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Melvin Beaunorus Tolson papers, 1932-1975

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BOX 1-2 General Correspondence, 1935-1972
Personal and professional correspondence consisting of letters received, with attachments, and some drafts of letters sent.
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent and chronologically thereunder. Business correspondence filed at the end of the series is arranged chronologically.
BOX 1 "A" miscellaneous, 1935-1965, undated Correspondents include Obiora N. Agusiobo, American Society of African Culture, Lois Anderson, Margaret Anderson, Thomas Jefferson Anderson
BOX 1 Bond, Horace Mann, 1946-1955
BOX 1 "B" miscellaneous, 1949-1966, undated Correspondents include Gwendolyn Fuller Balfour, Martin L. Bass, Catherine Bell, Valmo Bellinger, Mary McLeod Bethune, Jack Bickhan, John Biggers, Arna Bontemps, Book Week, Robert Bowen, William S. Braithwaite, Gwendolyn Brooks, Broadus N. Butler
BOX 1 "C" miscellaneous, 1938-1966, undated Correspondents include Lois Towles Caesar, V. F. Calverton, Peter K. Carley, M. L. Cash, Lucille A. Chambers, John Ciardi, B. Daniel Clater, H. F. Coleman, Jack Conroy, Fannie Cook, John Coppock, Margaret Cunningham, Waring Cuney
BOX 1 Decker Press, 1949-1950
BOX 1 "D" miscellaneous, 1941-1965, undated Correspondents include Agnes Davis, John Warren Day, Ruth K. Dease, John Desmond, Dick Dien, George Dillon, Dodd Mead & Co., Roscoe Dunjee
BOX 1 "E" miscellaneous, 1948-1966, undated Correspondents include S. Randolph Edmonds, Millicent Spaulding Eifler, Ralph Ellison, David Leon Everett II
BOX 1 Flowers, William K., Jr., 1961-1966
BOX 1 "F" miscellaneous, 1941-1965, undated Correspondents include James Farmer, Fisher Laboratories, Laurence Fiste, Nellie Jeanne Foust, Ingram Fox, Hoyt W. Fuller
BOX 1 "G" miscellaneous, 1945-1967, undated Correspondents include Winfred T. Gilmore, Samuel J. Goldfarb, John H. Griffin
BOX 1 Hill, Herbert (and writings), 1962-1966
BOX 1 Hughes, Langston, 1944-1966 See also Container 2, same heading
BOX 1 "H" miscellaneous, 1940-1966, undated Correspondents include W. C. Handy, Nathaniel Hare, Harold Jackman Collection of Atlanta University, William Harrison, R. Henri Heights, Frank E. M. Hercules, Abram Hill, Henry H. Hill
BOX 1 "J" miscellaneous, 1949-1966, undated Correspondents include Adelle Jackson, Blyden Jackson, Miles M. Jackson, Jr., Eva Jesseye, Carl L. Jones
BOX 1 "K" miscellaneous, 1949, 1963-1966, undated Correspondents include William Melvin Kelley, Dwight Vincent Kyle
BOX 1 Lansdowne, Albert Y., 1960-1966
BOX 1 Liberia, Republic of, 1947-1966 See also Container 3, same heading
BOX 1 Library of Congress, 1965, 1972
BOX 1 "L" miscellaneous, 1950-1966, undated Correspondents include Oliver La Grone, Bertram A. Lewis, George Dewey Lipscomb
BOX 1 McPherson, Stephen E., 1965
BOX 1 "M" miscellaneous, 1952-1966, undated Correspondents include Nathalie B. Manning, M. H. Martin, Dan and Dorothy McCall, Henry Lee Moon, Karl H. Moore, Carl Murphy
BOX 1 "N-O" miscellaneous, 1948-1966, undated Correspondents include Lois Geer Ogilvie, John H. Otwell
BOX 1 "P-Q" miscellaneous, 1938-1965, undated Correspondents include Dick Paige, Maxwell Perkins, Rosey E. Pool, Daniel C. Pope, Mary Wills Porter, P. L. Prattis
BOX 1 Randall, Dudley (and poems), 1965-1966
BOX 1 "R" miscellaneous, 1948-1966, undated Correspondents include Charles A. Ray, Maryanne Raphael, L. D. Reddick, Jacob L. Reddix, Harvey J. Reynolds, Herman D. Richards, Hazel L. Robinson, Tom Robischon, Rockefeller Foundation, Charles G. Ross
BOX 1 Shapiro, Karl Jay (and poems), 1951-1965 See also Container 3, same heading
BOX 1 Steinburg, Jacob, 1952-1966
BOX 1 "S" miscellaneous, 1945-1965, undated Correspondents include Vinson J. Sanders, George Schuyler, Charliese P. Sheffield, Mitchell B. Southall, Newton P. Stalknecht, Jack Steinberg, Mary E. Swank
BOX 1 "T-V" miscellaneous, 1947-1966, undated Correspondents include Allen Tate, Charles Thomas, Mae Caesar Turner, Twayne Publishers, Jack Victor
BOX 1 Wilson, Ida Frances, 1960-1971
BOX 1 "W" miscellaneous, 1937-1971, undated Correspondents include Marvin Wachman, Olive Lindsay Wakefield, Edward Weeks, Walter White, Cora Whitted, Jr., J. R. Witt, Samuel Woods, Jr., Richard Wright
BOX 2 Business correspondence concerning publication, requests, speaking engagements, etc., 1941-1969
(5 folders)
BOX 2-3 Subject File, 1932-1970
Primarily printed matter and miscellany, with some general correspondence, related to universities, workshops, organizations, individuals, and Liberia.
Arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material and chronologically therein.
BOX 2 Address books, undated
BOX 2 Addresses, notes, etc., undated
BOX 2 Articles about Tolson, circa 1967
BOX 2 Basler, Roy P.
BOX 2 Flasch, Joy
BOX 2 Biographical material, obituaries, circa 1954-1966
BOX 2 Clippings about Tolson, 1954-1970
BOX 2 Fisk University Writers Conference, Nashville, Tenn., 1966
BOX 2 Frost, Robert, 1954-1964
BOX 2 Hughes, Langston, 1932-1966 See also Container 1, same heading
BOX 2 Langston, Okla., 1955-1963
BOX 3 Langston University, Langston, Okla., 1947-1965
BOX 3 Liberia, Republic of, 1946-1965 See also Container 1, same heading
BOX 3 Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pa., 1949-1966
BOX 3 National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1966
BOX 3 Oklahoma Poetry Workshop, 1965
BOX 3 Playbills of performances directed by Tolson, 1938-1965
BOX 3 Programs, etc., 1945-1966
BOX 3 Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1964-1965 See also Container 1, same heading
BOX 3 Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala., 1965-1966
BOX 4-10 Writings File, 1938-1968
Drafts, typescripts, and galleys of published and unpublished plays, fiction, poetry, speeches, and essays with research notes.
Arranged alphabetically by genre and thereunder by title of the work.
BOX 4 Book reviews by Tolson, 1950-1966
BOX 4 Drama
BOX 4 "Bivouac by the Santa Fe," typescript, undated
BOX 4 "Black No More," notes, undated
BOX 4 "The Fence War," typescript, undated
BOX 4 "The Fire in the Flint" typescript, based on a novel by Walter White, undated
BOX 4 "Three One-Act Plays" typescript, copyright submission, circa 1969
BOX 4 "Upper Boulders in the Sun," draft and related material, circa 1957
BOX 4 Miscellaneous notes
BOX 4 Lectures, speeches, poetry, etc., undated
(2 folders)
BOX 4 Similes, metaphors, and other figures of speech, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 5 (1 folder)
BOX 5 Speeches and poetry, undated
BOX 5 Novels (unpublished)
BOX 5 "All Aboard!" undated
(2 folders)
BOX 5 "Dark Symphony," typescript (incomplete), undated
BOX 5 "The Lion and the Jackal," typescript, circa 1945
BOX 6 Poetry
BOX 6 "Abraham Lincoln of Rock Spring Farm," typescript drafts, undated
BOX 6 "Africa China," typescript and reprint, 1950
BOX 6 "The Anatomy of Courage," working draft, undated
BOX 6 "The Barrel," working drafts, undated
BOX 6 "The Chitterling King," working draft, undated
BOX 6 "Dark Laughter"
BOX 6 Final draft, circa 1965
BOX 6 Working drafts, undated
BOX 6 "A Gallery of Harlem Portraits," typescript, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 6 Harlem Gallery
BOX 6 Draft
BOX 6 Preliminary, circa 1964
BOX 7 Final, circa 1964
BOX 7 Galley proofs, 1965
BOX 7 Notes, undated
BOX 7 Reviews, 1965-1968
BOX 7 Working drafts
BOX 7 1956-circa 1959
(3 folders)
BOX 8 1959, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 8 "The House of Heafod"
BOX 8 Final draft, undated
BOX 8 Working drafts, undated
BOX 8 "The Hydrogen Bomb," working drafts, undated
BOX 8 "John Henry," working drafts, undated
BOX 8 Libretto for the Republic of Liberia
BOX 8 Final draft with notes, undated
BOX 9 Galley proofs, circa 1953
BOX 9 Miscellaneous
BOX 9 Draft fragments, undated
BOX 9 Notes, undated
BOX 9 Reviews, 1954, 1966
BOX 9 Working drafts, undated
(6 folders)
BOX 9 "A Long Head to a Round Head," working drafts, undated
BOX 9 "Madame de Tory's Lover," final and working drafts, undated
BOX 9 "The Man from Helicarnassus," working drafts, undated
BOX 9 "Masks of the Middle Voice," final and working drafts, undated
BOX 9 Miscellaneous short poems and drafts, 1938-1966
(2 folders)
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