Harlem Renaissance literature collection, circa 1901-1940
37 books (1 box, 3.4 linear feet)
The Harlem Renaissance was a literary and artistic movement that reached its zenith during the 1920s. It was centered around the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Harlem in New York City and grew out of changes that had taken place in the African-American community since the end of slavery, including the Great Migration and World War I. The visual and literary art that emerged from this era encompassed a wide variety of cultural elements and styles, but was characterized by some common themes, including racial pride, the influence of the experience of slavery, and the effects of institutional racism.
This collection, which dates from circa 1901-1940, contains 37 books from African-American authors associated with the Harlem Renaissance. These materials were purchased in support of the exhibit "The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties" which was held at the Anacostia Community Museum from September 1985--December 1986.
Harlem Renaissance literature collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution