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The Ishmael Reed Papers
IV. Editing and Publishing, 1965-1992
Extent: 11.2 linear ft.
Contents: Poetry, fiction, essays, correspondence, newspapers, magazines, clippings, typescripts, galleys, proofs, paste ups, blue lines, books, photographs, drawings, artwork, notes, flyers, financial papers, legal papers.
Arrangement: Series IV. Editing and Publishing has been divided into seven subseries. Series IV.1. Early Projects has been arranged chronologically with some exceptions. Series IV.2. Yardbird has been subdivided into compilations under this name and the individually authored Wing Editions. Within these subheadings, arrangement is chronological. Series IV.3. I. Reed Books has been arranged alphabetically by author's last name, then by title, where applicable, with few exceptions. Series IV.4. Reed, Cannon and Johnson includes papers from a brief period in which the publishing house was known only as Reed Cannon. This period has been isolated in a subheading, and both subheadings have been arranged in chronological order with few exceptions. Series IV.5. Quilt has been arranged chronologically by publication. With the exception of River Styx (with which Reed was loosely associated), which falls at the end of the subseries, Series IV.6. Miscellaneous Publishing is arranged chronologically. Series IV.7. Submissions has been arranged alphabetically by author, with subheadings of Unsolicited Submissions and Miscellaneous.
Reed's extensive editing and publishing activities are richly, although a bit unevenly, documented in Series IV. Little except references in correspondence and clippings exist for the earliest efforts, which include collaborating on the book The Rise, Fall, and...? of Adam Clayton Powell (1967), and editing the Newark, New Jersey, newspaper Advance and the underground newspaper The East Village Other. Information on Reed's activities during these years can be obtained from his autobiographical writing in Series I, however. The anthology Reed edited, 19 Necromancers from Now, is better documented with some typescript and correspondence.
Reed's later publishing activities, including publications of Yardbird Press, Yardbird Wing Editions, Reed Cannon and Johnson, I. Reed Books, and the magazines Quilt and Konch, are more fully documented with correspondence, business and legal records, publicity and advertising copy, draft and corrected typescripts from contributors, and paste-ups and setting copy. There is also a subseries of manuscripts, some designated "unsolicited," associated with Reed's multiple and sometimes overlapping publishing ventures. Submissions throughout the series represent a significant contribution from minority writers through the 1960s and 1970s.
31 Series IV. Editing and publishing, 1965-1992 Series IV.1. Early projects, 1965-1970 F1 The Rise, Fall, and...? of Adam Clayton Powell, 1967 F2 Advance, 1965 Removals to oversize small. F2a East Village Other, 1966 - 1969 See also Series XI. Media. Removals to oversize small. 19 Necromancers From Now, 1965-1990 F3 Intro drafts,  F4 Contents, drafts, bios, [1969-1970] F5 Cover copy, galleys Removal to galley box. F6 Correspondence, reviews, publicity, permissions, 1969-1970 F6a The Amistad, prospectus,  Series IV.2. Yardbird, 1970-1980 F7 Board of directors, 1971-1978 F8 Correspondence, 1972-1979 F9 Mixed correspondence, ca. 1974-1980 F10 Mixed correspondence, ca. 1981-1985 F11 Mixed notes and business correspondence, 1976, 1979-1981 F12 Unused submissions and related correspondence (I), 1976-1979 F13 Unused submissions and related correspondence (II), 1977-1978 F14 Receipts, 1972-1978 F15 Master copies, n.d. F16 Publicity (I), 1971-1974 Removals to oversize small. F17 Publicity (II), 1975 Removals to oversize small. 