published in newspaper. 1956, May 21
2 1 VanBergens, The. As Christmas card to ZNH, Eau Gallie. Best Wishes. 1955, Dec. 15
1 74 Waldman, Louis. TLS to ZNH New York. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Glad to hear from her; returning old passport. 1955, Aug. 8
2 17 Warfel, Maudie H. ANS (Announcement) to ZNH, Wilmington. (2pp. 4 1/2 x 5. Mi Elsa Findlay to join staff of Haitian Dance Memorial. 1953, Apr. 25
2 25 Waterbury, Jean Parker. TLS to ZNH New York. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Asiatic article will have to be shelved; animal story a problem; campaign job. 1952, July 1
2 16 Waterbury, Jean Parker. TLS to ZNH New York. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Sending check;.Stuart Rose good with working on her material. 1953, May 23
2 34 Waterbury, Jean Parker. TLS to ZNH, New York. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Burroughs letter a shock. 1951, July 10
1 12 Williams, D.E. TLS to ZNH Tallahassee. (1/2p. 8 1/2 x 11). Will stop to see her when he goes to Ft. Pierce. 1958, May 5
1 14 Williams, D.E. TLS to ZNH Tallahassee. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Sympathizes with her about her disappointment in behavior of fellow teachers. 1958, April 4
1 15 Wiltz, Madeline. TNS to ZNH Woodstock, N.Y. (1/2p. 5 1/2 x 8 3/4). Praise of Their Eyes were Watching God. 1956, Mar. 10
1 53 Wolfe, Mary B. ALS to ZNH, West Virginia. (2pp. 8 1/2 x 11). Writing a little, not well. 1956, Jan. 15


Manuscripts

The manuscripts are bound in 12 boxed volumes (Ms.1 - Ms.12). Boxes 1-5 contains Herod the Great. Box 6 contains a sketch book (mostly notes for Herod the Great). Boxes 7-8 contains Seraph on the Suwanee. Boxes 10-12 contains stories, essays and miscellaneous manuscripts.


Box
1 Herod the Great I. Introduction A. Typescript, burn and water damage. 11 leaves. Introduction B. Carbon. 9 leaves. Holograph notes, incomplete manuscript, burn damage. 104 leaves.
2 Herod the Great II. Introduction A. Carbon, same as A except for p. 9. 9 leaves. Introduction B. Carbon. 5 leaves. Introduction C. Carbon. Pp. 1-3, 5-7. Typescript, pp. 4-7. Introduction D. Carbon, dated March 26, 1958, pp. 4-7. Preface A. Typescript. 9 leaves. Preface B. Carbon of A with holograph corrections. Preface C. Carbon, dated April 7, 1958. Pp. 1-6. Typescript with holograph corrections, pp. 2-7. Preface D. Typescript. Pp. 1,1A, 3. Carbon, pp. 1-1A. Preface E. Typescript, dated March 21, 1958, pp. 4-6. Carbon, burn damage, pp. 4-6. Preface F. Carbon, burn damage. 4 leaves. Miscellaneous text, typescript and carbon. 21 leaves. 1958
3 Herod the Great III. Typescript, burn damage, pp. 1-87.
4 Herod the Great IV. Typescript, burn damage, pp. 88-178.
5 Herod the Great V. Typescript, burn damage, pp. 188-ca. 269.
6 Bound sketch book. Pencil holograph notes mostly for Herod the Great. Largely blank, ca. 70 leaves with writing, about half with writing on both sides.
7 Seraph on the Suwanee I. Typescript with holograph notes, burn damage, pp. 5-106.
8 Seraph on the Suwanee II. Typescript with holograph notes, burn damage, pp. 107-311.
9 Seraph on the Suwanee III. Typescript with holograph notes, burn damage, pp. 312-412, 5 fragments.
10 The Elusive Goal - Brotherhood of Mankind, 1958. Holograph, signed, burn and water damage. 18 leaves.
10 The Enemy - Unique Personal Experience,.
10 A. Typescript, burn and water damage, p. [1]-4, 8-13. B. Typescript, signed, 9 leaves. C. Carbon of B, burn and water damage, 9 leaves. 22 March, 1958
10 Unique Personal Experience, early version of "The Enemy". Two variant carbon typescripts, 11 leaves.
10 Florida's Migrant Farm Worker,.
10 A. Typescript with holograph corrections, p. 2, 4-5, 8. B. Carbon, 1 leaf, p. [1]-10, "Glossary," burn damage.
10 The Migrant Worker in Florida, typescript, burn damage, 7 leaves.
10 Miscellaneous holograph notes and child's drawings, 5 leaves.
10 The Woman in Gaul.
10 A. Typescript, burn damage, 8 leaves. B. Typescript, burn damage, p. [1]-12, 14, 14-18, 22-23, 25. C. Carbon, burn damage, p. 2-7, 9-14, 14-25.
11 The Seventh Veil, holograph, 34 leaves.
11 The South Was Had, holograph, 7 leaves.
12 Take for Instance Spessard Holland, holograph, 11 leaves.
12 The Fiery Chariot, (Drama), typescript, 7 leaves.
12 First Version of Folklore, typescript, 13 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 Go Gator and Muddy the Waters, Florida Writers' Project, typescript, holograph note at top "Fla. Negro Book. Folklore. Revision," 17 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 Cuban Music, photocopy of typescript with holograph notes, 2 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 Art and Such, typescript, 9 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979. 13 Jan., 1938
12 Cross City: Turpentine Camp, typescript, 2 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979. August, 1939
12 At the Camp Meetin', typescript poem, 1 leaf.
12 Reading the Deck, typescript poem, 1 leaf.
12 Correspondence, some fragments, 10 leaves.
5a Herod the Great. Reference Photocopy of Boxes III-V. 2014


Biographical Materials and Critical Manuscripts

The biographical materials and critical papers relating to Hurston are bound along with the miscellaneous manuscripts in the boxed volumes Ms. 12 and Ms. A. The writings are by E. O. Grover, Robert Cook and others. These materials were added to the Hurston Papers by gift and purchase.


Box
12 A New Florida Novelist: Zora Hurston Scores a Hit, by E.O. Grover. Carbon, initialed, 4 leaves. Gift of Frances Grover.
12 Zora Neale Hurston, by E.O. Grover. Typescript, initialed. leaves. Gift of Frances Grover.
12 The Story of Zora Neale Hurston, Author, as told by E.O. Grover. Typescript, 5 leaves. Gift of Frances Grover.
12 Zora Neale Hurston, Unidentified. Carbon, 2 leaves. Gift of Frances Grover?.
12 Photographing the Turpentine Industry at Cross City, Fla., by Robert Cook, staff photographer, FWP. Typescript, 6 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 No Race Champion, by Stetson Kennedy. Typescript, 7 leaves. Notes not used, 2 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 Zora Neal Hurston--Novelist, by J.M. Johnson. Typescript with penciled revisions and note at top: "For Negro Bk under Chapter 'Outstanding Fla Negroes.'" 2 leaves. [Another draft, possibly copied from this one, is in the Library of Florida History (FB H966). It has a third page with reference to an interview of Hurston at Eatonville].Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 Creative Negro Literature in Florida, by J.M. Johnson. Typescript, signed. 7 leaves. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 Memories of Zora Neale Hurston, by Ilse Sternberger. Typescript, 4 leaves. Gift of Mrs. Sternberger, 1979.
12 Ocoee Incident, by Stetson Kennedy: notes taken on dialogue between ZNH and Dr. Carita Doggett Corse, director of the FWP. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979.
12 Extracts from Newspaper Clippings, typed transcript, 2 leaves. Gift of Frances Grover.
12 Some Comments on Miss Hurston's Two Books, typed transcript, 1 leaf.Gift of Frances Grover?.
12 Seek $ for Zora's Funeral, by Howard Sharp, carbon transcript from the Fort Pierce News Tribune, Feb. 4, 1960, 1 leaf.Gift of Frances Grover?.
12 Letter to Mr. A from Edee. n.d. Discusses follow-up on Gleason story mentioned by Zora Hurston, with pencil note: "Mail Hurston," 1 leaf.


Personal Documents

Consists of 15 items in 11 encapsulated sheets.


Box Folder
13 1 Announcement from Florida State Bank of note due, May 25, 1956. 1956, May 25
13 1 Card of membership in Attucks Republican Club. 1948
13 1 Card of J. C. Miethke, M.D., Cocoa, Fla.
13 1 Final demand for payment of account at Ft. Pierce Memorial Hospital. 1959, Aug. 21
13 1 Receipt made to Zora N. Hurston by Brevard Loan Co. 1952
13 1 Statement from Ft. Pierce Memorial Hospital of balance due. 1959, May 25
13 1 Unemployment compensation "Wage transcript and Determination" form. 1958-59
13 1 Royalty Statement from J. B. Lippincott. 1952, Dec. 31
13 1 Life Insurance Co. of Florida form.
13 1 Note of Balance due at Nation Loan and Finance Co. Burn damage. 1957, Jan. 13
13 1 Deadline notice concerning account due at Ft. Pierce Memorial Hospital. 1959, Aug. 11
13 1 Character reference - original, signed by Mrs. Willester Martin Moore.
13 1 Registration statement of dwelling occupied by Z.N.H. (Tenant's copy). 1952
13 1 Marriage License. Photocopy.
13 1 Marriage License Application. Photocopy.


Programs for Dramatic and Musical Productions by Hurston


Box Folder
13 2 From Sun to Sun: A Program of Negro Folklore, Recreation Hall, Rollins College. 1933, Feb. 11
13 3 From Sun to Sun, New School Auditorium, New York. 1933?, March 29
13 4 From Sun to Sun, Orlando, Municipal Auditorium. 1933?
13 5 The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago presents Miss Zora Neale Hurston in a program of Folklore. 1934
13 6 The Fire Dance, New Auditorium, Orlando, Fla. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy, 1979. 1939, Jan. 25


Miscellaneous Materials


Box Folder
13 7 Clippings, Correspondence, Printed Sheets and Articles on Race Relations. These contain some personalized items and so appear to be part of the original Hurston Papers.
13 8 Letters from Maxwell Hunter, Tampa FWP Director, to Corita Corse, Director of the FWP. 7 leaves. Photocopies. Portion of unidentified interview with Dr. Carita Corse, 1 leaf. One letter refers to Hurston. Photocopy. Location of original unknown.
13 9 Mention of ZNH appearing at Chicago bookstore. Book News from the Daily News, v. 3, no. 29 (Oct. 25, 1934) and Commencement program for Bethune-Cookman College, May 1956, at which ZNH received honors. Newspaper clipping attached. Source uncertain. 1934, 1956 and not dated


Reference Material - Published Essays about Hurston


Box Folder
13 10 On Richard Wright and Zora N. Hurston, by June Gordon. Black World; v. XXIII, no. 10, p. 4-8. Photocopy. August, 1974
13 11 The Novelist-Anthropologist's Life/Works: Zora Neale Hurston, by Ellease Southerland. Black World; v. XXIII, no. 10, p. 20-29. Photocopy. August, 1974
13 12 In Search of Zora Neale Hurston, by Alice Walker. Ms. Magazine. p. 74-89. Photocopy. 1976
13 13 Zora Neale Hurston, by Theodore Pratt. Florida Historical Quarterly, 35-40. Photocopy. July, 1961
13 14 Zora Hurston: A Personality Sketch, by Fannie Hurst. Library Gazette (Yale University), no. 35, p. 17-22. Photocopy. 1960 July
13 15 Zora Neale Hurston: The Wandering Minstrel, by Darwin T. Turner. Chapter in book: In a Minor Chord; Three Afro-American Writers and Their Search for Identity. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, p. 89-135. Photocopy. 1971
13 16 Zora Neale Hurston and the Eatonville Anthropology, by Robert Hemenway. Typescript, 25 leaves. Photocopy. Published in: The Harlem Renaissance Remembered; Essays edited by Arna Wendell Bontemps. New York: Dodd, Mead. 1972
13 17 Book Reviews of Works by Hurston.
13 18 Clippings of articles about Hurston. Includes both contemporary articles, probably collected by E.O. Grover, and posthumous ones.


