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Paul Laurence Dunbar Papers (SC-8)

Identifier: SC-8

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 3 original financial items (2 receipts, 1 IOU), a news clipping, and a photocopy (2 sheets) of the 1891 graduation program from Dayton's Central High School, of which Dunbar was a class member.


  • Creation: 1891-1904

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African American literary figures to garner critical acclaim on a national scale. Dunbar died February 9, 1906, in Dayton, Ohio, and is buried in Woodland Cemetery. Although he lived just thirty-three years, Dunbar's contributions in a variety of genres left a legacy that endures today.

Dr. Henry A. Tobey was superintendent of the Toledo State Hospital and a frequent patron of Dunbar's. Evidence of his patronage is documented in the 3 financial items in this collection.


0.05 linear feet (1 folder, 5 items)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in a single series of 5 items, with all original items listed first in chronological order, followed by the 1 reproduction item at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The original acquisition source of this collection is uncertain.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection can be viewed in its entirety online in Wright State University's institutional repository CORE Scholar at

Guide to the Paul Laurence Dunbar Papers (SC-8)
Lisa Rickey
2022 Jan 7
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA