Special Collections Department
The Ishmael Reed Papers
I. Works by Reed, 1963 - 1994
I. Series Description
I.3. Works for performance
I.4. Essays, articles, reviews, speeches, forwards, and introductions
I.5. Comments and quotations
I.6. Miscellaneous writing
14 Series I.4. Essays, articles, reviews, speeches, forwards, and introductions, 1965-1994 Individual works, 1965-1994 F545 Early Journalism, photocopies, 1965-1966 Articles written by Reed when he wrote for and edited Advance (Newark, N. J.). Also includes copies of articles from the East Village Other: "Poetry Place Protest" and "We Can Save Thich Nhat Hanh--If We Hurry!" F546 "The Black Artist: Calling a spade a spade," Arts Magazine, 1967 May Copy of Arts Magazine and photocopy. F547 "An Emotional Memoir of Franz Kline," Los Angeles Free Press, 1968 Mar 22 Review of Fielding Dawson's book. Three typescript drafts and photocopy of published review. Issue of Los Angeles Free Press removed to oversize. F548 "Writing a First Novel," The Writer, 1968 May Issue of The Writer with Reed's comments directed to those writing first novels. F549 "Snaps," East Village Other, 1969 Mar 19 Two typescript drafts, tearsheets (removed to oversize), and photocopy of the article. F550 "The Black Revival and 19 Necromancers From Now," 1970 Aug 10 Four typescript drafts, three with corrections. 14 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F551 "Neo-Hoodoo Manifesto," Los Angeles Free Press, 1970 Sep 18 Heavily corrected typescript and photocopy pages, plus a copy of the Los Angeles Free Press in which the article appeared (removed to oversize). F552 "A Rascal on the Literary Plantation," San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle 1970 Nov 1 Review of Dunfords Travels Everywheres by William Melvin Kelley. Typescript, tearsheet, and photocopy, and letter acknowledging receipt by San Francisco Chronicle. F553 "Bringing it Down Front: Ending the Western Established Church of Art," Essence, 1971 Jan Photocopy of original report, copy of the magazine, and two letters from Essence relating to publication, photocopy pages with corrections, photocopy and tear sheet of printed article. "The New Hoodooism," 1971 Mar Review of De Mayor of Harlem by David Henderson. F554 Several corrected typescript drafts and photocopy draft pages. Includes copy of letter to "Allen" commenting on the completed review he is sending. Revised typescript dated August, 1971. F555 "Too Hot for Scanlon's," Nickel Review, 1971 Apr Three corrected typescripts. Corrected typescript and mounted clipping of the article. Related correspondence (photocopies) from Shane Stevens, Hoyt W. Fuller, and Amiri Imamu Baraka. F556 "Contemporary Afro-American Writing: Orthodoxy or Freedom?," 1971 Jul 14 and Sep 14 Corrected typescript drafts with letters from editor of New Literary History. F557 "Riding the Literary Gravy Train," [ca. 1971] Typescript draft pages with corrections. F558 Untitled, [c.1971] Concerning Calvin Hernton, Norman Pritchard, and the poetry sound recording Destinations. See also Series XI. Media--Sound recordings. 14 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F559 Introduction to 19 Necromancers From Now, New Black Voices: Criticism, 1972 Typescript drafts with corrections and photocopy of reprint in New Black Voices: Criticism in 1972. F560 "Chester Himes, Writer," Black World, 1972 Mar Holograph and corrected typescript drafts of an article. 15 F561 "From Woodcarving to Bronze: A Conversation with Doyle Forman," Encore, 1972 Spr Copy of Encore and photocopy of the interview. See also Series II.2 Interviews by Ishmael Reed--Forman, Doyle. F562 "Papa Peck's Gumbo," California Voice, 1972 Aug 3 Unsigned article. Corrected typescript, clean typescript, and photocopy of printed article. F563 "Bird Lives," New York Times Book Review, 1973 Mar 25 Review of The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker by Ross Russell. Payment approval slip from New York Times, corrected typescript dated December 3, 1972, and mounted photocopy of clipping of published article and copy of magazine (removed to oversize). F564 "A Step to the Right Shelters Gliberals," New York Times, 1973 Mar 31 Draft pages, 4 typescript drafts with corrections, clean typescript dated Feb. 14, 1973, clean typescript dated March 31, 1973, plus clipping and photocopy of the article. F565 "Music: Black White and Blue," Black World, 1973 Apr Review of book by Ortiz Walton. Typescript with minor corrections (dated 1972 Dec) and correspondence with Black World. F566 "A Westward Movement," San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, 1973 May 20 Typescript titled "Something's Up?" dated Mar 17, 1973, mounted photocopy, clipping, and photostat copy of printed article. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F567 "The Biggest Sinners," 1973 May 25 Typescript dated May 25, 1973 and carbon typescript. F568 "Crystallizing Afro-American Style," Washington Post, 1973 Aug 13 Review of Jumbish by Elouise Loftin. Typescript, carbon typescript, clipping, photocopy of printed article, and card from Loftin thanking Reed for the review. F569 "A Fine Book Comes Out of a Literary Movement," Washington Post, 1973 Sep 21 Review of Acts of Love: An American Novel by Carol Bergé. Draft carbon typescript dated Sep 9, 1973. Typescript labeled Washington Post Sep 21, 1973, "material cut from This One's On Me." Also includes clipping, photocopies (one mounted), and a letter from Carol Bergé explaining the novel. F570 "Kulubi," New York Times Book Review, 1973 Oct 7 Review of the novel by Edmund P. Murray. Typescript with corrections, dated August 26, 1973. Typescript labeled New York Times Book Review, October 7, 1973, and carbon typescript with page numbering, 121-129. Tear sheet, copy of the magazine (removed to oversize), and mounted photocopy of printed article. Related correspondence objecting to Reed's review. F571 "Letter to Roger W. Gaess Concerning the Literary Achievements of Walter Lowenfels," Small Press Review, 1974 Mar 5 Draft pages with corrections, plus card (1974 Feb 24) and letter (1974 Apr 3) from Gaess. F572 Review of Embryo by Quincy Troupe, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, 1974 Jun 30 Photocopy of review and letters (1973-1974) from Herbert Leibowitz of Parnassus. F573 "Blacks Must Put 'Filthy' Money to Work," Los Angeles Times, 1974 Dec 26 Background material, including clippings and notes; corrected draft typescript; and mounted photocopy of printed article. F574 "Hoodoo Manifesto #2 on Criticism: The Baker-Gayle Fallacy," Black History Museum Umum Newsletter,  Black History Museum Umum Newsletter 4, no. 3-4:9-12. Heavily corrected typescript drafts and photostat copy of article. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F575a "The Old Music," City, 1975 Jan Corrected photocopy typescript dated January 17, 1975, corrected typescript draft pages, photocopy of the article, and a copy of the magazine. F575b "Third World Told to Seek More Arts Money," Los Angeles Times, 1975 Apr 29 Tear sheet of the article. F576 Review of Aiiieeeee! Anthology and Who is Angelina by Al Young, 1975 Letter from Roberta J. Palm, editor at Howard University Press, July 15, 1974. Carbon typescript dated January 20, 1975. F577 "Native Son Lives," Literary Cavalcade, 1975 Nov Typescript with revisions, correspondence, and a copy of the magazine. F578a "The Greatest, My Own Story," New York Times Book Review, 1975 Nov 30 Corrected typescripts and copies. F578b "The New Phase of American Writing: The Heathen Horde," 1976 Mar Autograph draft with extensive revisions. F579a "The First Black Wasp: The Children of Ham by Claude Brown," 1976 Apr 11 Tear sheet, photocopy, and letter from the Washington Post (1976 Feb 5) concerning publication date. Mailgram from Reed to the Post with corrections. F579b "A Letter from Ishmael Reed," North Dakota English, 1976 Spr Copy of the journal and letter from the editor. F580 "The Liberal in Us All," Antaeus, 1976 Spr/Sum Carbon typescript. See also Shrovetide in New Orleans and Series VI. Appearances--1975 Apr 17, California State University. F581 "L'Ecrivain Multi-Culturel," Le Monde Des Livres, 1976 Jun 11 Clipping and photocopy of the article. F582a "A Glimpse of Voodoo," Washington Post, 1976 Aug 6 Review of A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore by Harold Courlander. Tear sheet and photocopy. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F582b "The Harlem Renaissance," The New York Times Book Review, 1976 Aug 29 Clipping of the article. F583 "Crushing the Mutiny," [c.1975-1976] Response to a review by Robert Moss in the Saturday Review November 15, 1975. Corrected typescript, carbon typescript, and photocopy pages. F584 "Pee Wee's Wreath," New York Times, 1976 Dec 16 Photocopy and clipping of article. "Voodoo in New Orleans," Oui, 1977 Jan 6 F585 Notes and drafts, 1976 F586 Letter from Oui (1976 Jul 16) concerning advance, copy of the magazine, and corrected photocopy of "first proof" galleys. F587a Review of Black Culture and Black Consciousness, California Monthly and The American Book Review, 1977 Apr/May, Dec Copies of the issues in which the article appears (both removed to oversize). F587b "Multi-Cultural Issue," Berkeley Barb, 1977 May 27-Jun 2 Tear sheet and copy of Berkeley Barb (removed to oversize box). F587c "The Multicultural Artist: a new phase for American Literature," The San Francisco Bay Guardian, 1977 May26-Jun 3 Copy of newspaper removed to oversize. F588 "American Poetry: A Buddhist Takeover?" Black American Literature Forum, 1978 Spr Notes, letters, photocopy of article, and issues of Black American Literature Forum. Also includes American Rag (1980) in which the article is reprinted. F589 "St. Louis Woman," New Letters, 1978 Typescript drafts with corrections. "The Final Appeal," The CoEvolution Quarterly, 1978 Fall F590 Corrected typescript drafts and photocopy of article. Treatment by Reed of "The Final Appeal" as a "historical fiction." F591 Copy of The CoEvolution Quarterly in which "The Final Appeal" appears. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F592a "Ishmael Reed on Ali," Village Voice, 1978 Oct 16 Tear sheet of article. F592b "Excerpts From Ishmael Reed's Address at Guild Annual Meeting," Authors Guild Bulletin, 1979 Apr-May Photocopy of printed article and copy of the bulletin. "The Be-Bop Revival," Program for the Newport Jazz Festival, 1979 Jun 22-Jul 1 F593 Draft typescript with corrections. F594 Programs "Zebra," New West, 1979 Nov 19 F595 Two typescripts with corrections. F596 Copy of New West issue with Reed's review. F597 "American Literary Scene As White Settler's Fortress" Art of Literary Publishing, 1980 Holograph and typescript draft pages and photocopy. F598 "The American Rag: The multi-culture invades New York," The American Rag, 1980 Typescript and correspondence. F599 Response to Sondra O'Neale on Flight to Canada, [c.1981] Draft pages and letter dated April 6, 1981 from editor of Callaloo. F600 "Black Macho, White Macho: The Stale Drama," Playgirl, 1981 Mar Typescript drafts with corrections. Includes letter from editor Patrick McGilligan, dated November 6, 1980 concerning contract. F601 "Black Irishman," Callahan's Irish Quarterly, 1981 Winter Holograph draft pages, photocopy, copy of the magazine, and note from editor concerning copyright. F602a "Ishmael Reeds Discusses Real Politics of '82," Appeal to Reason, 1982 Issue of magazine. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F602b "A Bitter Study in Black and White," Review, 1982 Apr 18 Typescript, clipping, and photocopy of a review of John Williams's Click Song. F602c "On African Retentions," Caribe, 1982 Spr/Sum Issue of Caribe. F603a "America, the Heart of the World," Readers Digest,  Letter, expense account information, and photocopy of a draft. F603b "So I'm speakin' out," Express, 1983 Feb 18 Clipping of the article. F604 "My Neighborhood," California, 1983 Mar Two typescript drafts, heavily corrected and a copy of the magazine. F605 "America: The Multinational Society," San Francisco Focus, 1983 Dec Typescript drafts, copy of the magazine, and tear sheets. F606 "H*M**Town Revisited," California, 1984 Oct Corrected draft pages and copy of the magazine. F607 "Of One Blood, Two Men," The New York Times Book Review, 1984 Nov 4 Review of Brothers and Keepers by John Wideman. Corrected typescript drafts, edited galley pages, clippings, and photocopy. F608 "300 Years of 1984" [speech] Multiple holograph and typescript drafts, some with corrections. F609 "Now it's 1985 and . . . " (first line), 1985 Typescript and autograph draft pages with corrections on feminists. F610a "A Dream Ticket," The Nation, 1985 Apr 6 Corrected typescript draft with copy of the April 6, 1985 issue of The Nation. F610b "Introduction to Ted Joans, Reading His Poetry," 1985 Apr 16 Photocopy of typescript. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F611a "Go! (Oakland for Nat Hentoff)," California, 1985 Jun Letter from California magazine soliciting article and note from Nat Hentoff. F611b "Botha Should Take a Tip on State-of-the-Art Apartheid from a Real Pro," Tribune, 1985 Aug 23 Photocopy of the article. F611c "Allegories with Alligators," The New York Times Book Review, 1985 Nov 10 Tear sheet of Reed's review of Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly. F612a "The Narrative of the Life of William W. Brown," 1985 Chapter in The Slaves's Narrative, edited by Charles T. Davis and Henry-Louis Gates, Jr. Lists of chapters assigned and completed; typescript drafts. F612b "My Neighborhood," At Home in North Oakland,  Copy of booklet. F613 "The 1960's East Village Renaissance, 1960-1976: A Personal Memoir," 1985 Typescript drafts with corrections. F614 "The Stereotyping Goes On and On," Review, 1986 Dec 7 Review of The White Press and Black America by Carolyn Martindale. Typescript and tear sheet of the article. F615 "In Opposition--Which State," 1986 P.E.N. address. Typescript drafts with corrections and bill for typing. F616 "Literary Ambulance Chaser: Review of Evidence of Things Not Seen by James Baldwin," City Paper, 1986 Jan 10-16 Two typescripts, one with corrections, copy of the newspaper and a tear sheet of the review as it appeared in Express (1985 Dec). F617a "Hyped or Hip?" California, 1986 Mar Review of four novels by Chester Himes. Typescript (signed) and copy of the magazine. F617b "Images of Tennessee," Nashville, 1987 Jan Letter, photocopy of printed article, and a copy of the magazine. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F618 "Still Everybody's 'Open Season' on Black Men," Arts & Entertainment, 1987 Jan 24 Photocopy of printed article. F619 "In Search of August Wilson," Connoisseur, 1987 Mar Letter from Connoisseur, multiple corrected and edited drafts, galleys, tear sheet, and a copy of the magazine. F620 "Black Culture and Black Consciousness," California Monthly, 1987 Apr-May Corrected draft and photocopy of printed article. F621 "Soyinka Among the Mono-Culturists," New Theater Review, 1987 Sum Typescript, letter from editor of New Theater Review, and two issues removed to oversize. Also includes page proofs for the reprint of the article in Black American Literature Forum (1988 Winter). F622a "An Evening in Radcliffe Yard," 1987 Jul Typescript drafts with corrections. F622b "Fight Against Illiteracy Can't Be Left to Elitists," San Francisco Examiner, 1987 Nov 5 Typescript with corrections, tear sheets and photocopy of the article. F622c "Becky in Hinterland," San Francisco Chronicle, 1987 Sep 14 Tear sheet and photocopy of the article. F622d "America's Color Bind: The Modeling of Minorities," San Francisco Examiner, 1987 Nov 19 Tear sheet of article. F623 "Before Santa Had to Lock His Sleigh," San Francisco Examiner Image, 1987 Dec 20 Copy of the magazine. F624 "John A. Williams and the Invisible Empire," 1987 Review of Williams's novel Click Song. Multiple typescript drafts. 15 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F625 Rediscoveries II, 1987-1988 Correspondence concerning an unidentified article published in Rediscoveries II. F626 The Invention of Ethnicity, 1988 Transcriptions and notes from a panel discussion with Bob Callahan, Andy Hope, and Shawn Wong. Letter from Oxford University Press concerning editing. F627 "Drugs," San Francisco Examiner, 1988 Feb Typescript drafts. 16 F628 "...And the Maligning of the Male," Life, 1988 Spring Galleys and copy of the magazine (removed to oversize). Also includes a copy of Emerging Voices (1993), which contains a reprint of the article. F629 "Living at Ground Zero," San Francisco Examiner Image, 1988 Mar 13 Typescript draft and copy of issue containing article. F630a "Carnival 88!" San Francisco Examiner Image, 1988 Jun 19 Copy of issue with article. F630b "Henry Dumas: the poet of resurrection," Black American Literature Forum, 1988 Summer Proof pages for article. F631a "George Bush's Campaign of Racist, Dirty Tricks," New York Amsterdam News, 1988 Computer generated draft. F631b "A Point of View," Shapers, 1989 Jan-Feb Copy of newspaper and photocopy. F632a "The Actor Who Rejected the Script," Los Angeles Times Book Review, 1989 Feb 19 Tear sheet and photocopy of the review of Martin Duberman's Paul Robeson. F632b "Americans should learn from the Sanrio case," The Japan Times Weekly, 1989 Jun 3 Photocopy and tear sheet. 