Du Bois elected to Georgia Writers Hall
by Emily Silverman, special to the Chronicle
.E.B. Du Bois was one of 12 writers inducted as charter members into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame on Dec. 13. The posthumous award was announced at a ceremony at the University of Georgia's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the home of the hall of fame. The UGA Libraries established the hall to recognize past and present Georgia writers whose work reflects the character of the state, its land, and its people, and to honor Georgia writers for their overall contributions.
Du Bois (1868-1963), a Massachusetts native, spent nearly a quarter century at Atlanta University in Georgia, as a professor of history and sociology (1897-1910), and as head of the sociology department (1934-44). Du Bois's writings and his intellectual guidance as a teacher, researcher, and editor at Atlanta University contributed immensely to his reputation as a preeminent resource for the study of race in America.
Between 1897 and 1910, he directed annual conferences that produced a series of landmark studies - published as the "Proceedings of the Annual Conferences of the Negro Problem" - which he edited. In 1903, he published his classic collection of essays, "The Souls of Black Folk." Du Bois spent 23 years as editor of The Crisis, the publication of the NAACP, which he helped to found. When he returned to Atlanta in 1934, he became the first editor-in-chief of the University's scholarly review of race and culture, Phylon.
The Special Collections and Archives Department houses the largest collection of Du Bois' works. The W.E.B. Du Bois Papers document virtually every stage in his long career and show his involvement in many areas of 20th century racial, literary, and social reform movements. In particular, the correspondence files, which in-clude well over 100,000 items, show Du Bois's interactions with others in these realms. The collection is located in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The building was named in honor of Du Bois at a dedication ceremony in 1996.