31 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.2. Yardbird (cont'd) F18 Advertising (I), 1974-1975 F19 Advertising (II), 1976-1978 Removals to oversize small. F20 Reviews and responses (I), 1972-1974 F21 Reviews and responses (II), 1975-1978 Removals to oversize small. F22 Reviews and responses collection, 1972-1976 F23 Miscellaneous clippings and announcements, 1972-1979 F24 Pushcart prize, 1980 F25 Legal proceedings, 1977-1979 F26 Financial records, 1972-1977 F27 Partnership agreement, 1977 32 Yardbird Reader #1, 1972-1973 F28 Miscellaneous typescripts and copies F29 Miscellaneous correspondence and notes, 1972-1973 F30 Copies (I) prose F31 Copies (II) poetry F32 Edited typescript copy F33 Yardbird #2, n.d. Yardbird #3, n.d. F34 Edited copy F35 Ad copy and cover design 32 Series IV. Editing and Publishing (cont'd) Series IV.2. Yardbird (cont'd) Yardbird #4, 1975 F36 Correspondence, contributors, contents F36a Contents F37 Art, photography, printing F38 Setting copy (I) F39 Setting copy (II) F40 Miscellaneous paste-ups and proofs F41 Paste-up proofs, p. 1-95 F42 Paste-up proofs, p. 96-195 F43 Book and reviews Yardbird #5, 1976 F44 Miscellaneous notes, contents, advertising F44a Contents 33 F45 Galleys and paste-ups Removals to oversize small. F46 Book, bound proof, and correction notes F47 Best of Yardbird contents and miscellaneous typescripts F48 Miscellaneous typescripts and correspondence, c.1976 F49 "Editing Yardbird" typescript F50 Yardbird Lives, 1978-1979 Removals to oversize small. 33 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.2. Yardbird (cont'd) Yardbird Magazine, 1978-1980 F51 Yardbird Magazine correspondence and miscellaneous typescripts, 1978-1980 Yardbird Magazine #1 F52 Contributors' biographical information F53 Miscellaneous typescript and setting copy F54 Edited typescripts (I) F55 Edited typescripts (II) F56 Corrected page proofs F57 "Archetype" paste-ups and printed copy (Some items removed to oversize) Yardbird Magazine #2 F58 Book, poster, and printing bill, 1978 Removals to oversize small and large. F59 Photographs and ordered typescripts Wing Editions, 1970-1980 F60 Advertising and correspondence Removals to oversize small. F61 Business records F62 Youth Law Handbook, William Samuels, 1976 Changing All Those Changes, James P. Girard F63 Manuscript and setting copy F64 Negative, photograph, and paste-ups F65 Galleys and page proofs (Some removed to oversize small) F66 Defective copies Calafia F67 Poems and notes F68 California poets research (I), 1976 F69 California poets research (II) F70 California poets research (III) F71 "To xerox and place in anthology," n.d. F72 Editor notes F73 Author biographical cards and notes, n.d. F74 Permissions notes and correspondence, 1976-1977 33 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.2. Yardbird (cont'd) Wing Editions (cont'd) Calafia (cont'd) F75 "Working file" with permissions correspondence, 1977-1978 F76 Anonymous 34 Calafia Poets & Bios F77 A-B F78 C-D F79 E-H F80 I-K F81 L-M F82 N-R F83 S-T F84 V-Z F85 Miscellaneous F86 Folders and envelopes, n.d. Calafia introduction F87 Draft pages and notes F88 Draft pages, notes, introduction, n.d. F89 "Is the Only Cultural Advantage...," c. 1970 F90 Callahan F91 Ortiz, Wong, Yamauchi, Anderson, Young, 1977 F92 Table of contents, n.d. Calafia Collected Copy #1 F93 Introductions F94 A-B F95 C-F F96 G-L F97 M-R F98 S-T F99 V-Z 34 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.2. Yardbird (cont'd) Wing Editions (cont'd) Calafia (cont'd) Calafia Typesetting Copy F100 Title, contents, acknowledgments F101 Bios A-H F102 Bios I-R F103 Bios S-Z F104 Paste-up pages and typesetting notes F105 Corrected galleys (I) Introduction-p.50 35 F106 Corrected galleys (II) p. 51-141 F107 Corrected galley (III) p. 142-end F108 Corrected page proofs (I) p. title-249 F109 Corrected page proofs (II) p. 250-end F110 Publicity F111 Reviews and responses, 1979-1980 Lay My Body on the Line, Floyd Salas F112 Part I, 1978 F113 Part II, 1978 F114 Part III, 1978 F115 Setting copy, 1978 F116 Paperback, 1978 Series IV.3. I. Reed Books, 1979-1988 F117 Cosby grant F118 Proposal: "Black Men Talk Back," n.d. F119 Publicity, 1980-1982 Removals to oversize small and large. F120 Publicity, 1984-1988 Removals to oversize small. F121 Miscellaneous F122 The Sidney Poet Heroical, Amiri Baraka, 1979 Cover designs and correspondence. Removals to oversize small. 35 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.3. I. Reed Books (cont'd) F123 Heat Bird, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge Random Possession, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge F124 Typescript, 1979 F124a Photocopy typescript, signed F125 Photocopy, 1979 F125a Paste ups Removals to oversize large. F126 Galleys, 1979 F127 Correspondence and reviews, 1978-1981 What Moon Drove Me To This?, Joy Harjo F128 Correspondence, reviews, and cover design Removals to oversize small. F129 Photocopy typescript F130 Paste-ups Winters Without Snow, Colleen McElroy F131 Correspondence and art, 1978-1981 F132 Setting copy F133 Proofs, book, and paste ups Removals to oversize large. 36 Yolanda and the Strange Objects, Lezley Saar F134 Typescript with drawings F135 Photocopy with drawings F136 Paste-ups Removals to oversize small. F137 Correspondence, photo, and review, 1979 Snake-Back Solos, Quincy Troope F138 Paste-ups, 1979 F139 Photo, cover, and reviews, 1979 Removals to oversize small. 36 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.3. I. Reed Books (cont'd) Homebase, Shawn Wong F140 Correspondence and reviews, 1979-1982 Removals to oversize small. F141 Bound photocopied typescript with corrections, 1979 F141a Bound typescript with corrections, 1978 F142 Paste-ups, 1979 Removals to oversize small. F143 Books, 1979 and 1982 Rhinestone Sharecropping, Bill Gunn F144 Typescript, 1981 F145 Correspondence, press release, and reviews, 1982 The Bathers, Lorenzo Thomas F146 Correspondence, cover design, publicity, reviews, Dracula, 1981 F147 Typescript, 1981 Secrets, Gossip & Slander, Carol Bergé F148 Typescript, press release, correspondence, 1983 F149 Photocopied proofs, 1984 F149a Book F150 Publicity, 1984 A Lagoon Is In My Back Yard, Sister Goodwin F151 Typescript F151a Publicity, 1985 Peeling: Poems, Yuri Kageyama F152 Paste-ups, 1988 F152a Reviews, ca. 1988 F153 Changing the River, Alex Kuo, 1986-1987 37 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.4. Reed, Cannon, & Johnson, 1974-1987 Reed & Cannon F154 Personal Problems F155 Correspondence, 1974-1979 F156 Business documents, 1981-1983 F157 Announcements, 1979-1986 F158 Information, 1983-1987 F159 Clippings regarding black writers and publishing, 1975-1984 Reed, Cannon & Johnson F160 Business documents, 1974-1978 F161 General files and announcements Removals to oversize small. F162 Press releases F163 Correspondence F164 Correspondence with Al Young, 1976 F165 Reviews, 1974-1976 F166 Reviews 1977-1978 F167 Information, Two Hands News, 1976-1979 Francisco, Alison Mills F168 Photographss, ads, and reviews, part I, 1974 F169 Photographs, ads, and reviews, part II, 1974 Tropicalization, Victor Hern ndez Cruz F170 Correspondence, cover, layout, and reviews, 1976 Removals to oversize small. F171 Typescript photocopy, 1976 F172 Page proofs, corrected, 1976 F173 Black Picture Show, Bill Gunn, 1976 Correspondence, playbill, and reviews. Removals to oversize small. F174 Medicine Man, Calvin Hernton, 1976 Correspondence, prospectus, and reviews. 37 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.4. Reed, Cannon, & Johnson (cont'd) F175 Jambalaya: Four Poets, 1976 Photographs, manuscript, correspondence, prospectus, and reviews. Removals to oversize small. Love Story Black, William Demby F176 Correspondence and notes, 1978-1980 F177 Original, part I, 1978 F178 Original, part II, 1978 F179 Typescript with corrections, part I, 1978 F180 Typescript with corrections, part II, 1978 F181 Setting copy, 1978 F181a Review, n.d. The Crisis of Possession In Voodoo, Louis Mars F182 Manuscript, 1977 F183 Original French text Removals to oversize small. F184 