Special Collections Department
The Ishmael Reed Papers
VIII. Literary and Professional Correspondence, 1963-1995
Extent: 3 linear ft.
Contents: Letters, cards, postcards, drawings, notes, clippings, photographs, brochures, flyers.
Arrangement: Series VIII.1, Individual Correspondence, is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent. Series VIII.2, General Correspondence, has two subseries: letters to Ishmael Reed, and letters from Ishmael Reed. Each subseries is arranged chronologically by folder and within folder, with undated materials for each year at the end. Undated letters which were originally contained in a dated folder remain with the folders for that year or span of years. Other undated materials are in separate folders at the end of the subseries. Series VIII.3, Requests, has five subseries: Submission Requests, Requests to Comment, Permission to Publish, Recommendations, and Miscellaneous Requests. Each subseries is in chronological order. The remaining series are also in chronological order: Series VIII.4, Literary Information; Series VIII.5, Invitations; and Series VIII.6; Rejection Slips.
The Literary and Professional Correspondence subsection contains correspondence relating to Reed's professional life and concerns in general, but not necessarily or primarily concerned with specific projects. Materials of many kinds are included, ranging from theoretical discussion with colleagues to requests for autographs. There are letters from every period of Reed's writing career, from just before the publication of his first novel, The Freelance Pallbearers (1967) through the publication of Japanese by Spring (1993). This series is particularly important in documenting Reed's literary reputation and the effect of his writing, appearances, and collaborative projects on his peers and his readers.
The Individual Correspondence series (VIII.1) is formed from the author's files on individual correspondents or from letters removed from other sections of the collection, presumably because the correspondents were perceived to be of particular literary or historical interest. In some cases, folders for a correspondent include other materials, such as clippings, manuscripts, resumes, recommendation forms, and letters or copies of letters from others which relate to the named correspondent. In a few cases, a letter or copy of a letter from Ishmael Reed to the correspondent is included, although most letters from Reed are in the General Correspondence subseries. Correspondents include artists, such as Bettye Saar and Gerald Duane Coleman, and musicians, such as Ortiz Walton and Johnny Otis, as well as writers and academics.
The General Correspondence series (VIII.2) is based on the author's chronological files. These folders were dated with a year or span of years only. Items are arranged in chronological order within the folders, and additional correspondence in the collection which relates to general literary and professional concerns has been interfiled in the appropriate folders. In a few cases, folders had more specific labels, and these have been retained. Folders of undated materials not originally belonging to dated folders are at the end of the series, along with a folder of detached pages. There is a variety of correspondence in these files, and some materials related to specific appearances, works, academic duties, and other professional projects is included. Additional correspondence by individuals included in the named correspondence series is also present.
Series VIII.2 is divided into two subseries: letters to Ishmael Reed, and letters from Ishmael Reed. Letters from Reed are generally carbon or photocopies of typed letters, but there are a few in the author's hand. Some outgoing letters contain autograph notations. Others are obviously drafts that were not mailed, and one folder of letters retains the original folder designation, "mailed and unmailed." In some cases, short letters to more than one individual are typed on the same sheet. A few letters of reply to Reed or letters from others relating to his correspondence are included. There are also some letters from Reed which are of a personal rather than a literary or professional nature.
Series VIII.3, Requests, contains letters of specific types such as those requesting permission to publish or reprint Reed's work, or those requesting submission of original work for publication. The arrangement does not distinguish between answered and unanswered letters or between requests to which Reed responded and those he ignored or turned down. In many cases, however, initial correspondence relating to a specific appearance, work, or project is filed with other related materials in the appropriate series. There is also a subseries of Requests to Appear in Series VI. The majority of the letters in the subsection Requests to Comment are those accompanying advance copies of books by other authors with requests for a comment from Reed to use in the book's publicity. The Miscellaneous Requests subsection contains requests for autographs, information, and favors. Letters requesting recommendations for students and colleagues are found in the Recommendations subsection, along with forms, notes, resum‚s, and a few draft letters from Reed. Letters requesting recommendation can also be found in subseries VIII.1 and VIII.2. (Individual and General Correspondence) and in Series V (Academic).
Subseries VIII.4, Literary Information, consists of brochures, flyers, announcements, newsletters, and similar materials sent to Reed. Subseries, VIII.5, Invitations, and VIII.6, Rejection Slips, are based on existing folders of these types of letters. Other invitations and rejection slips can also be found in the Individual and General Correspondence files.
48 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence, 1963-1995 Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence, 1963-1995 F1 Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1988-1989 Letters from Abdul-Jabbar and his staff regarding Reed's novel. F2 Anaya, Rudolpho, 1979-1980 Includes a request for an evaluation of Anaya's work from the University of New Mexico. (4 items) F3 Angelou, Maya, 1976 Telegram congratulating Reed on New York Times article. (1 item) F4 Atwood, Margaret, 1979 1 letter. F5 Baker, Houston, 1974-1977 3 TLSs, 1 ALS from Baker. TL photocopy of draft letter to Black History Museum from Reed addressing Baker's criticism of The Last Days of Louisiana Red with holograph notations (some in another hand) and a signed note to "Joye." F6 Bambara, Toni Cade, 1981-1987 1 TL, 1 TLS, 2 TC, 1 ANS. F7 Banks, Russell, 1989 TLS, ACS. F8 Baraka, Amiri, 1990-1994 Photocopy of "Apartheid At Rutgers: An Open Letter" with AN to Reed and 1 ACS. F9 Barth, John, 1969 and 1980 1 ALS and 1TLS. F10 Barthelme, Donald, 1985 4 TLSs. Two are addressed to Reed, one to "Colleagues," and one to "Committee Members." 48 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F11 Batchelor, John Calvin, n.d. ANS. SOHO Weekly News Letterhead. Additional signature: Ron Whyte. F12 Bellamy, Joe David, 1977; 1992 2 TLSs, 1 ACS to Reed. Photocopy TL to Bellamy from Bob Callahan. F13 Borovsky, Natasha, 1986 1 TLS. F14 Boyle, Kay, 1976-1988 2 ALSs, one with envelope. 2 photocopies TL to Reed. 1 ACS. Photocopy of Boyle's response to Life magazine's "Why are we Here" article with autograph note to Reed about the article. F15 Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1987; 1994 1 ALS and 1ACS. Photocopy of TL from Haki R. Madhubuti concerning Brooks's 70th birthday with autograph signature and greeting from Madhubuti. F16 Brown, Cecil, 1985; n.d. TL, TLS, and note with address. (2 items) F17 Brown, Charles, 1971 The Night Times, October 15-26. Issue with article on Charles Brown, inscribed by Brown. Removed to oversize box. F18 Brown, Claude, 1972-1976 1 ALS. Operation Solidarity business card. TLS from Mickie Mackay, Director of Publicity, Stein and Day Publishers concerning Reed's review of Brown's book The Children of Ham with photocopy of the book's preface. Clipping, "News from Claude Brown," Santa Barbara News-Press, 16 Aug, 1972. Tear sheets of "The Group" by Claude Brown, New York Times Magazine, 16 Dec, 1973 removed to oversize. F19 Brown, Wesley, 1983-1986 1 ALS. Clipping of Brown's review in Voice Literary Supplement (1986) and vita. F20 Brownmiller, Susan, 1984 1 TNS 48 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F21 Bryant, Jerry, 1972-1976 7 TLSs, 1 TLS with missing first page. 1 ALS. Photocopies of Bryant's review of Last Days of Louisiana Red and Bryant's article "Individuality and Fraternity: Novels of William Gardner Smith." F22 Bullins, Ed, 1975 1 TLS, tickets to Bullins's play Daddy, playbill for the one-act plays (A Son, Come Home, Leavings, and The Work Gets Done) by Bullins, copy of Bullins's resumé, and expense report from Bullins for directing Reed's play Savage Wilds. F23 Burrows, Vinie, 1969-1975 1 TLS with holograph note. Brochures on Burrows one-woman show Walk Together Children. 1 TLS. With carbon copies of letters to Sister Mary Hester Valentine, Dr. Richard A. Lawson, and Dr. Ann W. Barnard concerning her show. F24 Callahan, Robert, n.d. 2 TLSs. F25 Cartiér, Xam Wilson; Hayes, Xam Wilson, 1986-1990; n.d. 8 TLSs, 1 ALS, 3 TCSs. Excerpt from Cartiér's Be-Bop, Re-Bop and letter from Chris Cox, Ballantine editor, requesting a comment about the novel from Reed. Photocopy of book jacket for Be-Bop, Re-Bop with Reed's comment. Photocopy of Valerie Smith's review of Cartiér's novel in New York Times Book Review (1987 Dec 13), with an autograph "post-it" note to Reed from Cartiér. Letter from Robert DeMaria, Vassar College English Department to thank Reed for recommending Cartiér for a position there. Blank postcard addressed to Cartiér. AN from Xam Wilson Hayes (phone numbers). F26 Chin, Frank, 1986, 1994 3 TLSs. 1 TL. 1 TLS from Sandra Kalagian, Coffee House Press, requesting a back cover comment for Chin's book Gunga Din Highway. Typed memo from Chin to "Arts and Entertainment" regarding stereotypical portrayal of Chinese. Announcement of death of a colleague, Dorothy Yoshimori. F27 Coleman, Gerald Duane, 1979-1983 2 ALSs, 1 original cartoon by Coleman, promotional materials and photocopied clippings on Coleman's art. A paper bag illustrated with a Coleman drawing has been removed to an oversize box. 48 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F28 Creeley, Robert, 1976 Ts introductory note by Creeley for See All The People by Daniel Zimmerman. F29 Cruz, Victor Hernandez, 1985 