Articles and Stories Published by Hurston


Box Folder
13 19 "High John De Conquer," American Mercury, pp. 450-58. Tearsheets and photocopy. 1943-1944?
13 20 "How It Feels to be Colored Me," World Tomorrow. Pp. 215-16. photocopy. May, 1928
13 21 "I Saw Negro Votes Peddled," American Legion Magazine. Pp. 12-13, 54-60. Tearsheets. Nov., 1950
13 22 "Court Order Can't Make Races Mix," Orlando Sentinel. 1 p. photocopy. 1 Aug., 1955
13 23 "The Tripson Story," Ft. Pierce Chronicle. 1 p. photocopy. 6 Feb., 1959
13 24 "Hoodoo and Black Magic," Ft. Pierce Chronicle. 1 p. photocopy. 20 Feb., 1959
13 25 "Cock Robin Beale Street," Southern Literary Messenger, pp. 321-23, photocopy. July, 1941
13 26 "Drenched in Light," Opportunity, pp. 371-74, photocopy. Dec., 1924
13 27 "Eatonville Anthology," Messenger, pp. 261-62, 319, 332, photocopy. Sept., 1926
13 28 "The Conscience of the Court," Saturday Evening Post, pp. 22 ff., photocopy. 18 May, 1950
13 29 "The Last Slave Ship," American Mercury, v. 57, pp. 351-58, photocopy. 1943
13 30 "Muttsy," Opportunity, pp. 248-50, photocopy. Aug., 1926
13 31 "Lawrence of the River," Saturday Evening Post, p.18+, photocopy. 5 Sept., 1942
13 32 "Spunk," Opportunity, pp. 171-73, photocopy. June, 1925
13 33 "Sweat," Fire, pp. 40-45, photocopy. Nov., 1926
13 34 "Color Struck, a play," Fire, pp. 7-14, photocopy. Nov., 1926
13 35 "Review: Voodoo in New Orleans (Robert Tallant)." Offprint from Journal of American Folklore, pp. 436-38. Oct-Dec, 1947
13 36 "Negroes without Self-Pity," [ American Mercury, 58] pp. 601-603. Tearsheets. March, 1943
13 37 "A Negro Deplores the Segregation Decision," letter to the Orlando Sentinel, reprinted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Tearsheet and photocopy. Cf. #4 above. 22 Aug., 1955


Posters and Miscellaneous


Box Folder
13 38 Mules and Men [19x14 inch poster], advertising publication from Indiana University Press. - Shelved in flat box on Hurston folio shelf.
13 39 Mulebone. Playbill for March, 1991. Photocopy. 1991
13 40 The Woman in the Suwannee Jail by William Bradford Huie. Fragment of uncorrected advance proof, Boston: Little Brown. 5 leaves. [See TLS to ZNH, April 19, 1955.] - Not boxed. Shelved flat with Oversize material. 1 March, 1955
13 41 Medal. Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, Pa. honoring Zora Neal Hurston, for Outstanding Achievement in Bringing about a Better Understanding of the American Way of Life. 1951
13 42 Tape cassette. Morning Edition, National Public Radio. Narrated by Verna Mae Grovner. 7:06 minutes. 23 Feb., 1983
13 43 Poster. 60th anniversary production of Zora Neale Hurston's "From Sun to Sun". Rollins College, Annie Russell Theatre. 29-30 Jan. 1993
13 44 Polk County. A Comedy of Negro Life on a Sawmill Camp with Authentic Negro Music in Three Acts, by Zora Neale Hurston and Dorothy Waring. Photocopy; original at the Library of Congress. 1944


