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Carter Godwin Woodson collection

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 1040

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of materials collected by Carter G. Woodson relating mainly to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Associated Publishers, and Journal of Negro History. Materials relating to ASALH include programs for annual meetings, Negro History Month kits, and other printed material. Items relating to Associated Publishers include book lists and advertisements for the publication of various works. There is a small amount of correspondence to and from Carter Woodson from 1918-1943. The collection also includes newspaper clippings regarding Carter G. Woodson and Charles Drew, and original photographs of places, groups, and individuals that were most likely used in various publications. Several drafts for articles written by Dr. Marguerite Cartwright for possible publication in the Pittsburgh Courier and the New York Amsterdam News are also included in the collection.


  • 1876-1999

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical Note

Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875-April 3, 1950) was one of the foremost African American intellectuals of the 20th century. Educated at Berea College and the University of Chicago, he was the second person of African descent to earn a PhD in history from Harvard University. Affectionately regarded as the "Father of Negro History," he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and the Journal of Negro History in 1916. In 1921 he created Associated Publishers, which became the leading African American-owned publishing firm producing scholarly books, novels, poetry, and children's and young adult books for the African American community and the general public. He created Negro History Week (now known as Black History Month) in 1926 and the Negro History Bulletin in 1937 to promote the teaching of African American history, the work to which he devoted his life.


4.5 linear feet (9 boxes); 3 oversized papers boxes (OP)


Papers of Carter Godwin Woodson, an African American author, historian and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The collection includes Negro history study kits, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed material.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by record type.

Custodial History

Irena L. Webster was Director of Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Other donors are rare book and manuscript dealers and the provenance of those additions is unknown.


Purchased from Irena L. Webster in 2006. Additions: Purchase from Jack Evans in 2007, purchase from Swann Auction Galleries in 2009, purchase from William R. Day in 2011, and gift from Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 2011.

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.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Related Materials in This Repository

In Emory's holdings are books and pamphlets formerly owned by the Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for: Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950, former owner or Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, former owner.


Arranged and described at the item level by Susan Potts McDonald, April 2008.

Additions arranged and described at the file level by Jina DuVernay, 2019.

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Carter Godwin Woodson collection
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
June 23, 2008
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Repository Details

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

540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta Georgia 30322 United States