1 TLS. Announcement of Cruz/Reed Reading at Walden Pond Books. TLS from Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation thanking Reed for nominating Cruz. F30 Davis, Charles T., 1980 Letter to "Members of the Calhoun Community, Yale University," invitation to Davis's retirement dinner, Davis's vita and sabbatical project proposal. F31 Davis, Thulani, 1973, 1975 TLS, ALS, ANS. F32 Dawson, Fielding, 1971 TCS and photocopy of ad for Dawson's novel The Mandalay Dream with quote from Reed. F33 Eckels, Jon 1972, 1985 4 ALSs. Photocopies of Echels untitled poem and the introduction to his Biography of Ted Cunningham. Photocopy of letter from Reed to Ann Freedgood giving Eckels location at Stanford. F34 Ellis, Trey, 1986 1 TLS. Fabio, Sarah Webster F35 (I), 1970-1972 3 ACSs. Copy of Fabio's conference lecture, "The Black Intellectual and the Crisis in Education in the U.S.A," and correspondence concerning the conference. Program for "Black Writers and their Writing" (1971 Jan 22-24). Newsletter from Reed concerning a publication project. Brochure on artwork of Joe Overstreet. Photocopy TLS from Fabio to Doubleday editor Loretta Barrett. See also: III. Manuscripts by others--Fabio, Sarah Webster and VI. Appearances--1971: Jan 22 F36 (II), 1973-1979 3 TLSs, 6 ALSs, 1ANS. Invitation to Renee Fabio's wedding. Flyer for Cheryl Fabio's photoessay. Copies of petition for an honorary doctorate to Sarah Fabio from Fisk. Tribute to Sarah Fabio program and draft of Reed's remarks. 48 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F37 Fabre, Michel, 1975-1989 6 TLSs from Fabre to Reed. 1 TL from Reed to Fabre. 49 F38 Fair, Ron, 1969-1975 17 TLSs to Reed, 12 ALSs to Reed, 1 TL with page(s) missing from Reed to Fair. Letter to Lynn Deming, Doubleday in reference to Fair's review of Yellow Back Radio Broke Down. Letter from Fran McCullough, Harper & Row, concerning Fair's return from Copenhagen. Copy of letter from Fair to the Guggenheim Foundation with autograph note to Reed. TL(c) concerning publishing project with autograph note to Reed. F39 Farmer, Philip Jose, n.d. TLS (cc) to "Larry" about The Free Lance Pallbearers. F40 Federman, Ray, 1974-1991 1 ALS, 4 TLSs. TLS from Donald W. Rennie, State University of New York at Buffalo, to Reed requesting an evaluation of Federman's qualifications. F41 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence, 1973-1976 1 ALS, 1 TLS, 2 ACSs, and a bookmark announcement of Ferlinghetti's Literary San Francisco. F42a Field, Edward, 1977 Mar 12 TCS. F42b Fiedler, Leslie A., 1976 3 TLSs, 1 to Steve Cannon F43 Foreman, Doyle, n.d. 2 CSs, 1 with TNS. 1 ACS. Invitation to Forman exhibit reception. 1 ink drawing. Matchbook cover and record sleeve with pencil drawings. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F44 Fuller, Hoyt W., 1975-1976 2 TLSs. F45 Gates, Henry Louis, 1974-1992 12 TLSs, 1 ALS to Reed. Photocopy of a review by Gates with AN to Reed. TLS to Sheldon Meyer, Oxford University Press (cc: Ishmael Reed) concerning publication of Harry Hyatt encyclopedia of Hoodoo with introduction by Reed. Memo to John Blassingame and Robert Thompson (cc: Ishmael Reed) concerning Hyatt publication. TLS with missing first page. Photocopies of Gates typescript pages: "Bring Back Amos and Andy" (first page only) and "The Sixth Type of Mask" (incomplete chapter, 11 pp.). TLS from Reeve Parker to Reed requesting a letter of recommendation for Gates with Gates's curriculum vitae. ANS on fax cover sheet from Reed to Gates. F46 Gayle, Addison, n.d. 1 ALS, 1TLS, photocopy of Gayle letter to the editor, New York Times Book Review. Fragment of envelope with Gayle's address. F47 Giddins, Gary, 1986-1989 2 TLSs. F48 Ginsburg, Allen, 1988-1993 I TLS, 1 ALS, 1 envelope. TLS to Reed from Charles Upton concerning the "Ginsberg/Trungpa question." F49 Goldstein, Richard, 1970 2 TLSs. F50 Gomez, Linda, 1976-1988 2 TLSs, 1 ALS. Letter of recommendation for Reed. Gomez's Life business cards. F51 Gover, Robert, 1971; 1975 2 TLSs. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F52 Gross, Ronald, n.d. TLS concerning recantation to New York Times Magazine with copy of recantation. F53 Gunn, Bill, 1980-1984 2 ALSs, 1 TLS to Reed. 1 ALS with envelope to "Gundars" about getting in touch with Reed. Copy of budget sheet for Gunn's "Love Story/Black. Mailgram from Reed to Gunn. F54 Gysin, Brion, 1982 TLS. F55a Hagedorn, Jessica, 1974-1987 5 ALSs, 4 TLSs, 4 ACSs, and 3 TCSs. 2 TLS from Stephen Vincent, Hagedorn's editor, concerning her novel Dangerous Music, and invitation to book party. F55b Haley, Alex, 1983 May 8 ACS inscribed to Tennessee Reed. F56 Halpern, Daniel, 1981-1986 6 TLS. F57 Harper, Michael, 1974-1978 4 TLS. 1 TLS from Harper to Anne Freedgood mentioning Reed. F58 Harris, Jana, 1978 TLS. F59 Harris, William J., 1975-1988 6 TLSs, 5 ALSs, 3 ACSs. Photocopy of Harris review with autograph note to Reed. TLS from Ruth Miller, State University of New York at Stony Brook, to Reed requesting letter of recommendation for Harris. Copies of TLSs to Harris from Edward D. King and Susan McGregor Denny, University of Missouri Press, concerning publication of Harris's proposed work on Ishmael Reed. ALS from Reed to Harris. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F60 Hass, Robert, [n.d.] 1 TLS. F61 Hernton, Calvin, 1987-1991 1TLS F62 Herscovitz, Marcia, 1967-1973 2 TLSs, 5 ALSs, and 2 Handmade cards. ALS to "David" who had been living at "Ish's place." ACS to Carla [Reed]. Page from Look magazine, January 7, 1969, part of "Black Artist" article. F63 Heyer, Bill, 1973-1974 1 ALS, 1 TLS. F64 Himes, Chester and Lesley, 1969-1990 4 ALSs, 2 partial ANS (3 p.), 18 TLSs, 1 CS, 1 ACS, and 1 AN. 2 TLS and 3 ALS from Lesley Himes, and copies of letters from Lesley to "John y Lori" and "Phyllis" written after Chester became bedridden. ACS from Lesley. 1 ANS to Carla [Reed]. ALS from Robin Hall to Ishmael about the return of some keys-- probably used by Chester and Lesley during a stay at the Reeds' home. ALS from Mac Kellar to Ishmael Reed regarding a possible memorial issue for Himes. TLS to Reed from Erroll McDonald of Random House regarding publication of 3 of Himes's novels. Typed draft of a paragraph about Himes. Clippings and photocopies of articles about Himes. Photocopy of an article on Himes from the Journal of American Studies, April 1978 by A. Robert Lee with AN to Ishmael from "Bob." Photocopy of part of an unidentified article about Himes's writing (p. 5-9). F65 Hoffman, Daniel, 1974 1 TLS. F66 Hone, Jinx, 1991 Clipping of Hone's obituary. F67 Hongo, Garrett, 1978-1985 1 ACS. 4 TLS. 1 ALS. 1TNS. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F68 Hughes, Langston, 1966-1971 1 ACS, 1 TCS. TLS with enclosed Hughes poem "Bitter Brew." TLS to Reed from Raoul Abdul, Hughes Secretary, about Hughes anthology The Poetry of the Negro. TLS to Reed from John B. Nelson of Prentice-Hall announcing Black Magic: A Pictorial History of the Negro in American Entertainment by Hughes and Meltzer. Announcement from Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers of a biography of Hughes by Meltzer. Photocopies of Hughes obituary and other articles about Hughes. F69 Hunter, Kristin, 1974-1980 2 TLSs, 1 ALS, 1 ACS. 1 TLS from Faith Donovan at Charles Scribner's requesting comment on Hunter's book The Survivors. F70 Inada, Lawson, 1971; 1984 2 TLSs. F71 Joans, Ted, 1985-1988; n.d. ALS, ACS, and AN. Photocopied letter with autograph note, signature, and date. TLS from Phyllis Bischof, Africana Librarian, UC Berkeley, regarding Reed's introduction for Joans's poetry reading. One ALS in on the verso of a 1987 poster (removed to oversize). F72 Johnson, Charles, 1975-1989 5 TLSs. 1 TLS from Will Broaddus at Atheneum requesting comment from Reed on Johnson's The Sorcerer's Apprentice. F73 Jones, James Earl, 1977-1978 2 TNSs. F74 Jones, Quincy, n.d. 1 TLS. F75 Kageyama, Yuri, 1984-1987 1 ALS, 4 TLSs, and 2 partial TLSs. Includes a TL (x) from Reed to Nate Johnson of the National Endowment for the Arts recommending support for Kageyama's trip to Japan. Also includes TLS to Reed from Susan Felix, President of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission announcing approval of a grant for his project to publish Kageyama's poetry. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F76 Katzman, Allan, 1967-1984 7 TLSs, 2 TLs, 1 ALS, and 2 ACSs. F77 Kelley, William Melvin, n.d. ANS. F78 Kennedy, Adrienne, 1981-1988 8 ALSs, 3 ANSs, 2 ACSs. Copy of a draft TL to Carol Christ, UC Berkeley English Department requesting a teaching assignment and mentioning discussion of the possibility with Reed. Draft of a letter of recommendation for Kennedy with corrections in Reed's hand. Memo from Christ announcing a reading by Kennedy's students. TLS from Alice Quinn of Alfred A. Knopf to Reed requesting comment on Kennedy's memoir. TL from Laurie Winer of Knopf acknowledging Reed's comment and giving edited version. Copy of TLS from Elizabeth Taylor to Kennedy. TCS to Reed from Susan L.W. Shambayati of U of Minnesota Press regarding classroom use of Kennedy's play In One Act. F79 Kerouac, Jan, 1995 ACS. F80 Killens, John Oliver 1972-1986 3 ALSs. List of Killens's professional activities 1977-1986. Photocopies of Library Journal reviews. F81 Kincaid, Nanci n.d. 2 ACSs. F82 Kingston, Maxine Hong, 1990 ALS, ACS, and business card. F83 Knight, Etheridge, 1975-1980 ALS. Photocopy of newspaper article on Knight. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F84 Kostelanetz, Richard, 1972-1980 7 TLSs with holograph corrections and additions, 2 TNSs, and 3 TCSs. Graphic illustration with typed signature. TL to Kostlanetz from Reed. Information letters on Kostelanetz projects Essaying Essays and Assembling. TLS from Betty Fitzpatrick of Sheed and Ward thanking Reed for his comment on Kostelanetz's The End of Intelligent Writing. F85 Leonard, John, 1971-1976 TLS. Telegram and copy of return telegram from Reed to Leonard regarding review of Edmund Murray's Kulubi. Photocopy of Leonard editorial about Black writing. New York Times Book Review style sheet for Reed's review of Jonathan Yardley's Upstate. Proof pages of California Monthly article on Leonard. F86 Lermon, Rhoda, 1971 TLS. F87 Lewis, Reginald F., 1991-1993 TLS to Reed from Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Executive Director United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice granting $25,000, made possible by the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, Inc., to support his work. Copy of letter from Lewis to Chavis which accompanied the check. Clippings related to Lewis and Beatrice International, Inc. Business card for TLC Beatrice International. TL to Reed from R. S. Meily, passing on thanks from Lewis for a book. TLs from Reed to Lewis reporting on plans for use of grant money with holograph note in reply. Typed drafts of "second submission" report to Lewis. Registered mail receipt, Reed to Lewis. Program for Lewis's memorial service and thank you note from his widow. Original and edited fax of Reed's Utne Reader article "Reginald Lewes, Hero." F88 Loewinsohn, Ron, 1992-1993 1 ALS and 1 TLS. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) Lowenfels, Walter F89 (I), 1963-1965 3 TLSs. Pamphlet: Shall Freedom of Speech Apply to All Americans? or shall the Communists continue to be sacrificed on the altar of McCarthyism?: The Speeches Before Sentencing of the Philadelphia Smith Act Defendants. Includes "the right of the people to read and to listen" by Lowenfels, one of the defendants. Book cover for Poets of Today: A New American Anthology edited by Walter Lowenfels. Typed notes and memos. Broadside announcement of New Jazz Poets, a record compiled and edited by Lowenfels. Note from Lowenfels accompanying opening pages of "a first novel by Ishmael Reed" sent to Ben Raeburn, Horizon Press. F90 (II), 1966-1968 6 Typed letters and notes, most signed. One with corrections. 2 ANSs. One TCS. Copy of TN to American Literary Exchange requesting funds for Reed so he can work on his novel with TN to Reed on copy. Request forms for permission to reprint Reed's poem "The Gangster's Death" in Lowenfels's anthology Where is Vietnam? TL (x) to "Nan and Lil" with TNS to Reed on copy. Copies of old letters, an announcement for a poetry recital, and a poem by Lowenfels, all with typed notes to Reed. Clippings: reviews of Where is Vietnam? and The Portable Lowenfels. 2 ANSs to Reed from Lowenfels's wife Lillian. Announcement for Walter Lowenfels' Peace Poems. F91 (III), 1969-1980 4 TLSs. Request for comments on Walt Whitman's 150th birthday for Lowenfels's American Dialog with autograph note to Reed. 14 TNSs. 4 TNs. 2 ANSs. 2 letters from Gay Talese at Random House regarding editing of Reed poem "In a Time of Revolution" for publication. Photostat copy of poem, "The Last Echo." TNS to Reed from Lillian Lowenfels. Photocopy description of Lowenfels's career by an unidentified author. Copies of articles on Lowenfels. Requests for work for anthologies, copy of a Lowenfels letter to the editor of the Authors Guild Bulletin, poems, an old literary note, clippings, all with autograph or typed notes to Reed. Flyer advertisements for Lowenfels anthologies. TN (may be draft) to Lowenfels, presumably from Reed. Invitation to Lowenfels' wedding anniversary. ACS from Nina Serrano requesting submissions for Lowenfels's anthology on Chile and Neruda. Invitation to memorial for Lillian Lowenfels. Copy of an article on Whitman by Maurice Mendelson with enclosure note to Reed. TLS from Manna Lowenfels Perpelitt to Reed regarding posthumous publication of Lowenfels's Autobiography of an Empire. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) Lubin, Maurice F92 (I), 1970-1971 Card, TLS, 3 ALSs, 2 CSs, and 1 ACS. F93 (II), 1965 Publications by Lubin: Quelques Poètes Haïtiens de la Jeune Génération and L'Afrique dans la Poesie haitienne. F94 Madhubuti, Haki R., 1987 ALS. F95 Major, Clarence, 1969-1981 1 ANS with flier promoting Major's work which includes a prose-poem review of All-Night Visitors by Reed. 5 TLSs, 1 with autograph note. TLS to Reed from Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology requesting a letter of recommendation for Major. TLS to Reed from Patrice Vecchione of the Black Scholar Press requesting comment on Major's book The History of Rape. Los Angeles Free Press "Living Arts" section with article by Major (1969 Mar 7) removed to oversize. F96 Mars, Louis, 1976-1978 TLS. ACS. Typescript and photocopy articles on Mars's work in French. Brief bibliography relating to Vodou in French. Articles by Mars in pamphlet form: "La Littérature Haïtienne et L'avenir de la Langue Française en Haïti"; "L'Ethnopsychiatrie et la Schizophrénie en Haiti"; "La psychiatrie au service du tiers-monde. Nouvelle considération." Photocopies of draft title page, table of contents, introduction, and bibliography of The Crisis of Possession in Voodoo. Copy of Mars's 1966 publication Temoignages I (essai ethnopsychologique). F97 Martin, Reginald, 1987-1991 5 ALSs, TLS. Photocopy College English Association award to Martin for his essay "New Ideas for Old: New Black Aesthetic." Photograph of Martin. Copy of TL from Martin to Ron Sukenick of Memphis State University accompanying submission of Martin's novel Everybody Know What Time It Is for an award. Invitation to Martin's wedding. F98 Maynard, Robert, 1985 TLS. 49 Series VIII. Literary and Professional Correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual Correspondence (cont'd) F99 McCaffery, Larry, n.d. TLS (incomplete). F100 McFeely, W.S., 1991 ALS. F101 McGilligan, Patrick, n.d. 1 TLS and 1 TLS (copy). F102 McHugh, Heather, 1989 TLS. F103 McMillan, Terry, 1976-1990 7 TLSs (one with request for recommendation and forms), ALS, TCS, 2 ACSs, CS, ANS, and clipping. TL (copy) from Reed to Jenny McKean Moore recommending McMillan for a position as writer-in-residence. TLS to Reed from Gerald Mansman of the University of Arizona requesting evaluation of McMillan for promotion. F104 McMurty, Larry, 1989 TLS and TL (incomplete). F105 Meredith, William, 1976 ALS. F106 Miles, Josephine, 1980 ACS. F107 Minsky, Mark TN. F108 Moore, Carman, 1983-1987 3 ALSs. TL (cc with autograph note to Reed) Moore to Nathan Huggins, Harvard University, regarding the Guest Professor Program. TLS to Colleen [J. McElroy] from Carman (cc) regarding Wild Gardens of the Loup Garou. Audio cassette of taped radio interview with Moore and selections from Wild Gardens of the Loup Garou removed to Series XI. Media. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F109 Morgan, Robin, 1991 TLS. F110 Morrison, Toni, 1974-1987 3 TLSs. Invitation to a UC Berkeley dinner honoring Morrison. F111 Mukerji, Bharat, 1991 2 ANS. F112 Myles, Glenn, n.d. 4 posters removed to oversize box. Partial TS of article on Myles by Reed. F113 Neal, Larry, 1971 TLS. Copy of written material accompanying Neal's workshop in Creativity. TL Reed to Neal. F114 Newman, Charles, n.d. ANS. F115 Newman, Francisco, 1974-1976 2 ALSs, ANS, 2 ACSs, AC, and mailgram. Cartoon "The Ishmael Reader." Pacific film archive screening calendar with screenings of Newman's films marked and an autograph note (removed to oversize box). Section of The Daily Californian, April 16, 1974, with article on Newman film signed by Newman (removed to oversize box). F116 Newman, Mike, 1973-1977 2 TLSs, TN, TCS, 2 CSs (1 with illustrated AN enclosed). TL (copy) from Anne Freedgood to Newman with autograph notes to Reed. Las Vegas Sun Scene Magazine with poems by Newman and his wife Paula Ann Eskenasy (removed to oversized box). Photocopy author's note for Newman's Players. Las Vegas Jazz Society newsletter, Think Jazz, Oct and Nov 1976 and Jan 1977, edited by Mike and Paula Newman. F117 Ng, Fae Myenne, n.d. TLS (copy). 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F118 Nicosia, Gerry, 1991 TLS and 2 TCSs. F119 Nimrod (Malone, Carl S.), n.d. Music and lyrics for 3 of Nimrod's compositions. F120 Otis, Johnny, 1989 TLS (copy). F121 Patterson, Charles, 1970-1972 3 ALSs and 4ACSs. Part of draft corrected typescript of "The Black Arts Its Rise And Fall" by Charles Lennox, which contains references to Charles Patterson and Ishmael Reed. F122 Phillips, J. J., 1989-1991 3 TLSs. F123 Ploomp, Hans, n.d. ALS with TN. F124 Polite, Carlene Hatcher, 1975-1978 2 ALs, 1 TL, and 1 ANS. F125 Pool, Marquita J., 1975-1977 5 TLSs, 1ANS. 1 TL from Reed to Mr. & Mrs. St[e]phen C. Pool. I TL signed by Stephen C. Pool. F126 Powell, Adam Clayton, III, 1987-1991 1 TLS on Jesse Jackson letterhead. 1 ACS. 1 TL from Reed to Powell. F127 Prettyman, Al, n.d. 1 ACS. F128 Price, Richard, 1974 1 ALS. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) Pritchard, Norman, 1965-1973; n.d. Many letters and notes are illustrated and/or hand-colored by Pritchard. F129 (I). 1965-1967 2 ALSs, 2 ACSs, 2 TLSs (1 with AN). F130 (II), 1968 4 TLSs (1 with AN), 4 ALSs and 1 ACS. F131 (III), 1969 7 ALSs, 1 TLS, and 1 ACS. F132 (IV), 1970-1973 12 ACSs, 7 ALSs, I TL from Reed to Pritchard. 2 flyers for poetry concerts. Photocopy of review with ANS. F133 (V), n.d. Advertisement for Destinations poetry recording featuring Pritchard. Signed photograph of Pritchard. 