Guide to the Bettina Aptheker Papers

UCSC OAC Unit
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
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Guide to the Bettina Aptheker Papers

Collection number: MS 157

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
March 2008
Encoded by:
Mathew E. Simpson
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bettina Aptheker Papers
Dates: 1944-2006
Bulk Dates: (Bulk 1965-1990)
Collection number: MS 157
Creator: Aptheker, Bettina
Collection Size: 53 document boxes

2 flats
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains biographical material, correspondence, instructional materials, research notes, grant proposals, writings, speeches, lectures, and material concerning her political activism, including the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley and the trial of Angela Y. Davis.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is processed and available for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Bettina Aptheker Papers. MS 157. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Purchase and gift of Bettina Aptheker.

Biographical Chronology

September 2, 1944 Bettina Fay Aptheker born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Fay Phillippa Aptheker, a life-long activist and Communist organizer, and Herbert Aptheker, a Marxist historian and scholar of African-American history.
1958-1962 Attends Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, New York
Fall 1962 Moves to California to attend the University of California at Berkeley
September 1964-April 1965 Serves on the steering committee which led the Free Speech Movement (FSM) at UCB
August 29, 1965 Marries Jack H. Kurzweil on Long Island, NY
June 1967 Graduates from the University of California at Berkeley with an A.B. in History
Summer 1967 While seven months pregnant serves sentence at the Santa Rita Prison Farm for conviction stemming from FSM activity
October 19, 1967 Son Joshua Mark born
March 1968 Suffers a nervous breakdown
Summer 1969 Trip to Europe
March 1971 National United Committee to Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners (NUCFAD) begins its work
September 1971 If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance (with Angela Davis) published in England
December 1971 If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance (with Angela Y. Davis) published in the United States
1971-1972 Works as legal investigator in the defense of Angela Y. Davis
1972 The Academic Rebellion in the United States: A Marxist Appraisal published
January 1972 The California Supreme Court overturns the death penalty
February 23, 1972 Angela Y. Davis released on bail
February 28, 1972 Angela Y. Davis murder and conspiracy trial begins
June 4, 1972 Trial ends with "not guilty" verdicts on all counts
1974-1975 Assistant Instructor, Speech-Communication, San Jose State University
January 14, 1975 Daughter Jennifer born
1975 The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis published
June 1976 Master's Degree in Speech Communication from San Jose State University
1976-1979 Lecturer, Women's Studies, San Jose State University
  Instructor, Speech/Drama, San Jose State University
April 1978 Separates from Jack Kurzweil, who agrees to a divorce
Spring Quarter 1978 Teaches (as a lecturer) her first Women's Studies class at the University of California at Santa Cruz
Summer 1978 Attends the (for her) "life changing" 4th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women
Fall 1978 Lecturer, Afro-American Studies, San Jose State University
Summer 1979 Moves with her children to Santa Cruz
Fall Quarter 1979 Starts on a Ph.D. track in the History of Consciousness program at UCSC
October 19, 1979 Meets her life partner, Kate Miller, at a Holly Near concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
1980-1987 Lecturer, Women's Studies, UCSC
October 19, 1981 Resigns from the Communist Party
1982 Women's Legacy: Essays on Race, Sex, & Class in American History published
March 1983 Doctorate in the History of Consciousness, UCSC
Fall 1983 Comes "out" as a lesbian instructor
1987-1989 Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at UCSC
1988 Gets tenure at UCSC
1989-1997 Associate Professor of Women's Studies at UCSC
1989 Tapestries of Life: Women's Work, Women's Consciousness and the Meaning of Daily Experience published
Fall 1993 Takes bodhisatva vows in Tuscon, Arizona
1993-1995 Takes a sabbatical from UCSC, followed by a leave
June 1996 Chancellor Karl Pister authorizes the establishment of Women's Studies as a Department at UCSC
1997 Becomes Professor of Women's Studies at UCSC
May 29, 1997 Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSC
January 1999 Her mother, Fay Aptheker, dies
1999 The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis published with a new Introduction and Afterward
March 2003 Her father, Herbert Aptheker, dies
2006 The autobiographical Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel published

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains biographical material, correspondence, instructional materials from her years as one of the most popular instructors at the University of California at Santa Cruz, writings, speeches, and lectures, and material concerning her political activism. There is also significant material on the trial of Angela Davis, in whose defense Ms. Aptheker was a key activist.
Series 1: Biographical Material - contains personal documents, date books and diaries, awards and diplomas, and other personal items. More information can be obtained from reading the family correspondence in Boxes 23-24.
Series 2: Correspondence - contains correspondence related to the Free Speech Movement, letters from strangers regarding Aptheker's public affirmation of Communist Party membership, hate mail regarding FSM and CP activities, letters to Aptheker while she was in the Santa Rita jail, letters concerning the Angela Davis case, letters to and from prisoners, letters regarding the controversy over publication of Women's Legacy, and letters of appreciation from students. Family correspondence has been separated and is in Boxes 23 and 24. Correspondence with Angela Davis has been separated and is in Box 24, while correspondence concerning her trial is in Box 50.
Series 3: Writings - contains course outlines, bibliographies, handouts, assignments, syllabi, lecture notes, course proposals and other material related to Aptheker's teaching career, mostly at San Jose State University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, as well as requests for funding to support research and writing. Also included are many articles, essays, short papers and reviews, from early compositions through student papers to excerpts of manuscripts of published works as well as reviews of Aptheker's published works and her Master's Thesis notes, material for some of her writings, bibliographic notes and miscellany. This series also includes notes, texts or transcripts of speeches given beginning with Aptheker's student activism days at UC Berkeley through the Angela Davis trial to later lesbian and feminist conferences, among many other occasions and memorials.
Series 4: Activities - contains pamphlets, press releases, flyers, song lyrics and songbooks (including two 45 rpm Free Speech Carols records), notes, memos and statements as well as material related to various professional conferences. This series also contains material related to the evolution of Women's Studies into a Department at UCSC and other agenda, memos, and notes.
Series 5: Clippings & Newspapers - contains newspaper and magazine articles related to Aptheker's areas of interest and teaching. Most of the newspapers are from the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. There is one folder of articles on Aptheker herself. There are photocopied clippings in Box 51 concerning Angela Davis's trial.
Series 6: Angela Y. Davis Trial - contains correspondence concerning Angela Davis' murder and conspiracy trial in the early 1970's, photocopies of court documents, manuscripts by Angela Davis, newspapers and articles concerning the trial and the movement to free Angela Davis, and writings by others. There is also material on George Jackson, Ruchell Magee, and the San Quentin Six.
Series 7: Photographs & Slides - contains photographs covering Aptheker's life and slides of her wedding to Jack Kurzweil in 1965.

