LANGSTON, John Mercer, 1829-1897


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Guide to Research Collections

Fisk University
Special Collections, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library
Nashville, TN
Papers: 1853-1898, approximately 3 feet (900 items).
The papers of John Mercer Langston consist of correspondence, speeches, drafts of writings, receipts, estate papers, banking papers, handbills, passports, minutes, a scrapbook, and newspaper clippings. Subjects covered in the papers include slavery in the United States, the abolition movement, Reconstruction, American relations with Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Howard University, the War Department, and the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands.


Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Papers: 1870-1891, 2 linear feet.
Scrapbooks of John Mercer Langston containing newspapers clippings, broadsides, programs, and invitations relating to race relations and politics in the United States. Includes information about the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (now Virginia State University) in Petersburg, Virginia, and the John G. Whittier Historical Association in Memphis, Tennessee. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Microfilm: 1853-1898, 1 reel.
The papers of John Mercer Langston consist of correspondence, speeches, drafts of writings, receipts, estate papers, banking papers, handbills, passports, minutes, a scrapbook, and newspaper clippings. Subjects covered in the papers include slavery in the United States, the abolition movement, Reconstruction, American relations with Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Howard University, the War Department, and the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. The original papers are at Fisk University.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Microfilm: In the Eugene Maxmilien Haitian collection, 1847-1933.
Correspondents include John Mercer Langston.


Virginia State University
Johnson Memorial Library
Petersburg, VA
Papers: 1886-1887, 1 box.
Collection includes some correspondence addressing admission of potential students and employees, as well as several letters from state officials pertaining to Virginia State.