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Louis R. Harlan papers

 Collection 0275-UA

Dr. Louis R. Harlan was a professor of history at the University of Maryland from 1966 to 1992. Dr. Harlan wrote a two-volume biography of Booker T. Washington entitled Booker T. Washington: The Making of a Black Leader, 1856-1901 and Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 and edited fourteen volumes of the Booker T. Washington Papers.

The Harlan papers consist of research files on Booker T. Washington, correspondence, campus activities files, manuscripts, and page proofs. The collection is unprocessed, but preliminary inventories are available in Inventories/Additional Information for the materials donated by Dr. Harlan in 1992 and 2000. A third accretion to the collection contains a single letter from Dr. Harlan to Dr. Joseph F. Citro dated January 22, 1997, and a color photograph of Dr. Harlan dated July 1993.


  • 1944-2000

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Materials of a sensitive nature, such as those containing personally identifiable information, are restricted for 75 years or the life of the individual and may by screened and removed by special collections staff. Please speak with a staff member if you believe that materials have been unnecessarily removed.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


72.00 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Dr. Louis R. Harlan to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1992. Dr. Harlan donated additional materials in 2000. In 2021, Constance Citro donated a letter and photograph from Dr. Harlan to her husband, Dr. Joseph F. Citro, who was mentored by Dr. Harlan.

Guide to the Louis R. Harlan papers
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Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2007-08-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, August 2007.
  • 2017-08-04: EAD checked and verified following ArchivesSpace migration by Nancy Harrison Gage
  • 2018-07-12: Finding aid reviewed and preliminary inventories linked as external documents by Adam Gray.
  • 2023-04-27: Liz Caringola incorporated information about acccession 2022-0019-UA into the finding aid.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742