National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Correspondence of Charles Chesnutt

University of Nebraska, Lincoln


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Charles Chesnutt (1858-1932) was a pioneering African American writer, lawyer, and activist whose correspondence sheds light on his life and work, as well as his friendships with W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and others. The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive offers fiction, essays, reviews, and poems by Chesnutt, as well as hundreds of reviews of Chesnutt's works and a bibliography and manuscripts section in development.

NHPRC support will enable the Archive to add Chesnutt's correspondence to its digital collection.

“Upon completion, this comprehensive digital archive will consist of transcriptions of all incoming and outgoing letters (estimated at 1,250 letters), including all drafts, and digitized images of the original documents. During the proposed grant year, project staff will create a catalog of all of Chesnutt’s known correspondence and drafts; secure high-resolution digital scans for all known correspondence from 1883-1899; and publish 200 transcribed and annotated letters with their respective images to the The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive.”




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