Gallery

Photographs

Paul Laurence Dunbar, ca. 1985-1990

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Portrait of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, ca. 1895-1900. Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, ca. 1896

Paul Laurence Dunbar

ca. 1896. From Lyrics of Lowly Life

Central High School, Dayton Ohio, 1890

Paul Laurence Dunbar & Orville Wright

Central High School, Dayton Ohio, 1890. Dunbar, top left, Orville Wright, 3rd from Dunbar. From the Wright Brothers Collection of Wright State University Libraries.

Matilda Dunbar, ca. 1900-1930

Matilda Dunbar

ca. 1900-1930. From the Jane Reece Collection of Wright State University Libraries

Matilda Dunbar, ca. 1930s

Matilda Dunbar

ca. 1930s. From the Patterson Family Papers of Wright State University Libraries.

Wilbur Wright age 13

Edith McClure Patterson & Matilda Dunbar

Edith McClure Patterson, Matilda Dunbar, and two unidentified men, ca. 1930s. From the Patterson Family Papers of Wright State University Libraries.

Matilda Dunbar visiting Paul Laurence Dunbar's grave, ca. 1930s

Matilda Dunbar

Matilda Dunbar visiting Paul Laurence Dunbar's grave, ca. 1930s. From the Patterson Family Papers of Wright State University Libraries.

Alice Dunbar Nelson

Alice Dunbar Nelson

Paul Laurence Dunbar on horseback

Paul Laurence Dunbar on Horseback

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar on horseback

Paul Laurence Dunbar on Horseback

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar with Fish

Paul Laurence Dunbar with Fish

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar fishing

Paul Laurence Dunbar Fishing

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar with friends

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Friends

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Matilda Dunbar with family

Paul Laurence Dunbar & Matilda Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Matilda Dunbar with family. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar with a friend

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Friend

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Henry Archibald Tobey

Henry Archibald Tobey

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar house

Paul Laurence Dunbar House

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Dunbar House bookcase

Dunbar House Bookcase

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Dunbar House parlor

Dunbar House Parlor

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Paul Laurence Dunbar manual typewriter

Paul Laurence Dunbar Manual Typewriter

Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Documents

Masonic Hall Concert Announcement 1898

Masonic Hall Concert Announcement 1898

Printed announcement of a concert at the Masonic Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, given by Paul Laurence Dunbar on August, 16, 1898. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of the 1898 Masonic Hall Concert Announcement

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Joseph H. Douglass Recital Announcement 1901

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Joseph H. Douglass Recital Announcement, 1901

Printed broadside announcement of a recital given by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Joseph H. Douglass at Fitzgerald's Auditorium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 9, 1901. The flyer contains a photograph of Dunbar seated with a stack of books. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of the 1901 Paul Laurence Dunbar and Joseph H. Douglass Recital Announcement

Announcement of Lyceum Theatre, New York City Performance

Announcement of Lyceum Theatre, New York City Performance

Printed broadside announcement of a performance by Paul Laurence Dunbar given at the Lyceum Theatre, New York City, on September 8, year unknown. There is a handwritten note from J.B. Pond, Dunbar's manager, at the top, and a photographic portrait of Dunbar wearing glasses and a suit. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of the Announcement of Lyceum Theatre, New York City Performance

A Letter from H. A. Tobey, Superintendent of the Toledo State Hospital

A Letter from H. A. Tobey, Superintendent of the Toledo State Hospital

Typed letter from H. A. Tobey, Superintendent of the Toledo State Hospital, to Paul Laurence Dunbar, dated July 6, 1895, offering praise, encouragement, and a financial contribution to support Dunbar to continue writing his poetry. This is a full transcript of the two-page letter. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of a letter from H. A. Tobey, Superintendent of the Toledo State Hospital

A Letter from Booker T. Washington 1900

A Letter from Booker T. Washington, 1900

Letter from Booker T. Washington to Paul Laurence Dunbar on November 3, 1900, concerning a poem Dunbar wrote for Washington. The letter is typed, but signed by Booker T. Washington. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of a 1900 letter from Booker T. Washington

A Letter from President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

A Letter from President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

Typewritten letter on White House stationary from President Theodore Roosevelt to Paul Laurence Dunbar, dated November 2, 1904, in which Roosevelt acknowledges receipt of a poem from Dunbar and sends him two volumes of Roosevelt’s speeches. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of a 1904 letter from President Theodore Roosevelt

A Letter from President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

Central High School Certificate, 1887

Central High School certificate of completion in Algebra for Paul Laurence Dunbar as a testimonial of proficiency, dated June 21, 1887. Contains the signatures of Alice Jennings, teacher, and Chas. B. Stivers, Principal. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of a 1887 Central High School Certificate

A Drowsy Day Handwritten Poem

"A Drowsy Day" Handwritten Poem

Two pages of a handwritten copy of the poem "A Drowsy Day" written by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The poem was published in three of Dunbar’s books: Oak and Ivy, Majors and Minors, and Lyrics of Lowly Life. This transcript contains the complete first two stanzas and the first two lines of the third stanza, followed by the last two lines of the poem. The published poem contains five stanzas. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of the poem, A Drowsy Day

Morning Poem

"Morning" Poem

Typewritten copy of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s two-stanza poem, “Morning,” signed at the bottom of the poem by Dunbar. The poem appeared in the book Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

Transcript of the poem, Morning