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THE WoMAN's COLLEGE
or THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
1 September, 1955
MViss Zora Neale Hurston
c/o Charles Scribner's Sons
597 Fifth Ave., NEew York 17, N.Y.
M~y dear Mliss Hugston:
I have been engaged for some time in a study of the fore-
most Negroes in American History1. The first paper to ap-
pear as the f ruit of myp investigations was an essay called
a"The Distinguished Negro in America, 1770-1936," which
was published in the principal professional journal of
American historians, the American Historical Reyiew (Apr.,
1955). A second paper, "Social Or~j~igins of Dis~t~inguishe
Nqegroes, 1770-1865," appeared a few weeks ago in the July,
1955, issue of the Journal of Negro Histor_,y ~A third
paper now in progress is to be entit~led U;-~" ocial Origins
of Disting~uishe~d Negroes, 1865-1955. You were of course
mentioned as a celebrated American writer in my first
paper and will be further discussed in the third.
I am very anxious to have some advice and information,
in connection with the third paper, that only you can
give. I should also like to send you reprints of the
papers that have been published so far, with the warmest
compliments of one! who has long held you in high regard.
M~y purpose in writing this note is to make sure that I
have your address correctly and that you can be reached
there. If you will let me know that this is so, I will
send you the essays and the queries I have in mind.
P.S. Do you, by chance, if and where it is possible to get
in touch with Jean Toomer, Sterling Browni William S. Braith-
waite, or Jessie Pauset?