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Cedric Dover papers

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 1108

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Cedric Dover from 1881-2007, and includes correspondence, writings by Dover and others, printed material, and photographs. The bulk of the correspondence concerns the publication of American Negro Art and covers the years 1959-1960. Writings include a manuscript draft of Dover's first, but unpublished, book on butterflies, drafts of biographical sketches of artists under consideration for inclusion in American Negro Art and several drafts of articles on race and sociology.

The printed material consists primarily of journals, reprints of articles, and other works written by Dover throughout his career, in addition to material related to Fisk University and African American art in the mid-twentieth century. Printed material also includes twelve bound volumes of articles and clippings compiled by Dover. These contain both reprints of articles written by Dover and articles written by other authors. Many volumes contain scientific articles, though others cover topics ranging from literature to politics and philosophy. Several of these volumes have titles, which were supplied by Dover and describe the subject contents of the volumes.

Photographs include images of prominent African American intellectuals and artists, including Langston Hughes, Charles S. Johnson (president of Fisk University), W.E.B. Du Bois, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Owen Dodson, Arna Bontemps, and others.


  • 1881-2007
  • Majority of material found within [ 1920-1962]

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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical Note

Cedric Dover was born in Calcutta, India on April 11, 1904 to parents of mixed European and Indian descent. Dover described himself as Eurasian, a term he preferred to "Anglo-Indian." After attending St. Xavier's and St. Joseph's Colleges in Calcutta, Dover worked as an entomologist with the Zoological Survey of India. In the late 1920s Dover became increasingly interested in sociology and anthropology, specifically race and race relations in Europe, India and the United States. Notable works published by Dover on these subjects include Half-Caste (1937), Know This of Race (1939) and Hell in the Sunshine (1943). In 1947, Dover served as a visiting lecturer in anthropology at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and then spent a year in New York City lecturing in race relations at the New School for Social Research. A long standing interest in African American art prompted the publication of American Negro Art in 1960. Dover died on December 9, 1962.


16.75 linear feet (34 boxes) (4 oversized papers boxes and 6 oversized papers folders (OP); 13 bound volumes (BV); 1 framed item (FR))


Papers of Cedric Dover, Anglo-Indian author of American Negro Art, including correspondence, printed material, photographs, and writings by Dover and others.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type with unprocessed additions.


Gift, 2009 with subsequent additions.

Related Materials in This Repository

In Emory's holdings are books formerly owned by Cedric Dover. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for: Dover, Cedric, former owner . Many of these books include extensive manuscript notes about the book or its author, written by Dover himself. There are also many items tipped into the books, including signed photographs and letters.


Michael Hessel-Mial, Will Love and Sarah Quigley, 2012.

Additions processed by Claire Ittner in 2013 and Carrie Hintz and Sarah Quigley in 2016.

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Cedric Dover papers, circa 1881-2007 [bulk 1920-1962]
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
July 8, 2009
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Revision Statements

  • April 27, 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