Negro Year Book. An Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro, 1918-1919.

Fifth annual Negro Year Book of encyclopedic and statistical reports compiled by African-American sociologist Monroe N. Work (1866–1945).

A participant in the Niagara Movement of militant Black civil rights advocacy and an ally of W.E.B. Du Bois, Work, nevertheless, accepted the position as Director of the Department of Records and Research at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (HBCU), a school headed by Du Bois’ some-time opponent and rival, Booker T. Washington.

“In 1908 [Work] began compiling a day-to-day record of the African-American experience. His sources included newspaper clippings, pamphlets, reports, and replies to his own letters of inquiry. All were organized by category and date, providing the data for the Negro Yearbook and the Tuskegee Lynching Report, both of which began in 1912. Each year he distributed the Tuskegee Lynching Report to southern newspapers and leaders to publicize the extent and injustice of lynch law. Under his editorship, nine editions of the Negro Yearbook provided information on discrimination and black progress to educators, researchers, and newspaper editorialists. In 1928 Work supplied another valuable research tool with the publication of A Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America. It was the first extensive, classified bibliography of its kind.” (ANB)

Work’s present 1918–1919, First World War-era yearbook includes a section on the “The Negro in Literature in 1917–1918” and over 20 pages of bibliographies. Other topics discussed include “The Negro’s Economic Progress,” “Liberty Loans and War Work Activities,” “The Problems Connected with the Use of the Negro as a Soldier in the World War,” “Race Riots,” and “Lynchings.”

Description: Negro Year Book. An Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro, 1918-1919.

Tuskegee Institute, Alabama: The Negro Year Book Book Publishing Company, 1919. viii, 523 pages. Bound in publisher’s original cloth. A lovely copy in near fine condition.