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Cassette tape and audio CD recordings of Zora Neale Hurston's work on the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Folklore gathering expeditions. Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida, June 18, 1939; approximately 45 minutes. Much of this material is available to hear online under the Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States recording expedition section on the Library of Congress website, undated

 File — Box: 13, Folder: 45

Scope and Content

From the Collection:

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, manuscripts, photographs, miscellaneous personal papers. Correspondence concerning race relations, Hurston's writings and fieldwork, personal matters; manuscripts of articles, short stories, plays; biographical material about Zora Neale Hurston. The majority of the papers have been encapsulated and bound. A microfilmed version of parts of the collection exists.

Collection recently updated with three cassette tapes of an interview of Hurston’s younger brother, Everette Hurston, Sr., conducted by Dr. Lillie P. Howard, Professor Emerita of English and formerly Senior Vice President for Curriculum & Instruction at Wright State University in Ohio, and the author of other publications on Zora Neale Hurston. Another significant addition is Hurston’s short story “Monkey Junk: A Satire on Modern Divorce,” originally published in a newspaper in 1927 and lost to researchers until the early 2010s.


  • Creation: undated



The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 6 Linear feet (16 boxes; 1 binder)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America