This Danowski Poetry Library collection consists of drafts of play scripts, librettos, cards, and poems by Langston Hughes (1902-1967), in addition to printed material relating to Hughes from 1932-1969. Some of the works are co-authored by Hughes’s friend and fellow writer, Arna Bontemps. The collection also includes some writings by others and watercolor illustrations created for Sweet and Sour Animal Book: A Book of Poetry, published posthumously in 1994. Printed material includes advertising cards, broadsheets, and programs relating to musical or theatrical productions of Hughes’ work from 1935-1966. Many of these programs are undated. The other portion of the printed material consists of advertising cards, broadsheets, and programs that feature appearances by Hughes, in the form of lectures, readings, or as an honored guest, from 1932-1967.

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