[Collection of Charles L. Blockson Black History Publishing Ephemera].
Small group of advertising ephemera for noted African-Americana book collector and author Charles L. Blockson’s book Pennsylvania’s Black History (1975) and a copy of an exhibition catalog of items from his book collection issued by The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Blockson’s alma mater.
Two different book prospectuses appear here, one apparently documenting an earlier proposed title for the book. In one prospectus, the title of the book is given as Pennsylvania: The Black History. The second prospectus (here seen in duplicate) shows the title of the book as it was actually published, Pennsylvania’s Black History. Though each prospectus is illustrated, the latter one depicts the illustration used on the cover of the published book.
The exhibition catalog is entitled The Black Experience in America from Colonial Times to the Present, An Exhibition of Books, Pamphlets and Manuscripts from the Historical Collection of Charles L. Blockson.
The exhibition was held at Penn State during Black History Month in 1976 and was sponsored by “The Black Studies Program.” Divided by topic (“West Indies,” “Black Women,” “Slavery & Abolitionism,” “Literature,” etc.), the exhibition comprised 133 items, each briefly described in the catalog.
Description: [Collection of Charles L. Blockson Black History Publishing Ephemera].
Philadelphia and University Park, Pennsylvania, 1975–1976. Four items: 3 single-fold brochures or prospectuses (including one duplicate) and one 15-page exhibition catalog in self-wrappers. Some toning to cover of catalog; overall, very good.