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Series II: Writings, 1956-2009

Contained in this series are research materials, notes, drafts, and extra-textual material for all of Jones' major writings. The material has been grouped into five subseries, reflecting the scope of Jones' career as a writer. The series primarily contains drafts, in various stages, of works in the various genres in which Jones wrote—this includes non-fiction memoir, particularly How I Became Hettie Jones, reviews, fiction, poetry, and children's and young adult literature. Many reviews of Jones' writings, and a number of academic studies of Jones, her work, and her role in the Beat Generation can also be found here. Additionally, there is material pertaining to Jones' many speeches, lectures, literary readings—including drafts and event listings and flyers—and grant and fellowship proposals. Issues of Yugen, the little magazine Jones edited with her former husband LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, have been included and provide an example of Jones' editorial work. When possible, the original order and folder titles have been preserved.

Subseries II.1: How I Became Hettie Jones, 1983-2007

The bulk of this subseries is made up of approximately ten complete typescript drafts and galleys, some with handwritten corrections. Also included are research materials, original book proposals, copyright and royalty information, and correspondence relating to the editing and publishing of the book. Finally, this subseries holds reviews and publicity relevant to its post-publication history and reception. The original order and folder titles have been preserved.

Notes,
1980s
(4 Folders)

Box 13
Folder 25 to 28
Articles/Other Materials,
1980s

Box 14
Folder 1
Book Proposal,
1980s
Box 14
Folder 2
Correspondence,1983-2001
German Edition, 1993-1997
Box 14
Folder 3
Editorial, 1983-1991
Box 14
Folder 4
Book Report Effort, 1994-1996
Box 14
Folder 5
Virago Press--UK Edition,
1990
Box 14
Folder 6
Fan Mail, 1990-2001 (2 Folders)
Box 14
Folder 7 to 8
Judith Leonard Productions, 1990-1995
Box 14
Folder 9
Itkoff, Jones, Hoffman, 1995-2000
Box 14
Folder 10
Hoffman, Berenice,
1997
(2 Folders)
Box 14
Folder 11 to 12
Fuzzy Bunny, 1998-2001
Box 14
Folder 13
Television Rights,
1994
Box 14
Folder 14
Permissions,1986-1989
Box 14
Folder 15
Publicity, 1988-1990
Advance Comments, 1988-1989

Box 15
Folder 1
General,
1990
Box 15
Folder 2
Covers,
1990
Box 15
Folder 3
Party,
1990
Box 15
Folder 4
Reviews, 1990-2005 (4 Folders)
Box 15
Folder 5 to 8
Reviews, 1958-1991

Box 56
Folder 1
Royalties, 1990-2007
Grove Edition, 1996-2007

Box 15
Folder 9
Dutton & Viking and Penguin Editions, 1990-1994
Box 15
Folder 10
Floppy Disks,
undated
Box 15
Folder 12
Drafts, 1986-1991
Early,
1986
(1 of 2)
Box 15
Folder 13
Early,
1986
(2 of 2)

Box 16
Folder 1
Draft 1,
undated
(2 Folders)
Box 16
Folder 2 to 3
Draft 2,
undated
(2 Folders)
Box 16
Folder 4 to 5
Draft 3,
undated
(1 of 2)
Box 16
Folder 6
Draft 3,
undated
(2 of 2)

Box 17
Folder 1
Draft 4--Corrections,
1989
(2 Folders)
Box 17
Folder 2 to 3
Galleys,
1990
(3 Folders)
Box 17
Folder 4 to 6
Galleys,
1990
(4 of 4)

Box 18
Folder 1 to 4
Sample Pages, circa.
1990
Box 18
Folder 5
Returned Drafts,
1991
(3 Folders)
Box 18
Folder 6 to 8

Subseries II.2: Poetry, 1950s-2008

This subseries contains poetry from the breadth of Jones' writing career. The bulk of this subseries comprises those poems which have been published as poetry collections, and includes complete typescript drafts of Jones' books: All Told, Drive, Doing 70, For Four Hetties, and Having Been Her. Also here are correspondence, publicity, reviews and other articles pertaining to the individual books. Jones' uncollected poems, listed here, following Jones' alphabetical arrangement and labeling, as "Poetry A-Z," running from the 1950s to the 2000s, also form a major component of this subseries. In addition a small amount of occasional poems, poetry notes, and poetry written for grant submissions is here. This subseries has been arranged according to Jones' original order.

