[1912 Typed Letter Signed by W.E.B. Du Bois on The Crisis Letterhead to George Washington Ellis].
A letter from W.E.B. DuBois from the early days of The Crisis
A brief 3-line missive by Du Bois —“perhaps the most celebrated 20th century African American intellectual”— written to George Washington Ellis (1875–1919).¹ Ellis was graduated by Howard University, and then Gunton’s Institute of Economics and Sociology in New York. He earned a law degree, worked for the Census Department, and served as secretary for the American legation to the Republic of Liberia from 1902 to 1910. His lifelong interest in Africa and the issue of race informed his activities as a writer and and lecturer on the subject. Ellis served as the editor of the Journal of Race Development.
The Crisis, published by and for the NAACP, began in 1910, Du Bois being its first editor. Du Bois’s letter, penned on a sheet with the magazine’s letterhead, is written approximately two years after the magazine’s inception.
Description: [1912 Typed Letter Signed by W.E.B. Du Bois on The Crisis Letterhead to George Washington Ellis].
New York. August 2, 1912. p. 8vo. TLS. Light creases; transmittal fold; very good or better.
Note. 1. Annotated Bibliophilia, by David Seru. An exhibit from the Archie Givens Sr., Collection of African American Literature accessed online.