updated again: Found new picture of Eva Dykes. Amherst has uploaded a huge number of photographs from Du Bois’ Crisis and Personal files. It’s great. 3-19-2010
updated: Added a link to the edition of The Crisis on google books in which the picture of Dykes appears. 2/14/2010
Three black women received their Ph.D.s in 1921, making all three “firsts.” One, Sadie Mossell Alexander, was from a prominent Philadelphia family and went on to an influential career. She was shut out of economic work, what she got her Ph.D. in, but returned to school for a law degree and eventually became a judge. Her papers, and those of her husband, are stored at the University of Pennsylvania.
But the other two, Eva B. Dykes and Georgiana Simpson, seemed locked in a kind of mist where a short biography gets mentioned every where “firsts” are discussed, but not much else is known. I’m too lazy at the moment to look it up (and given Wikipedia’s track record with African Americans, I won’t link–I’ve had to fix its posts several times. Interested folks look at this in your local library), but I do think there is a bit more known about Dykes than Simpson (I wanted to study Simpson at the beginning of my diss process, but couldn’t find enough). Anywho, the point of this post is to tell anyone interested that there is a gorgeous photograph of Dykes in the July 1914 edition of The Crisis, p140. It is a graduation picture from Howard University. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Dykes.