Photographs Series A. Various Sources


Box Folder
14 1 1. Portrait of ZNH, wearing large dark colored beret, white shirt with emroidery, smiling.
14 1 2. Young ZNH, seated on fountain, wearing dark coat with white accents, looking off to the side.
14 1 3. Portrait of ZNH, wearing white dress, white flower necklace, haircut with bangs. Inscription on back reads "Zora Neale Hurston, Eau Gallie, Negro woman education" Date stamp reads: APR 30 1956.
14 1 4. ZNH smoking a cigarette, looking at camera. She sits on the porch of a cabin at Aycock and Lindsay turpentine camp, Cross City, FL. Aug. 1939. Photo by Robert Cook.
14 1 5. ZNH sits with two women, a small girl, and a dog, Ft. Pierce, FL. (2 items, one with burn damage). Circa 1958-1959
14 1 6. Publicity photo for Seraph on the Suwannee (Contemporary print and later enlargement). 1948. Wearing dark dress with white accents, white leaf earrings.
14 1 7. Clipping with photo (same as B.I) from the Chicago Daily News. Caption below photo reads "ZNH, Negro author, who is here to present her "Singing Steel," musical sketch of Negro songs "unretouched" at the South Park Y.W.C.A. Nov. 23 and 24. Article Included
14 1 8. Home in which ZNH lived in St. Augustine, FL, in 1942. May, 2002


Photographs Series B. Acquired from Stetson Kennedy in 1990


Box Folder
14 2 1. Young ZNH, sits in white blouse with dark scarf around her neck.
14 2 2. ZNH, wearing dark top and skirt, seated in a chair in what appears to be a living room. Waving and smiling at the camera.
14 2 3. ZNH, in college?- leaning on a tree, with ukulele. Wearing a window pane coat, hat with broach. Smiling at camera.
14 2 4. ZNH in "flapper" outfit, wearing large light colored hat, white shirt, dark belt, and white knee-high socks. Standing akimbo, outdoors.
14 2 5. ZNH wearing white dress, white hat. Standing in front of palm plants, gazing at the sky.
14 2 6. ZNH at FWP exhibit. 1938. Reading from a book entitled American Stuff. Wearing a metallic dress, dark hat with veil, and gloves.
14 2 7. ZNH close-up, in automobile. Wearing beret off to the side, gazing forward.
14 2 8. ZNH close-up, in automobile. Wearing same outfit, holding cigarette in right hand, laughing.
14 2 9. ZNH Copy of magazine photo? Wearing beret off to the side and patterened top. Looking at the camera, gently smiling.
14 2 10. Unidentified black gentleman, wearing circular glasses, a white collared shirt, and a dark jacket. Looking at camera.
14 2 11. Friend of ZNH, with dolls.
14 2 12. ZNH with a child. Photo is out of focus.
14 2 13. ZNH with friend and doll from photo B.11
14 2 14. ZNH and others on porch. ZNH stands between two women and behind a boy and a girl. Everyone is dressed in dark colored clothing.
14 2 15. ZNH and friend, close-up and out of focus.
14 2 16. Young ZNH, outdoors. Leaning against a chain-linked fence, wearing a light dress with black sash at the waste. Smiling at camera.
14 2 17. Young ZNH, outdoors, wearing overcoat, holding a hat and purse in her hand. Looking at the camera.
14 2 18. Young ZNH, standing with friend, hands in coat pocket, wearing dark overcoat. Outdoors.
14 2 19. Young ZNH with dolls, sitting on same street from B11, and B 13. Caption on photo reads "ZNH, while a student at Howard University, 1919-1923.
14 2 20. Young ZNH standing with two female friends. Arms around them, standing outside.
14 2 21. Young ZNH standing on porch with three men, two women sitting on steps.
14 2 22. Scene from play, THE GREAT DAY. 1932. ZNH is at the far right. Courtesy of Percival Punter
14 2 23. Dell's Cafe, Eatonville.
14 2 24. Small frame building, school? Eatonville.
14 2 25. ZNH, Eatonville, 1935. Back inscription reads : "ZNH Eatonville, 1935 Photop: Alan Lomax/American Folklore Center, LC." Wearing straw hat, loose dress.
14 2 26. Closeup of ZNH in automobile, wearing a beret to the side, gazing forward.
14 2 27. ZNH in front of a boat being rowed by a black man, collecting folklore. Late 1930's. Courtesy of Jane Belo Estate.
14 2 28. ZNH before a fountain, holding a dark hat in her hand and wearing healed shoes, looking at the camera. Student at Howard. 1919-23
14 2 29. Close up of ZNH from B.28. Standing in front of same fountain.


Photographs Series C. Photographs by Carl Van Vechten


Box Folder
14 3 1. ZNH in fur coat, left hand resting on her stomach, wearing a gray hat with a feather on it. Smiling at camera. 1934
14 3 2. ZNH in fur coat. Similar to C.1.
14 3 3. ZNH wearing dark skirt and top, wearing dark hat, sitting in chair, smiling, waving at camera.
14 3 4. ZNH, close up of her holding flowers, wearing beaded necklace.
14 3 5. ZNH wearing same clothing from C.4, patterned background, looking off to the left.
14 3 6. ZNH wearing same clothing from Photo C.4 and C.5, wearing a fedora, head turned to the side, looking at camera. Hands folded in lap.


Photographs Series D. John and Ruby Lomax Southern States Recording Trip

Photos taken during the Lomax-Hurston-Barnicle Recording Expedition to Georgia, Florida, and the Bahamas as part of the John and Ruby Lomax Southern States Recording Trip. From the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.


Box Folder
14 4 1. Bill Tatnall, with guitar, sitting on porch. Frederica, Georgia. 1935 June
14 4 2. Miscellaneous photo strip, two of which are of Bill Tatnall, Frederica, Georgia. 1935 June
14 4 3. Gabriel Brown and Rochelle French, playing guitar, Eatonville, Florida. 1935 June
14 4 4. Gabriel Brown and Rochelle French, looking at camera, Eatonville, Florida. 1935 June
14 4 5. Gabriel Brown and Rochelle French, playing guitar Eatonville, Florida. 1935 June
14 4 6. Zora Neal Hurston listens while Rochelle French and Gabriel Brown sing and play the guitar, Eatonville, Florida. 1935 June
14 4 7. Roger Mathews, Booker T. Sapps and two women, Mathews and Sapps play the harmonica Belle Glade, Florida. 1935 June
14 4 8. Roger Matthews and Booker T. Sapps. Half-length portrait, Belle Glade, FL 1935 June
14 4 9. Roger Mathews (harmonica), Willie Flowers (guitar), and Booker T. Sapps (harmonica), Belle Glade, Florida. 1935 June


Photographs Series E. Migrant Farm Workers


Box Folder
14 5 Ten 8x10" glossy photos with captions and penciled note: "Herald photo by Ernie Tyner," burn damage. The photographs apparently were intended to accompany Hurston's "Migrant Farm Worker" essay (see Miscellaneous Manuscripts bound volume Ms. 10). Also included is a reprint of 3 articles by Dorothy Abbott and Zora Neale Hurston from Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (12:1, 1991), which describes this photo essay and the results of Abbott's research about Hurston.


Photographs Series F. Marcel Sternberger Photos


Box Folder
14 6 Photos from Eatonville, by Marcel Sternberger. Nineteen 4x5" photos (see "Memories of Zora Neale Hurston" by Ilse Sternberger in the Biographical and Critical Manuscripts bound in volume Ms. 12). Circa 1940


Abbreviations Used to Describe Documents

AL=Autograph Letter (handwritten but not signed by the author)
ALS=Autograph Letter Signed (handwritten and signed by the author)
AN or a.note=Autograph Note (handwritten note by author)
Ms=Manuscript
TL=Typewritten Letter
TLS=Typewritten Letter Signed
Ts=Typescript
l or ll.=Leaf or Leaves

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

African American authors -- Biography.
African American authors -- Correspondence.
African American women -- Biography.
African Americans -- Folklore.
American fiction -- African American authors.
Hurston, Zora Neale -- Correspondence
Hurston, Zora Neale -- Political and social views
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.



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