Dead People's Libraries
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Beyond the library of Tupac Shakur, the group has not added the libraries of any other African Americans. Can we suggest a few to them?
Whose libraries would you would be interested in seeing?
The libraries of Booker T. Washington or Zora Neale Hurston would be two I would like to browse. Can you think of any others?
I'd like to see Dr. King's library listed, but I don't know a source. His papers are at the King Center, Boston University and Morehouse, but I don't know who has his books, or if they are even gathered in one location. I suppose the King Center would know.
James Baldwin probably had an interesting library. I'd like to see what Langston Hughes and Paul Robeson owned. How about W.E.B. DuBois? Frederick Douglass?
It's much easier to find the papers of famous folks than to find what they themselves read!
I think Octavia E. Butler's library should be interesting also.
Wright's catalog is called "Richard Wright: Books and Writing" and Douglass' catalogs is called "Bibliography of the Frederick Douglass library at Cedar Hill." Both should be available at an academic library or through inter-library loan. If anyone is interested in tackling either of these projects, come over to the I See Dead People's Books group and we'll help you get started.
I'd generally like to see more activity and information concerning writers of all backgrounds, especially African-American writers. Does anyone have an update on recent progress or how one could get involved with these sorts of projects?
As noodlejet22 notes above, anybody can be added, it's just a matter of finding a list of their books and having someone to catalog them.