Inventory of the Joel E. Spingarn Papers 1934-1938 Spingarn, Joel E. Small Collections Spingarn

Inventory of the Joel E. Spingarn Papers 1934-1938

A Collection in the
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
Collection Number Mss. Sm. Coll. Spingarn


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Collection Number
Small Collections Spingarn
Joel E. Spingarn Papers, 1934-1938.
17 items.
Joel E. Spingarn
Letters written to Joel E. Spingarn.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Publication Rights/Restrictions on Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Joel E. Spingarn Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 17 items, 1964.

Biographical/Historical Information

Joel E. Spingarn was born May 17, 1875 in New York City. He received a doctorate from Columbia University. He was a professor at Columbia but left academic life in 1911. He was a poet, editor and critic as well as a social reformer. He was an early member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and he established the Spingarn Medal. He served as NAACP president in the 1930's. He died July 26, 1939.

Scope and Content Information

Includes letters to Spingarn, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from Lowell Thomas, Sumner Welles, Edward Steichen, Charles A. Beard, Henry F. Du Pont, H. L. Menchen and Owen Roberts concerning horticultural matters. Also includes correspondence, 1938, of Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr., Walter White, and Springarn concerning remarks made by William E. Borah concerning lynching.


The collection is mostly chronological.

Related Material

The main collections of Joel E. Spingarn papers are in the New York Public Library, Howard University, and in the James Weldon Johnson Collection at Yale University.There are also materials at the Library of Congress.

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Contents List

Folder 1
Hendrik Willem van Loon in New York City and Guinea to Spingarn, January-March 1934.
2 items.
Folder 2
May Eastman at Croton-on-Hudson, New York to Spingarn, 19 January 1934.
Folder 3
Lowell Thomas, New York City, to Spingarn, 7 May 1935.
Folder 4
Sumner Welles in Washington, D.C., to J.E. Spingarn in Amenia, Duchess County, New York, 9 April 1936.
Folder 5
Edward Steichen of the Amer. Delphinium Soc. in New York City, to J.E. Spingarn, Amenia, New York, 26 May 1936.
Folder 6
M. A. LeHand, private Secretary to the President, the White House, Washington, D.C. to J.E. Spingarn, Pres. of the Natl. Assn. for Advancem. of Col. People in New York City, 4 Nov[ember]1937.
Folder 7
Charles Beard to Spingarn, 3 Nov. [?]
Folder 8
Phylis Moore, Willbrook House, Rathfarnham County, Dublin [Ireland] to [J.E.] Springarn 13 Feb[ruary] 1934
Folder 9
Lord Aberconway, Bodanant Tal-y-Cafn, N. Wales, to J.E. S[pingarn], Troutbeck, Amenia, New York, U.S.A., 21 Oct. 1935.
Folder 10
Hamilton Fish, Jr., Congress of the U. S. to J.E.S[pingarn], New York City, 3 Mar. 1936.
4 items.

Attached are copies of letters from Fish to Walter White, Nat[io]n[a]l Assn. for Advancem[ent] of Col[ored] People, the reply of White and printed copy of remarks of Fish on "Senator Borah and the AntiLynching Bill"

Folder 11
Owen Roberts to [J.E.Spingarn], 6 Apr[il] 1937.
Folder 12
Henry F. DuPont, Winterthur, Delaware, to J.E.S[pingarn], Troutbeck, Amenia, New York, 9 April 1937
Folder 13
H. L. Mencken, Baltimore, Maryland, to [J.E.] Spingarn, 3 Nov[ember] 1937.