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Gerald Early Collection

Identifier: MGHL-00036

This collection includes published materials in various formats collected by Gerald Early mainly dating between 1940 and 2015.


  • Creation: 1900 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to access.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies. Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University. If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


21.25 linear feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Gerald Early is the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in the Department of English and professor in the African and African American Studies Department at Washington University in St. Louis, where he has taught since 1982.  He also has an appointment in the American Culture Studies Programs at Washington University.  He earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and the Ph.D. in English and American literature from Cornell University. He is currently the chair of the African and African American Studies Department, a position he held previously from 1992-1999.  He has also served as the director of the American Culture Studies Program, and was the founding director of the Center for the Humanities. (Faculty Biography, Department of English, Washington University in St. Louis) This collection consits of matierals Gerald Early accumlated over the years for use in his scholarly research and teaching.

Arrangement Note

Items are arranged by format. The contents of the collection are arranged as follows:

Series 1: Books

Series 2: Comics

Series 3: Periodicals

Method of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library by Gerald Early in 2015.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Andrea Degener in May 2018.



Gerald Early Collection
Andrea Degener
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Collecting Area Details

Part of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive Collecting Area

Andrea Degener, Interim Curator
West Campus Library
7425 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton MO 63105 US
(314) 935-5495