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Preferred Citation:

Cite As:James Lowell Gibbs Collection of African-American documents, #4506. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


HISTORY OF OWNERSHIPCollection was formed around a core of materials probably originally collected by Judge W.E. Ambler of Cleveland, who solicited letters or documents from prominent individuals, some of whom were African Americans. Apparently, at a later date, the black writer Charles Chesnutt became involved in the project and also solicited such letters from African-Americans. Eventually, the collection came into the possession of James Lowell Gibbs, whose children donated it to Cornell University in his memory. Copied items were returned to donors.