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Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

Arts brief: Exhibition focuses attention on Hughes collection

January 27, 2002

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On January 31, the exhibition gallery at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library will present "Langston Hughes: A Voice for All People" featuring selected items from the library's extensive Langston Hughes collection. Aproximately 80 pieces, many signed by Hughes, from the collection of over 300 pieces will be on display in the 3rd floor gallery.

The library began collecting publications, books, manuscripts, sound recordings and other examples of Hughes memorabilia in 1957 when Donald C. Dickinson began making aquisitions for the Hughes collection, Dickinson corresponded with Hughes who then began an ongoing practice of inscribing and sending a wide variety of items to the Library. This also led to Hughes' first visit to speak at the University of Kansas in 1958.

Two rare pieces of Langston Hughes memorabilia from "Langston
Hughes: A Voice for All People." The autographed publication on the
left features a 1933 photograph of Hughes taken during a visit to
the U.S.S.R.

Two rare pieces of Langston Hughes memorabilia from "Langston Hughes: A Voice for All People." The autographed publication on the left features a 1933 photograph of Hughes taken during a visit to the U.S.S.R.

Since then, the library has augmented Hughes' contributions to the collection with purchases of other collections.

The Exhibition will run through May 15th. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from noon until 4:00 pm. The Gallery will be closed on March 23 and May 11.

For more information about the Spencer research Library visit http://spencer.lib.ku.edu

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