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Biography

Glen Sergeon C'72 was born in Vauxhall, N.J. in 1949. While at Drew, Sergeon participated in the London and Washington semesters, and became president of Hyera, the black student association. He attended the London School of Economics and received a Master in Public Policy degree from the University of Wisconsin. A successful businessman and philanthropist, he spent nearly fifteen years in various roles at Citicorp, before joining Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Sergeon retired from Merrill in 2006, and continued to work as a consultant until 2012. He held board positions at Phipps House, The Spence School and New York State Teachers’ Retirement System. He died in April 2013.

Summary

The Glen Sergeon (CLA class of 1972) collection of African American literature comprises 75 volumes in a range of genres by leading black writers of the 20th century. Major figures of the Harlem Renaissance include Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, Ethel Waters and Richard Wright. Among the many novelists and poets represented are James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Paule Marshall, James Alan McPherson, Ishmael Reed, Sapphire, Derek Walcott, Charles Wright and Al Young, often with signed copies of their works. There are memoirs, biographies, interviews, anthologies of black writers (some signed by their contributors), and studies of black culture. The collection also includes nearly thirty works of fiction and non-fiction (with uncorrected proofs for four novels) by John Alfred Williams, who became a personal friend of Sergeon, as did poet Lucille Clifton. Twenty-nine volumes are inscribed to Burt Britton, co-founder of Books & Company in Manhattan, and collector of self-portraits by authors, artists, actors and musicians. The Sergeon Collection is fully cataloged.

Two works in the collection are not by African American authors: Helen Bannerman’s children’s book, The Story of Little Black Mingo, and George Bernard Shaw’s short story, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God.

Contents

 

Author/Editor

Title

Pub. Year

Call Number

1

Andrews, Raymond

Appalachee Red : a novel

1978

PS3551 .N452 A6 1978

2

Baldwin, James, 1924-1987

Devil finds work : an essay

1976

PS3552 .A45 Z515 1976

3

Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946

Story of Little Black Mingo. [First edition]

1901

PR6003 .A544 S7 1901

4

Cash, Earl A.

John A. Williams : the evolution of a black writer

1975

PS3573 .I4495 Z63 1975

5

Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010

Good times; poems

1969

PS3553 .L45 G6 1969

6

Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946

Ballad of the brown girl : an old ballad retold. First edition

1927

PS3505 .U287 B3 1927

7

Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946

Black Christ & other poems. First edition [limited]

1929

PS3505 .U287 B6 1929

8

Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946

Color

1925

PS3503 .U287 C6 1925

9

Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946

Copper sun. First edition

1927

PS3505 .U287 C65 1927

10

Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946

Medea and some poems. First edition

1935

PS3505 .U287 M4 1935

11

Ellison, Ralph

Invisible man

1952

PS3555 .L625 I5 1952

12

Haley, Alex

Roots. 1st ed.

1976

E185.97 .H24 A33 1976

13

Hall, Susan T., 1940-

Gentleman of leisure : a year in the life of a pimp

1972

HQ144 .H25 1972

14

Himes, Chester B., 1909-1984

My life of absurdity : the autobiography of Chester Himes. 1st ed.

1976

PS3515 .I713 Z5 1976

15

Holt, Rackham

George Washington Carver : an American biography

1943

S417 .C3 H6 1943

16

Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

Fine clothes to the Jew

1927

PS3515 .U274 F5 1927

17

Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

Langston Hughes reader. [1st ed.]

1958

PS3515 .U274 A6 1968

18

Hurston, Zora Neale

Their eyes were watching God : a novel. [First ed.]

1937

PS3515 .U789 T5 1937

19

Johnson, Charles Richard, 1948-

Middle passage

1990

PS3560 .O3735 M5 1990

20

Kelley, William Melvin, 1937-

Different drummer. [1st ed.]

1962

PS3561 .E392 D5 1962

21

King, Woodie

Black short story anthology

1972

PS 647 .A35 B3 1972

22

Marshall, Paule, 1929-

Brown girl, brownstones

1959

PS3563 .A7223 B7 1959

23

Marshall, Paule, 1929-

Chosen place, the timeless people. [1st ed.]

1969

PS3563 .A7223 C5 1969

24

Marshall, Paule, 1929-

Chosen place, the timeless people

1969

PS3563 .A7223 C5 1969a

25

Marshall, Paule, 1929-

Soul clap hands and sing. [1st ed.]

1961

PS3563 .A7223 S6 1961

26

McKay, Claude, 1890-1948

Banana Bottom

1970, 1933

PS3525 .A24785 B3 1970

27

McPherson, James Alan, 1943-

Elbow room : stories. 1st ed.

