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Collected Materials on the Zora Neale Hurston Festival

 Collection
Identifier: SC-074

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into three series, each organized chronologically and then alphabetically.

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival Collected Materials contain documents spanning the festivals inception in 1990 until 2006. The first series of documents primarily contain programs printed for each year's festival. While there is not a complete set, the collection currently contains programs from 1990-1994 and 1999-2001. The second series contains materials concerning the African American Community in Eatonvillewith a particular focus on cultural programming. The third series contains magazine articles, newspaper clippings, and brochures that illustrate the growing programs and projects of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community. These include student and teacher workshops, art exhibitions, and publications that resulted from the growing influence of Zora Neale Hurston's work.

Dates

  • Created: 1989-2017

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Eatonville, Florida is generally considered the first African American township in the United States. It is the birthplace and childhood home of writer, anthropologist, and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. For these reasons, the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities is held in Eatonville. Sponsored by the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), there are two primary goals of the festival: to perpetuate the memory and lasting recognition of Zora Neale Hurston and her work and to preserve the Eatonville community. The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities attracts guests and speakers from across the country. Past speakers include Maya Angelou, Spike Lee, and Wesley Snipes. Zora Neale Hurston left a lasting mark on African American communities and culture throughout the United States. The festival, and the documents that it has produced, are a way of recognizing her past achievements as well as reminding future generations of her importance. This is being done through community and educational outreach programs that include seminars and curriculum for both students and teachers in the Orange County School District, historic preservation workshops, and various publications by the P.E.C.

Extent

0.6 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Abstract

The collection contains documents related to the festival bearing the name of the late poet, writer, anthropologist, and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. Since 1990, the Zora Neale Hurston Festival has attracted individuals from across the country in academic and artistic disciplines wishing to celebrate Zora Neale Hurston and African American culture as a whole. The following folders contain the programs from festival years 1990-1994 and 1999-2001. In addition to its annual festival, the Association to Preserve Eatonville, Inc. has expanded its focus and community activities to inform and celebrate the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and Eatonville.

Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two series, each organized chronologically and then alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

University of Central Florida Libraries collected these materials in 2007 (CFM2007_05).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Ryan Groves, Lindsay Mazziotto, and Courtney Toelle; finding aid prepared by Ryan Groves, Lindsay Mazziotto, and Courtney Toelle. University of Central Florida Libraries collected these materials in 2007.
Title
Collected Materials on the Zora Neale Hurston Festival
Author
Ryan Groves, Lindsay Mazziotto, and Courtney Toelle
Date
01/26/1990
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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