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Richard A. Long papers

Identifier: aarl95-005

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains sources for the study of African American Culture and History and the Humanities. Dr. Richard Long has given to the Archives Division a varied collection of books, chapters, articles, and abstracts. The collection also contains book reviews, works of poetry, posters and unpublished lectures presented by Dr. Long. There are some video interviews with him as well as some audio-cassettes of his lectures. The bulk of the collection is made up of dance performance programs, art exhibit opening invitations, conference programs and schedules, the papers of symposia participants, galley proofs of books, draft dissertations and a variety of other items.


  • 1948-1995


Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

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

Historical Sketch

Richard A. Long, Professor, Scholar, Writer, and connoisseur of African American Arts and culture, was born in Philadelphia in 1927. He began his education at the Arnold School, after which he attended high school in South Carolina. Long went on to attend Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, Oxford University and the Universities of Paris and Poitiers.

Dr. Long began his academic career West Virginia State College in 1949/50. Later he became an English and Speech instructor at Morgan State University in 1952 and a professor of English and French at Hampton institute in 1966.

In 1957/58, Richard Long was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Universities of Paris and Poitiers. In 1966 he received his doctorat in Linguistics from the University of Poiteirs. In 1968 Dr. Long became a professor of English and Afro-American Studies at Atlanta University where he founded the CAAS (Center for African and African-American Studies). In 1987 Richard Long became Atticus Haygood Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts since 1973.

Active for many years on the boards of Phylon: The Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture, The Langston Hughes Review, and the Zora Neale Hurston Bulletin. Dr. Long is a former president of the College Language Association, and founder of the Triennial Symposium of African Art (1968+); The Annual Conference of the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAS) at Atlanta University from 1968 to 1978; and the New World Festivals of the African Diaspora (1978-1988).

Publications include classic books in literature, art, dance, and history: Negritude, Essays and Studies (with Albert H. Bernian, 1967); Afro American Writing: Prose and Poetry, (with Eugenia Collier, 1972 and 1985); Beauford Delany: A Retrospective (1978); The Black Tradition in American Dance (1989); African Americans: A Portrait (1993); and Black Writers & The American Civil War (1988).

Additional biographical information on Dr. Richard A. Long may be found in Notable Black American Men, Detroit: Gale, 1999.


16.0 Linear feet




The collection consists of the papers of African American scholar Richard A. Long from 1948 to 1995 and document his academic interest in African American arts including dance, literature, and art. The papers include correspondence, pedagogical materials, book reviews, articles, exhibit and performance announcements, video interviews, audiotaped lectures, and draft dissertations. Long's participation in the World Congress of Black Intellectuals, the 1981 African Diaspora Studies Institute, and the 1981 Colloque sur la négritude are documented, and the collection documents African and African American art and artists during the last quarter of the 20th century.


Organized into 17 series:
  1. (1) Works by or about Richard A. Long
  2. (2) Reports
  3. (3) Course materials
  4. (4) Second African Diaspora Conference
  5. (5) African art
  6. (6) Art
  7. (7) National Black Arts Festival
  8. (8) Dance companies
  9. (9) Dance festival
  10. (10) Music
  11. (11) Writers
  12. (12) Photographs
  13. (13) Catalogs and order forms
  14. (14) Artists
  15. (15) Communication au seminaire sur la négritude de l'union progressiste sénégalaise
  16. (16) Correspondence
  17. (17) Biographical information.
Inventory of the Richard A. Long Papers aarl95-005 aarl95-005
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 21
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