West, Dorothy (1907-1998)
Scope:
The Dorothy West collection consists of correspondence between West and others, as well as several photographs and one manuscript item.

The manuscript in the West collection is a one-page typed item called “Sonnet in Absence” by Countee Cullen. The page is signed by Cullen and was written in Paris, July 1933.

Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of letters sent to West between 1927 and 1949. They include a letters and cards from Richmond Barthe, Arna Bontemps, Harry T. Burleigh, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, Arthur A. Schomburg, Wallace Thurman, and Carl Van Vechten. The letters written by Dorothy West include four letters written to Grace and Marie Turner during West’s 1932-1933 trip to Russia.

The collection also has two letters by West to Adelaide Cromwell. One letter is undated and the other is possibly from 1971. Also present in the collection is a letter (photocopied) from Adelaide Cromwell’s secretary to the New York Public Library. The letters list which of West’s short stories appeared in the New York Daily News .

Other material in the collection includes video cassette recording of a 1991 television program called “As I Remember It: A Portrait of Dorothy West,” by Salem Mekura, and two printed pieces about West’s book The Living is Easy (Houghton Mifflin, 1948).

CLICK BELOW TO VIEW THE INVENTORY OF THE COLLECTION
Notable Figures
1. West, Dorothy, 1891-1980
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. African American Collections -- Novels Subject Guide
3. Literary Collections Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. American literature -- African American authors
6. American literature -- Women authors
7. Videotapes
8. American literature--20th century
9. African American authors
10. Photographs