Frank Marshall Davis Collection

Institution: DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-947-0600
Fax: 773-947-0677
Date: 1931-1987
Extent: 3 Linear Feet
Finding Aid
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) was a prominent poet and journalist who lived in Chicago, Kansas, and Atlanta during the 1930s and 1940s before moving to Hawaii in 1948. Author of three major volumes of poetry, Black Man’s Verse (1935), I Am the American Negro (1937) and 47th Street (1948), Davis was also an active journalist in Chicago and Atlanta; he served as Executive Editor for the Associated Negro Press from 1935 to 1947.

Scope and Content Note:
The Frank Marshall Davis papers include scrapbooks, manuscripts of Davis’s autobiography Livin’ the Blues, published posthumously, issues of magazines and journals (some rare), and correspondence with Davis’s literary agent and with publishers.

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