The collection consists mainly of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and
ephemera to, by, and about African-American writer Langston Hughes (1910-1976). The bulk of the material
dates between 1932 and 1934, the years that Langston Hughes traveled to and from the
Soviet Union and Mexico. There are also correspondence and
photographs to and about Hughes's friend African-American lawyer Loren Miller (1903-1967) and the Miller family.
African-American author (James) Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was born on February 1,
1902, in Joplin, Missouri, to James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes.
Throughout his career as a writer, Hughes lived in several countries around the
world including a year in the Soviet Union (1932-1933). He is well known for such
works as Weary Blues (1926), The Big Sea ( (1940),
the Simple series including Simple Speaks His Mind ( (1950), and
other works. Hughes died on May 22, 1967.
124 pieces in 4 boxes.
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