Arrangement

The papers of Bettina Aptheker are organized into seven series: Series 1: Biographical material; Series 2: Correspondence; Series 3: Writings; Series 4: Activities; Series 5: Clipping & Newspapers; Series 6: Angela Y. Davis Trial; Series 7: Photographs & Slides.
Series 1, 2, 5, 7 have no subseries.
Series 3: Writings is divided into four subseries: 3.1 Instructional Material; 3.2 Grant Proposals; 3.3 Writings & research; 3.4 Speeches
Series 4: Activities is divided in three subseries: 4.1 Activism; 4.2 Conferences; 4.3 Women's Studies.
Series 6: Angela Y. Davis Trial is divided into three subseries: 6.1 Trial Correspondence; 6.2 Manuscripts; 6.3 Related material.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Aptheker, Bettina--Archives
Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944- --Trials, litigation, etc.
Women's studies--United States
Free Speech Movement (Berkeley, Calif.)
Women--Social conditions

Other Finding Aids


Collection Contents

box-folder 1:1-7; 2; 3:1-14; 4:1-4

Series 1  Biographical Material 1944-2004

Physical Description: 27 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains personal documents, date books and diaries, awards and diplomas, and other personal items. More information can be obtained from reading the family correspondence in Series 2:23-24.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 1:1

Birthday Cards [ca. 1950?]

box-folder 1:2

Photo [from Scrapbook] of "Higgly Hill Camp" Children [ca. 1955-1956]

box-folder 1:3

Public School 241, Brooklyn (Diploma & Newsletter) 1958

box-folder 1:4

"Summer Scrapbook 1958" 1958

box-folder 1:5

"P.S.Brooklyn 241" Memory Book 1958

box-folder 1:6

Erasmus Hall High School (Certificates & Documents) 1958-1962

box-folder 1:7

European & Asian Trip Notebook 1959

box-folder 2

Diaries 1957, 1958, 1968, 1969

box-folder 2

"Week-at-a-Glance" Date Books 1969-1982

box-folder 3:1

High School Year Book Arch 1962 1962

box-folder 3:2

Awards & Certificates 1962-2004, n.d.

box-folder 3:3

Biographical Typescript [ca. 1968]

box-folder 3:4

European Trip [East Berlin] 1969

box-folder 3:5

Journal pages 1977

box-folder 3:6

Publications & Papers (partial list) 1979

box-folder 3:7

Statement of Purpose for Stanford University Application 1979

box-folder 3:8

Interviews & Profiles 1979-2002, n.d.

box-folder 3:9

Fay Aptheker Oral History - Rough Drafts of Interviews 1980

box-folder 3:10

Documents pertaining to the History of Consciousness Doctoral Program, UCSC 1981

box-folder 3:11

PhD Commencement Program & Cards 1983

box-folder 3:12

Academic Promotion File 1996-1998

box-folder 3:13-14, 4:1

Awards & Diplomas 1967-2004

box-folder 3:13

University of California at Berkeley 1967, n.d.

box-folder 3:14

San Jose State University 1976-1997

box-folder 4:1

Univeristy of California at Santa Cruz 1983-2004

box-folder 4:2-4

Personal Materials 1950, 1981, 1992

box-folder 4:2

The Playbill for the St. James Theatre's "Peter Pan" 1950

box-folder 4:3

Appreciation Booklet From Women's Studies 1 1981

box-folder 4:4

Appreciation Poster From Women's Studies 1 1992

box-folder 4:5 - 25:3; 52:7

Series 2  Correspondence 1957-2004

Physical Description: 87 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence related to the Free Speech Movement, letters from strangers regarding Aptheker's public affirmation of Communist Party membership, hate mail regarding FSM and CP activities, letters to Aptheker while she was in the Santa Rita jail, letters concerning the Angela Davis case, letters to and from prisoners, letters regarding the controversy over publication of Women's Legacy, and letters of appreciation from students. Family correspondence has been separated and is in Boxes 23 and 24. Correspondence with Angela Davis has been separated and is in Box 24, while correspondence concerning her trial is in Box 50.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 4:5

1957-1964

box-folder 4:6

Jan-Oct 1965

box-folder 4:7

Nov-Dec 1965

box-folder 4:8

1965

box-folder 4:9

Jan-Feb 1966

box-folder 4:10

Mar-May 1966

box-folder 5:1

Jun-Dec 1966

box-folder 5:2

Jan-Jun 1967

box-folder 5:3

Jul 1967

box-folder 5:4

Aug-Dec 1967

box-folder 5:5

Jan-Jun 1968

box-folder 5:6

Jul-Sep 1968

box-folder 6:1

Oct-Dec 1968

box-folder 6:2

1968

box-folder 6:3

Jan-Apr 1969

box-folder 6:4

May-Sep 1969

box-folder 6:5

Oct-Dec 1969

box-folder 6:6

1969

box-folder 6:7

Jan-Feb 1970

box-folder 6:8

Mar-Apr 1970

box-folder 6:9

May-Jun 1970

box-folder 7:1

Jul-Aug 1970

box-folder 7:2

Sep-Oct 1970

box-folder 7:3

Nov-Dec 1970

box-folder 7:4

1970

box-folder 7:5

Jan 1971

box-folder 7:6

Feb 1971

box-folder 7:7

Mar 1971

box-folder 7:8

Apr 1971

box-folder 7:9

May 1971

box-folder 8:1

Jun 1971

box-folder 8:2

Jul 1971

box-folder 8:3

Aug 1971

box-folder 8:4

Sep 1971

box-folder 8:5

Oct 1971

box-folder 8:6

Nov 1971

box-folder 8:7

Dec 1971

box-folder 8:8

1971

box-folder 9:1

Jan 1972

box-folder 9:2

Feb 1972

box-folder 9:3

Mar 1972

box-folder 9:4

Apr-May 1972

box-folder 9:5

Jun-Jul 1972

box-folder 9:6

Aug-Sep 1972

box-folder 9:7

Oct-Dec 1972

box-folder 9:8

1972

box-folder 9:9

Jan-Mar 1973

box-folder 10:1

Apr-Jun 1973

box-folder 10:2

Jul-Sep 1973

box-folder 10:3

Oct-Dec 1973

box-folder 10:4

1973

box-folder 10:5

Jan-Apr 1974

box-folder 10:6

May-Jun 1974

box-folder 10:7

Jul-Dec 1974

box-folder 10:8

1974

box-folder 11:1

Jan-Jun 1975

box-folder 11:2

Jul-Oct 1975

box-folder 11:3

Nov-Dec 1975

box-folder 11:4

1975

box-folder 11:5

Jan-Mar 1976

box-folder 11:6

Apr-Jun 1976

box-folder 11:7

Jul-Dec 1976

box-folder 11:8

1976

box-folder 11:9

Jan-Mar 1977

box-folder 11:10

Apr-Jul 1977

box-folder 11:11

Aug-Dec 1977

box-folder 11:12

1977

box-folder 12:1

Jan-Jun 1978

box-folder 12:2

Jul-Sep 1978

box-folder 12:3

Oct-Dec 1978

box-folder 12:4

1978

box-folder 12:5

Jan-Mar 1979

box-folder 12:6

Apr-Jun 1979

box-folder 12:7

Jul-Sep 1979

box-folder 12:8

Oct-Dec 1979

box-folder 12:9

1979

box-folder 12:10

Jan-Mar 1980

box-folder 13:1

Apr-Jun 1980

box-folder 13:2

Jul-Sep 1980

box-folder 13:3

Oct-Dec 1980

box-folder 13:4

1980

box-folder 13:5

Jan-Mar 1981

box-folder 13:6

Apr-Jun 1981

box-folder 13:7

Jul-Aug 1981

box-folder 13:8

Sep-Oct 1981

box-folder 14:1

Nov-Dec 1981

box-folder 14:2

1981

box-folder 14:3

Jan-Feb 1982

box-folder 14:4

Mar-Jun 1982

box-folder 14:5

Jul-Dec 1982

box-folder 14:6

1982

box-folder 14:7

Jan-Jun 1983

box-folder 14:8

Jul-Dec 1983

box-folder 14:9

1983

box-folder 14:10

Jan-Jun 1984

box-folder 15:1

Jul-Dec 1984

box-folder 15:2

1984

box-folder 15:3

Jan-Apr 1985

box-folder 15:4

May-Aug 1985

box-folder 15:5

Sep-Dec 1985

box-folder 15:6

1985

box-folder 15:7

Jan-Apr 1986

box-folder 15:8

May-Aug 1986

box-folder 15:9

Sep-Dec 1986

box-folder 16:1

1986

box-folder 16:2

Jan-Apr 1987

box-folder 16:3

May-Aug 1987

box-folder 16:4

Sep-Dec 1987

box-folder 16:5

1987

box-folder 16:6

Jan-Mar 1988

box-folder 16:7

Apr-Jun 1988

box-folder 16:8

Jul-Sep 1988

box-folder 17:1

Oct-Dec 1988

box-folder 17:2

1988

box-folder 17:3

Jan-Mar 1989

box-folder 17:4:

Apr-Jun 1989

box-folder 17:5

Jul-Sep 1989

box-folder 17:6

Oct-Dec 1989

box-folder 17:7

1989

box-folder 17:8

Jan-Mar 1990

box-folder 18:1

Apr-Jun 1990

box-folder 18:2

Jul-Sep 1990

box-folder 18:3

Oct-Dec 1990

box-folder 18:4

1990

box-folder 18:5

Jan-Mar 1991

box-folder 18:6

Apr-Jun 1991

box-folder 18:7

Jul-Sep 1991

box-folder 18:8

Oct-Dec 1991

box-folder 18:9

1991

box-folder 19:1

Jan-Feb 1992

box-folder 19:2

Mar-Apr 1992

box-folder 19:3

May-Jun 1992

box-folder 19:4

Jul-Oct 1992

box-folder 19:5

Nov-Dec 1992

box-folder 19:6

1992

box-folder 19:7

Jan-Mar 1993

box-folder 19:8

Apr-Jun 1993

box-folder 19:9

Jul-Sep 1993

box-folder 20:1

Oct-Dec 1993

box-folder 20:2

1993

box-folder 20:3

Jan-Mar 1994

box-folder 20:4

Apr-Jun 1994

box-folder 20:5

Jul-Sep 1994

box-folder 20:6

Oct-Dec 1994

box-folder 20:7

1994

box-folder 20:8

1995

box-folder 21:1

1996

box-folder 21:2

Jan-Jun 1997

box-folder 21:3

Jul-Dec 1997

box-folder 21:4

Jan-Jun 1998

box-folder 21:5

Jul-Dec 1998

box-folder 21:6

1999

box-folder 21:7

Jan-Jun 2000

box-folder 21:8

Jul-Dec 2000

box-folder 22:1

Jan-Jun 2001

box-folder 22:2

Jul-Dec 2001

box-folder 22:3

Jan-Jun 2002

box-folder 22:4

Jul-Dec 2002

box-folder 22:5

2003

box-folder 22:6

2004

box-folder 22:7

2005

box-folder 23:1

2006

box-folder 23:2

n.d.

box-folder 23:3 - 24:13

Family 1958-2004

box-folder 23:3

1958, 1959, 1962-1964

box-folder 23:4

1965

box-folder 23:5

1966

box-folder 23:6

1967

box-folder 23:7

1968

box-folder 23:8

1969

box-folder 24:1

1970

box-folder 24:2

1971

box-folder 24:3

1972

box-folder 24:4

1973

box-folder 24:5

1974

box-folder 24:6

1975

box-folder 24:7

1976

box-folder 24:8

1977

box-folder 24:9

1978

box-folder 24:10

1979

box-folder 24:11

1980-1989

box-folder 24:12

1990-1993, 1996, 2002, 2004

box-folder 24:13

n.d.

box-folder 24:14-15

Angela Davis 1970-1979

box-folder 24:14

Dec 1970 - Jul 1971

box-folder 24:15

Aug 1971 - May 1979

box-folder 25:1-2

Student Appreciation 1980-1989

box-folder 25:1

1980-1985

box-folder 25:2

1986-1989

box-folder 25:3

Hate Mail ca. 1965-1966

box-folder 52:7

Oversize Hand-painted Card of Appreciation 1993

box-folder 25:4 - 37:10

Series 3  Writings 1964-2004

Physical Description: 152 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains course outlines, bibliographies, handouts, assignments, syllabi, lecture notes, course proposals and other material related to Aptheker's teaching career, mostly at San Jose State University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, as well as requests for funding to support research and writing.
This series also contains many articles, essays, short papers and reviews, from early compositions through student papers to excerpts of manuscripts of published works. Reviews of Aptheker's published works by others is also included.
This series also contains Aptheker's Master's Thesis notes, material for some of her writings, bibliographic notes and miscellany.
This series also includes notes, texts or transcripts of speeches given beginning with Aptheker's student activism days at UC Berkeley through the Angela Davis trial to later lesbian and feminist conferences, among many other occasions and memorials.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically. Divided into 4 subseries: 4.1 Instructional Material; 4.2 Grant Proposals; 4.3 Writings & Research; 4.4 Speeches
box-folder 25:4-9; 26:1-9; 27:1-6

Subseries 3.1 Instructional Material 1964-2004

Physical Description: 21 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains course outlines, bibliographies, handouts, assignments, syllabi, lecture notes, course proposals and other material related to Aptheker's teaching career, mostly at San Jose State University and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Arrangement

Arranged as chronologically as possible, although not much of the material can be dated with certainty.
box-folder 25:4

"Marxism and the Coming American Revolution" 1964

box-folder 25:5

"Feminist Strategy under U.S. Capitalism" - WILPF Class 1974

box-folder 25:6

Religious Studies 405 - "Revolution: A Christian/Marxist Perspective" 1973

box-folder 25:7

Social Science 196 - "Women and Revolution" Syllabus n.d.

box-folder 25:8

Social Science 196 - "Afro-American Women in History" 1976-1978

box-folder 25:9

"Marxism and Feminism" - Marxist Study Series 1977

box-folder 26:1

Social Science 100 - "Studies in Sex and Power" 1976-1979

box-folder 26:2

Social Science 196 - "Women and Work" 1979

box-folder 26:3

Women's Studies 1 - "Introduction to Feminism" 1982-1999

box-folder 26:4

Women's Studies 62 - "African American Women's History" 1998

box-folder 26:5

Women's Studies 88A - "Women's Cultures of the Southwest" 2004

box-folder 26:6

Women's Studies 100 - "Methods" 1983-1988

box-folder 26:7

Women's Studies 101 - "Feminist Theory" 1980-1981

box-folder 26:8

Women's Studies 150 - "Women's Culture" 1996-2001

box-folder 26:9

Women's Studies 194 - "Women's Oral History and Memoir" 1995-1998

box-folder 27:1

Women's Studies 195 - "Women's Studies Senior Thesis Seminar" 1984-1986

box-folder 27:2

Women's Studies 196 - "Feminist Methods of Teaching" 1998

box-folder 27:3

Stevenson Core Course 80B - "Self and Society" 2000-2001

box-folder 27:4

"Course Proposals" 1973, n.d.

box-folder 27:5

Evaluations by Students 1970's

box-folder 27:6

"Phenomenal Woman Award - Cal State Northridge" 2001-2002

box-folder 27:7-15

Subseries 3.2  Grant Proposals 1969-2002

Physical Description: 9 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains requests for funding to support research and writing.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 27:7

Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation 1969

box-folder 27:8

Guggenheim Foundation 1972

box-folder 27:9

San Jose State University Foundation Research Grant 1978

box-folder 27:10

American Philosophical Society 1980

box-folder 27:11

UCSC Faculty Instructional Improvement Grant 1983

box-folder 27:12

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 1984

box-folder 27:13

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation 1985-1986

box-folder 27:14

UCSC Faculty Instructional Improvement Grant 1992

box-folder 27:15

UCSC Center for Teaching Excellence Mini-Grant 2002

box-folder 27:16-18; 28:1-12; 29:1-8; 30:1-12; 31:1-15; 32:1-14; 33:1-10; 34:1-6

Subseries 3.3 Writings & Research 1944-2004, n.d.

Physical Description: 80 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains many articles, essays, short papers and reviews, from early compositions through student papers (including Aptheker's Master's Thesis notes), excerpts of manuscripts of published works, and material for some of her writings, bibliographic notes and miscellany. Reviews of Aptheker's published works by others is also included.

