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The Ishmael Reed Papers
V. Academic, 1967-1994
Extent: 2 linear ft.
Contents: Notes, letters, forms, newspapers, magazines, clippings, brochures, manuscripts, flyers, catalogs, certificates.
Arrangement: Series V.1. Chronological Teaching Files are generally in chronological order, with some overlap created by folders representing more than one semester or school year. Series V.2. Information and Resources are divided into two sub-headings, Afro-American Studies and Teaching Materials. There is also a small amount of correspondence related to teaching in Series V.3. Teaching Correspondence. This correspondence is a small and limited collection, however. The General Correspondence files in Series VIII. should be consulted for more correspondence related to academic activities. The Recommendations files in Series VIII. should also be consulted for correspondence concerning of recommendations and references, including those for students and academic colleagues.
The Academic series consists of materials directly related to Ishmael Reed's regular teaching assignments. These include course lists, departmental correspondence and announcements, syllabi and reading lists, lecture notes, and student papers. They generally do not include materials pertaining to short-term (less than an academic semester or session) visiting writer or lecturer appointments. Those are included in Series VI. Appearances.
Series V.1. The Chronological Teaching Files begins with materials from his appointment as a visiting instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle during the winter of 1969. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley in the spring of 1969. Files from 1974 to 1993 document his regular teaching assignments at Berkeley and his appeals for a permanent assignment there. He was given security of employment as a lecturer in 1987. Reed also accepted appointments as visiting instructor at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo (1975, 1980), Washington University in St. Louis (1977), Dartmouth College (1980, 1981), Harvard University (1986-1987), University of California at Santa Barbara as Regents' Lecturer (1988-1989), and University of Washington (1989). These temporary assignments were often in winter and summer sessions when he was not at Berkeley.
The methods and effects of Reed's teaching are documented by student papers, many with his corrections and comments; student evaluation forms; and letters and notes from students to Reed and to University administrators about the quality of his teaching. There is instructional material for some classes, including photocopies of reading assignments; holograph lecture notes, and reading lists. Reed taught both English and African-American studies, and the contents of a substantial file of African-American resources, including newsletters, catalogs, and announcements is included in this series. Letters, notes, syllabi and reading lists from colleagues which demonstrate Reed's involvement in the academic community are contained in this series where they are directly related to a particular teaching assignment or time period. There are a few carbon copies of typed letters from Reed, generally to administrators or colleagues, in this series.
Teaching materials and resources which are not directly associated with particular classes are located in Series V.2. Reed taught both English and Afro-American studies, and the contents of a substantial file of African-American resources, including newsletters, catalogs, and announcements is located in this subseries. Stories and essays presumed to be photocopied for classroom use and the contents of a file labeled "other people's teaching materials" are also included here.
Series V.3. consists of two folders of correspondence. The first contains undated information from the American Association of University Professors. The second is a small file of letters and information about potential teaching opportunities for Reed. See Series VIII for additional correspondence from his students and professional colleagues.
