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  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Published WorksA Bibliography in Progress
  • Katherine Adams, Sandra A. Zagarell, and Caroline Gebhard

We offer here a comprehensive bibliography of Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s primary works known to have appeared in print. Our listing begins with the four collections of her personal, belletristic, and non-belletristic writing produced by Akasha (Gloria) Hull, R. Ora Williams, and Eugene Metcalf in the 1970s and 1980s. It then presents, by genre, additional pieces published by Dunbar-Nelson in her lifetime. Some of this latter work is still accessible through libraries and digital archives. However, several of the newspapers and journals in which she published were never archived, and copies of certain works will only be available in the Alice Dunbar-Nelson Papers at University of Delaware’s Special Collections Library.1

To compile this listing we drew upon information provided in Williams’s 1976 bibliography and the Special Collections catalog at University of Delaware, as well as our own research. However, Dunbar-Nelson’s personal records, and especially the “itineraries” she kept— documentation of pieces accepted, rejected, and under review for publication2— indicate that more of her writing appeared in print than was previously believed. The hunt for such works is complicated by the fact that the writer published under several different versions of her name over the course of her career (we have provided the variants [End Page 254] she used for individual items wherever possible). Dunbar-Nelson may have also published pseudonymously. Her archive reveals that she submitted work under at least three aliases: Adele Morris, Monroe Wright, and Al Dane. But whether she ever published using one of these pseudonyms, or a different one, has yet to be determined. More discoveries may well lie ahead.

Katherine Adams
Tulane University
Sandra A. Zagarell
Oberlin College
Caroline Gebhard
Tuskegee University

edited collections of dunbar-nelson’s writing

An Alice Dunbar-Nelson Reader. Ed. R. Ora Williams. Washington, dc: UP of America, 1979.
Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Ed. [Akasha] Gloria T. Hull. New York: Norton, 1984.
[Metcalf, Eugene Wesley, Jr.] “The Letters of Paul and Alice Dunbar: A Private History.” Diss. U of California, Irvine, 1973. Ann Arbor: umi, 1973.
The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Ed. [Akasha] Gloria T. Hull. 3 vols. New York: Oxford UP, 1988. The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers.


“Delta Sigma Theta, National Hymn.” The Official Ritual of Delta Sigma Theta Grand Chapter. Washington, dc: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1950. 192. [Alice Dunbar Nelson]
“Let Me Live.” A. M. E. Church Review 35.1 (July 1918): 7. [Alice Dunbar-Nelson]


“Edouard.” Southern Workman 29.6 (June 1900): 358–64. [Alice Dunbar]
“Esteve, the Soldier Boy.” Southern Workman 29.11 (Nov. 1900): 631–37. [Alice Dunbar]
“George Brenton, Artist.” Smart Set 6.1 (Jan. 1902): 129–34. [Alice Dunbar (Mrs. Paul Laurence Dunbar)]
“The Heathen: A Christmas Story.” Tuskegee Student 32 (Christmas 1922): 6–7. [Alice Dunbar-Nelson]
“Lesie, the Choir Boy.” Southern Workman 30.11 (Nov. 1901): 615–19. [Alice Dunbar]
“The Little Mother.” Standard Union (Brooklyn) 19 Mar. 1900: 8. [Mrs. Paul Laurence Dunbar]
“Science in Frenchtown— A Short Story.” Saturday Evening Mail 7 Dec. 1912: 8–9, 26, 27.
“Tom.–An Incident.”Woman’s Era 3.5 (Jan. 1897): 11–13. [Alice Ruth Moore] [End Page 255]

articles and essays

“A Creole Anomaly.” Leslie’s Weekly 15 July 1897: 43. [Alice Ruth Moore]
“Appointed, Some Points of View.” Daily Crusader (New Orleans) 2 July 1894.
“The Big Stick.” A. M. E. Church Review 30.2 (Oct. 1913). 117–21. [Alice M. Dunbar]
“The Black Farmers After Their Conference at Tuskegee.” Boston Evening Transcript 18 Mar. 1899: 18. [Alice Dunbar]
“Hysteria: The Old Time Mass Meeting Is Dead.” Competitor 1.2 (Feb. 1920): 32–34*3 [Alice Dunbar Nelson]
“Independent Opinions.” The Independent: Devoted to the Consideration of Politics, Social and Economic Tendencies, History, Literature, and the Arts 86.3522 (5 June...


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