13 boxes (5.42 linear feet)
The W. E. B. Du Bois Papers were acquired by University of Massachusetts Amherst from Du Bois's widow, Shirley Graham Du Bois, in 1973. At that time the bulk of the collection, more than 175 linear feet of material, was transferred to the Special Collections and University Archives. Over the next few years additional materials were acquired, mostly letters, writings, and photographs, from Herbert Aptheker, editor of Du Bois's collected works and the Shivery family. As the Du Bois Papers were publicized and used by researchers worldwide, other additions to the collection were made; these consisted chiefly of published articles and newspaper clippings relating to Du Bois's legacy in Great Barrington and at UMass Amherst. Amongst these additions are several dozen photos of Shirley's trips to China in 1967, 1968, and 1972 following the death of W. E. B. Some material that had been removed and may have originally resided in other portions of the collection was added to the series in the mid 2000s.
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries