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* English: African American Literature

In Rare Books and Special Collections

John A. Williams (b. 1925). Nearly complete archive, including manuscripts, notes, drafts, and proof copies for the author's published works; minor unpublished works; photographs, memorabilia; correspondence that includes nearly 100 letters from Chester Himes; and a complete collection of his printed books. Acquisition includes all future archival materials produced by the author. John A. Williams is the author of Sissie (1963), The Man Who Cried I Am (1967), Captain Blackman (1972), and !ClickSong (1982), along with seven other novels and several volumes of non-fiction, chiefly concerning the African-American experience in America. John A. Williams collection.

Frederick Douglass Douglass lived in Rochester between 1847 and 1872. The Frederick Douglass Project, a collaboration between the library and the Frederick Douglass Institute here, "seeks to digitize all of the Frederick Douglass materials held in the collections of the University of Rochester Library."