Poems in Collections, 1992-2006
Witness to Dissent,
1992
Box 18
Folder 9
"Pride will Fear Wit",
1993
Box 18
Folder 10
Women of the Bowery,
2006
Box 18
Folder 11
Wildflowers,
2006
Box 18
Folder 12
Vent Your Inspiration,
2006
Box 18
Folder 13
"Home",
1991
Box 18
Folder 14
Arts for Peace Festival,
2000
Box 18
Folder 16
All Told, 2000-2004
Contracts and Permissions, 2002-2003
Box 18
Folder 17
Correspondence, 2000-2003
Box 18
Folder 18
Table of Contents,
undated
Box 18
Folder 19
Publicity,
2003
Box 18
Folder 20
Reviews, 2003-2004
Box 18
Folder 21
Royalties,
2003
Box 18
Folder 22
Cover Mockups,
undated
Box 18
Folder 23
Doing 70, 2006-2008
Drafts,
2006
(2 Folders)
Box 18
Folder 24
Alternative Drafts,
undated

Box 19
Folder 1
Book Party,
2007
Box 19
Folder 2
NYT Book Review,
2007
Box 19
Folder 3
Hanging Loose Press Catalog and Uncorrected Proof, 2007-2008
Box 19
Folder 4
"The Second Person"--Promotional Poem Printout,
undated
Box 19
Folder 5
Drive, 1995-1999
Alternative Titles,
undated
Box 19
Folder 6
Comments from Chuck Wachtel,
1995
Box 19
Folder 7
Correspondence and Contract, 1996-1999
Box 19
Folder 8
Manuscript and Cover Proofs,1998
Box 19
Folder 9
Norma Farber First Book Award,
1999
Box 19
Folder 10
Party,
1998
Box 19
Folder 11
Publicity, 1997-1998
Box 19
Folder 12
Reviews and Articles,
1998
Box 19
Folder 13
Royalties,
1999
Box 19
Folder 14
For Four Hetties, 1985-1995
Drafts and Proofs,
1995
Box 19
Folder 15
Research Material, 1985-1991
Box 19
Folder 16
Having Been Her, 1979-1981
Typescript Draft,
1979
Box 19
Folder 17
"The Indian Party"--Drafts,
undated
Box 19
Folder 18
"The X-Ray Technician" Drafts,
1981
Box 19
Folder 19
Christmas Poems, 1999-2009
Box 19
Folder 20
Poetry for Grant Submission,
1980s
Box 19
Folder 21
Poetry Notes,
undated
Box 19
Folder 22
Poetry A-Z, 1950s-2004
"A Beautiful Day"--"A Little Light Verse for Helene", 1950s-2002
Box 19
Folder 23
"All the Beautiful Days"--"Back", 1957-1989

Box 20
Folder 1
"Back on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway"--"Cold Snaps", 1950s-2002
Box 20
Folder 2
"Color"--"The Doorman Has Been Paroled", 1960s-2004
Box 20
Folder 3
"Double Decker"--"Fear", 1967-2001
Box 20
Folder 4
"The Female Equivalent"--"Generations", 1956-2000s
Box 20
Folder 5
"Genuflection to Petty Officer First Class"--"Gramma’s Tears", circa 1960s-2003

Box 21
Folder 1
"Had He a Need of Roots"--"Improper Shutdown Detected", 1959-1990s
Box 21
Folder 2
"In all that Darkness"--"It was narrative", 1960s-2002
Box 21
Folder 3
"Jam"--"Living on Air", 1960s-1999
Box 21
Folder 4
"Look at How We Live"--"Mrs. Shandho Says", 1968-1991
Box 21
Folder 5
"Muscular Crepuscular"--"Not", 1963-1996
Box 21
Folder 6
"(Not) Absolutely the Last Love Poem"--"The Parks on the Peripheries", 1980-1999

Box 22
Folder 1
"Past Life Between"--"Preservation", 1957-2001
Box 22
Folder 2
"Privilege"--"Ruby My Dear", 1979-2005
Box 22
Folder 3
"Salidin’s Crossin"--"She", 1966-1997
Box 22
Folder 4
"She Tells the Young Woman"--"Starting Here", 1957-2003
Box 22
Folder 5
"Stock Market"--"This is For Hettie Barnes", 1970s-1993

Box 23
Folder 1
"This is For Hetty Fox"--"The Time, the time, the time", 1950s-1988
Box 23
Folder 2
"Tonight the Sky is Purple"--"Vito!", 1960s-2003
Box 23
Folder 3
"Wait What’s This"--"Well here comes the doctor", 1956-1991
Box 23
Folder 4
"What a Loud Voice"--"Women in Black", 1956-1995
Box 23
Folder 5
"Woodshedding"--"You know I watched…",
1995
Box 23
Folder 6

Subseries II.3: Prose, 1955-2009

Jones' published and unpublished non-fiction prose, including essays, reviews, editorial work, lectures, speeches, and public reading listings are held in this subseries. The material in this subseries, unless otherwise noted, is arranged according to Jones' original order.

