Haley, Alex, 1921-1992

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Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers. In the United States, the book and miniseries raised the public awareness of black American history and inspired a broad interest in genealogy and family history.

Haley's first book was The Autobiography of Malcolm X, published in 1965, a collaboration through numerous lengthy interviews with Malcolm X.

He was working on a second family history novel at his death. Haley had requested that David Stevens, a screenwriter, complete it; the book was published as Queen: The Story of an American Family. It was adapted as a miniseries, Alex Haley's Queen, broadcast in 1993.

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referencedIn John Sylvester Fischer papers, 1907-1980 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Alex Haley papers, 1967-1990 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Kinoy, Ernest. Roots : the next generation. Show #2 / written by Ernest Kinoy. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Gail and Stephen Rudin autograph collection, 1841-1993. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Elkins, Hillard, 1929-. Papers, 1956-1979. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Ken McCormick Collection of Doubleday and Company, Inc., Records, 1882-1992, (bulk 1910-1992) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Lincoln, C. Eric (Charles Eric), 1924-2000. C. Eric Lincoln correspondence, 1959-1993. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Headquarters Photographic Assignment File Documenting Agency Officials, Events, and Facilities, 1968 - 12/14/2004 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Inventory of the Revolutionary Publications and Writings: Area Studies MSS 00159 ., 1921-1976. Cushing Memorial Library,
creatorOf NONMUSIC RECORDING (COLLECTION) Audio materials, 1956-1977 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Audio materials, 1956-1977 [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn John O. Marsh Files (Ford Administration), 1974 - 1977. John Marsh's General Correspondence, 1974 - 1977. Haley, Alex. Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900 - 2003. Video Recordings from the "Worldnet Today" Program Series, ca. 1980 - ca. 1994. American Authors: Alex Haley - October 7, 1991. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Duke University. Oral History Program. Collection, 1973-1978, 1992, and n.d. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn McGreevey, John. Roots, the next generations. Show #6 : screenplay / by John McGreevey ; treatment by Ernest Kinoy ; based on the books Roots and Search and additional material by Alex Haley. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Branch, Taylor. Taylor Branch papers, 1865-2009 (bulk 1958-2009). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn AV 2957, Corporation of the President (1923- ). World Conference on Records, Preserving Our History 1980 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Lincoln, C. Eric (Charles Eric), 1924-2000. C. Lincoln Eric photographs, 1923-1992. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Balk, Alfred, 1930-2010. Alfred Balk papers, 1941-2010, bulk 1953-1993. Newberry Library
referencedIn Anne Romaine Papers, 1935-1995 (bulk 1960-1995) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Haley, Alex. Raíces [recurso electrónico] / Alex Haley. Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico
creatorOf Rudin, Stephen,. Gail and Stephen Rudin literary autograph collection, 1841-1993. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Fayetteville State University. Photographs, 1880-1990 (bulk 1960-1990). Fayetteville State University, Charles W. Chesnutt Library
referencedIn Stanford University. Associated Students. Speakers Bureau. Associated Students of Stanford University, Speakers Bureau, audio-visual materials, 1981-1996. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf National Press Club (U.S.). Luncheon speakers collection [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Whitney M. Young, Sr. papers, 1916-1973. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn WPBA (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.). The southern voice videotapes, 1984. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to U.S. Domestic and International Activities , 1982 - 1999. Alex Haley: The Search for Roots. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Crowell-Collier Publishing Company. Crowell-Collier Publishing Company records, 1931-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Haley, Alex. The Africans. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Kinoy, Ernest. Roots, the next generations. Show #7 / written by Ernest Kinoy ; based on the books Roots and Search and additional material by Alex Haley. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn McCormick, Ken, 1906-. Ken McCormick collection of the records of Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1882-1992 (bulk 1910-1992). Library of Congress
creatorOf X, Malcolm, 1925-1965. Malcolm X Playboy interview [manuscript], 1963. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Fischer, John Sylvester, 1910-1978. John Sylvester Fischer papers, 1907-1980 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Haley, Alex. Dark Secret's last race : a drama in real life [manuscript], 1961-1963, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stanford guest lecture series videorecordings, 1986 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hartwick College. Photos, maps, graphics and audio-visual, 1928-<1992> Hartwick College, Stevens-German Library
referencedIn Duke University Oral History Program Collection, and undated, 1973-1978, 1992 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Thurman, Howard, 1900-1981. Howard Thurman collection, 1924-1981 (bulk 1952-1967). Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996. Papers, 1933-40, 1960- University of Michigan
referencedIn Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996. Harold Courlander papers, 1933-40, 1960- University of Michigan
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, 1973 -. Video Tape Programs and Worldnet Broadcasts, 1999 - 2009. Alex Haley, 1992. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Haley, Alex. Alex Haley papers, 1967-1990. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Tennessee State Planning Office. Homecoming '86, 1984-1985. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
creatorOf Haley, Alex P., 1923-1992. A letter home. University of Tennessee, John C. Hodges Library
referencedIn Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project Collection, 1965-1989 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Ken McCormick collection of the records of Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1882-1992 (bulk 1910-1992). Library of Congress
referencedIn Hastie, William. William Hastie papers. 1916-1976. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, 1973 -. Video Tape Programs and Worldnet Broadcasts, 1999 - 2009. Conversation with Alex Haley, 1976. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Fischer, John Sylvester, 1910-1978. John Sylvester Fischer papers, 1907-1980 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Associated Students of Stanford University, Speakers Bureau, audio-visual materials, 1981-1996 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Haley, Alex. Martin Luther King, Jr., interview and correspondence, 1964-1969. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Biography -- Haley, Alex. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Crowell-Collier Publishing Company records, 1931-1955 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Mumford, Thad. Roots, the next generations. Show #5 : screenplay / by Thad Mumford ; treatment by Ernest Kinoy ; based on the books Roots and Search and additional material by Alex Haley. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Haley, Alex. Papers, 1870-1991. University of Tennessee, John C. Hodges Library
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996. Analysis of Haley's plagiarism of The African : typescript (photocopy), [1978?] University of Michigan
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Subject
African Americans--Biography
Black author
Ciegos--Libros y lectura
African Americans--Genealogy
African American authors
American literature--African American authors
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Author
Writer
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Birth 1921-08-11

Death 1992-02-10

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Americans,

African Americans

English

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