This interactive map displays Dunbar-Nelson’s network of notable literary relationships. Zooming in on the various nodes in the map will show how each of these literary figures are connected through Dunbar-Nelson’s reading and collecting practices. By clicking on one of the nodes, you can further identify which individuals are linked to each other and how many of their books Dunbar-Nelson either read or owned by association.
This map of Dunbar-Nelson’s personal connections illustrates how her service work, her publishing activities, and even her healthcare linked her to a robust segment of the African American intelligentsia of her time. Note the many points of intersection, for instance, that connect her role as a Harlem Renaissance period literary critic to her political organizing for racial equality.