Correspondence, proofs, articles, and cover, 1977 Removals to oversize small. F185 Paste-ups Hoodoo Medicine, Faith Mitchell F186 Proofs and book, 1978 F187 Paste ups and cover design, 1978 Removals to oversize small. F188 Correspondence, photograph, reviews, and press release, 1975-1980 F189 Miscellaneous photos, n.d. 38 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.5. Quilt, 1981-1987 F190 Quilt correspondence, 1981-1987 Quilt #1 F191 Miscellaneous F192 Manuscript F192a Paste-ups, part I F192b Paste-ups, part II F192c Paste-ups, part III F192d Paste-ups, part IV F193 Introduction and notes F194 Osing, Gordon, "To the Lady from the Boundary Waters" F195 Gonz lez, Genaro, "A Bad Back" F196 Jeffers, Lance, The Blues and Rachmaninoff (excerpt) F197 Bernikow, Louise, "Woman as Saxophone" F198 Simpson, Mona, "A Small Incident" F199 Komunyakaa, Yusef, Three poems F200 Brown, Cecil M., "Plate Du Jour: Soul Food: Truman Capote on Black Culture, an Interview" F201 Damas, Leon G., "Hiccup" (translated by B. Szerlip) F202 Reveaux, Anthony, "Blacks and Reds and Whites in Cartoons" F203 Reviews, correspondence, and art F204 Miscellaneous Quilt #2 F205 Cover design and manuscript F206 Manuscript, blue lines with notes, and publicity F207 Proofs, part I F208 Proofs, part II F209 Proofs, part I F210 Proofs, part II F210a Paste ups Removals to oversize large. 38 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.5. Quilt (cont'd) Quilt #3 F211 Prospectus, ads, and reviews F212 Paste-ups, part I, cover layout Removals to oversize small. F213 Paste-ups, part II F214 Quilt #4 Reviews and publicity. F215 Quilt #5 Proofs, art, correspondence, and reviews. F216 Quilt miscellaneous Best of Quilt 39 F217 Table of contents, Y'Bird 1 F218 Y'bird 2 F219 Quilt 1 F220 Quilt 2 F221 Quilt 3 F222 Quilt 4 F223 Quilt 5 Best of Quilt paste ups F224 Table of contents, Y'Bird 1 F225 Y'bird 2 F226 Quilt 1 F227 Quilt 2 F228 Quilt 3 F229 Quilt 4 F230 Quilt 5 39 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.6. Miscellaneous editing and publishing, 1972-1992 F231 Dues, 1972-1974 F232 Before Columbus Foundation Removals to oversize small. F233 Konch, 1992 F234 The Argonaut, 1992 Review. F235 Ishmael Reed Publishing, 1989-1990 F236 River Styx, 1981-1984 F236a Unidentified miscellaneous Removals to oversize large. 40 Series IV.7. Submissions, 1974-1982 F237 Barlow, George, 1974 F238 Brown, Cecil, "Two Niggers" F239 Cannon, Steve, "King Kong as a Nigger," Voo Doo Gumbo (The F Layer) A Hoo Doo Mystery!, poems. F240 Hagedorn, Jessica, "Bump City" F241 Harper, Michael F242 Loftis, N.J., The Immortal and the Damned, 1978 F243 Mitchell, Faith, 1979 F244 Nazareth, Peter, X 40 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.7. Submissions (cont'd) F245 Roth, Henry, "O Sweet Saturday Sonnet" F246 Salas, Floyd, "Las Palmas" and assorted poems, 1977. F247 Shange, Ntozake, New Daughters, 1974 F248 Shange, Ntozake, 8 pieces and 'a photograph' / other forms, 1978 F249 Anthology suggestions, and photocopies from original publications Unsolicited submissions Burkhalter, Mary, The 500th Year of Reason, 1978 F250 Part I F251 Part II Chin, Frank, Charlie Chan On Maui F253 Part I F254 Part II F255 Part III F256 Chin, Frank, Gee Pop. F257 Gee, Terry, "Love Always, Dragon," 1982 F258 Hubenthal, Mahlon, Coyote and Platinum Blonde, 1978 F259 Johnson, Mark S., Quiet Broadwway F260 Lockett, Reginald, 1979 Nieh, Hualing, Two Women of China F261 Part I F262 Part II F263 Part III F264 Part IV 40 Series IV. Editing and publishing (cont'd) Series IV.7. Submissions (cont'd) Unsolicited submissions (cont'd) F265 Nomathemba, Ojen-dea, Cadre F266 Weathers, Diane Miscellaneous F267 Part I, 1970s F268 Part II
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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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Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
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