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Johnson Publishing Company Archive Resource Guide

A resource of publications, selected archives, bibliographies, and information relating to the Johnson Publishing Company Archive.


Photograph of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Barrett, Nicola Essie. “Fashion Fair in a Fenty World: Intersectionality, White Privilege, and the Importance of Black-Owned Brands in the Cosmetic Industry Through Critical Ethnography.” M.A., Temple University, 2022.

Boone, Dorothy Deloris. “A Historical Review and a Bibliography of Selected Negro Magazines, 1910-1969.” Educat.D., University of Michigan, 1970. 

Brown, Korey Bowers. “Souled out: ‘Ebony’ Magazine in an Age of Black Power, 1965–1975.” Ph.D., Howard University, 2010. 

Bryant, Malika S. “Johnson Publishing Company’s Tan Confessions and Ebony: Reader Response through the Lens of Social Comparison Theory.” Ohio University, 2021. 

Christian, Margena A. “John H. Johnson: A Historical Study on the Re-Education of African Americans in Adult Education through the Selfethnic Liberatory Nature of Magazines.” Ed.D., National-Louis University, 2013. 

De Freece-Wilson, Eileen. “Era Bell Thompson: Chicago Renaissance Writer.” Rutgers University - Graduate School - New Brunswick, 2010. 

Dennis, Carolyn. “The Growth and Development of the Johnson Publishing Company.” Michigan State University (School of Journalism), 1971. 

Fenderson, Jonathan Bryan. “‘Journey toward a Black Aesthetic’: Hoyt Fuller, the Black Arts Movement & the Black Intellectual Community.” University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011. 

Henderson, Laretta. “Ebony Jr.!: A Sociohistorical and Cultural Analysis.” University of Iowa, 2003. 

Jones, Julius Langston. “Cultures of Aspiration: African American Chicago, 1929 to 1959.” The University of Chicago, 2022. 

Manuel, Meaghan J. “Specters in the Black Metropolis: Leslie Hewitt, David Hartt, and the Johnson Publishing Company.” University of London (Courtauld Institute of Art), 2015.

Saddler, Valerie Stephanie. “A Content Analysis of Ebony’s and Life’s 1955-1965 Reporting on Black Civil Rights Movement Issues.” Ph.D., Ohio University, 2003. 

Saunders, Doris E. "The Black magazine since World War II and its background." Boston University, 1977.

West, James. “Ebony Magazine, Lerone Bennett, Jr., and the Making and Selling of Modern Black History, 1958-1987.” University of Manchester, 2016.

Photograph Credit

Johnson Publishing Company Archive. Courtesy J. Paul Getty Trust and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Made possible by the Ford Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Smithsonian Institution.