Baldwin, James, 1924-1987

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James Baldwin, essayist, novelist, and playwright.

From the description of James Baldwin early manuscripts and papers, 1941-1945. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78269289

From the description of James Baldwin early manuscripts and papers, 1941-1945. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702153739

James Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, short story writer and playwright. Born in Harlem, he provided a literary voice during the period of civil rights activism in the 1950s and 1960s. His first novel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (1953) is a partially autobiographical account of his youth. His other novels include "Giovanni's Room" (1956) and "Another Country" (1962), both concerned with homosexuality as a theme. Baldwin's highly personal and analytical essay collections, "Notes of a Native Son" (1955), "Nobody Knows My Name" (1961), and "The Fire Next Time" (1963) probe deeper than the provincial problems of white versus black to uncover the essential issues of self-determination, identity, and reality. His plays "Blues for Mister Charlie," produced in 1964, "Going to Meet the Man" (1965) and "Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone" (1968) also confront American racism. Beginning in 1964, Baldwin made his home primarily in the south of France, but often returned to the United States to lecture or teach. He died in France in 1987.

From the description of James Baldwin letters and manuscripts, ca. 1950-1986. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122346137

Born 2 August 1924 in New York City, novelist, essayist, short story writer, and playwright James Baldwin died of cancer on December 1, 1987.

From the description of Correspondence, 1966-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82883024

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in Harlem, New York. The oldest of nine children, he suffered from poverty and a troubled relationship with his strict, religious stepfather. At age 14, Baldwin became a preacher at a small church in Harlem. Baldwin graduated from high school in 1942 and eventually moved to Greenwich Village. His focus shifted from religion to writing, and he became involved with other writers of the time, including Richard Wright. In 1948, fed up with America's racism and homophobia, Baldwin moved to France, where he gained enough distance to write about the America he knew. Baldwin began living part-time in New York in 1957 and became an active participant in the civil rights movement. In the early 1960s, he moved back to the United States and continued to be an important voice for equality and universal brotherhood through his writing and his activism. Baldwin died of stomach cancer on December 1, 1987, in St. Paul de Vence, France.

From the description of Letters to David Moses, 1971-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 181099825

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From the description of Letters, 1951-1975. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 36929362

From the description of Oral history interview with James Baldwin, 1964. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309728306

From the description of James Baldwin collection, 1943-1946. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122570770

From the guide to the James Baldwin collection, 1943-1946, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

James Baldwin was an African-American writer of fiction, essays, novels, autobiography/memoir, plays, and social commentary. He died in Paris on 1 December 1987.

From the description of James Baldwin letter, Istanbul, Turkey, to Kay Boyle, Middletown, Connecticut, 1963 April 8. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 48822630

The life of James Baldwin, novelist, essayist and civil rights advocate, has been described in a number of biographies and critical works, including David Leeming's James Baldwin: A Biography [Viking Penguin, 1994] and James Campbell's Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin [Faber, 1991 and Viking, 1991]

The provenance of the papers is a matter of some intrigue. The donor, Bart Kaplan, acquired the papers through eminent domain, after his company took possession of a storage building in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sometime in the early 1960s. The space in which they were stored had apparently once belonged to a publishing company which had left behind a suitcase containing these materials from James Baldwin. The relationship between Baldwin and the publishing company, as well as how a small parcel of his earliest literary effects was left with them, is uncertain. According to several sources, the materials in this archive were known to have been created by Baldwin, but were thought discarded or simply forgotten. In his introduction to New Essays on Go Tell It on the Mountain [Cambridge UP, 1996], Trudier Harris indicates that, following Harper's rejection of a draft section of "In My Father's House" [alternately "Crying Holy"], Baldwin put the manuscript "in a 'duffel bag'" and turned his attention to another project. Other circumstantial evidence - the dating of the first draft of "Crying Holy" to November 1941, while Baldwin was still in high school, and the length of the typescript version (57 pages - a few shy of the 60-page manuscript Richard Wright urged Baldwin to submit to Harper's) - suggests that this recovered cache of material fills in the gap that bibliographers have noted.

From the guide to the James Baldwin early manuscripts and papers, 1941-1945, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Letter to Phyllis Bischof : Saint Paul, France : LS, 1980 Sept. 29. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Jacobson, Dan. Papers, 1941-1994. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Nichols, Lee. [United States and Ghana, Africans and African Americans, 1967-1997] [sound recording] / collected by Lee Nichols. Indiana University, Archives of Traditional Music
creatorOf Boyle, Sarah-Patton, 1906-. Papers of Sarah-Patton Boyle 1938-1988 (bulk 1944-1975). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Letters, 1951-1975. Indiana University
contributorOf Black Muslims in America United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Delbanco, Nicholas. Nicholas Delbanco papers, 1956-<2010>, bulk 1966-2000. University of Michigan
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Gombos, Edith. Edith Gombos papers, 1960-1979. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn [10/25/1993 - 5/19/199] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. James Baldwin early manuscripts and papers, 1941-1945. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wright, Richard, 1908-1960. Richard Wright papers, 1927-1978. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Styron, William, 1925-2006,. Reminiscences of William Styron : oral history, 1986-1987. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
contributorOf Records of the Peace Corps. 1961 - 2000. Moving Images Relating to International Volunteer Activities. 1982 - 1995. The Negro and the American Promise
referencedIn Dial Press. Dial Press records, 1924-1983. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. James Baldwin letter, Istanbul, Turkey, to Kay Boyle, Middletown, Connecticut, 1963 April 8. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. James Baldwin early manuscripts and papers, 1941-1945. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1973. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Congress of Racial Equality, Seattle Chapter, records, 1961-1970 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Audio materials, 1956-1977 [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Stein, Sol. Sol Stein Papers, 1943-2004 (Bulk Dates: 1950-2004). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Delaney, Beauford, 1901-1979. Beauford Delaney collection, 1964-1977. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf James Baldwin collection, 1943-1946 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965. Lorraine Hansberry papers, 1947-1988. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf New Dramatists. Playwright lecture series [sound recording], 1951-1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Teer, Fredricka. Fredricka Teer papers, 1963-1969. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn Miller, Loren. Papers of Loren Miller, 1876-2003 (bulk dates 1932-1966) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Autograph letter signed : Hollywood, Calif., to Richard P. Clemence, 1968 June 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. James Baldwin letters and manuscripts, ca. 1950-1986. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Blues for Mister Charlie, 1964. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Loren Miller papers, 1876-2003, 1932-1966 Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
creatorOf Jones, James, 1921-1977. James Jones Papers, 1890-1981 (bulk 1941-1978). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946. The Countee Cullen/Harold Jackman Memorial Collection. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Julius Rosenwald Fund. Julius Rosenwald Fund records, 1917-1948. Lincoln Memorial University Library, Carnegie-Vincent Library
creatorOf Delaney, Beauford, 1901-1979. Beauford Delaney letters, 1958-1963. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lorraine Hansberry papers, 1947-1988 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf James Baldwin early manuscripts and papers, 1941-1945 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Correspondence, 1966-1977. Temple University, Blockson Afro-American History Collection
referencedIn Heath, Gordon, 1918-1991. Gordon Heath papers, 1913-1992 (bulk 1942-1979). University of Massachusetts Amherst, W.E.B. Du Bois Library
referencedIn Fuller, Hoyt, 1923-1981. Hoyt Fuller papers, 1940-1981. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Dial Press records, 1924-1983 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn e CRISIS IN THE NATION: WHITE RACISM: FRONTIERS OF FAITH United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn National United Committee to Free Angela Davis. National United Committee to Free Angela Davis records, circa 1970-1972. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Rudin, Stephen,. Gail and Stephen Rudin literary autograph collection, 1841-1993. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Lord, James. James Lord papers, circa 1917-2008. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Proofs of works by Baldwin, Charles Wright and Imamu Amiri Baraka, 1965-1978. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Miscellaneous Subjects, Staff and Stringer Photographs. 1961 - 1974. Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.[Author James Baldwin and actor Marlon Brando.]
creatorOf Young, Ian. [Collection of Gay Pulp Fiction]. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
referencedIn Records of Town Hall, Bulk, 1930-1978, 1900-1985 New York University. Archives.
referencedIn New world writing records, 1952-1960. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Brown, Wesley, 1945-. A prophet among them ; a play in two acts / by Wesley Brown, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn James Baldwin collection, [19--?-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Murray, Pauli, 1910-1985. Papers: Series IV, 1926-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Records of the Agency for International Development. 1948 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to International Development Programs and Activities. 1979 - 1991. The Black Contribution
referencedIn Beauford Delaney letters, 1958-1963 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Sol Stein Papers, 1943-2004, [Bulk Dates: 1950-2004]. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Baraka, Amiri, 1934-. Play Script Collection, 1935-1987. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Cleaver, Richard, 1952-. Hichō / by Richard Cleaver. New York Public Library System, NYPL
Hollywood Round Table - Civil Rights United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Monte, Eric. Fonny and Tish : screenplay / by Eric Monte. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987,. Oral history interview with James Baldwin, 1964. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Elmer Gertz Papers, 1789-1997, (bulk 1926-1988) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Race Initiative United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Hatch-Billops Collection, Inc. Hatch-Billops Collection of oral histories, [ca. 1965-1980]. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Richard Wright papers, 1927-1978 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf McClane, Kenneth A., 1951-. ALS : Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., to James [Baldwin] / Ken McClane, 1986, May 15. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
referencedIn Congress of Racial Equality. Seattle Chapter. Congress of Racial Equality, Seattle Chapter, records, 1961-1970. ND Univ of Washington Libraries (OCLC Worldshare ILL Beta)
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. James Baldwin collection, 1943-1946. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Author James Baldwin with actors Marlon Brando and Charlton Heston.] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Belton, Don. Papers, ca. 1960-2009. Indiana University
referencedIn New World Writing records, 1952-1960 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series VII., Other Department Files, 1916-1996 (bulk 1943-1969). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Lerner, Eugene, 1921-,. Lerner family papers, 1926-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. Letters to David Moses, 1971-1983. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Playwright lecture series [sound recording], 1951-1960 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. Elmer Gertz papers, 1789-1997 (bulk 1926-1988). Library of Congress
referencedIn Waring, Julius Waties, 1880-1968. Julius Waties Waring papers, 1841-1964. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Redding, Jay Saunders, 1906-1988. Papers, [ca. 1940-1980]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Dotton, Thomas L. A., III. Thomas L. A. Dotton papers, 1968-1969. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Authors Collection MS 443., 1845-1986 Sophia Smith Collection
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African American authors--Interviews
Authors, American--20th century--Archives
African American poets
American drama--African American authors
African American authors
American literature--African American authors
American poetry--African American authors
African Americans in literature
Dramatists, American--20th century
African American novelists
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American literature--African American authors--20th century
African Americans--Civil rights
Authors--Interviews
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
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Death 1987-12-01

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