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Finding Aid to the Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn Papers, 1974-2006
BANC MSS 2007/160  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn papers
    Date (inclusive): 1974-2006
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2007/160
    Creators : Hagedorn, Jessica Tarahata
    Extent: Number of containers: 12 cartons and 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 15
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn Papers, 1974-2006, consist of drafts of her works, public relations materials, contracts and agreements, notes, and correspondence. The materials relate to her major or minor works, or are directly relevant to Jessica Hagedorn's career as a novelist and a playwright.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. Materials in these collections are protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and may not be used without permission of The Bancroft Library. Use may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, privacy and publicity rights, licensing terms, and trademarks. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn Papers, BANC MSS 2007/160, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library. Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Filipino American women authors
    Novelists, Filipino
    Dramatists, Filipino
    Filipino Americans--Fiction
    American literature--Filipino American authors
    Filipino American authors
    Manila (Philippines)--Fiction
    Poems
    Short stories

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn Papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library from Lame Duck Books on March 1, 2007.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the container level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Antonio Espinoza in 2007.

    Biographical Information

    Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn was born in Manila, Philippines in 1949 and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 to live in San Francisco with her family. Her mother's background is Scotch-Irish-French Filipino and her father is considered Filipino-Spanish, although his great grandmother was Chinese.
    Hagedorn studied at the American Conservatory Theater and published her first book of poems in 1972 at the age of twenty. Hagedorn continued writing poetry including Dangerous Music and Danger and Beauty while she was the lead singer and songwriter for the performance rock group, The West Coast Gangster Choir (later simplified to The Gangster Choir). She is also the editor of Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian-American Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World. She wrote the screenplay for the film Fresh Kill, directed by Shu Lea Cheang. She was also closely involved with the animated short series "Pink Palace" which explored issues that an adolescent Filipino girl might have to deal with after emigrating to the United States.
    Around 1978 Hagedorn moved to New York to build on her skills and experience as a novelist, playwright and musician. In 1988 Hagedorn returned to the Philippines to finish her first novel, Dogeaters, which after being published in 1990 received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Hagedorn currently lives in New York with her husband and two daughters and continues to write about her interest in issues surrounding the Filipino American's struggle to find a place between two cultures.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn papers consist of drafts of her works, public relations materials, contracts and agreements, notes, and correspondence. The materials relate to her major or minor works, or are directly relevant to Jessica Hagedorn's career as a novelist and playwright.
    The collection has been divided into six series: Dogeaters, Dream Jungle, Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World, Other Works, Personalia, and Correspondence.