From the Holdings of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division: The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
This microfilm publication provides the papers of John Preston Davis (1905-1973), a writer and publisher who played major roles in a number of organizations that sought to better opportunities for African Americans. Among his many achievements, Davis served as executive secretary of the Joint Committee on National Recovery, helped found the National Negro Congress (NNC), and edited the first edition of the encyclopedic American Negro Reference Book.
The Davis papers are organized as follows: personal papers, including material on the NNC; correspondence; writings, including portions of an unpublished collection of biographies of black athletes, drafts of an unpublished historical novel, short stories, and poetry; research file, containing material related to Davis's major projects, such as American Negro Reference Book, and a historical work on Frederick Douglass, and fundraising for Lincoln Center.
Number of reels: 2