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Lerone Bennett, Jr. papers, (bulk 1966-2002)

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 1240

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Lerone Bennett, Jr., including correspondence, writings by Bennett, subject files, printed material, photographs, audiovisual material, and born digital material. Audiovisual material in the collection consists of both sound and video recordings. Born digital material consists of photographs.


  • 1956-2018

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: 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

Lerone Bennett, Jr. (1928-2018), African American author and journalist, is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After his graduation in 1949, he worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Daily World, and in 1953 he moved to Chicago to work for Johnson Publishing. In the course of his career he was an editor for both Jet and Ebony, eventually rising to executive editor of Ebony in 1987. He has also written numerous books, including Before the Mayflower (1962), What Manner of Man (1967) and Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream (2000).


19.75 linear feet (35 boxes) (1 oversized papers box (OP); 1 oversized bound volume (OBV); AV Masters: 1 linear foot (1 box, originally box 10))


Papers of African American author and journalist Lerone Bennett, Jr., including correspondence, writings by Bennett, subject files, printed material, photographs, audiovisual material and born digital material.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.

Custodial History

The Rose Library purchased the original acquisition from Lerone Bennett, Jr. in 2012. The Rose Library purchased additions to the collection from Brad Emalfarb, a collector and dealer in manuscripts materials, in 2018. These additions included additional correspondence, photographs, and speeches.


Purchased from Lerone Bennett, Jr., 2012. Additions were purchased from Brad Emalfarb, 2018.

Appraisal Note

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

Curator of African American Collections, Pellom McDaniels III, acquired additions to the collection in 2018.


Arranged and described at collection level by Rose Library staff, 2012. Additions arranaged and described by Brenna Edwards, 2019.

Born digital materials arranged and described by Brenna Edwards and Zhexiong Liu, 2019-2020. Born digital materials include files taken from two optical discs. Forensic disk images were created from the optical discs using GuyMager. 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; none were found. Access copies retain original file names.

In September 2020, Meaghan O'Riordan rehoused Boxes 1-8 from record center cartons to document cases in order to reduce the weight of the boxes. Original Box 1 became Boxes 1-3. Original Box 2 became Boxes 4-7. Original Box 3 became Boxes 7-8, 17-18. Original Box 4 became Boxes 18-21. Original Box 5 became Boxes 22-25. Original Box 6 became Boxes 26-29. Original Box 7 became Boxes 29-32. Original Box 8 became Boxes 33-35.

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Lerone Bennett, Jr. papers, 1956-2018 (bulk 1966-2002)
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
November 20, 2012
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Revision Statements

  • September 29, 2020: Rehoused Boxes 1-8 to reduce the weight. Box 1 became Boxes 1-3. Box 2 became boxes 4-7. Box 3 became boxes 7-8, 17-18. Box 4 became boxes 18-21. Box 5 became boxes 22-25. Box 6 became boxes 25-29. Box 7 became boxes 29-32. Box 8 became boxes 32-35.

Repository Details

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

540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta Georgia 30322 United States