Letters to Olive Lindsey Wakefield
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Letters to Olive Lindsey Wakefield

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Title: Letters to Olive Lindsey Wakefield
Dates: 1945-1955
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of letters from Langston Hughes to Olive Lindsey Wakefield (wife of Paul Wakefield) of Springfield, Illinois from 1945-1955. The often lengthy letters discuss Hughes' activities including his writings and appearances, family and friends, and thoughts on a variety of subjects. Also includes a bibliography of his works, announcements of his speaking and reading engagements, play announcements, reviews of his works, and periodicals which include his poems.
Identification: aarl89-013

Biographical/Historical Note

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an internationally known poet, playwright, lecturer and literary artist of the 20th century. He was born in Joplin, Missouri and grew up in Kansas and Ohio. He moved to New York in 1920 to begin study at Columbia University. It was in New York that he became the most famous writer of the Harlem Renaissance. He traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, and Mexico and his literary accomplishments reflect his experiences around the world.

Scope and Content Note

The Langston Hughes papers that are available at the Auburn Avenue Research Library are a collection of approximately 55 items. Much of the material is correspondence to Mrs. Olive Wakefield of Springfield, Illinois during the years 1945-1955. Play announcements; copies of periodicals which include his poems; and reviews of some of his works are also included. There is also a bibliography of his work and announcements of his speaking and reading engagements. Autographed copies of three of his books are included.

Index Terms

African American poets.
American poetry--20th century.
American poetry--African American authors.
Wakefield, Olive Lindsey

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Langston Hughes, Letters to Olive Lindsey Wakefield, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Processing Information

Processed in May 1994


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Container List




11Langston Hughes - Personal Correspondence, 1945-1949
2Langston Hughes - Personal Correspondence, 1950-1955
3Langston Hughes - Creative Works, 1943-1949
4Langston Hughes - Creative Works, 1950-1951
5Langston Hughes - Information about Langston Hughes
6General Correspondence not by Langston Hughes
7Creative Works not by Langston Hughes
8Newspaper Articles - Reviews of Langston Hughes' Works
9Event Programs
10Funeral Program and Obituary, 1967 - Langston Heights, 1967
Not Without Laughter, 1930, seventh printing copy, 1945 (Autographed book)
The Big Sea, 1940, third printing Copy, 1945 (Autographed book)
Famous Negro Music Makers, 1955 (Autographed book)