College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English

Novel Collections

Note that this is a 1987 archival document and should not be used without further verification.

Since the Project's founding in 1983, HBW's mission has been to:

  • Identify texts that have been lost to history and advocate for their return.
  • Promote the awareness of the works by African American authors.
  • Create opportunities for learning about and engaging them.

This archival database displays our holdings by decade. Our current collection holds nearly 4,000 well-known and lesser-known novels by African American writers.  Please contact if you are interested in the updated HBW corpus. Are you using our Novel Collections in your research or teaching? We’d love to hear about it.  Drop us a line at and tell us about your project.  


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