Arrangement

Arranged as chronologically as possible, although not much of the material could be dated with certainty.
box-folder 27:16

Student Movements n.d.

box-folder 27:17

[Thesis on] Ida B. Wells and Mary Church Terrell n.d.

box-folder 27:18

"Raw Data - Bibliography & [Thesis] Ideas" n.d.

box-folder 28:1

Ida B. Wells - Chicago 1980

box-folder 28:2

W.E.B. Du Bois n.d.

box-folder 28:3

"Women's Suffrage and the Anti-Lynching Crusade: 1890-1920" n.d.

box-folder 28:4

"Abolitionism/Women's Rights" n.d.

box-folder 28:5

"Black Women in the Professions" n.d.

box-folder 28:6

"From Mammy to Matriarchy: The Criminalization of the Black Woman" 1978

box-folder 28:7

"Anna Julia Cooper" n.d.

box-folder 28:8

"Quelques [24] Images du Sud Viet Nam" n.d.

box-folder 28:9

Miscellaneous n.d.

box-folder 28:10

"Cow's-Capade" 1960

box-folder 28:11

Early Compositions 1961-1962

box-folder 28:12

Articles, Drafts & Essays 1965-1966

box-folder 29:1

"The Student Peace Movement: 1930-1940" & "Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox - Burns" 1966

box-folder 29:2

Articles & Essays 1967-1968

box-folder 29:3

"Santa Rita" 1968

box-folder 29:4

"Book no.V" [notebook] 1969

box-folder 29:5

"Book no.VI" [notebook] 1969

box-folder 29:6

Articles, Essays & Reviews 1969-1970

box-folder 29:7

Notebook [ca. 1970]

box-folder 29:8

Articles, Essays & Reviews 1971-1972

box-folder 30:1

The Morning Breaks - Prospectus & publishing information 1972-1975

box-folder 30:2

"Woman's Suffrage (As Argued in the pages of The North American Review, August and November 1883)" 1973

box-folder 30:3

Articles, Essays & Reviews 1973-1975

box-folder 30:4

Various short papers n.d.

box-folder 30:5

"Reflections on the Theory of Motive in Rhetorical Criticism" 1974

box-folder 30:6

"The Trial of Angela Y. Davis" 1974

box-folder 30:7

"Woman: an Issue" - A Bibliography from 1880 Through 1883 1974

box-folder 30:8

[7 Essays on W.E.B. Du Bois] 1974

box-folder 30:9

"W.E.B. DuBois and the Struggle for Woman's Rights, 1910-1920" 1974

box-folder 30:10

"Prospectus for the Master's Thesis" - SJSU 1975

box-folder 30:11

Articles, Drafts, Essays & Reviews 1976-1977

box-folder 30:12

Drafts & essays 1978

box-folder 31:1

Unpublished poems 1978-1979

box-folder 31:2

Papers for the History of Consciousness 1979-1981

box-folder 31:3

Articles, Drafts & Essays 1979-1981

box-folder 31:4

Controversy over the publication of Woman's Legacy 1976-1980

box-folder 31:5-7

Woman's Legacy [ca. 1981]

box-folder 31:5

Introduction - typescript [ca. 1981]

box-folder 31:6

Chapter 3 - typescript [ca. 1981]

box-folder 31:7

Chapter 6 - typescript "first rough draft" [ca. 1981]

box-folder 31:8

Articles & Reviews 1982-1985

box-folder 31:9

Tapestries of Life - prospectus & publishing information 1983

box-folder 31:10

"Bibliographical Comment" and Related Material 1984

box-folder 31:11

Tapestries of Life - notes [ca.1986]

box-folder 31:12

Articles, Essays & Reviews 1986-1990

box-folder 31:13-32:2

Tapestries of Life [ca. 1988]

box-folder 31:13

Chapter 1 - Ttypescript [ca. 1988]

box-folder 31:14

Chapter 2 - typescript & reference notes [ca. 1988]

box-folder 31:15

Chapter 4 - typescript [ca. 1988]

box-folder 32:1

Chapter 5 - typescript & reference notes [ca. 1988]

box-folder 32:2

Chapter 6 - typescript & reference notes [ca. 1988]

box-folder 32:3

Articles, Drafts, Essays & Reviews 1991-1994

box-folder 32:4

"Foreword" [to book edited by Herbert Shapiro] 1992

box-folder 32:5

Arlene Avakian - "Afterword" 1992

box-folder 32:6-33:7

Intimate Politics [ca.1995]

box-folder 32:6

2 Composition notebooks n.d.

box-folder 32:7

Notebook n.d.

box-folder 32:8

Miscellaneous handwritten notes n.d.

box-folder 32:9

Free Speech Movement Defendant statements n.d.

box-folder 32:10

"First Light" draft withdrawn from Anthology n.d.

box-folder 32:11

"Raw Material" n.d.

box-folder 32:12

"Growing Up In The Communist Party" - draft holograph n.d.

box-folder 32:13

"Berkeley Mosaic" - draft n.d.

box-folder 32:14

"Berkeley Mosaic" - draft typescript n.d.

box-folder 33:1

"A Lesbian Story" - draft typescript n.d.

box-folder 33:2

"Intimate Politics - draft printout n.d.

box-folder 33:3

"VI. A Lesbian Story (Brooklyn Tracks - Revised)" - draft holograph n.d.

box-folder 33:4

"VII. A Lesbian Story" - draft manuscript n.d.

box-folder 33:5

"VIII. An Opening of the Heart" - draft manuscript n.d.

box-folder 33:6

"IX: " - draft holograph n.d.

box-folder 33:7

Intimate Politics: Autobiography as Witness - manuscript n.d.

