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Early African American Literature: Rare Books

This course explores African American authors and poets and examines the works of early African Amercian writers such as Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, Lunsford Lane, Charles Chesnutt and many more.

Frederick Douglass

The Rare Book Collection can be found in the Special Collections Department on the 10th floor of the Library. The collection contains rare and unique published works focused in American and British Literature, Children's Literature, and regional history as well as a broad range of other topics.

Suggested Rare Books

The following is a list of items found in the Rare Books Collection that have been selected for your class. All of these books support the topic, Early African American Literature. 


Narrative of Lunsford Lane   

call no. Rare E 444 L26 1842

Lunsford Lane

call no. Rare E 444 L26 H39 1863

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave 

call no. Rare E 449 D746

Frederick Douglass

call no. Rare E 449 D752

The conjure woman     

call no.  Rare PS 1292 C6 C66

The wife of his youth, and other stories of the color lines     

call no. Rare PS 1292 C6 W5 1899