Scope and Content
Title: Arthur B. Spingarn Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1900-1971
Collection number: 1476
Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Arthur B. Spingarn (1878-1971) was a lawyer, chairman of the NAACP national legal committee, and vice-president (1911-40)
and president of the NAACP (1940-66). He collected books about African Americans, and founded the Spingarn Collection of Negro
Literature at Howard University. The collection consists of letters to Spingarn from friends and authors, and book reviews
collected by him relating to his collection of books about African Americans.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library,
Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright,
are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of
the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC
Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
[Identification of item], Arthur B. Spingarn Papers (Collection 1476). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Spingarn was born on March 28, 1878 in New York City; AB (1897), AM (1899), and LL.B (1900), Columbia University; LL.D, Howard
University, 1941; L.H.D., Long Island University, 1966; practiced law beginning in 1900; chairman of national legal committee,
and vice-president (1911-40) and president, NAACP (1940-66); became collector of books about African Americans; member of
bibliographic societies in London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Virginia; founded the Spingarn Collection of Negro Literature at
Howard University; he died on December 1, 1971.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of letters to Arthur B. Spingarn from friends and authors, and book reviews collected by him relating
to his collection of books about African Americans.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971--Archives.
Lawyers--New York (State)--New York.
Book collectors--United States--Archival resources.