1977

PS3563 .A325 E4 1977

28

McPherson, James Alan, 1943-

Hue and cry; short stories. [1st ed.]

1969

PS3563 .A325 H8 1969

29

Oates, Stephen B.

Fires of jubilee : Nat Turner's fierce rebellion. 1st ed.

1975

F232 .S7 O22 1975

30

O'Brien, John

Interviews with Black writers

1973

PS 153 .N5 O2 1973

31

O'Brien, John

Interviews with Black writers : advance proofs (uncorrected)

1973

PS 153 .N5 O2 1973p

32

Reed, Ishmael, 1938-

19 necromancers from now. [1st ed.]

1970

PS 508 .N3 R4 1970b

33

Robinson, William Henry, 1922-

Nommo: an anthology of modern Black African and Black American literature

1972

PS 508 .N3 R63

34

Sapphire, 1950-

Push : a novel. 1st ed.

1996

PS3569 .A63 P87 1996

35

Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950

Adventures of the black girl in her search for God. First edition

1932

PR5365 .A4 1932

36

Smitherman, Geneva, 1940-

Talkin and testifyin : the language of Black America

1977

PE3102 .N42 S5 1977

37

Theroux, Joseph

Black coconuts, brown magic

1983

PS3570 .H39 B5 1983

38

Walcott, Derek

Joker of Seville & O Babylon! : two plays

1978

PR9272.9 .W3 J6 1978

39

Waters, Ethel, 1900-1977

His eye is on the sparrow : an autobiography

1951

ML420 .W24 A3 1951

40

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Africa : her history, lands and people, told with pictures. First ed.

1962

DT21 .W5 1962

41

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Africa : her history, lands and people, told with pictures. 4th ed., rev.

1973

DT21 .W5 1973

42

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Amistad (2 volumes)

1970-1971

E185.5 .A57 vol.1-2

43

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Amistad (2 volumes)

1970-1971

E185.5 .A57 1970 vol.1-2

44

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Angry black

1962

PS3573 .I4495 A52 1962

45

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Angry ones

1970

PS3573 .I4495 A82 1970

46

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Beyond the angry black. [2d ed.]

1966

PS 509 .N4 B4 1966

47

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Captain Blackman; a novel. [1st ed.] (2 copies)

1972

PS3573 .I4495 C3 1972

48

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Captain Blackman : a novel : uncorrected proof

1972

PS3573 .I4495 C3 1971

49

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Flashbacks; a twenty-year diary of article writing. [1st ed.]

1973

PS3573 .I4495 F5 1973

50

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Flashbacks : a twenty-year diary of article writing

1974, 1973

PS3573 .I4495 F5 1974

51

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Junior Bachelor Society : uncorrected proof

1976

PS3573 .I4495 J8 1976p

52

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Junior Bachelor Society. 1st ed.

1976

PS3573 .I4495 J8 1976

53

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

King God didn't save; reflections on the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1970

E185.97 .K5 W5 1970

54

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

King God didn't save : reflections on the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. : uncorrected proof

1970

E185.97 .K5 W5 1970p

55

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Man who cried I am; a novel. [1st ed.] (3 copies)

1967

PS3573 .I4495 M3 1967

56

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Most native of sons; a biography of Richard Wright. [1st ed.]

1970

PS3545 .R815 Z93 1970

57

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Mothersill and the foxes : uncorrected proof. 1st ed.

1975

PS3573 .I4495 M6 1975p

58

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Night song

1961

PS3573 .I4495 N5 1961

59

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Sissie

1963

PS3573 .I4495 S57 1963

60

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Sissie

1963

PS3573 .I4495 S57 1963p

61

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Sissie

1969

PS3573 .I4495 S57 1969

62

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

Sons of darkness, sons of light; a novel of some probability. [1st ed.]

1969

PS3573 .I4495 S6 1969

63

Williams, John Alfred, 1925-

This is my country too

1965

E185.61 .W734 1965

64

Wright, Charles, 1932-2008

Wig, a mirror image

1966

PS3573 .R532 W5 1966

65

Wright, Richard, 1908-1960

American hunger. 1st ed. (2 copies)

1977

PS3545 .R815 Z498 1977

66

Young, Al, 1939-

Sitting Pretty : a novel

1976

PS3575 .O683 S58 1976

67

Young, Al, 1939-

Snakes; a novel. [1st ed.]

1970

PS3575 .O683 S63 1970

68

Young, Al, 1939-

Who is Angelina? A novel. [1st ed.]

1975

PS3575 .O683 W46 1975

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