40 Series V. Academic files, 1967-1994 Series V.1. Chronological teaching files, 1968-1994 University of Washington, Seattle, 1968-1969 F1 Correspondence and information, 1968-1969 F2 Course materials, 1968-1969 F3 University of California at Berkeley, 1969 Spring F4 "Short story class" (unidentified), 1973 University of California at Berkeley, 1974-1975 F5 Teaching, 1974 Fall F6 Report: Undergraduate Perspectives, 1975 Jun F7 California Monthly Alumni magazine, correspondence, 1975 F8 State University of New York at Buffalo, 1975 University of California at Berkeley, 1975-1977 F9 1975 Fall F10 1976 Winter F11 Tenure files, 1976-1977 F12 1977 Winter F13 1977 Spring F14 Washington University, St. Louis, 1977 University of California at Berkeley, 1978-1980 F15 Student anthology: Let it Fly, 1978-1981 F16 Teaching, 1978-1979 F17 Teaching, 1979 Fall F18 Tenure files, 1979 F19 Teaching, 1980 Spring 41 Index to Johnson Microfilm Collection, 1980 Copy of an index prepared for the George P. Johnson collection of microfilmed materials relating to Blacks in entertainment, sports, and the arts. Collection is in the General Library at Berkeley. F20 (I) A-J F21 (II) K-Z and addenda 41 Series V. Academic files (cont'd) Series V.1. Chronological teaching files (cont'd) Dartmouth College F22 1980 Summer F23 Lecture notes, 1980-1981 F24 1981 Summer State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980-1981 F25 Teaching, 1980 Fall F26 Buff. SUNY Buffalo literary journal, issues #1 and #2, 1981 University of California at Berkeley, 1981-1989 F27 1981 Winter F28 Student anthology materials, 1981 Spring F29 1981 Fall F30 1982 Winter F31 1982 Fall F32 1983 Winter F33 1983 Spring F34 1983 Fall F35 Tenure file, 1983 F36 1984 Spring F37 1984 Fall F38 1985 Winter F39 1985 Spring F40 1985 Fall F41 Professional file, c1985 F42 1986 Spring F43 1986 Fall F44 Student writing: Forest John Castle, c1986 F45a Harvard University, 1986-1987 F45b Yale University, -1990 University of California at Berkeley, 1987-1988 F46 1987 Fall F47 Evaluations, 1987 41 Series V. Academic files (cont'd) Series V.1. Chronological teaching files (cont'd) Evaluation forms returned from tenure review, 1988 Forms were collected and reviewed from the years 1981-1986. Foldered by class. F48 1981 Fall: 143A F49 1982 Winter: 143A F50 1983 Spring: 143A F51 1983 Fall: 43B F52 1983 Fall: 143A F53 1983 Winter: 143A F54 1984 Fall: 143A F55 1984 Fall: 43B F56 1985 Fall: 143A F57 1985 Fall: 43B F58 1986 Fall: 43B F59 1986 Fall: 143A F60 1988 Spring F61 1988 Fall F62 1989 Spring F63 University of California at Santa Barbara, Regents Lecturer, 1988-1989 F64 University of Washington, Summer 1989 University of California at Berkeley, 1989-1994 F65 1989 Fall F66 1990 Spring F67 1990 Fall F68a 1991 Spring F68b 1992 Evaluation forms returned from review, 1993 Student evaluation forms were gathered and reviewed from the years 1987-1991. They are foldered separately by class. F69 1987 Fall: 43B F70 1998 Spring: 43B F71 1988 Spring: 143A F72 1988 Fall: 43B F73 1989 Spring: 43B F74 1990 Fall: 43B F75 1991 Spring: 43B 41 Series V. Academic files (cont'd) Series V.1. Chronological teaching files (cont'd) University of California at Berkeley, 1989-1994 (cont'd) 1994 Spring F76 Teaching files F77 Re-entry mentor award certificates F78 UC Berkeley undated Series V.2. Information and resources, 1976-1985 and n.d. Afro-American Studies 42 F79 Berkeley Afro-American Studies department F80 The Source. Newsletter of the Berkeley Afro-Americans Studies Undergraduate Association, 1983-1985 F81 CAAS Newletter. UCLA Center for Afro-American Studies, 1982-1985 F82 Gifts from Ileife F83 Miscellaneous Clippings, book ads, book lists F84 (I) F85 (II) F86 (III) F87 (IV) F88 (V) F89 (VI) F90 (VII) Teaching Materials F91 "The Ben Ishmael Tribe" F92 Black Literature and Literary Theory, Henry Louis Gates, Jr ed. F93 "The Mouse-Trap" F94 "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" F95 The People Named the Chippewa F96 The Third Life of Grange Copeland F97 "The Year 1912" F98 Chinese Stories F99 "Other Peoples" F100 Richard Wright 42 Series V. Academic files (cont'd) Series V.3 Correspondence, 1967-1986 F101 American Association of University Professors F102 Teaching Position inquiries 1970-1986 F103 University letters to Reed, 1975-1986
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The Ishmael Reed Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 398
Accessioned: Purchases, 1980-1995.
Extent: 65 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, novels, plays, poems, essays, reviews, speeches, magazines, posters, clippings, brochures, flyers, broadsides, photographs, artwork, books, galley and page proofs, financial documents, catalogs, programs, photocopies, sound recordings, schedules, comic books, notes, transcripts, awards, certificates, minutes, audiovisual recordings, and miscellaneous ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1998-1999 by Shiela Pardee, completed by Anita Wellner.
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