The library archives and special collections are located on the first floor of the library.
The archives are staffed Monday - Thursday 9am - 1pm and by appointment.
The collection was bequeathed to the Langston Hughes Memorial Library by the library's namesake who graduated from Lincoln in 1929. It consists of over 5,000 volumes of various subject matter including many titles from and about the Harlem Renaissance.
The collection consists of approximately 3,000 volumes that are primarily related to the Black Arts Movement and the African American Experience. It was donated to LHML by Evelyn Neal, the widow of Larry Neal who graduated from Lincoln in 1961 and taught creative writing courses at Lincoln for the 1979-1980 school year.
The personal library of 1930 alum and longtime College Language Association (CLA) Journal editor was donated to LHML in 1987 by his widow Lillian O'Daniel. The collection is predominantly American literature, African American authors, and classical American 19th century literature and consists of roughly 5000 volumes.
Langston Hughes Memorial Library houses materials essential to the Black Experience and to the history of Lincoln University as well as rare books and gift collections. Some of our notable collections include: