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New York (N.Y.) - Seeking her assistance and participation in a "Crisis" initiative to gather and reprint news "of significance to the colored people" in various parts of the country.
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
1928 Oct. 11
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Los Angeles (Calif.) - Enclosing revenue from her work as a "Crisis" agent and describing the circumstances and challenges of her work for the magazine.
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Somerville, Vada
1929 Jan. 11
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New York (N.Y.) - Thanking her and John for the helpful info they provided on African American college students in the L.A. area (see mums312-b187-i319, i320).
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
1930 June 25
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New York (N.Y.) - Seeking her and John's assistance in gathering info on "Negro students in the Los Angeles colleges," for feature thereon in a forthcoming number of the "Crisis."
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
1930 May 14
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New York (N.Y.) - Admitting some difficulties in making out her recent letter (mums312-b183-i349); remarking on the nature of her employment with the "Crisis," as therein discussed; and lamenting the recent death of her brother.
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
1929 Oct. 17
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New York (N.Y.) - Du Bois asks Somerville to distribute the copies of the Crisis he has on hand "(in schools, jails, almshouses, etc.)."
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
1932 Dec. 29
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New York (N.Y.) - Addressed to Vada Somerville; in light of her silence upon his last letter, inquiring if she's alive (mums312-b041-i077), admitting he now fears "the worse" and asking that she start a campaign in Southern California to help promote and distribute the "Crisis."
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
1927 Nov. 12
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New York (N.Y.) - Thanking her for her efforts to distribute the "Crisis" (see mums312-b183-i346) and apologizing for the hard work involved; and inquiring into the status of her hotel business.
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
1929 Jan. 15
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Los Angeles (Calif.) - Regretting she cannot furnish the names of African American councilmen (as requested in mums312-b183-i348), as they have none; describing the tangentially relevant career of her little brother, Bert McDonald; and remarking on the status of her post as "Crisis" agent on the West Coast.
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Somerville, Vada
1929 Oct. 17
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Los Angeles (Calif.) - Somerville admits that it is unforgivable that she and John did not reply to Du Bois' announcement of his grandbaby; notes that the Crisis account had dragged on for so long, but believes she is responsible for $50.
(W. E. B. Du Bois Papers)

Somerville, Vada
1932 Dec. 22