16 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F633 "The War on Drugs," The Post, 1989 Oct. 4 Photocopy. F634 "Blaming Everything on Blacks Masks America's Real Problem," The Post, 1989 Oct 11 Computer generated copy and photocopy. F635 "The Divine Josephine," Washington Post Book World, 1989 Oct 15 Tear sheet and photocopy. F636a "The Black Pathology Biz," The Nation, 1989 Nov Photocopy. F636b Forward to Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse, 1989 Nov Galley proof and letter from the editor. F636c "My Oakland," San Francisco Chronicle, 1989 Nov 3 Letter from the editor, clipping, and photocopy of the printed article. F637 "The Malignant Eye," 1990 Feb Three computer generated drafts. F638 "Black Pathology is a Big Business," Philadelphia Inquirer, 1990 Feb 3 Photocopy. F639a "Drug 'Experts' Don't Live With Gunfire," USA Today, 1990 Feb 16 Photocopy. F639b "Antihero," in Spin, 1990 May Copy of the magazine. F639c "Reading, Writing, and Racism," San Francisco Examiner Image, 1990 Aug 19 Copy of the magazine and a photocopy of the article. F639d "Our Vision of the Future Must Go Beyond Columbus," Northwest Ethnic News, 1990 Jul Copy of newspaper containing article. 16 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F640a "Philadelphia Firestorm," Philadelphia Inquirer, 1990 Sep 23 Clipping of article. F640b "Steele Backlash," Image, 1990 Nov 18 Copy of the magazine which includes Reed's letter to the editor. F641a "The Fall Guys," 1990 Computer generated text concerning Oliver North. F641b "A Proud and Passionate Voice," Los Angeles Times Book Review, 1991 Feb 3 Tear sheet and photocopy of the review of William McFeely's Frederick Douglass. See also F644a. F642 "The Best of Himes, the Worst of Himes," Los Angeles Times, 1991 Jul 3 Photocopy and tear sheet. F643 Ambrose Bierce article, [c. 1991] Letter from David Madden (1990 Nov 13) and photocopy of printed article. F644a "Douglass a giant in America's 19th century," The Columbus Dispatch, 1991 Feb Review of William McFeely's Frederick Douglass. Typescript drafts with corrections, tear sheet, and photocopy. F644b "Ishmael Reed," The Nation, 1991 Jul 15-22 Copy of the magazine. F645a "The Rich, The Poor: The City That Fights," California Voice, 1991 Nov 8 Tear sheet and photocopy. F645b "A Bad Time for Black People," 1991 Nov 17 Clipping and photocopy of the article. F646 Introduction to Soul on Ice, 1991 Photocopy of computer generated draft with corrections. Includes letter from Trish Todd of Dell Publishing with questions about the text. F647 "Why a Boycott of T.V. News?" 1991 Computer generated and typescript drafts. 16 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F648 "Does T.V. News Boycott Serve Its Purpose? Yes..." Oakland Tribune, n.d. Photocopy of article. F649 "Miraculous Fiction," American Book Review, 1992 Aug-Sep Review of A Saint is Born in China by Manuel Zapata Olivella. Computer generated draft with note from Reed to "Ray" (1992 Jun 5) and computer generated revision with note from Reed to "Ray" (1992 Jun 16). Includes a copy of the magazine. F650 "Die Tradition Der Ernsthaften Komödie," Chelsea Hotel, 1992 Jan Copy of issue with article. F651 "Every Black Person Risks Becoming a Rodney King," San Francisco Examiner, 1992 May 3 Clipping and photocopy. F652 "The New Racism," 1992 Jun 26 Four pages of an incomplete, unpublished article (fax) sent to Lowenstein Assoc. F653a "Clarence Thomas Lynched Again," Washington Post Outlook, 1992 Oct. 18 Computer generated drafts, note to "Jeff" (1992 Oct 15) with correction sheet, fax, and photocopy. F653b "Truman's Fair Deal Isn't Square Anymore," Sunday Newsday, 1992 Oct 25 Copy of the newspaper and photocopy of the article. F653c Introduction for Break Word with the World II,  Copy of the magazine. F654 "Activist Elaine Brown, leader and survivor of Black Panthers," 1993 Feb 14 Clipping from unidentified newspaper and photocopy. F655a "A Voice That Tweaks Souls," New York Times, 1993 Jun 15 Signed, computer generated typescript, clipping, and photocopy. F655b "The Pacific Intellectuals," In Out of the Cold, 1993 Oct-Dec Typescript and copy of the exhibition catalog in which Reed's article appears. 16 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) F655c "Is There a Black-Jewish Feud?" Black Books Bulletin: WordsWork, 1993-1994 Winter Copy of the magazine. F655d "Ishmael Reed Responds," 1994 Winter Copy of UB Today in which the letter appears. F656 "Sermons Clinton Should Give," New York Times, 1994 Jan 15 Drafts, faxes, clipping, and photocopy. F657 "Why do the media focus only on Black violence," Philadelphia Inquirer, 1994 Jan 16 Clipping and photocopy. F658 "The hypocrisy of the media," Oakland Tribune, 1994 Jan 30 Computer generated copy, clipping, and photocopy. F659 "Misogyny afflicts men of all races," San Francisco Examiner, 1994 Feb 1 Clipping and photocopy. F660 "Disasters and Ethnic Strife Visit the City Across the Bay," New York Newsday, 1994 Feb 13 Computer generated copy, complimentary issue and photocopy. F661 "stats, lies & videotape," Emerge, 1994 Apr Computer generated copy with fax cover sheet and fax article with notations. F662 "Gift of the Magi," San Francisco Examiner, 1994 Nov 20 Copy of issue with article. F663 "The Rainbowing of California: Moving from the Page to the Streets," In Their Footsteps, 1994 Copy of the book. 16 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) Undated articles In alphabetical order by title. F664 "Charles Davis: A Pioneer Critic" Corrected typescript and a photocopy of the article from The Yale Review. F665 Reviews of Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon by Frank Chin and By Lingual Wholes by Victor Hernandez Cruz Corrected typescript. F666 "The Christmas Spirit" Typescript drafts and photocopies, with corrections. F667 Review of The Collected Stories of Chester Himes One page of typescript. F668 "Hoodoo Manifesto Finish," San Francisco Chronicle Draft typescript page, heavily corrected. F669 "How the Afrikaners Can Hold On" Heavily corrected typescript page, typescript "pruf to Patrick Marshall," photocopy of corrected draft. F670 "In the Ghetto" Photocopy of marked article. F671 "Money Can't Buy You Love" Corrected typescript. F672 "The Most Powerful Book Review in America" Photocopy pages, one heavily corrected. F673 "The Nature of Criticism in Black Arts" Heavily corrected typescript draft. F674 "An Outsider in Korea Town" Corrected, computer generated copy. 16 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) Undated articles (cont'd) F675 "An Author Reflects on Santa Legend's Christmas Meaning" F676 "Please Don't Talk About Me" Corrected typescript and computer generated copy. F677 "The Problem With White America" Signed computer generated copy. F678 "The Rise and Demise of the Black Panthers" F679 "Spielberg Plays Howard Beach," New York Amsterdam News Typescript drafts with corrections. Marked photocopy of reprint in The Black Person in Art, edited by Henry Louis Gates. F680 "When State Magicians Fail" Correspondence and draft page. F681 "The Why Me Generation" Typescript draft with corrections. F682a "Will Fiction Survive the 1980s?" Typescript. F682b "The Changing South as a Prelude to a Changing America," [n.d.] Autograph draft. F682c Untitled essay regarding writers, [n.d.] Autograph draft. Unidentified articles F683 (I) F684 (II) F685 Unidentified pages, n.d. 16 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) Collections of articles This One's On Me, 1973-1977 Includes materials for a contracted book of autobiography and reprinted articles. The book was never published, but much of the material was included in Shrovetide in Old New Orleans. Autobiographical drafts F686 (I) "Ishmael Reed's Experience," corrected typescript. F687 (II) Heavily corrected typescript. F688 (III) Heavily corrected typescript. F689 (IV) Photocopy of corrected typescript. F690 (V) Corrected typescript with revision notes. F691 (VI) Corrected carbon typescript. F692 (VII) Corrected carbon typescript. F693 (VIII) Corrected carbon typescript. F694 Draft contents list and draft introductory pages. 