Main content

Rayford W. Logan letter to Pauline Young


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

American historian and educator Rayford W. Logan was a professor of history at Howard University, Washington, D.C. (1938-1969, and 1971-1974), as well as Distinguished Professor Emeritus from 1974 to 1982, and Historian of the University.

Shortly before his death Logan completed, with the assistance of co-editor Michael R. Winston, the massive

Dictionary of American Negro Biography, which included people from all walks of life who were chosen for their historical significance.

Active in the Civil Rights Movement through out his life, Rayford Logan received the Springarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1980.

Born on January 7, 1897, in Washington, D.C., Rayford W. Logan died on November 4, 1982.

"Rayford Whittingham Logan." Contemporary Authors Online. (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). (accessed August 2011).

Educator, librarian, and author Pauline A. Young was an active civil rights leader in Delaware.

Born on September 17, 1900, in West Medford, Massachusetts, Young taught history and Latin at Howard High School, in Wilmington, Delaware, for thirty years. She was also the author of the first comprehensive state history of blacks,

The Negro in Delaware: Past and Present, published in 1947.

As an activist for education and civil rights, Young served as president of the Delaware Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as the chair of the state NAACP Education Committee.

Recognized by numerous national and local organizations for her lifetime of contributions, Pauline Young was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in 1982. Pauline Young died on June 26, 1991.

"Pauline A. Young." University of Delaware Library Pauline A. Young Residency Biographical Note. (accessed August 2011).

Howard University history professor Rayford W. Logan wrote this letter of thanks to enclose with a copy of his book,

Haiti and The Dominican Republic, which he presented to Pauline Young, an African-American librarian and civil rights activist in Wilmington, Delaware.

In addition to thanking Pauline Young for her hospitality during his recent visit to Wilmington, and for her recent letter, Logan said he would be pleased to return next year and invited Young and their mutual friends to be his guests at that time.

Box 62, F0899: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Originally laid in a copy of Logan's

Haiti and The Dominican Republic (Spec Coll Annex F1901 .L6 1968).

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, August 2011. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2011 August 4
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Typed letter signed, 1969 June 11.
Box 62 Folder F0899

Print, Suggest