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Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950
Carter Godwin Woodson Correspondence with Charles H. Wesley
Manuscripts Division
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Consists, primarily, of a life-long series of correspondence between Carter Godwin Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and Charles H. Wesley, African-American historian and college president.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists, primarily, of a life-long series of correspondence between Woodson and Charles H. Wesley. Also included are some ASNLH ephemera, the February 7, 1994, issue of the Library of Congress's Information Bulletin celebrating Woodson's life and contributions to Black History, and several typed manuscripts, including Wesley's "Personal Recollections of Carter G. Woodson."


The letters are arranged chronologically by year.

Collection Creator Biography:

Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950

Considered the Father of Black History, Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American historian, author, and journalist. In 1915 he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and in 1926 he pioneered the concept of a "Negro History Week," which was later expanded into Black History Month. Charles H. Wesley was an African-American historian, author, and college president.

Collection History


Purchased from Swann Auctio in March 2009 and from Joseph J. Felcone in February 2010 (AM2009-100, 2010-97).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney on March 4, 2009. Finding aid written by John Delaney on March 5, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Questions regarding literary rights should be addressed to (Mrs.) Constance Porter Uzelac, Executive Director, Dorothy Porter Wesley Research Center, Inc., 401 E. Las Olas Blvd, Ste 130-346, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301 USA. Phone: (954)463 7880, fax: (954)463 7881. Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Carter Godwin Woodson Correspondence with Charles H. Wesley; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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