17 F695 Draft photocopy autobiographical introduction with corrections. F696 Carbon typescript autobiographical introduction. F697 Typescript autobiographical introduction. F698 Contents list and introduction, carbon typescript. F699 Contents list, notes, and revision. F700 Contents list and photocopy pages. F701 "Advance Intro," corrected typescript. "Advance" F702 (I) Introductory autobiographical material, mostly corrected typescript--some photocopy. F703 (II) More corrected typescript draft pages. F704 "A Nigromancer from Chattanooga," introductory autobiographical typescript with corrections. Articles F705 "Contemporary Afro-American Writing..." photocopy. F706 "The New Slavers," corrected typescript and photocopy. F707 Correspondence and reviews, 1973-1977 17 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) Shrovetide in Old New Orleans, 1978 Includes material compiled for the book, including essays. Most essay folders consist of retyped clean copy for the book, but some have earlier versions or and/or edited copy. F708 Compiled essays and reviews Contents of a binder. F709 Introduction draft and notes "Shrovetide in Old New Orleans" F710 Typescript draft pages (I) F711 Typescript draft pages (II) F712 Photocopy draft pages F713 Typescript draft with corrections F714 Photocopy draft with corrections F715 Carbon typescript Articles F716 "Dunfords Travels Everywhere" F717 "The Liberal in Us All" (carbon and photocopy typescripts), 1978 F718 "Native Son Lives" (carbon and photocopy typescripts), 1978 F719 "An American Romance" (carbon and photocopy typescripts), ca. 1978 F720 "Image and Money" F721 "Letter to Roger W. Gaess 1974," 1978 F722 "The Old Music" 1975 and 1978 F723 "Born to Rebel," 1978 F724 "De Mayor of Harlem," 1978 F725 "Chester Himes: Writer," 1978 F726 "Music: Black, White and Blue," 1978 F727 "Bird Lives!" 1978 F728 "A Westward Movement," 1978 F729 "Before the War, Poems as they happened," 1978 F730 "The Song Turning Back Into Itself," 1978 F731 "The Greatest, My Own Story," 1978 F732 "A Treasure of Afro-American Folklore," 1978 F733 "Ishmael Reed - Self Interview," 1978 F734 "Betye Saar, Artists," 1978 F735 "Max Bond and Carl Anthony," 1978 17 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) Shrovetide in Old New Orleans (cont'd) Articles (cont'd) F736 "Doyle Forman, Sculptor," 1978 F737 "George S. Schuyler, Writer," 1978 F738 "Crushing the Mutiny," 1978 F739 "You Can't be a Literary Magazine and Hate Writers," 1978 F740 "The Children of Ham," 1978 F741 "The Multicultural Artist; A New Phase in American Writing," 1978 F742 "Harlem Renaissance Day" F743 "I Hear You, Doc" (I) 1978 Seven drafts, extensively revised. F744 "Remembering Josephine," 1978 F745 "The World Needs More Guys Like Pee Wee," 1978 Original typesetting copy. F746 (I) F747 (II) 18 F748 "Reader's set" and "Final" galleys corrected by editor. Removed to galley section. F749 Doubleday book cover. F750 Reviews, 1978 Includes magazine with an excerpt. God Made Alaska for the Indians, 1982-1984 Materials associated with this book, including many essays with multiple drafts. F751 Native Tribal Government workshop & related materials, 1982 F752 Notes and draft pages "God Made Alaska for the Indians" F753 Draft pages F754 "Flight To Alaska" photocopy typescript with corrections F755 Corrected copy (I) F756 Corrected copy (II) "The Fourth Ali" F757 Audio tape Ali/Spinks fight Removed to Series XI. Media F758 "Ali in New Orleans" drafts F759 Typescript drafts and copies with some corrections. F760 "How Not to get the Infidel to Talk the King's Talk," photocopy. F761 "Black Macho, White Macho," typescript with corrections. "Race War in America" Seven typescript drafts with corrections. Reed revised his article "The Final Appeal: Race War in America," into "Race War in America?" F762 (I) F763 (II) F764 (III) F765 (IV) F766 (V) F767 (VI) F768 (VII) F769 "Black Irishman" "American Poetry: Looking for a Center" F770 Draft pages F771 "American Poetry: Is There a Center?" typescript with corrections F772 "American Poetry: Is There a Center?" typescript F773 "American Poetry: Looking for a Center," typescript F774 Photocopy with corrections F775 Afterward F776 Ribbon copy 18 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) God Made Alaska for the Indians (cont'd) F777 Compiled essays, photocopies (I) F778 Compiled essays, photocopies (II) F779 Essays marked "do not include" F780 Edited typescript F781 Master proof F782 Galley correction sheets F783 Correspondence and reviews, 1983-1984 19 Writin' is Fightin', 1987-1991 F784 Notes F785 Introduction F786 Correspondence and permissions, 1987 F787 Essays F788 Book cover F789 Publicity, 1987-1988 Includes a copy of Diablo, which contains an excerpt from Writin' is Fightin'. F790 Reviews, 1988-1991 19 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.4. Essays and articles (cont'd) Airing Dirty Laundry, 1993-1994 F791 Preface drafts with letter to Don Fehr, 1993 May 7 "Airing Dirty Laundry" F792 Corrected computer generated draft (I) F793 Corrected computer generated draft (II) Essays F794 "America's Hidden Pathology: Coddling Whites" F795 "Beyond Los Angeles" F796 "Elaine Brown, Activist" F797 "Zora Neale Hurston, Writer" F798 "Jess Mowry," signed typescript and draft F799 "The Mowry Method," 1992 F800 "To Be American is to be Fair" F801 Essay fragments and related materials, 1992-1993 F802 Collected essays F803 Essay pages, incomplete set. F804 Typescript essay set F805 Print test pages F806 Cover F807 Proof sheets, fax F808 Master set, proofs, and notes F809 Correspondence F810 Reviews, 1993-1994 See also oversize. Box -- Folder -- Contents
18 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series I.5 Comments and quotations, 1981-1994 Series contains primarily clippings, photocopies, and magazine issues with Reed's comments. F811 "Martine's Keen Eyes," 1981-1982 F812 "From 'Raisin' to the Present," American Theater, 1984 Nov F813 "Words of the Week," Jet, 1987 Dec 7 F814 Pourquoi Écrivez-Vous?, 1988 F815 The Other America, 1989-1990 F816 "E Pluribus What?" Fortune, 1991 Jan 14 F817 Lewis, Gregory. "Down Home With Cecil Brown," San Francisco Examiner, 1994 Nov 27 F818 Miscellaneous, 1970s F819 Miscellaneous, 1980s F820 Miscellaneous, 1990-1994 F821 Miscellaneous, n.d. Box -- Folder -- Contents
Series I.6 Miscellaneous writing, 1968-1989 Notebooks and pads F822 Black "Blank" Book #1, Freelance, etc. F823 Black "Blank" Book #2, Yellow Back, etc. F824 Notebook pages, [1970s] F825 Yellow Legal,  F826 Notebook, early 1977 F827 Blue spirals, ca. late 1970s F828 Small yellow legal, ca. 1979 F829 Miscellaneous notepads, ca. 1980-1981 F830 Yellow legal, ca. early 1980s 20 F831 Rochester Institute of Technology F832 Hotel Ourant, Berkeley F833 Yellow legal pad F834 Laboratory notebook F835 Green legal #1 F836 Green legal #2 F837 Green legal #3 F838 Green legal #4 F839 Green legal, loose pages F840 Brown leather case with blue notebook. Roots, Yardbird, etc. F841 "Academy at War with the Artist," n.d. Holograph draft in writing pad. F842 "Admiral's London Speech," unidentified, n.d. Miscellaneous fiction F843 "Calvin H. Come Home," n.d. F844 "Smoking Reefer in the Bathroom," n.d. F845 Incomplete, unidentified story. Typescript, n.d. F846 Miscellaneous fiction pages. Typescript with some corrections, n.d. Miscellaneous poetry F847 Single typescript page with holograph notes. Miscellaneous script F848 "Kill the Mover," typescript and holograph, n.d. F849 Script pages, unsorted typescript and holograph, ca. 200 pp. Miscellaneous autobiographical writing F850 "Elsewhere Krank," n.d. F851 Unidentified computer generated pages, [1986-1988] F852 Unidentified typescript, n.d. Miscellaneous prose F853 Three pages heavily corrected typescript in response to Dickstein review,  F854 Typescript pages, unsorted (I), [1968-1972] F855 Typescript pages, unsorted (II), [1968-1972] F856 Typescript and holograph pages, unsorted, [1981-1982] F857 Typescript pages with corrections, unsorted, [1983-1984] F858 Holograph pages,  F859 Computer generated pages, [1987--1989] 20 Series I. Works (cont'd) Series 1.6 Miscellaneous writing (cont'd) Miscellaneous prose (cont'd) Prose pages, n.d. F860 (I) F861 (II) F862 (III) F863 (IV) F864 (V) F865 (VI) F866 (VII) F867 (VIII) F868 (IX) F869 (X) Mixed prose and notes F870  F871 [1985-1986] F872 n.d. F873 Project notes, [1985-1986] 21 F874 Holograph drafts and notes  F875 Mixed typescript, holograph, and computer generated draft pages marked "to be sorted" by Reed. Adhesive identifying notes are not Reed's. Notes and scraps F876 1970s F877 [1970-1972] F878  F879  F880  F881  F882 [1971-1972] F883 [1971-1972] F884 [1972-1982] F885 [1975-1978] F886 [1975-1978] F887 [1976-1985] 21 Series I. Writing (cont'd) Series 1.6 Miscellaneous writing (cont'd) Notes and scraps (cont'd) F888 [1976-1985] F889 [1978-1979] F890 [1978-1982] F891 [1978-1982] F892 [1980-1981] F893 [1982-1983] F894  F895  F896 [1983-1984] F897 [1983-1984] F898 [1983-1985] F899  F900  F901 [1986-1987] F902 [1986-1991] F903 [1987-1989] F904 [late 1980s] undated F905 (I) F906 (II) F907 (III) F908 (IV) F909 (V) F910 (VI)
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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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