1930 Mar. 26
New York (N.Y.) - Editorial by Roscoe Conkling Bruce entitled "Typographical Emancipation," addressing the issue of the capitalization of the word "Negro"; asserting that "Americans of African descent... have truly and fully earned the right to be classified as persons rather than things"; listing periodicals which have agreed to this new typographical convention and the one party which ... more
1930 Mar. 6
New York (N.Y.) - Signed by secretary; addressed to Roscoe Conkling Bruce. Confirming receipt of his correspondence of 5 March and assuring it will be brought to W. E. B. Du Bois' attention upon his return to the office on 22 March.
1930 Mar. 19
New York (N.Y.) - Signed Roscoe Conkling Bruce; calling for "fellow co-operators" to write letters of "cordial appreciation" to George Horace Lorimer, in thanks for his agreeing to capitalize "Negro" throughout the Saturday Evening Post, "a decision [the significance of which] can hardly be exaggerated." Possibly enclosed in correspondence with W. E. B. Du Bois concerning this matter of capitalizati... more
1930 Mar. 5
New York (N.Y.) - Signed Roscoe Conkling Bruce, Editor; requesting rights to republish the article "Negro in the Theater" in the Dunbar News and reminding them of similar occasions in the past; adding, in a post-script, a note concerning the capitalization of the word "Negro," cautioning that the word "with a small n is now pretty definitely outmoded," naming periodicals who hav... more
1930 Mar. 4
Sun (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.) - Addressed to Roscoe Bruce; signed Keats Speed, Managing Editor. Ceding rights to republish "Negro in the Theater," as requested (see mums312-b053-i267), and regarding the the word "Negro," reporting that he has issued "instructions to the Composing Room to capitalize" it.
1930 Apr. 3
Allyn and Bacon (Boston, Mass.)
Boston (Mass.) - Signed Paul V. Bacon; addressed to Roscoe Conkling Bruce. Regarding the issue of capitalizing the word "Negro," attesting to the pliability of the English language, confirming the trend towards this new typographical standard, and declaring "we shall certainly adopt that usage."
1930 Apr. 14
New York (N.Y.) - Signed R. C. Bruce; addressed to Gentlemen, "Attention Mr. John Benbow." Concerning his previous letter (mums312-b053-i281), which described an instance in which the capitalization of the word "Negro" would be grammatically inadvisable, citing said instance and arguing that the capital "N" is indeed warranted. Possibly enclosed in correspondence with W. E. B. Du Bois c... more
1930 Mar. 26
D. C. Heath and Company
Boston (Mass.) - Addressed to Roscoe Conkling Bruce; signed Frank W. Scott, Editor-in-Chief. Regarding the capitalization of the word "Negro," which the Office finds consistent with the grammatical standards of "Woolley's Handbook of Composition which we publish" and explaining they "should wish to print 'Negro' with a capital 'N' whenever, through inadvertence, a small 'n' has been use... more
1930 Mar. 24
Houghton, Mifflin and Company
Boston (Mass.) - Addressed to Roscoe Conkling Bruce; Signed F. S. Hoyt. Agreeing that the word "Negro" should be capitalized "as is done in the case of other words indicating racial types," and informing him that the publisher has, as of last year, "adopted the standard practice of capitalizing this word wherever it occurs." Possibly enclosed in correspondence with W. E. B. Du Bois con... more
1930 Apr. 10
Longmans, Green, and Co.
New York (N.Y.) - Addressed to Roscoe Conkling Bruce; signed John Benbow. Concerning the capitalization of the word "Negro," a practice "we shall adopt...where it refers to the Negro, in a racial sense"; citing an instance in which grammatically and socially the capital "N" would be unfit; and noting that the related convention has been added to the office style manual. Possibly enclosed... more