Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Racism in America

February 1 - March 15, 2010

Exhibition at the Roger Williams University Library
In conjunction with the
10th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture
The 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird

Featuring items from:
The John Hay Library Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Houghton Memorial Library Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama
Redwood Library, Newport , Rhode Island

Sponsored by Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Library Fund

Prepared by Professor Christine Fagan, Roger Williams University Library




To Kill a Mockingbird
By Harper Lee
Published by J. B. Lippincott Company
First Edition
(later printing)

On loan from Redwood Library



Quotes from
To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee



Advertisment promoting the sale of
To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee





The Prelude is the literary magazine of Huntingdon College where Harper Lee was a student for one year before transferring to the University of Alabama. 

The Spring 1945 issue contains two vignettes by Harper Lee --“Nightmare …” and “Wink at Justice ….”  They provide a glimpse into her literary ability and focus on themes of racism and injustice.


Reproductions provided courtesy of Houghton Memorial Library at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama


 “Scottsboro” -- Poem by Langston Hughes from:

Scottsboro Limited: Four Poems and a Play in Verse.
By Langston Hughes; with illustrations by Prentiss Taylor

New York: The Golden Stair Press, 1932. 

On loan from The John Hay Library Brown University



Broadside promoting a mass meeting in Brooklyn regarding the Scottsboro Case (1936?).


On loan from
The John Hay Library,
Brown University

Additional Resources produced by the Library in support of this event include:

The Birss Memorial website at: http://library.rwu.edu/birss/2010.html