Alice Dunbar-Nelson papers


Creator: Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Moore, 1875-1935
Date(s): 1895-1942
Call Number: MSS 0113
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: The Alice Dunbar-Nelson papers consist of the literary, professional, and personal papers of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. The papers include an extensive collection of her incoming correspondence. Of particular note is her correspondence (1895-1904) with Paul Laurence Dunbar, which also includes her letters to Dunbar. The Alice Dunbar-Nelson Papers also include a comprehensive collection of manuscripts of her writing, including novels, stories, poetry, drama, and essays. Dunbar-Nelson maintained a daily diary for most of her adult life and the extent portions of her diaries are present in her papers. The Alice Dunbar-Nelson papers also include significant collections of family papers, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and memorabilia.
Physical Description:
  • 7.8 linear feet (2568 items)
  • 120 volumes
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchase, 1984
Processing Information: Processed by Tim Murray. Encoded by Special Collections staff. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Alternative Format: Selected materials from the collection are available through the University of Delaware Digital Institutional Repository.

Scanning of the collection was partially sponsored by "In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920," a pilot project executed by members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Selected materials in this collection can also be found at: