Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

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African-Americans at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Drama

Earl Anthony (1940- ). Manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and professional material from the playwright, author and activist, including several items regarding the African People’s Repertory Theater.

Floyd Barbour (1938-2008). Manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material from the playwright and historian of the Black Power movement.

Lonne Elder III (1927-1996). Manuscripts and other items from the playwright and screenwriter, including his Drama Desk Award-winning play Ceremonies in Dark Old Men and his Academy Award-nominated screenplay for the film Sounder.

Avon Long (1910-1984). A small collection of printed items and other material regarding the actor.

Loften Mitchell (1919-2001). Manuscripts and other items from an early leader of the black theater movement, including his landmark history Voices of the Black Theater.

Novels

Barry Beckham (1944- ). An extensive collection of manuscripts, correspondence, and other papers of a prominent novelist, educator, and publisher. Partially restricted.

Hal Bennett (1936-2004). Manuscripts for three novels, including his acclaimed work Lord of Dark Places.

Hal Bennett (1936-2004). Manuscripts for three novels, including his acclaimed work Lord of Dark Places.

Samuel R. Delany (1942- ). A large collection of manuscripts, letters, diaries, notebooks, printed material, and other items from the legendary writer of science-fiction, fantasy, memoir, and literary criticism. Currently closed to researchers.

Rosa Guy (1923- ). Manuscripts from the award-winning author, including six unpublished novels, as well as various short stories, articles, interviews, and speeches.

Gayl Jones (1949- ). Several manuscripts of various works by the groundbreaking, acclaimed novelist and poet, including her novels Eva’s Man and Mosquito.

John Oliver Killens (1916-1987). Manuscripts for several works, including his Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel And Then We Heard the Thunder.

Ann Petry (1908-1997). Manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, audio recordings, and personal memorabilia from the pioneering writer, including drafts of her novels Country Place and The Narrows, as well as her biography of Harriet Tubman.
Robert Deane Pharr (1916-1992). The manuscript for Pharr’s acclaimed novel The Book of Numbers.

Carlene Polite (1932- ). Drafts and notebooks for Polite’s groundbreaking and influential novel The Flagellants.

Henry Van Dyke (1928- ). The manuscript for Van Dyke’s acclaimed novel Ladies of the Rachmaninoff Eyes.

Dorothy West (1907-1998). Correspondence and photographs from the prominent writer and important contributor to the Harlem Renaissance. The papers include letters from Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston; also present is a short manuscript by Countee Cullen.

Frank Yerby (1916-1991). Manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material from the best-selling, prolific novelist, including drafts of The Dahomean as well as several unpublished works.

Poetry

Nikki Giovanni (1943- ). A large collection of manuscripts, correspondence, printed items, and other material, comprehensively documenting the long career of one of America’s greatest poets. Currently closed to researchers.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967). Manuscripts and other material from the legendary poet and author of the Harlem Renaissance.

Ted Joans (1928-2003). Manuscripts for several poems, includes audio recordings of Joans reading his work.

Bob Kaufman (1925-1986). Manuscripts, printed items, and several audio recordings of readings from this significant member of the Beat Generation.

Sonia Sanchez (1934- ). Photographs and published writings from the legendary and influential poet.

Afaa Michael Weaver (1951- ). An extensive collection of manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, printed material, photographs, professional material, and other material from an acclaimed poet, writer, and educator. Partially restricted.

Music

Martina Arroyo (1937- ). Audio recordings, scrapbooks, reviews, awards, and other items from one of the great American sopranos.

Cab Calloway (1907-1994). An extensive collection of interviews, scrapbooks, music scores, programs, photographs, and other items, documenting the life of a pioneers of jazz music. Currently closed to researchers.

Mark Fax (1911-1974). Musical and prose manuscripts, printed material, notebooks, programs, and other material from the important composer, including material for his acclaimed operatic history of the African-American experience, ‘Til Victory is Won.

Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996). Musical manuscripts and photographs from one of the all-time great jazz vocalists.

Denyce Graves (1963- ). An extensive collection of correspondence, professional material, programs, photographs, awards, and other items, documenting the life and career of this acclaimed operatic and popular vocalist.

Politics, Public Affairs, and Social Activism

Senator Edward W. Brooke (1919- ). Correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, professional material, and other items from the former Senator from Massachusetts.

Matthew W. Bullock (1881-1972). Scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, and other items from a pioneering Massachusetts lawyer and public official.

Horace Cayton (1903-1970). The manuscript for Cayton’s memoir Long Old Road, by an important sociologist, educator, and author.

Camp Atwater. Correspondence, records, photographs, and other documents regarding the oldest and most prestigious African-American summer camp in the country, located in New Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Edward O. Gourdin (1897-1966). Correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and other items from the trailblazing Massachusetts Olympian athlete, war hero, and superior court judge.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). A large collection of manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, printed material, financial and legal papers, a small number of photographs and other items dating from 1947 to 1963.

Lawrence E. Lucas (1933- ). Manuscripts, printed material, and other items from the prominent Roman Catholic Priest, including drafts of his memoir Black Priest, White Church.

Conrad Lynn (1908-1995). An extensive collection of case files, correspondence, manuscripts, printed items, and other material regarding the work of this important civil rights lawyer, from the 1950s through the 1970s.

E. Frederic Morrow (1909-1994). Correspondence and other papers from the first African-American to achieve an executive position in the White House and the first black vice president at Bank of America.

Julian D. Steele (1906-1970). A rich collection of manuscripts, correspondence, professional documents, photographs, and other items regarding this significant Massachusetts activist and public official. Includes significant material on the Boston chapter of the NAACP.

Howard Thurman (1900-1981). A large collection of manuscripts, correspondence, subject files, audio recordings, and other items regarding an important and influential American clergyman, theologian, author, and civil rights leader.

Sue Bailey Thurman (1903-1996). Manuscripts, subject files, correspondence, personal memorabilia, and photographs from this pioneering historian, editor, author, and feminist.

Sterling Tucker (1923- ). An extensive collection of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, audio recordings, scrapbooks, notes, and other items from a prominent politician and civil rights activist.

Clifton R. Wharton (1899-1990). Scrapbooks, documents, photographs, and other items regarding this groundbreaking diplomat -- the first African-American chief of a diplomatic mission to a European nation.

Business and Economics

Berkeley G. Burrell (1919-1979). Various documents regarding the National Business League in the 1960s.

D. Parke Gibson (1930-1979). Manuscripts for Gibson’s pioneering study of African-American consumer behavior, $30 Billion in the Black.

Education

Marianna W. Davis (1929- ). Manuscripts, research material, correspondence, professional material, and other items from this prominent educator, author, and college administrator.

Edward S. Lewis (1901-1986). Manuscripts, correspondence, and various other documents regarding Lewis’s work with the National Urban League and the National Cooperative Education Association.

History and Culture

James Haskins (1941-2005). An extensive collection of manuscripts, research material, correspondence, audio recordings, printed material, and other items from this prolific historian of African-American life.

Jesse J. Johnson (1914-2006). Manuscripts, photographs, and printed items regarding Col. Johnson’s works on African-Americans in the U.S. military.

George R. Metcalf (1914-2001). Manuscripts for Metcalf’s important histories Up From Within: Today’s New Black Leaders, as well as Metcalf’s manuscripts and research files for From Little Rock to Boston and Fair Housing Comes of Age.

Lindsay Patterson

Alfred P. Russell (1881-1978). Correspondence, diaries, photographs, professional material, and other papers from this prominent Boston dentist. Includes letters from William Monroe Trotter, Sen. Edward Brooke, and others.

Edward Starr Collection. An important collection of 18th and 19th century pamphlets and other writings regarding the slave trade and the abolitionist movement.

Henry C. Turner (1852-1919) and Family. Photographs, documents, and various other items regarding a 19th century African-American Massachusetts entrepreneur and his family.

Journalism

Della Hardman (1922-2005). An extensive collection of manuscripts, photographs, printed items, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and other items from this prominent Massachusetts journalist and educator.

Alex Poinsett (1926- ). A small collection of research and subject files, manuscripts, printed materials
William Monroe Trotter

Nursing

Elizabeth M. Carnegie
Vernice Ferguson
Eva M. Noles

Visual Arts

E. Simms Campbell
Elton Fax

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