box-folder 33:8

Reviews 2001-2002

box-folder 33:9

"Gender Politics and the Free Speech Movement" [ca.2002]

box-folder 33:10

Articles 2002-2005

box-folder 34:1

If They Come in the Morning - includes international reviews from the United Kingdom, Germany (German title is Materialien zur Rassenjustiz); a review manuscript by Fannie [Surname Unknown]; an introduction by Glanton Dowell 1971-1972

box-folder 34:2

The Academic Rebellion in the United States - Letter from Tom Black to the editor of Political Affairs; a student paper from Merril College; and rebuttals from Aptheker to a review in World Magazine and to a review by Donna Ristorucci. 1973-1974

box-folder 34:3

The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis - letters to the editor of World Magazine by Doris Brin Walker; a book report a political science student 1973-1978

box-folder 34:4

Woman's Legacy: Essays on Race, Sex and Class in American History - includes reader's reports from the publisher, and comments from editor Kathleen Barry 1981-1985

box-folder 34:5

Tapestries of Life: Women's Work, Women's Consciousness, and the Meaning of Daily Experience - reviews 1989-1992

box-folder 34:6

Intimate Politics: Autobiography as Witness - reviews undated

box-folder 34:7-15; 35:1-12; 36:1-11; 37:1-10

Subseries 3.4  Speeches 1964-2006

Physical Description: 42 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries includes notes, texts or transcripts of speeches given beginning with Aptheker's student activism days at UC Berkeley through the Angela Davis trial to later lesbian and feminist conferences, among many other occasions and memorials. Please note there are no speeches from 1994 or 1995.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 34:7

1964

box-folder 34:8

1965

box-folder 34:9

1966

box-folder 34:10

1967

box-folder 34:11

1968

box-folder 34:12

1969

box-folder 34:13

1970

box-folder 34:14

1971

box-folder 34:15

1972

box-folder 35:1

1973

box-folder 35:2

1974

box-folder 35:3

1975

box-folder 35:4

1976

box-folder 35:5

1977

box-folder 35:6

1978

box-folder 35:7

1979

box-folder 35:8

1980

box-folder 35:9

1981

box-folder 35:10

1982

box-folder 35:11

1983

box-folder 35:12

1984

box-folder 36:1

1985

box-folder 36:2

1986

box-folder 36:3

1987

box-folder 36:4

1988

box-folder 36:5

1989

box-folder 36:6

1990

box-folder 36:7

1991

box-folder 36:8

1992

box-folder 36:9

1993

box-folder 36:10

1996

box-folder 36:11

1997

box-folder 37:1

1998

box-folder 37:2

1999

box-folder 37:3

2000

box-folder 37:4

2001

box-folder 37:5

2002

box-folder 37:6

2003

box-folder 37:7

2004

box-folder 37:8

2005

box-folder 37:9

2006

box-folder 37:10

n.d.

box-folder 38:1-13; 39:1-20; 40:1-8

Series 4  Activities 1964-1986

Physical Description: 41 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains pamphlets, press releases, flyers, song lyrics and songbooks (including two 45 rpm Free Speech Carols records), notes, memos and statements among other material.
This series contains material related to various professional conferences.
This series contains material related to the evolution of Women's Studies into a Department at UCSC and other agenda, memos, and notes.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically. Divided into 3 subseries: 3.1 Activism; 3.2 Conferences; 3.3 Women's Studies.
box-folder 38:1-13

Subseries 4.1  Activism 1964-1986

Physical Description: 13 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains pamphlets, press releases, flyers, song lyrics and songbooks (including two 45 rpm Free Speech Carols records), notes, memos and statements among other material.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 38:1

Letters to the Editor 1964-1973

box-folder 38:2

Miscellaneous 1964-1977

box-folder 38:3

Free Speech Movement 1964-1967

box-folder 38:4

Communist Party - USA : University of California at Berkeley Forum 1967

box-folder 38:5

Angela Davis Trial 1969-1971

box-folder 38:6

People's World 1969-1975

box-folder 38:7

San Quentin Six, Soledad Brothers, and other Prisoners 1971-1974

box-folder 38:8

San Jose 24 Arrest (regarding Angela Davis trial) 1972

box-folder 38:9

Davis Trial Jury Foreperson Mary Timothy 1972-1978

box-folder 38:10

Marxist Study Series 1974-1978

box-folder 38:11

Women's Centers 1975-1979

box-folder 38:12

Communist Party - USA, Resolution on Women's Equality 1979

box-folder 38:13

Feminist Songbooks 1982, 1986

box-folder 39:1-20

Subseries 4.2  Conferences 1967-2002

Physical Description: 20 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains material related to various professional conferences.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 39:1

American Sociological Association 1967

box-folder 39:2

World Congress of Women 1969

box-folder 39:3

Marxism and Women's Liberation 1971

box-folder 39:4

Third Berkshire Conference on the History of Women 1976

box-folder 39:5

Western States Communication Association 1976

box-folder 39:6

Western Social Science Association 1977

box-folder 39:7

"Structures and Strategies: A Bay Area Women's Studies Conference" 1978

box-folder 39:8

Fourth Berkshire Conference of Women Historians 1978

box-folder 39:9

Purdue University Conference on the Black Woman 1979

box-folder 39:10

Teaching Women's History 1979

box-folder 39:11

First National Scholarly Research Conference on Black Women 1979

box-folder 39:12

Fifth Annual Midwest Marxist Scholars Conference 1980

box-folder 39:13

Berkshire Forum 1980-1981

box-folder 39:14

Fifth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women 1981

box-folder 39:15

"Women's Studies and the Politics of Interconnection" 1982

box-folder 39:16

Organization of American Historians 1982

box-folder 39:17

"Afro-American Women and the Vote: 1837-1965" 1987

box-folder 39:18

"Women: Culture, Conflict and Consensus" 1987

box-folder 39:19

"Unfinished Liberation: Power, Identity, and Culture" 1998

box-folder 39:20

Pacific Sociological Association 2002

box-folder 40:1-8

Subseries 4.3  Women's Studies 1978-2002

Physical Description: 8 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains material related to the evolution of Women's Studies into a Department at UCSC and other agenda, memos, and notes.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 40:1

Women's Studies Collective 1978-1982

box-folder 40:2

Letters from Women's Studies Chairs to UCSC Administration 1984-1988

box-folder 40:3

Theories and Methodologies of Women's Studies Research Group 1985

box-folder 40:4

Department Reviews 1984-1991

box-folder 40:5

Retreats 1996-2002

box-folder 40:6

Executive Committee 1997-2000

box-folder 40:7

Commemorative Journal 2000

box-folder 40:8

Miscellaneous 1983-2002

box-folder 41:1-7; 42:1-6; 43:1-6; 44:1-6; 45:1-6; 46:1-8; 47:1-11; 48:1-10: 49:1-8; 52:3-6,8

Series 5  Clippings & Newspapers 1965-2002

Physical Description: 9 boxes, 5 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains newspaper and magazine articles related to Aptheker's areas of interest and teaching. Most of the newspapers are from the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. There is one folder of articles on Aptheker herself. There are photocopied clippings in Series 6, Box 51 concerning Angela Davis's trial.

