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Writer James Baldwin (1924-1987) is counted among the most important and influential African American writers of the twentieth century. His novels and essays explore the complexities and consequences of racial strife in the United States. Famous for his astute observations of American culture and his incisive examination of the psychological effects of racism and segregation, Baldwin’s most celebrated works include: Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953),  Notes of a Native Son (1955), Giovanni's Room (1956),  Another Country (1962), and The Fire Next Time  (1963).
 
Manuscripts, letters, and archival materials related to James Baldwin:
 
James Baldwin Early Manuscripts and Papers, 1941-1945 (6 boxes)
Call Number: JWJ MSS 21
 
Walter O. Evans collection of James Baldwin, 1953-1987(2 boxes)
Call Number: JWJ MSS 107                               
 
James Baldwin drafts for Playboy; Uses of the blues, ms.; The man child, ms., 5 black and white photographs, and other related papers, 1962-1985 (1 box)
Call Number: JWJ MSS 75                               
 
James Baldwin correspondence with Orilla Winfield, 1955-1990 (1 box)
Call Number: JWJ MSS 156                
 
Dangerous road before Martin Luther King / James Baldwin
 
"A propos de M. Wilson"
1 item (2 p.) ; 30 cm.       1971 May 29
Essay, holograph, on Edmund Wilson, signed at Nice. With typed transcript.
 
[Malcolm X]
1 item ([1], 146 p.) ; 28 cm.  [ca. 1969]
Draft, typescript mimeograph, of Baldwin's screenplay based on Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Differs substantially from version published in 1973 as One Day, When I Was Lost; possibly an earlier draft.   Inscribed "Background material for screenplay on Malcolm X. Calder Willingham."
 
"Notes for Project : Letter to My Younger Brother"
1 item (2 leaves) ; 28 cm. undated
Manuscript, typed and signed, discussing a book project.
 
"The Negro in Paris"
1 item ([8] leaves) ; 25 cm. [ca. 1950-1952]
Draft, typescript, of article for The Reporter. Accompanied by three TLS, dating from 1952, to "Mr. Rodman" of The Reporter, all regarding the article, and one ANS to an unidentified recipient.
 
Letter: to Sam[uel L. Blumenfeld]
2 items. 1953 May 31 and 1954 February 11
One TLS in which Baldwin announces his intention to finish "Letter for My Younger Brother," describes his thoughts on newly begun novel ("Giovanni's Room"), and requests a loan of twenty dollars. The letter includes a clipping of an article on James Baldwin from the Herald Tribune Book Review (1953 May 31).
 
Letter: to Sam[uel L. Blumenfeld]
1 item   1953 June 6
One TLS to Samuel L. Blumenfeld written in Paris roughly one month after Baldwin's first book was published.
 
Letter: to Sam[uel L. Blumenfeld]
1 item   1954 January 11
One TLS to Samuel L. Blumenfeld, written in Cannes, discussing various writing projects, including Baldwin's new work on a "primer" based on correspondence with his younger brother, completion of "The Amen Corner," and work towards his second novel, Giovanni's Room.
 
Letters: between Sam[uel L. Blumenfeld] and Baldwin
2 items 1956 November 26 and n.y. December 5
One TLS to Samuel L. Blumenfeld, written in Corsica, and one TL to Baldwin from Blumenfeld. Baldwin mentions a new novel (possibly "Another Country"), the reception of "Giovanni's Room," and discusses returning to New York in the Spring of 1957. In his letter Blumenfeld discusses reading "Giovanni's Room" and compliments Baldwin's writing.
 
Letters: to [Edward] Parone
3 items 1955 March 11, July 7, and 1959 January 29
One ALS and two TLS to Edward Parone. Baldwin discusses his play "The Amen Corner"as well as his personal life (such as his financial situation and partner Lucien Happersberger). Includes letter written while Baldwin was at Yaddo and in New York and Washington, D.C.
 
Letters to Shawn Henderson with related notes and sketches
 
James Baldwin manuscripts in the Book-of-the-Month-Club Records
If Beale Street could talk, circa 1974 (box 1); The amen corner, circa 1967; Another country, circa 1962; Blues for Mister Charlie, circa 1964; Go tell it on the mountain, circa 1963; Notes of a native son, circa 1963 (box 48)
Call Number: YCAL MSS 278
 
Partial typescript draft of Go Tell It on the Mountain in the Richard Wright Papers, with manuscript annotations by Wright (Box 89)
Call Number: JWJ MSS 3
 
Clippings related to James Baldwin 1942-1969 (7 folders)
in the Clippings File of theJames Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
 
Open Letter to Angela Davis / Baldwin, James -- manuscript
Call Number: 2016.jwj.0001 (MSSU Wheeler)
 

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