Finding Aid of the Watts Writers' Workshop stories, lesson books, and other material 0177

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch and Mandeep Condle
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Title: Watts Writers' Workshop stories, lesson books, and other material
Collection number: 0177
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Date (inclusive): 1966-1993
Abstract: The Watts Writers’ Workshop was founded in 1965 by Budd Schulberg. This collection contains clippings about the workshop and works by Jimmie Sherman, one of the Workshop’s members.
creator: Sherman, Jimmie L., (Jimmie Lee), b. 1944

Historical Note

The Watts Writers' Workshop (also known as the South Central Writers Workshop: Douglass House), was founded in 1965 by novelist Budd Schulberg in the aftermath of the Watts Riots. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Workshop was housed in the Douglass House, which served as a meeting space and housing for some of the workshop members. Jimmie Sherman (b. 1941), was a workshop member. The Workshop still meets sporadically, while the Harlem-based Frederick Douglass Center for the Creative Arts, the Workshop's Eastern offshoot, is a vibrant organization.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name],Watts Writers' Workshop stories, lesson books, and other material, Collection no. 0177, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Scope and Content

This collection contains clippings and documents concerning the Watts Writers' Workshop. Included in the collection are Jimmie Sherman's works "Reflections of a Nobody," a short story; "Ballad from the Sixties," a play with music; and "The Workin' Machine," a ballad; as well as Sherman's self-published language instruction materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Douglass House Foundation. -- Archives
Schulberg, Budd -- Archives
Sherman, Jimmie L., (Jimmie Lee), b. 1944 -- Archives
Watts Writers' Workshop. -- Archives
African American authors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
African American educators--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
Bylaws (administrative records)
Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources

Box 1, Folder 1

"Eve" Ink drawing by the poet J.L. Sherman August 1991

Box 1, Folder 2

By-laws of the Douglass House Foundation

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, including a letter from Budd Schulberg to Jimmy Sherman March 22, 1988

Box 1, Folder 4

Various papers: minutes, announcements

Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6

"Reflections of a Nobody," by Jimmie Sherman

Box 1, Folder 7

Photocopies of photographs

Box 1, Folder 8

"The Workin' Machine," words by Jimmie Sherman, music by Steve Allen

Box 1, Folder 9

Studio Watts Workshop newsletters 1969

Box 1, Folder 10

"A Ballad from the Sixties," ("A Ballad from Watts" Revived) by J.L. Sherman

Box 1, Folder 11

"Sherman's Think Write" (Lesson Book 1)

Box 1, Folder 12

"Sherman's Principles of Emotionmatics" (Lesson Book 2)

Box 1, Folder 13

"Sherman's Theatrical Emotion Mastery" (Lesson Book 3)

Box 1, Folder 14

"Sherman' Director's Manual: Exercise Book for the Theatrical Director" (Lesson Book 4)

Box 1, Folder 15

Miscellaneous Photographs