Finding Aid to the Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn Papers, 1974-2006

Finding Aid written by Antonio Espinoza
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn Papers, 1974-2006

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2007/160

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Antonio Espinoza
Date Completed:
August 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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

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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.

Container List

 

Series 1 Dogeaters 1977-2001

Physical Description: Cartons 1-3

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of drafts in play, novel and film form and various materials regarding public response and production of the work.
Carton 1, Folder 1-2

Drafts - play 1977

Carton 1, Folder 3-14

Drafts - novel Apr. 1985-June 1986, 1987, 1989

Carton 1, Folder 15-18

Drafts - play 1997, Aug.-Sept. 1998

Carton 2, Folder 1-15

Drafts - play Sept. 1998, Dec. 1999, Apr. 2000, May 2000, Nov. 2000, Jan. 2001, Mar. 2001

Carton 2, Folder 16-19

Drafts - film Feb. 2002, Mar. 2003

Carton 2, Folder 20-21

Miscellaneous draft pages Undated

Carton 3, Folder 1

Reviews 1990-2001

Carton 3, Folder 2-4

Public relations 1990-2001

Carton 3, Folder 5

Public relations - La Jolla 1998

Carton 3, Folder 6-7

Casting 1997-2001

Carton 3, Folder 8

Interview with Hagedorn Dec. 1992

Carton 3, Folder 9

Miscellaneous draft pages 2001

Carton 3, Folder 10

Touring papers 1990

Carton 3, Folder 11

Cover art 1989

Carton 3, Folder 12

Publishing business 1989

Carton 3, Folder 13

Notes 1988, 1989, 2000, 2001

Carton 3, Folder 14

Awards 1990

Carton 3, Folder 15

Roasting dog exhibit 1993

Carton 3, Folder 16

La Jolla Playhouse information 1998

Carton 3, Folder 17-18

Miscellaneous 1993-2001

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

City of Los Angeles Certificate of Appreciation - Dogeaters Oct. 23, 2004

 

Series 2 Dream Jungle 1997-2003

Physical Description: Cartons 4-5

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists primarily of drafts.
Carton 4, Folder 1-16

Drafts - novel Jan.-Aug. 2002, Mar.-Sept. 2003

Carton 5, Folder 1-8

Incomplete drafts - novel 1998, Jan. 1999, 2000, Mar. 2001, May 2002

Carton 5, Folder 9

Miscellaneous incomplete drafts 1997, 2002, 2003

Carton 5, Folder 10

Reviews 2003

Carton 5, Folder 11

Public relations 2003-2006

Carton 5, Folder 12

Cover art Undated

Carton 5, Folder 13

Edited proof 2003

Carton 5, Folder 14

Editorial comments 2003

Carton 5, Folder 15

Mindanao travel arrangements 2001

Carton 5, Folder 16

Miscellaneous agreements 2003

Carton 5, Folder 17

Miscellaneous notebooks 1998-2001

Carton 5, Folder 18

Miscellaneous notes Undated

Carton 5, Folder 19

Miscellaneous Undated

 

Series 3 Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World 1992-2004

Physical Description: Carton 6

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of drafts, contractual materials, and public relations materials.
Carton 6

Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World 2003

Carton 6, Folder 1-8

drafts 2003

Carton 6

Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Asian American Fiction 1992, 1993

Carton 6, Folder 9-12

Permissions, contracts, agreements 1992, 1993

Carton 6

Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World 2000-2003, 2005

Carton 6, Folder 13-15

Permissions, contracts, agreements 2000-2003, 2005

Carton 6

Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Asian American Fiction 1993, 1994

Carton 6, Folder 16

Reviews 1993, 1994

Carton 6, Folder 17

Public relations 1993, 1994

Carton 6

Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World 2004

Carton 6, Folder 18

Public relations 2004

 

Series 4 Other Works 1974-2005

Physical Description: Cartons 7-9

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists primarily of drafts and public relations materials of smaller or unpublished works. Carton 9 consists primarily of drafts of miscellaneous works.
Carton 7

