Included in this digital collection are items originating from various collections related to Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932). Chesnutt was a prominent African-American writer, best known for his short stories, essays, and his biography about the antislavery leader Frederick Douglass. His stories focused on folk life of African-Americans, civil rights, and racial intermarriage. He moved to Cleveland in 1883 and is buried in Lake View Cemetery. These collections include family photographs, memorabilia, documents, and manuscripts.