Lot 17 of 559:
1928 'Father of Black History' Carter Woodson  

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'Father of Black History'Carter Woodson on Black History Week, 1928 letter

Woodson, C[arter] G.

Washington, D.C.


January 4, 1929


Typed Letter Signed as Director of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and Editor of the Journal of Negro History. 1 page. To Thomas H. Barnes, Olean, New York. Matted with two cut photographs of Woodson in his library and a broadside for Negro History Week in 1951. Dark blue mat measuring 19x21” overall. 



Now hailed as the “father of African-American history”, Woodson was the founder in 1926 of Negro History Week (which has now evolved into Negro History Month). In the letter in this montage, he explains the “thought behind…the now well established observance of Negro History Week”, stresses the importance of promoting the “long neglected” study of Black history, and notes that another of his creations, the first African-American publishing company in America, had made a “special provision to supply the demand for books and pictures of Negroes” during the annual event.  Superb content summing up all of Woodson’s contributions to African-American culture in the early 20th century, beautifully presented for framing.

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Negro History Week cover is dampstained; letter near fine; both tipped along top edge to matting.

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