Taylor Branch papers, 1865-2009 (bulk 1958-2009).

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Branch, Taylor. Taylor Branch papers, 1865-2009 (bulk 1958-2009).

Taylor Branch papers, 1865-2009 (bulk 1958-2009).

The papers consist of correspondence, writings, legal material, subject files, pictures, and audio and video material, much of which relates to Branch's trilogy on Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement ("Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63" (1988); "Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65" (1998); and "At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68" (2006)) and to "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President" (2009), his book about working with President Bill Clinton. Correspondence includes letters and some printed emails to and from Branch related to the research, writing, and publishing of his books about King and the civil rights movement; pamphlets, notes, clippings, and other printed material are interfiled. Some letters relate to Branch's attempts to acquire research files through the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOI/PA). There is also some correspondence about speaking engagements and personal correspondence related to friends and family. Writings chiefly relate to Branch's civil rights books and include drafts, notes, clippings, articles, correspondence, advertisements, and data compact discs containing bibliographic and research databases. There is also some information about a proposed television miniseries based on the first two books of the King trilogy (not available for research). Legal material chiefly concerns a 1964 California case involving a violent confrontation in 1962 between police officers and several black men. Subject files include research files on King and civil rights, particularly in Selma and Montgomery, Ala. Topics include John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., the National Council of Churches, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Stokely Carmichael, Nation of Islam, and the Vietnam War and anti-war groups. There are also files relating to Branch v. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in which Branch successfully sued for access to FBI files on J. Edgar Hoover, several FBI informants, Communism, the Ku Klux Klan, and other topics. Audio material includes interviews conducted by Branch and copies of material used in his research. Among the interviewees are Ralph Abernathy, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, James L. Bevel, John Bevel, Stokely Carmichael, Marion Cheek, Septima Clark, William Sloane Coffin, S.K. De, John Doar, Vernon Dobson, James Farmer, Alex Haley, Michael Harrington, Meree Harris, Rutha Mae Harris, Timothy Jenkins, Charles Jones, Clarence Jones, Edward Kennedy, S.B. King, Barnard Lee, John Lewis, Burke Marshall, Louis Martin, Robert McNamara, Richard Morrisroe, Bob Moses, Diane Nash, Sheriff Nichols, Edgar Daniel Nixon, Silas Norman, Joseph Rauh, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bayard Rustin, Charles Sherrod, Sargent Shriver, Harry Wachtel, Wyatt Tee Walker, S.B. Wells, and Andrew Young. There are also speeches and/or sermons of Ralph Abernathy, James Bevel, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X. Video material includes documentaries and news programs about the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and Malcolm X. Materials relating to Bill Clinton include audio recordings and transcripts of Taylor Branch's recollections and notes of interviews with Clinton during and after his presidency; editing and publishing materials for "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President" (2009), the book Branch wrote based on these interviews; correspondence between Branch and staff at the White House; articles and memos sent to Branch by White House staff; drafts of Clinton's speeches annotated by Branch, including the second inaugural address; printouts from news websites; clippings; and copies of other speeches given by Clinton and by other public figures; notebooks, seemingly from Branch's interviews with Clinton; two binders from a presidential trip to Haiti on which Branch traveled; and other items. Other materials in the collection include class notes from a course Branch taught, 2000; biographical information; and speeches, 1998-2000.

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