Diversity and Identity Studies in Rare Books and Manuscripts and The William Charvat Collection of American Literature

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and William Charvat Collection of American Literature house a number of major collections with significant holdings related to Diversity and Identity Studies.  These have been subdivided below for your convenience, although you'll note that some may be relevant to more than one area. Finding aids may not yet be available for some of them, so please contact a curator for more information about those, or any of these collections. 

 Africana Studies

David and Martha Gordon World War II Letters (Correspondence between an African-American GI and his wife)

Joanne Grant Collection (film maker active in the Civil Rights movement; biographer of Ella Baker)

The Paul-Henri Bourguignon Haiti Photograph Collection, 1947-1948

Chester Himes Manuscripts

Valentine Peers Papers (papers from a Kentucky slave holding family, ca. late 1700’s to the Civil War)

Aaron Siskind’s “Harlem Document” (photographs in Harlem from the 1930s)

 

 American Indian Studies

Christian Barthelmess photographs (Native Americans in western states, photographed by a soldier in the U.S. Army in the late 19th c.)

Charles and Patricia Buser Collection of Research Materials on Native American Cultures

Stephens Family Travel Letters and Ephemera (a young woman’s travel across USA and Canada [El Paso, Mexico, Seattle, Klondike, Alaska, etc.]; includes Native American meetings)

 

 Area Studies

John W. Bennett Collection (Occupied Japan:  photographs from the viewpoint of an anthropologist)

Elisabeth Billig Papers (with an emphasis on the Nuremberg Trials)

The Paul-Henri Bourguignon Peru Photograph Collection

The Donald B. Cooper Collection: Epidemic Disease and Medicine in Brazil and Latin America

John Bilheimer Cornell Collection: Japanese agriculture, ecology, social organization, agricultural policy, material culture, land tenure, social relations as affected by geography, outcast society, and Japanese immigrants in Brazil.

Lewis Hine photographs taken for the Red Cross in southeastern Europe immediately after WWI

The Toyo Suyemoto (Kawakami) Collection (Japanese American affairs including WWII internment camps)

William T. Vollmann Photograph Collection (photographs from Vollmann’s journalist assignments in international trouble spots and his non-fiction book projects: e.g., Book of Dolores, Imperial, Poor People, Rising Up Rising Down, The Royal Family, etc.): in process

 

 Civil Rights

William Dunham Barbee Collection (Columbus Civil Rights, 1930’s – 1950’s)

William Bradford Huie Collection (Emmett Till; Ruby McCollum; Martin Luther King): collection includes books and manuscript materials

Jessica Mitford Collection:  includes papers (correspondence, lectures, notes, epemeral literature, clippings, etc.) and videotaped interviews

Don Rice Collection of Radical Literature (includes ephemeral literature published by short-lived organizations)

 

 Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Alain of Lille. De planctu naturae (The Complaint of Nature). 15th-century manuscript. (Important medieval anti-homosexuality treatise that influenced and informed the conversation about homosexuality from the late-12th-15th centuries. Our copy is a student’s/scholar’s copy, complete with commentary and added notes)

William S. Burroughs Collection (among Charvat’s richest literary archives; virtually all of Burroughs work is suffused with gay themes) - See multiple finding aids on our menu.

James Purdy Collection (Winner of the Bill Whitehead Award, 1991; among the earliest mainstream gay writers): collection includes books and manuscript materials

Brett Shingledecker Collection (GLBT)

William T. Vollmann Photograph Collection (photographs from Vollmann’s journalist assignments in international trouble spots and his non-fiction book projects: e.g., Book of Dolores, Imperial, Poor People, Rising Up Rising Down, The Royal Family, etc.): in process

Women’s Studies Ephemera Collection

Women’s Suffrage Collection