Arrangement

Folders designated by Aptheker have retained those names. The remainder are sorted chronologically.
box-folder 41:1

1965-1970

box-folder 41:2

1974-1975

box-folder 41:3

Jan-Mar 1976

box-folder 41:4

Apr-Jun 1976

box-folder 41:5

Jul-Aug 1976

box-folder 41:6

Sep-Oct 1976

box-folder 41:7

Nov-Dec 1976

box-folder 42:1

Jan-Feb 1977

box-folder 42:2

Mar-Apr 1977

box-folder 42:3

May-Jun 1977

box-folder 42:4

Jul-Aug 1977

box-folder 42:5

Sep-Oct 1977

box-folder 42:6

Nov-Dec 1977

box-folder 43:1

Jan-Feb 1978

box-folder 43:2

Mar-Apr 1978

box-folder 43:3

May-Jun 1978

box-folder 43:4

Jul-Aug 1978

box-folder 43:5

Sep-Oct 1978

box-folder 43:6

Nov-Dec 1978

box-folder 44:1

Jan-Feb 1979

box-folder 44:2

Mar-Apr 1979

box-folder 44:3

May-Jun 1979

box-folder 44:4

Jul-Aug 1979

box-folder 44:5

Sep-Oct 1979

box-folder 44:6

Nov-Dec 1979

box-folder 45:1

Jan-Feb 1980

box-folder 45:2

Mar-Apr 1980

box-folder 45:3

May-Jun 1980

box-folder 45:4

Jul-Aug 1980

box-folder 45:5

Sep-Oct 1980

box-folder 45:6

Nov-Dec 1980

box-folder 46:1

Jan-Feb 1981

box-folder 46:2

Mar-Apr 1981

box-folder 46:3

May-Jun 1981

box-folder 46:4

Jul-Aug 1981

box-folder 46:5

Sep-Oct 1981

box-folder 46:6

Nov-Dec 1981

box-folder 46:7

1982-1983

box-folder 46:8

1983-1984

box-folder 47:1

1985

box-folder 47:2

1986-1989

box-folder 47:3

[Jack Kurzweil Tenure Case] 1971

box-folder 47:4

[Feminism Method and Form] 1973-1981

box-folder 47:5

"Women's Studies Articles" 1976-1978

box-folder 47:6

"Iran/Mid-East/Muslim" 1979-1991

box-folder 47:7

"Israel" 1978-1990

box-folder 47:8

"Japan" 1979-1991

box-folder 47:9

"Soviet Union" 1979-1991

box-folder 47:10

"Rocky Horror" 1978

box-folder 47:11

"Hist[ory of] Women's Lib[eration] Movements 1978

box-folder 48:1

"Women and Work: Resources" 1978-1980

box-folder 48:2

"Lesbian/Gay Rights" 1979-1992

box-folder 48:3

1965-1970

box-folder 48:4

"Africa" 1979-1991

box-folder 48:5

"Central America" 1979-1992

box-folder 48:6

"China" 1979-1991

box-folder 48:7

"Cuba" 1979-1991

box-folder 48:8

"Europe" 1978-1991

box-folder 48:9

"Feminism, National Liberation and Socialism" ca. 1978-1981

box-folder 48:10

"India" 1980-1990

box-folder 49:1

"General Cross-Cultural" 1980-1990

box-folder 49:2

"Southeast Asia/ Indonesia" 1980-1992

box-folder 49:3

"South America" 1980-1991

box-folder 49:4

[Native American Women] 1993

box-folder 49:5

Articles on Bettina Aptheker 1962-2002

box-folder 49:6

[Free Speech Movement] 1961-1992

box-folder 49:7

[Free Speech Movement in The Daily Californian] 1984

box-folder 49:8

Incomplete Articles n.d.

box-folder 52:3

Free Angela 1965-1970

box-folder 52:3

v.1:10 Aug 1971

box-folder 52:3

v.1:11 Sep. 1971

box-folder 52:3

v.1:12 Nov. 1971

box-folder 52:4

Guardian, v.24:2 Oct. 13, 1971

box-folder 52:5

People's World 1970

box-folder 52:5

v.33:33 Aug.15,1970

box-folder 52:5

v.33:34 Aug.22,1970

box-folder 52:5

v.33:35 Aug.29,1970

box-folder 52:5

v.33:36 Sep.5,1970

box-folder 52:5

v.33:42 Oct.17,1970

box-folder 52:6

Solidarity Newsletter, v.1:1 Nov 1971

box-folder 52:8

Facsimile of The Daily Post Dispatch, v.77:316, "Bettina Legitimate! UC Yields - People Triumph! "No Cooptation!' She Vows" n.d.

box-folder 50, 51, 52, 53

Series 6  Angela Y. Davis Trial 1969-1999

Physical Description: 4 Boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence concerning Angela Davis' murder and conspiracy trial in the early 1970's, photocopies of court documents, manuscripts by Angela Davis, newspapers and articles concerning the trial and the movement to free Angela Davis, and writings by others. There is also material on George Jackson, Ruchell Magee, and the San Quentin Six.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically. Divided into 3 subseries: 6.1 Trial correspondence; 6.2 Manuscripts; 6.3 Related materials.
box-folder 50:3-14; 51:1-5

Subseries 6.1  Trial Correspondence 1969-1997, n.d.