9 pages poetry typescript: 1 signed, and 1 with corrections. 44 pages photocopied poems. 1 poem, "Autumnal," mimeograph copy with typed date added. 2 pages autograph notes. 2 pages photocopied notes with manuscript additions. Signed, dated illustration. Clipping for a reading including Pritchard. Tearsheets of article about Pritchard in Black Youth. F134 (VI), 1973 Announcements for readings given in Pritchard's poetry workshop at New School For Social Research. F135 Roach, Max, 1988 Autograph copy of Roach's statement: "Ishmael Reed is the Charlie Parker of American Fiction" (dated 4/9/88). F136 Ross, Michael E., 1992 ALS. F137 Saar, Betye and Saar, Lezley, 1973-1990; n.d. TLS, ACS from Betye Saar. 3 ALSs, ACS from Lezley Saar, Betye's daughter, to Reed. See also: I.4. Works--Essays and Articles--Shrovetide in Old New Orleans--Betye Saar, Artist and II.2. Interviews--By Ishmael Reed--Saar, Betye. F138 Sanders, Ed, 1991 TLS (copy). 49 Series VIII. Literary and rofessional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F139 Schultz, Chiz, 1971-1984 1 TLS, 1 ACS. F140 Scott, Jimmy, 1992 1 Fax. F141 Shange Ntozake, 1976-1990 2 ACSs, 1 ALS, 1 TLS. TLS to Ishmael Reed from Jane Beirn, publicity manager of St. Martin's Press, requesting Reed's comments on Shange's book Ridin the Moon in Texas. F142 Silko, Leslie, 1974-1978 4 ALSs, 1 partial ALS, 2 TLSs with autograph note, and 1 TCS. Clipping regarding Silko and her contribution to the show "America More or Less." TLS from Jeannette M. Seaver at Richard Seaver Books requesting a comment on Silko's novel Ceremony. F143 Simic, Charles, 1990 TLS, ACS. F144 Simpson, Mona, 1985-1986 1 ALS, 1 TLS. F145 Sneed, James, 1986 2 TLSs. 1 TLS from Sneed to Jared Kieling at St. Martin's Press with photocopy of Sneed's review of Reckless Eyeballing. F146 Sollers, Werner,1985-1994 9 TLSs, TL with attached ANS, 3 ALSs, 1 TNS, and 1 ANS. Incomplete TL draft on Sollers's letterhead to "Harold" regarding a There City Cinema grant. TLS "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN" letter of recommendation for Reed. F147 Spiegelman, Art, n.d. ALS. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence, (cont'd) F148 Steptoe, Lammot B., 1985-1988 3 ALSs, 1 partial ALS, 1 ALS with attached ACS, 2 TLS, and 4 ACS. Inscribed typescript of Steptoe's poem "For Etheridge Knight." Photograph of Steptoe and companion. Four copies of clippings, 3 with ANS and two fliers, each with ANS. F149 Steptoe, Robert, 1977 ALS with signed partial typescript of Steptoe's introduction of Reed. F150 Stone, Chuck, 1974 TLS. F151a Sukenick, Ron, 1975-1992 4 ALSs and 3 TLS. F151b Sun Ra, [n.d.] Poster of Sun Ra and John Cage inscribed by Sun Ra to Reed. F152 Tanner, David, 1967-1968 3 TLSs: 1 illustrated with pasted-on magazine pictures, 1 with holograph comments. 1 piece artwork and 1 handmade card, signed. F153 Thomas, Joyce Carol, 1982-1983 2 TLSs, 1 ALS, and 1 ACS. Invitation to book party for Thomas's Bright Shadow. F154 Troupe, Quincy 1983, 1988 ALS from Ishmael Reed to Quincy Troupe. Photocopy ad for Miles by Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe. F155 Trudeau, Peirre Elliot, 1986 TLS. F156 Vizenor, Gerald, 1985-1987 1 ALS, 1 TLS with AN, 1 TL with AN, and 1 TLS. TL to Ishmael Reed from Jean Casella, editor at Fiction Collective, requesting comment on Vizenor's novel Griever: An american Monkey King in China. F157 Waldman, Anne, 1976 ALS on Naropa Institute letterhead. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F158 Wallace, Michele, 1975-1987 7 TLSs. Audiocassette of Reed's interview with Wallace removed to XI. Media. F159 Walton, Ortiz, 1969-1992 1 AL, 1 ALS, 4 TLSs. Copy TLS Delano E. Lewis, Staff Counsel to Edward W. Brooke, U. S. Senator from Massachusetts to Ortiz Walton, Albert Dennis, and Ishmael Reed responding to their information package on "cultural racism." TLS to Reed from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation regarding Walton's application for a fellowship. Note on Walton and Boston Symphony. TLS from Morrow Publishers to thank Reed for the quote for Walton Music: Black, White, and Blue. Walton's booklet, Coronation of the King: Duke Ellington's Contributions to Black Culture, inscribed "To Ishmael Reed a prophetic genius." Walton Bio sheet. Articles on Walton and ad for Neo-Hoo-Doo-Jazz Band. F160 Weatherly, Thomas, Jr., 1969 TLS. F161 Weixlmann, Joe, 1977-1980; n.d. TLS, 3 TNSs. Photostat copy of TL to Weixlmann from Amiri Baraka. F162 Welch, Jim, 1974 TLS. F163a Weston, Randy, n.d. ACS and addressed professional card. F163b White, Edmund, n.d. TLS. F164 Wideman, John Edgar, 1981-1994 ALS. TLS to Reed from Avon Books, requesting comment on Wideman's two new books. TLS to Reed from