Amiri Baraka papers

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Title: Amiri Baraka papers
Collection number: 491
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Date: 1952-1966
Abstract: Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) was the founder and editor of the literary journals Yugen and Kulchur. An outspoken public intellectual, he was the author of poetry, plays, novels, and essays. The collection consists of poetry manuscripts and correspondence submitted to Baraka while editor of Yugen. Some material relates to Kulchur.
Language of Materials: The material is primarily in English, with a small amount in French.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014

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Processing Information

This collection was slightly reprocessed in 2016, primarily to eliminate some ambiguities that were the result of unusual formatting. The collection name was also changed (from Imamu Amiri Baraka) to make it consistent with the Library of Congress subject heading.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Amiri Baraka Papers (Collection 491). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462289 

Biography

Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and graduated from Howard University. After some graduate study in New York City, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Upon his discharge he returned to New York and took up writing poetry in earnest. To distribute the work of other poets as well, he and his wife, Hettie Cohen, founded Totem Press and the literary journal Yugen. With the poet Diana di Prima, he also founded the journal Kulchur. Always politically active, throughout the 1960s, he became more radical and embraced Black nationalism. Later, he distanced himself from Black nationalism to adopt a more globalistic Communism. For the rest of his life, he would be known as much for his controversial political views as for his poetry. Baraka died on January 9, 2014 in the city of his birth.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence as well as poetry manuscripts submitted to Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), editor of Yugen. Some material relates to Kulchur. Correspondents include Jonas Mekas, John Rechy, Diane Wakoski, and Philip Whalen.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and manuscript author.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014--Archives.
African American authors--Archives.
African American dramatists--Archives.
African American poets--Archives.
Beat generation--Poetry.
Manuscripts for publication.
Periodical editors--United States--Archives.

Container List

 

Correspondence and Manuscripts.

Box 1

A. 1959.

Scope and Content

Includes letter and poem by Alan Ansen.
Box 1

Abrams, Sam. 1960-1966.

Scope and Content

Six poems; one letter; annotated typescript draft and published copy of Barbara (Ferry Press, 1966).
Box 1

Allen, Donald. 1960-1964.

Scope and Content

Eight letters, review of The Dharma Bums by James Schuyler.
Box 1

B. 1959-1966.

Box 1

Bergé, Carol. 1962-1966.

Scope and Content

Two letters; eighteen poems.
Box 1

Berrigan, Ted. undated.

Scope and Content

One letter enclosing poems by Larry Swingle.
Box 1

Blackburn, Paul. 1959.

Scope and Content

Chain letter.
Box 1

Blaser, Robin. undated.

Scope and Content

Two poems.
Box 1

Booth, Luella. undated.

Scope and Content

Fourteen poems; one-act play; Love Is Bright Round My Shoulder (Toronto: J.H. Bell & Son).
Box 1

Bremser, Ray. 1958-1965.

Scope and Content

Eight letters; approximately 115 poems.
Box 1

Briggs, Harold. undated.

Scope and Content

Three poems.
Box 1

Brodey, Jim. 1963-1966.

Scope and Content

Eleven poems; record review; two letters.
Box 1

C. 1960-1964.

Scope and Content

Includes post card from Kirby Congdon.
Box 1

Caplan, Ron. undated.

Scope and Content

Two poems.
Box 1

Carroll, Paul. 1959.

Scope and Content

Two letters.
Box 1

Creeley, Robert. undated.

Scope and Content

One letter.
Box 1

Crews, Judson C. undated.

Scope and Content

Two poems.
Box 1

D. circa 1963.

Box 1

Dawson, Fielding. 1958-1962.

Scope and Content

Nine drawings; three letters; typed manuscripts.
Box 1

Di Prima, Diane. 1959-1966.

Scope and Content

Four letters; thirteen poems.
Box 1

Dorn, Edward. 1960-1964.

Scope and Content

Approximately sixty letters; four poems; annotated manuscript for The Newly Fallen.
Box 2

Edson, Russell. 1963.

Scope and Content

One letter.
Box 2

Eigner, Larry. 1960-1965.

Scope and Content

Ten letters; nine poems.
Box 2

F. 1960-1964.

Scope and Content

Includes "Poetry and Politics" by Larry Fagin; letter and poem from Vincent Ferrini.
Box 2

Fallon, Tom. 1964.

Scope and Content

Letter; prose manuscripts.
Box 2

Finstein Max. 1960-1964.

Scope and Content

Three letters; statement about LeRoi Jones' 1961 arrest on obscenity charges.
Box 2

Fles, John. 1959-1960.

Scope and Content

Five letters; eight poems; manuscripts; book review.
Box 2

G. 1958-1966.

Scope and Content

Includes post card from E.V. Griffith.
Box 2

Gallatin, David. 1963.

Scope and Content

Two poems; one letter.
Box 2

Gallup, Dick. 1962-1963.

Scope and Content

Nine poems.
Box 2

Guillén, Nicolás. undated.

Scope and Content

Includes poem by Guillen; two poems by Silvano Lora; flyers.
Box 2

H. circa 1961.

Scope and Content

Includes essay by Bobb Hamilton.
Box 2

Hollo, Anselm. 1960-1963.

Scope and Content

Nine poems; two letters.
Box 2

Irby, Kenneth. 1962-1966.

Scope and Content

Three letters; six poems.
Box 2

J. circa 1957.

Scope and Content

Includes collage material from Ray Johnson.
Box 2

Jonas, Stephen. 1953-1963.

Scope and Content

Approximately six letters and eighty-five poems.
Box 2

K. 1961.

Box 2

Kaplan, Allan. undated.

Scope and Content

Fifteen poems.
Box 2

Katzman, Allen. 1966.

Scope and Content

One letter; eight poems.
Box 2

Kelly, Robert. 1966.

Scope and Content

Post card; seven poems.
Box 2

Kgositsile, K. William. undated.

Scope and Content

Seven poems.
Box 3

L. 1959-1960.

Box 3

Loewinsohn, Ron. 1957-1963.

Scope and Content

Uncut galley proofs; twenty-nine letters; approximately twenty-five poems.
Box 3

M. 1959-1964.

Scope and Content

Includes two poems by Christopher Maclaine; one poem by Clarence Major.
Box 3

Malanga, Gerard. 1966.

Scope and Content

One letter; six poems.
Box 3

Marshall, Edward. 1957-1961.

Scope and Content

Two letters; seventeen poems.
Box 3

Mekas, Jonas. undated.

Scope and Content

One letter; two poems; clippings.
Box 3

Meltzer, David. 1959-1964.

Scope and Content

Six letters; post card; four poems.
Box 3

Metcalf, Paul C. 1962-1964.

Scope and Content

Three letters; two poems.
Box 3

Moraff, Barbara. 1958-1962.

Scope and Content

Approximately eight letters and fifty-six poems.
Box 3

Olson, Charles. 1965.

Scope and Content

One letter; assorted writings.
Box 3

Oppenheimer, Joel. 1964.

Scope and Content

One letter; six poems.
Box 3

Owens, Rochelle. 1960.

Scope and Content

Two letters; nineteen poems.
Box 4

Padgett, Ron. 1964.

Scope and Content

Twenty-one poems; four letters.
Box 4

Perrault, John. 1964.

Scope and Content

Five poems; one letter.
Box 4

Planz, Allen. undated.

Scope and Content

Ten poems; one letter.
Box 4

Polite, Allen. undated.

Scope and Content

One manuscript.
Box 4

R. 1961.

Box 4

Randall, Margaret. 1966.

Scope and Content

One letter and three poems.
Box 4

Rechy, John. 1962.

Scope and Content

Three letters.
Box 4

Rice, William J. undated.

Scope and Content

Five copies of printed, unbound manuscript "Poems."
Box 4

Robbins, Tom. undated.

Scope and Content

Three poems.
Box 4

Rumaker, Michael. 1961-1965.

Scope and Content

Six letters; two poems
Box 4

S. 1960-1963.

Scope and Content

Includes letter from Michael Shayer; letters and poems from George Stanley.
Box 4

Snyder, Gary. 1958-1960.

Scope and Content

Three letters; broadside; four poems, including an annotated manuscript of "The Berry Feast."
Box 4

Sorrentino, Gilbert. 1960-1966.

Scope and Content

Book review; three poems; three letters; short story.
Box 4

Spellman, A.B. 1958.

Scope and Content

Three letters.
Box 4

T. circa 1961.

Box 4

Thomas, Lorenzo (aka Lorenzo Toumes?). 1964-1965.

Scope and Content

Two letters; four poems.
Box 4

Towle, Tony. 1966.

Scope and Content

One letter; three poems.
Box 4

Tzara, Tristan. undated.

Scope and Content

One poem [in French].
Box 4

V. 1961-1963.

Box 4

W. 1959-1963.

Scope and Content

Includes letters from Douglas Woolf.
Box 4

Wakoski, Diane. 1962.

Scope and Content

Three letters; nineteen poems.
Box 4

Whalen, Philip. 1952-1964.

Scope and Content

Twenty-two letters; eleven poems; prose manuscript.
Box 4

Wieners, John. 1957-1966.

Scope and Content

Two letters; thirteen poems.
Box 4

Williams, William Carlos. 1958.

Scope and Content

One letter.
Box 4

Yorck, R. L. undated.

Scope and Content

One letter; two poems.
Box 4

Unidentified. 1957-1963.