Physical Description: 17 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains correspondence, documents, booklets, flyers and pamphlets among other material.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 50:3

With Bettina Aptheker 1970-1972

box-folder 50:4-6

Letters of Support 1971-1974

box-folder 50:4

1971

box-folder 50:5

1972, n.d.

box-folder 50:6

1973-1974

box-folder 50:7

Correspondence and Documents 1969-1997

box-folder 50:8

"National United Committee to Free Angela Davis & All Political Prisoners" [NUCFAD] - Documents 1971-1972

box-folder 50:9

Statement to Court & Court Paper No. 52613 1972

box-folder 50:10

"FrameUp: A Weekly Trial Bulletin from NUCFAD" 1972

box-folder 50:11-13

Items regarding the "Free Angela Davis" Movement 1969-1972

box-folder 50:11

Newsletters ca. 1969-1972

box-folder 50:12

Flyers, leaflets, pamphlets ca. 1971-1972

box-folder 50:13

Booklets ca. 1969-1972

box-folder 50:14

"Libertad para Angela Davis" [45rpm vinyl records] n.d.

box-folder 51:1

Berrigan, Daniel ca. 1972

box-folder 51:2

Cohen, Robert S. 1971

box-folder 51:3

Huggins, Ericka 1971

box-folder 51:4

Lukács, Georg 1971

box-folder 51:5

Robertson, Andrew David 1972

box-folder 50:1-2, 51:6-20

Subseries 6.2  Manuscripts 1970-1972, n.d.

Physical Description: 17 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains manuscripts by Angela Davis from the time of her arrest and trial.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 50:1

"Random Reflection In/On Jail", by Angela Davis n.d.

box-folder 50:2

"A Reply to Henry Winston's Article The Meaning of San Rafael" 1970-1972

box-folder 51:6

"The Soledad Brothers" by Angela Davis ca. 1970-1972

box-folder 51:7

[Ericka Huggins & Angela Davis book; Includes "On the 8th Anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing"] [ca. 1971]

box-folder 51:8

"II. The Generations" ca. 1970-1972

box-folder 51:9

"Outline for Opening Statement" - first draft by Angela Davis ca. 1971

box-folder 51:10

"Women & Capitalism" (Unpublished Manuscript) 1971

box-folder 51:11

"To the Reverend Abernathy, Brothers and Sisters" by Angela Davis 1971

box-folder 51:12

"The New York Arrest" n.d.

box-folder 51:13

"Introduction to Ericka's Poems" n.d.

box-folder 51:14

"Incidental Reflections on the Cuban Revolution" n.d.

box-folder 51:15

"Women Fighting Back in the House of D." n.d.

box-folder 51:16

"Women's House of Detention, New York, Floor No. 4" n.d.

box-folder 51:17

"Political Prisoners, Prisons & Black Liberation" by Angela Davis 1971

box-folder 51:18

"Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slaves" by Angela Davis ca. 1971

box-folder 51:19

"The Case of Joanne Little and the Dialectics of Rape" by Angela Davis 1975

box-folder 51:20

Publicity for "If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance" 1971

box-folder 50:15-17, 51:21-27; 52:1-2, 53

Subseries 6.3  Related Material 1969-1999, n.d.

Physical Description: 10 folders, 2 flats

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains material about activites concerning George Jackson, the San Quentin Six, and Ruchell Magee around the time of the Angela Davis trial, as well as writings by others.

Arrangement

Arranged to accomodate the size of the materials involved (letter, legal, or oversize).
box-folder 50:15

Flyers & Court Documents re George Jackson & the San Quentin Six 1970-1973

box-folder 50:16

Clippings about George Jackson 1970-1971

box-folder 50:17

Documents on Ruchell Magee 1971-1973

box-folder 51:21

Soledad Brothers & the San Quentin Six - Documents 1970-1972

box-folder 51:22

"Open Address to the Public" by Ruchell Magee 1973

box-folder 51:23

"The Constitutional Rights of Communist Teachers and the Angela Davis Case" by John Somerville 1972

box-folder 51:24

"A Theme on Political Prisoners Sketched in San Quentin Prison (April, May 1972)" by Luis N. Talamantez 1972

box-folder 51:25

"Untitled" (sic) by Wayne Webb and Walter Baynard 1973

box-folder 51:26

Photocopies of newspaper clippings 1969-1999

box-folder 51:27

"Movement" v.6:1 Feb-Mar 1970

box-folder 52:1

2 Oversize Posters ca. 1971

box-folder 52:2

Oversize Articles [photocopied] ca. 1971

box-folder 53

Scrapbook [on the Angela Davis Trial] 1970-1972

box-folder 52:9; 54

Series 7  Photographs & Slides 1945-2004

Physical Description: 1 box, 1 oversize folder

Scope and Content Note

This series contains photographs covering Aptheker's life and slides of her wedding to Jack Kurzweil in 1965.

Arrangement

Arranged by size and format.
box-folder 54:1

Polaroids 1980, n.d.

box-folder 54:2

30 approx. 3½" x 5" b/w photographs 1945-1984, n.d.

box-folder 54:3

28 approx. 3½" x 5" color photographs 1958-1990, n.d.

box-folder 54:4

45 (4x6), 4 (5x7) color photos, 7 (5x7) b/w photos 1992-1998, n.d.

box-folder 54:5

27 approx. (8x10) b/w photos, and 1 color photograph 1965-1999, n.d.

box-folder 54:6

32 approx. (9x12") b/w photos (including photocopies) 1945-2004

Note

Note: Some duplicates of smaller sized originals
box-folder 54

32 slides; Wedding, August 29, 1965; "Jeromino's NY, Summer 1976" 1965, 1976

Note

White plastic box
box-folder 54

28 slides; "Bettina-Jack Wedding 8-65" 1965

Note

Orange plastic box
box-folder 54

11 slides; "Aug 29, 1965, Our Wedding" 1965

Note

Grey (2x2) slide box
box-folder 52:9

3 (11x14) portraits of Bettina F. Aptheker [by Anne Berry] 1980, n.d.