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Hurston, Z.N. signed typewritten letter to E.O. Grover Eatonville, Fla. (1p. 10 1/2 x 7). Programs of Negro folk materia...
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Finding Guide: A Guide to the Zora Neale Hurston Papers
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Title: Hurston, Z.N. signed typewritten letter to E.O. Grover Eatonville, Fla. (1p. 10 1/2 x 7). Programs of Negro folk material. Gift of Frances Grover.
Series Title: Correspondence
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Publication Date: 1932, June 8
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Box: 2
Folder: 69
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Subjects / Keywords: Hurston, Zora Neale
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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System ID: AA00009755:00074

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Eatonville, Fla.
June 8, 1932 I 8.1


Dear Prof. GroveL

The spirit of the H-A-U-N-T-E-D B-0-0-K-S-h-o-P,
whose name I eant quite make out on the receipt,advrised me tp

see you about a folk-lore concert that I plan to give in the
Fall .

I hope that you will seem me and let me tell you my
plans. You see, I am a Negro,born here in Eatonville but ed-
neated in New York City. I majored in Anathro. under Dr. Boas at
Columbia with folk-lore as my particular field. Under Dr. B. I

have done three years research among my people and possibly I
know as much about the matter as anyone else.

Seeing the stuff that is being put forth by over-

wrought members of my own race, and well-meaning but uninforrmed
white people, I conceived the idea of giving a series of con-

certs of un~tam~pered-with Negro folk material so that people

may see what we are really like. I gave two of these this past
winter in New York and they met with instant success,All, of the
first string orities came out and gave me excellent notices.

Now the material used in these ooneerts was gathered
for the most part in Orangie county. All of it eame from Florida

and so I thought that it would be fine to give a series,0r one
at least in the native habitat of the so.:p~ and tales. And
I wondered if Rollins College would be interested thru its

Dept~of Anthro.,its Lusic dept.,and sinue I am setting down
the tales in a book,if the R Chair of Books would not like to

assist in putting the world right on Negro expression

S~ineereld ,, ELw a w
Zora Neale HuIr st n