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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2035

Jean Wagner papers


Correspondence and papers of the French scholar of Afro-American poetry Jean Wagner.


  • Creation: 1945-1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1957-1963

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

This collection of papers is Wagner's correspondence with colleagues, poets and librarians, working notes and subject files relating to the presentation of his thesis. There are a few original manuscripts by others, notably Langston Hughes, Alfred Kreymborg and Samuel Allen.

Biographical / Historical

Wagner was a French scholar of American Studies, especially Afro-American poetry. He received his Doctorat d'Etat from the Sorbonne in 1963, having completed his thesis on American Afro-American poetry, entitled: Les poetes negres des Etas-Unis. This work eventually was translated and published in English as: Black poets of the United States from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes, University of Illinois Press, 1973.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to and from Jean Wagner
  2. II. Compositions and subject files

Please note that item number 23 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*84M-23. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Wagner, Jean, 1919-. Jean Wagner papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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