Danger and Beauty Aug. 1992-Apr. 1998

Carton 7, Folder 1-2

Drafts Aug. 1992, Apr. 1998

Carton 7

Pet Food and Tropical Apparitions 1979, 1981-1983

Carton 7, Folder 3-5

Drafts 1979, 1981

Carton 7, Folder 6

Reviews 1981, 1982

Carton 7, Folder 7

Public relations 1981-1983

Carton 7

Dangerous Music 1976, 1977, 1993

Carton 7, Folder 8

Reviews 1977, 1993

Carton 7, Folder 9

Public relations 1976

Carton 7, Folder 10

Miscellaneous Undated

Carton 7

Stairway to Heaven Sept. 2004-2005

Carton 7, Folder 11-13

Drafts Sept. 2004, Nov. 2004, Feb. 2005

Carton 7, Folder 14

Reviews 2005

Carton 7, Folder 15

Public relations 2005

Carton 7, Folder 16

Miscellaneous 2005

Carton 7

Airwaves/Wasteland/Fresh Kill 1990-1992, 1994

Carton 7, Folder 17-21

Drafts 1990, 1991, 1992

Carton 7, Folder 22

Incomplete drafts 1992

Carton 7, Folder 23

Public relations 1994

Carton 7, Folder 24

Casting 1992

Carton 7, Folder 25

Miscellaneous 1992

Carton 8

Gangster of Love 1990, 1993-1996

Carton 8, Folder 1-6

Incomplete drafts 1990, undated

Carton 8, Folder 7

Public relations Undated

Carton 8, Folder 8

Cover art Undated

Carton 8, Folder 9

Miscellaneous 1993-1996

Carton 8

Gangster Choir 1970, 1976, 1979, 1980-1986, 1989, 1991

Carton 8, Folder 10-11

Lyrics 1980-1985

Carton 8, Folder 12

Sheet music 1980-1985

Carton 8, Folder 13

Public relations 1980-1985

Carton 8, Folder 14

Reviews 1976

Carton 8, Folder 15

Contracts and agreements 1985-1986

Carton 8, Folder 16

Pictures Undated

Carton 8, Folder 17

Miscellaneous Undated

Carton 8, Folder 18

"Tenement Lover" – drafts 1979, 1981

Carton 8, Folder 19

"Tenement Lover" – public relations 1981

Carton 8, Folder 20

"Tenement Lover" – reviews Undated

Carton 8, Folder 21

"Tenement Lover" – agreements 1981, 1989, 1991

Carton 8

Holyfood 1988

Carton 8, Folder 22-23

Drafts 1988, undated

Carton 8

Crayon Bondage 1982

Carton 8, Folder 24

Drafts 1982

Carton 8, Folder 25

Public relations 1982

Carton 8, Folder 26

Agreements 1982

Carton 8

Airport Music 1993, 1994

Carton 8, Folder 27

Drafts 1993

Carton 8, Folder 28

Reviews 1994

Carton 8, Folder 29

Public relations 1993, 1994

Carton 8, Folder 30

Miscellaneous 1994

Carton 8

Teenytown 1987-1990, 2000

Carton 8, Folder 31

Drafts 1988, 1990, 2000

Carton 8, Folder 32

Incomplete drafts 1988, 1989

Carton 8, Folder 33

Public relations 1987-1990

Carton 8, Folder 34

"Thought Music" 1988

Carton 8, Folder 35

Miscellaneous 1988

Carton 8

Peachfish 1983

Carton 8, Folder 36

Drafts 1983

Carton 8, Folder 37

Public relations Undated

Carton 8

Travels in the Combat Zone 1983, 1990

Carton 8, Folder 38

Drafts 1990

Carton 8, Folder 39

Public relations 1983

Carton 8

Mango Tango 1974-2006

Carton 8, Folder 40

Drafts 1974-2006

Carton 8, Folder 41

Public relations 1978, 1979

Carton 8, Folder 42

Miscellaneous 1978

Carton 8

The Pink Palace 1996-1999

Carton 8, Folder 43-44

Drafts 1996-1999

Carton 8, Folder 45

Final product Undated

Carton 9, Folder 1-13

Drafts by Hagedorn 1977, 1980, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2002-2005, undated

Carton 9, Folder 14

Drafts 1993

Carton 9, Folder 15-17

Writings by Hagedorn 1989-2001

Carton 9, Folder 18

Various early writings by Hagedorn 1998

Carton 9, Folder 19-20

Drafts by others 1975, 1979, 1984, 1992

Carton 9, Folder 21

Proof of miscellaneous work 1996

 

Series 5 Personalia 1974-2006

Physical Description: Carton 10

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of notebooks, awards, and subject files.
Carton 10, Folder 1-9

General Hagedorn public relations materials 1974-2006

Carton 10, Folder 10-11

Miscellaneous notebooks 1977, 1990

Folder 12

Editorial comments for miscellaneous works 1980

Carton 10, Folder 13

Hagedorn genealogy research 1989

Carton 10, Folder 14

Washington University visit/controversy 1993, 1994

Carton 10, Folder 15

Various awards 1993, 1999-2002

Carton 10, Folder 16-17

Lois-Ann Yamanaka controversy 1998

Carton 10, Folder 18

Miscellaneous notes 1998

Carton 10, Folder 19

Various badges Undated

Carton 10, Folder 20-24

Miscellaneous Undated

 

Series 6 Correspondence 1973-2006

Physical Description: Cartons 11-12

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence relating to Hagedorn's various works followed by miscellaneous correspondence.
Carton 11, Folder 1-8

Dogeaters 1989-2001

Carton 11, Folder 9

Dream Jungle 2003, 2005

Carton 11, Folder 10-13

Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World 1992-1994

Carton 11, Folder 14-16

Pet Food and Tropical Apparitions 1978-1981

Carton 11, Folder 17

Dangerous Music 1976-1981

Carton 11, Folder 18

Stairway to Heaven 2005

Carton 11, Folder 19

Danger and Beauty 1995, 1997

Carton 11, Folder 20

Gangster Choir 1975, 1981, 1999

Carton 11, Folder 21

Airport Music 1993

Carton 11, Folder 22

Gangster of Love 1996

Carton 11, Folder 23

"Tenement Lover" 1982

Carton 11, Folder 24

Four Young Women Poems 1972, 1973

Carton 11, Folder 25

Mango Tango 1979, 1981

Carton 11, Folder 26

Teenytown 1988

Carton 11, Folder 27

Airwaves/Wasteland/Fresh Kill 1989?

Carton 11, Folder 28

The Pink Palace 1999

Carton 11, Folder 29-33

Hagedorn family 1978-1997

Carton 11, Folder 34-37

Miscellaneous agreements, contracts, publishing 1983-2003

Carton 12, Folder 1-26

Miscellaneous correspondence 1973-2006