MacArthur Fellows Program, requesting an evaluation of Wideman. Clippings related to Wideman's book Philadelphia Fire. See also II.2. Interviews by Ishmael Reed--Wideman, John Edgar and XI. Media. Audiocassette, John E. Wideman and Ishmael Reed. 49 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.1. Individual correspondence (cont'd) F165 Williams, John A., 1984-1988 7 TLSs, TL, 2 ANSs and 2 invitations. Photocopy review of Williams's film El Norte. F166 Wong, Shawn, 1977-1989 8 TLSs and 1ALS. F167 Wright, C. D., 1988 TLS. F168 Young, Al, 1971-1988 4 TLSs, 5 ALSs, TNS, 2 ANSs. Fax of poem The Art of Disappearing by Naomi Shihab Nye. Description of Reed and family from Young's Likenesses: A Dream Journal. Photostat copies of TL from Al Young to Fred Jordan of Evergreen Review and Jordan's reply. TLS to Reed from Carolyn Sims with request for comment on Young's book The Song Turning Back Into Itself. TLS from Jane Rosenman of Delacorte Press requesting comment on Young's Seduction by Light. F169 Zarco, Cyn, 1975-1984 2 TLSs, 2 ACSs, 1 written jointly with Kathy Chang. Typescript copies of two poems by Zarco, "Making Out" and "The Night 2 Souls Were Lost In The Bermuda Triangle." 50 Series VIII.2. General correspondence, 1966-1994 F170 1966 - 1967 F171 1968 F172 1969 F173 1970 F174 1971 F175 1972 F176 1973 F177 1974 F178 1975 Jan-Jun F179 Jul-Dec 50 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.2. General correspondence (cont'd) F180  n.d. F181 1976 F182 1977 F183 1978 F184 1979 F185 "undated 70s" F186 1980 F187  n.d. F188 1981 F189 1982 Jan-Jun F190 Jul-Dec F191  n.d. F192 1983 Jan-Mar F193 Apr-Jun F194 Jul-Sep F195 Oct-Dec F196  n.d. F197 [1983-1984] n.d. F198 1984 Jan-Mar F199 Apr-Jun F200 Jul-Sep F201 Oct-Dec F202 [1984 - 1985] n.d. F203 Re: Moscow Book Show, 1985 May-Sep F204 1985 Jan-Mar F205 Apr-Jun F206 Jul-Sep F207 Oct-Dec F208 [1985-1986] n.d. F209 1986 Jan-Mar 51 F210 Apr-Jun F211 Jul-Sep F212 Oct-Dec F213  n.d. 51 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.2. General correspondence (cont'd) F214 1987: Jan-Mar F215 Apr-Jun F216 Jul-Sep F217 Oct-Dec F218  n.d. F219 1988 Jan-Mar F220 Apr-Jun F221 Jul-Sep F222 Oct-Dec F223  n.d. F224 1989: Jan-Mar F225 Apr-Jun F226 Jul-Sep F227 Oct-Dec F228  n.d. F229 1990 F230  n.d. F231 1991 F232 1992 F233 1994 Undated F234 (I) F235 (II) F236 (III) F237 (IV) F238 Unattached pages F239 Appreciation and thanks, 1984-1986 51 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.2. General correspondence (cont'd) Letters from Ishmael Reed, 1969-1994 F240 1969-1970 F241 1971 F242 1972 F243 1973 F244 1974 Jan-Mar F245 Apr-Jun F246 Jul-Sep F247 Oct-Dec F248 1975 F249 1976 F250 1977 F251 1978 F252 1979 F253 1980-1983 F254 1984 F255 1985 F256 1986 F257 1987 F258 draft letters 1988 F259 1988 F260 1989 F261 1992 F262 1994 F263 n.d. F264 "Mailed and unmailed," 1968-1972 F265 To editors, n.d. 51 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.3. Requests, 1967-1990 Requests for submissions, 1967-1990 F266 1967 F267 1968 F268 1969 F269 1970 F270 1971 F271 1972 F272 1973 F273 1974 F274 1975 F275 1976 F276 1977 52 F277 1978 F278 1979 F279 1980 F280 1981 F281 1982 F282 1983 F283 1984 F284 1985 F285 1986 F286 1987 F287 1988 F288 1989 F289 1990 F290 n.d. Requests to comment, 1970-1988 F291 1970 - 1988 52 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.3. Requests (cont'd) Permission to publish, 1968-1989 F292 1968-1969 F293 1970 F294 1971 F295 1972 F296 1973 F297 1974 F298 1975 - 1976 F299 1977 F300 1979-1980 F301 1981-1982 F302 1983 F303 1985 F304 1986 F305 1987 F306 1988 - 1989 F307 n.d. Recommendations, 1973-1990 F308 1973 - 1979 F309 1980 - 1985 F310 1986 - 1990 Miscellaneous requests, 1972-1990 F311 1972 F312 1973 - 1974 F313 1975 - 1976 F314 1977 - 1978 F315 1979 - 1980 F316 1981 - 1982 F317 1983 - 1984 F318 1985 F319 1986 F320 1988 F321 1989 F322 1990 F323 n.d. 52 Series VIII. Literary and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series VIII.4. Literary information, 1966-1994 F324 [1966 - 1967] F325 1970 - 1971 F326 1973 F327 1974 F328 1975 F329 1976 F330 "Arts and the Government," 1976 - 1977 F331 1977-1979 F332 1980 F333 1981 F334 1982 F335 1983 F336 1984 F337 1985 F338 1986 Includes photographs of Kim R. Stafford, Clarence Major, Mary Barnard, and Anita Sullivan. F339 1987 F340 1988 F341 1989 F342 1990-1994 F343a n.d. F343b n.d. F344 SF Poetry Center, 1979; n.d. Series VIII. 5. Invitations, 1968-1990 F345 1968-1990 Series VIII. 6. Rejection slips, 1964-1981 F346 1964-1981
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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.
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Processed: 1998-1999 by Shiela Pardee, completed by Anita Wellner.
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