A Note on Sources
The most complete and useful source for research on John Langalibalele Dube is William Manning Marable’s dissertation, African Nationalist: John Langalibalele Dube. Michigan: UMI Dissertation Services, 1976.
This source details the life of Dube, extensively documenting his career.
Marlene D. Merrill, Oberlin College Affiliate Scholar, has compiled the an extremely useful Dube Finding Guide, available at the Oberlin College Archives. This source is useful in locating references on Dube, specifically on his time at Oberlin College.
Peter Walshe’s The Rise of African Nationalism in South Africa: the African National Congress, 1912-1952. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971) p extensively details the formation and history of the ANC.
Although this website does not have the correct information on John
L. Dube and his time at Oberlin College, it does provide a fairly accurate
and brief bio-sketch in other regards. (http://www.gospelcom.net/dacb/stories/southafrica/dube1_johnl.html)
A Familiar Talk Upon My Native Land, Rochester, N.Y.: R.M. Swinburne & Co. 1891?, O.C.A. (Oberlin College Library Special Collections), John L. Dube’s own work is an excellent primary source for anyone compiling a history of Dube. Not only is this an important historical work, it also offers its readers an insight into the man, and the person that was John Dube.
The New York Times and The Oberlin Review provided important primary news sources. The Booker T. Washington Papers were helpful in understanding Washington and Dube’s relationship.
The Oberlin College Archives has an extensive Student File on John Dube. The Oberlin College Special Collections has Dube’s first published work, A Familiar Talk Upon My Native Land. Thanks to everyone at the Oberlin College Archives and Special Collections for all your help finding these materials.
Special thanks to Carol Lasser, Oberlin College Professor of History, Gary Kornblith, Oberlin College Professor of History, for making this happen. And to Professor of African American Studies James Millette for introducing me to this topic.