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Correspondence

Thanks to a one-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission the team of researchers at The Charles W. Chesnutt Archive has commenced work on The Correspondence of Charles W. Chesnutt. The correspondence project aims to illuminate the expansive social and literary network of this prominent African American writer, lawyer, and voting rights activist. Our goal is to include transcriptions of incoming as well as outgoing letters, and Chesnutt’s drafts, along with images of the original documents. We have already compiled a document list that identifies nearly 1,900 letters and their repository locations. The final corpus is expected to be well over 2,000 letters. Like the Charles W. Chesnutt Archive, the Correspondence will be freely available to scholars and the public. By late 2022 or early 2023, we intend to publish transcriptions, annotations, and (whenever possible) images of 250 letters.