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   The C.L.R. James Institute Records 1938-2002 [Bulk Dates: 1967-2002]

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); C.L.R. James Institute Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The C.L.R. James Institute was founded by Jim Murray to document the writing and influence of James and his circle

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1469
Bib ID:6911371 View CLIO record
Title:The C.L.R. James Institute Records 1938-2002 [Bulk Dates: 1967-2002]
Physical description:20 linear feet (45 boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least 2 business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into five Series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Jim Murray was C.L.R. James' assistant in early 1983; in 1984 Murray founded the C.L.R. James Institute in New York City. Murray also edited Cultural Correspondence with Paul Buhle. This series contains correspondence with other C.L.R. James scholars and researchers; with Paul Buhle regarding Cultural Correspondence; with Anna Grimshaw regarding various projects; and over tussles regarding rights to publish James' material or the validity and authority of scholarship. Also here are manuscripts, by others, that Murray edited or critiqued, and files on projects by various students who worked for or interned at the Institute.

The hard drive and floppy discs in this series likely contain data for the numerical cataloging system devised by the institute; this system has not been maintained in the arrangement of the material in these papers.

Series 1: Cultural Correspondence

Cultural Correspondence was a radical journal dealing with popular culture founded by Paul Buhle in 1975

Series II: C.L.R. James Institute

The C.L.R. James Institute was founded in 1984 by Jim Murray with the full authorization of C.L.R. James. It was a project of The C.L.R. James Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation based in New York City.

The files are incomplete and random. They contain correspondence, copies of articles and essays, proofs of books and articles, notes, reports, print-outs, printed ephemera, etc

There is an extensive audio and digital component to the archives

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least 2 business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

The audio and digital material cannot currenty be used in The Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); C.L.R. James Institute Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material at Columbia

C.L.R. James Papers Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Margaret Busby Papers, 1978-1989 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Anna Grimshaw Papers, 1939-2004 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Darcus Howe Papers, 1965-2008 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Constance Webb Papers, 1918-2005 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed August 2013 Patrick Lawlor

Finding Aid written August 2013 Patrick Lawlor

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion January 10, 2013 Finding aid written in English. Finding aid adheres to that presribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    2013-08-27 xml document instance created by Patrick Lawlor

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Audio cassettesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Compact disksPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Floppy disksPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hard drivesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Laptop computersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
VideocassettesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Buhle, Paul, 1944-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Caribbean authorsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
CommunismPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
CricketPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Grimshaw, AnnaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
James, C. L. R. ‡q (Cyril Lionel Robert), 1901-1989PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mosher, Gregory.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Murray, James, 1949-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Radicalism--History--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
SocialismPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Webb, Constance.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The C.L.R. James Institute was founded in 1984 with the full authorization of C.L.R. James. It was a project of The C.L.R. James Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation based in New York City, and Jim Murray. The Institute was an archive and resource center dedicated to documenting C.L.R. James, the people, circles, and movements with which he was associated, and subjects of relevance to James Studies. The Institute had a mission and underlying philosophy that encompasses much more than James. In addition to the Research and Scholarship functions that resemble the Special Collections division of a research library, the Institute was a community library that provided space for a wide range of gatherings. These include roundtable discussions, media events, book parties, literary readings, etc., which brought together people from many walks of life. Another function of the Institute was professional networking and counseling.

Cultural Correspondence was a radical journal dealing with popular culture founded by Paul Buhle in 1975.

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