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The Ishmael Reed Papers
X. Personal Papers, 1959-1992
Extent: 2 linear ft.
Contents: Correspondence, notes, calendars, driver's license, financial papers, medical information, telephone messages, photographs, receipts, and printed material.
Arrangement: Series X. Personal papers is divided into three subseries. X.1. Personal correspondence, notes, and messages is arranged in chronological order. X.2. Personal calendars and date books is also arranged in chronological order. Subseries X.3. Biographical and personal information is arranged by subject.
Reed's personal life is less completely documented in this collection. The personal series is small, but even so, its contents are so intermixed with literary and business materials that the division is somewhat arbitrary. There is no material from Reed's childhood in the collection except the anecdotes in his autobiographical writings in Series I. There are almost no photographs of family and leisure activities. The different areas of Reed's adult life were interrelated on a daily basis, with his work at the center, and his visits to Alaska, Hawaii, Martinique, Japan, Europe, and the East Coast were work-related. He carefully guarded the privacy of his wife and daughters as a general rule, but he sometimes collaborated with his wife Carla, a dancer, on performance pieces, and his daughter Tennessee, a poet, at readings. The correspondence labeled personal which was assigned to this series contains a good deal of correspondence of a general literary nature as well as letters from his wife and mother. His calendars and desk notes are included in this series, but these also document the extent to which his work and personal life were deeply interrelated.
The final subseries includes a miscellany of personal documents, such as letters documenting Reed's early employment, his letter of admittance to the University of Buffalo, a driver's license, a few medical records, several photographic images of Reed, and a folder of financial papers.
54 Series X. Personal papers, 1959-1992 Series X.1. Personal correspondence, notes, and messages, 1966-1990 Correspondence, 1966-1990 F1 1966-1968 F2 1969 Jan-May F3 Jun-Dec F4 1970 F5 1971 F6 1972 Jan-Jul F7 Aug-Dec F8 Undated material found in 1972 file F9 1973 Jan-Sep F10 Oct-Dec F11 Undated material found in 1973 file F12 1974 Jan-Sep F13 Oct-Dec F14 1975 Jan-Jun F15 Jul-Dec F16 1976 Jan-Jun F17 Jul-Dec F18 1977 Jan-Oct F19 Nov-Dec F20 1978 F21 1979 Jan-Sep F22 Oct-Dec F23 1980 F24 1981-1989 F25 1990 F26 [n.d.] F27 Telephone messages, 1981-1984 F28 Notes and scraps, 1970-1986 Includes brief notes, names and telephone numbers and/or addresses, library notes, and to-do lists. 55 Series X. Personal papers (cont'd) Series X.2. Personal calendars and date books, 1965-1989 Many of the calendars include notations of appointments, as well as lists of names, telephone numbers, and addresses. F29 1965 F30 1972 F31 1975 F32 1976 (two calendars) F33 1977 (two calendars and one pocket organizer) F34 1979 F35 1980 (two calendars - removed to oversize) F36 1982 F37 1984 (three calendars - removed to oversize) F38a 1985 (one calendar - removed to oversize) F38b 1988 F39 1989 Series X.3. Biographical and personal information, 1959-1992 F40 Printed references, [n.d.] F41 Driver's license, 1978 F42 Medical records, 1971-1987 F43 Photographic and negative images of Reed, [n.d.] F44 Documents regarding housing, 1983-1984 F45 Financial papers, 1959-1990 Includes a few documents regarding employment, income tax forms, receipts, travel arrangements, banking correspondence, and letter of acceptance to the University of Buffalo in 1959. F46 Material related to Tennessee Reed, 1988-1990 Material related to Carla Blank, 1971-1990 F47 Notes and worksheets for "Wall St. Journal," 1971 F48 Issues of Washington International Arts Letter, 1975-1978 F49 Letters, printed material, and miscellaneous items, 1972-1990 F50 Material related to James Baldwin, 1988 Includes a program for A Tribute to James Baldwin and the press packet for James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket (including press photographs). F51 Notes and documents for the funeral of Paul Lofty, 1992
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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.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
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