Inventory

Jane Dabney Shackelford Book Collection and Memorabilia
Dates: 1901-1970
Accession Number: 900320
Donor: Edith Bigham
Description: Three document cases


Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains books and memorabilia formerly owned by local teacher and author Jane Dabney Shackelford. The material was donated to the library after Shackelford's death in 1979 and is an addendum to the archival collection #800627.

The books include Shackelford's own works as well as samples from her collection of books by prominent black authors. Apparently Shackelford had either met or contacted several of the black writers reflected in this collection, for many of the books are first editions signed by the authors. Also included are a few miscellaneous letters and newspaper clippings found in the books and two plaques--one commemorating Shackelford's years of teaching, the other commemorating her writing.

The books are stored loose in the document cases with Shackelford's own works appearing first in the collection. The remaining works are arranged in alphabetical order by the author's last name. Dust jackets have been removed from the books and are arranged in folders at the end of the collection.

For related material, see the Jane Dabney Shackelford Collection #780222 and #800627.

Digital versions of The Child's Story of the Negro (1938) and The Child's Story of the Negro (1956) are available at the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices website.  Digitization of these books was made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant in 2008.

Document Case 1

Loose

Shackelford, Jane Dabney. The Child's Story of the Negro.
Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, Inc., 1938.

(3 copies; 1 copy is inscribed with photograph of her son
Montrose Dabney Shackelford)

 

 

Loose

Shackelford, Jane Dabney. The Child's Story of the Negro.
Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, Inc., 1956.

(2 copies with dust jackets)

 

 

Loose

Bontemps, Arna. We Have Tomorrow.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1945.

(First edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Brooks, Gwendolyn. A Street in Bronzeville.
New York: Harper & Bros., 1945.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Bullock, Ralph W. In Spite of Handicaps.
New York: Association Press, 1927.

(First edition)

 

 

Loose

Conrad, Earl. Harriet Tubman. Washington, D.C.:
Associated Publishers, Inc., 1943.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. The Uncalled. New York:
International Association of Newspapers and Authors, 1901.

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

Loose

Graham, Shirley and Lipscomb, George D.
Dr. George Washington Carver: Scientist
.
New York: Julian Messner, Inc., 1944.

(First edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Hurston, Zora Neale. Jonah's Gourd Vine.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1934.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Hurston, Zora Neale. Mules and Men.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1935.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1937.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Hurston, Zora Neale. Tell My Horse.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1938.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Hurston, Zora Neale. Moses: Man of the Mountain.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1939.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Loose

Nyabongo, Akika K. Winds and Lights.
New York: Voice of Ethiopia, 193

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Document Case 3

 

 

Loose

Rollins, Charlemae H. Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes.
New York: Rand McNally & Co., 1970.

(Signed first edition with dust jacket)

   

Loose

Wright, Richard. Black Boy.
New York: Harper & Bros., 1945.

(Fifth edition with dust jacket)

 

 

Folder 1

Dust jackets (Shackelford; Bontemps - Conrad)

1943-1956

 

 

Folder 2

Dust jackets (Graham - Hurston)

1934-1938

 

 

Folder 3

Dust jackets (Hurston - Wright)

1939-1970

 

 

Folder 4

Letter from Akiki K. Nyabongo to
Jane Dabney Shackelford

June 1, 1941

Note from Gwendolyn Brooks to
Jane Dabney Shackelford

Sept. 4, 1945

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings
regarding various black authors

n.d.

   

Loose

Commemorative plaques