Michele Wallace papers, ca. 1940-2004.


Michele Wallace papers, ca. 1940-2004.

The Michele Wallace Papers document her career as a cultural critic, journalist and intellectual since the late 1970s. The Personal Papers series includes biographical information on Wallace in interviews, statements, letters, and educational materials. Information about her mother, artist Faith Ringgold, and other family members is also found here. Significant correspondents include Wallace's former husband Eugene Nesmith, and writers Jill Nelson, Ishmael Reed, Roberta (Bobbi) Sykes, Alice Walker, Cornel West and Sherley Anne Williams. The Writing series contains five subseries, Books, Articles and Essays, Interviews, Fiction, and Poetry. The Books subseries includes contracts, annotated galleys, correspondence with publishers, publicity materials, and reviews for "Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman," "Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory" and "Dark Designs and Visual Culture," and a file for the book, "Black Popular Culture: A Project" by Michele Wallace, edited by Gina Dent. The Articles and Essays subseries contains drafts for articles, essays and critical papers published in the "Village Voice" and other magazines, journals, and anthologies. Her published interviews with Alvin Ailey, Nona Hendryx, Iman, Grace Jones, Wilma Mankiller, and Richard Pryor are included in the Interviews subseries, and Wallace's unpublished novel, "Aint Nobody Business," can be found the Fiction subseries, including correspondence with publishers, and other unpublished fiction. The Poetry subseries contains a file of unpublished poems written by Wallace. The Professional series is divided into six subseries, Teaching, Associations, Conferences, Lectures and Speaking Events, Contracts and Correspondence and Research files. The Associations subseries contains files for The Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation (WSABAL), and The Sisterhood. Founded in 1970 by Faith Ringgold, Wallace and her sister Barbara Wallace, WSABAL was an ad hoc group of the Art Workers' Coalition, an organization of white artists protesting against the Museum of Modern Art and their callous treatment of artists and their work. The file contains letters about plans to demonstrate at the SVA show, as well as letters Wallace penned to Gloria Steinem, editor of MS Magazine. The Sisterhood was a black women's writers group which featured among its membership Margo Jefferson, Audre Lorde, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker and Wallace. The files contain minutes for meetings in 1977, in-house proposals and letters to the membership.

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