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Thomas H. Wirth collection

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 1304

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of material collected by Thomas H. Writh relating to African American art and literature including numerous manuscripts by and printed items about Langston Hughes and a collection of photographs by Carl Van Vechten. Also included are general subject files, printed ephemera, and record albums including material relating to Chester Himes. Material relating to Langston Hughes includes biographical information as well as original writings by Hughes and a scrapbook kept by a classmate of the author's while attending Lincoln University. Born digital materials include Council of New Jersey State College Locals meetings and minutes, photographs, teaching materials and schedules, subject files, and writings.


  • circa 1926-2014

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Access to processed born digital materials is only available in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Use of the original digital media is restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biographical Note

Thomas H. Wirth (1938-) is a collector of rare books and manuscripts as well as the biographer of Richard Bruce Nugent.


78.25 linear feet (80 boxes) (3 oversized papers boxes and 1 oversized papers folder (OP); 2 bound volumes (BV); AV Masters: 1 film; 14.2 GB born-digital material (11,185 files))


Rare book and manuscript collector Thomas H. Wirth's collection of manuscripts, printed ephemera, subject files, and phonograph albums relating to African American art and literature.

Arrangement Note

Unprocessed collection.

Custodial History

Kathryn Hansen is Thomas H. Wirth's sister and was the executrix of his estate.


Purchase from Thomas H. Wirth, 2014. Additions were donated by Kathryn Hansen, 2017.

Appraisal Note

Randall Burkett, Curator of African American Collections, acquired this collection as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American culture and history.

Separated Material

Emory University also holds the private library of Thomas H. Wirth. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for Wirth, Thomas H., collector.


Unprocessed collection.

Born digital materials processed, arranged, and described by Brenna Edwards, 2020. Born digital materials include files taken from 41 3.5" floppy disks, six 5.25" floppy disks, 13 Zip disks, and six flash drives.

Forensic disk images were created from the floppy disks using Kryoflux and from the Zip disks and flash drives using GuyMager and CygWin. Individual files were extracted using FTK Imager and scanned for viruses using McAfee’s anti-virus software; none were found. Duplicate and system files have been removed, and files were scanned for personally identifiable information; those found have been removed. Text-based files were migrated to PDF using Adobe Acrobat and image files were migrated to JPG using GIMP. File dates have been changed from the original creation date. Access copies retain original folder titles and file names.

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Thomas H. Wirth collection, circa 1926-2014
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
July 23, 2014
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Revision Statements

  • July 29, 2015: Finding aid revised to include enhanced metadata tagging.

Repository Details

Part of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Repository

540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta Georgia 30322 United States