Included within this series are the manuscripts for an unpublished short story collection, comprised of previously published material, entitled In Care of Worth Auto Parts, as well as typescripts of a number of published and unpublished short stories; material pertaining to Jones' essays—particularly her contribution to the Rolling Stone Beat Book and Women of the Beat Generation, as well as material relating to Jones' essay, co-written with daughter Lisa Jones, "Mama's White" ; and typescript drafts of Jones' numerous book reviews, and a small amount of editorial work not associated with Yugen or Totem Press.

Also here is material from Jones' history of runaway slaves, From Midnight to Dawn, including a complete typescript as well as revisions to individual chapters is here as well as drafts of Jones book, written with Rita Marley, entitled No Woman No Cry. Many the drafts, which range from first complete drafts to corrected drafts and chapter outlines written by Rita Marley include Marley's handwritten corrections. In addition, there are research notes, multiple chapter revisions and expansions or additions to chapters, an original book proposal, book reviews, contracts, and correspondence with editors and Marley, and photographs from the book. Finally, there is audio material, including digital sound files and cassette tape interviews with Marley, as well as typed transcriptions of these interviews. Because the material associated with No Woman No Cry was received in no discernible order, it has been arranged alphabetically.

istings and text for Jones' numerous speeches and readings can also be found within this series. Following Jones' ordering, both speeches and readings have been arranged by date. Also in this subseries are drafts of grant proposals written by Jones. Finally, there are items, in various mediums, about Jones, and her role in the Beat and Downtown literary movement—including academic theses and dissertations, articles, audio, television, radio, and film.

In Care of Worth Auto Parts, 1981-2000
Draft, 1998-2000

Box 24
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1981-1999
Box 24
Folder 2
Grant,
1993
Box 24
Folder 3
Published Short Stories, 1982-1997
"The Big Fish",
1997
Box 24
Folder 4
"Enough of This,"
undated
Box 24
Folder 5
"How She Beat the Bogeyman,"
undated
Box 24
Folder 6
"The Ironing Board," circa
1980s
Box 24
Folder 7
"Minor Surgery,"
1982
Box 24
Folder 8
"This Time It Was Different at the Airport",
undated
Box 24
Folder 9
Unpublished Short Stories,
undated
"Cross Country Parkway",
undated
Box 24
Folder 10
"Disintegration,"
undated
Box 24
Folder 11
"Going To Jail",
undated
Box 24
Folder 12
"How I Learned About Losing,"
undated
Box 24
Folder 13
"How She Recognized Her Last Fling When She Found It,"
undated
Box 24
Folder 14
"In Memory of Music",
undated
Box 24
Folder 15
"Just Try to Go Somewhere You Can’t",
undated
Box 24
Folder 16
"The Making of a Writer",
undated
Box 24
Folder 17
Untitled,
undated
Box 24
Folder 18
Rolling Stone Beat Book, 1998-1999
Correspondence--Holly George Warren, 1998-1999
Box 24
Folder 19
"Babes in Boyland" and Bancroft Library Speech--Drafts, 1998-1999
Box 24
Folder 20
Notes,
1999
Box 24
Folder 21
Other Genres--Unpublished, 1955-1990
"Hers" Column,
1990
Box 24
Folder 22
Grad School Plays, 1955-1956
Box 24
Folder 23
Romance Novel,
1982
Box 24
Folder 24
"Occasional Writing and Miscellaneous Starts," 1957-1980s
Journal Fragments,
1957
Box 24
Folder 25
Occasional Journal/Notes,
1970s
Box 24
Folder 26
Occasional Journal,
1980s
Box 24
Folder 27
Miscellaneous Starts,
undated
Box 24
Folder 28
From Midnight to Dawn, 1980s-2007
Complete Drafts, 1980s-2004 (6 Folders)

Box 25
Folder 1 to 6
Complete Drafts,
2004

Box 26
Folder 1
Chapter Drafts, 2004-2005
Introduction,
undated
Box 26
Folder 2
Preface,
undated
Box 26
Folder 3
"Dawn and ‘Uncle Tom’",
undated
Box 26
Folder 4
"Wilberforce",
2004
Box 26
Folder 5
"Mary Ann Shadd",
2005
Box 26
Folder 6
"Chatham",
undated
Box 26
Folder 7
"Elgin",
undated
Box 26
Folder 8
"Niagara",
undated
Box 26
Folder 9
"Detroit Frontier",
undated
Box 26
Folder 10
Research Materials, 2001-2004

Box 27
Folder 1
Reviews,
2007
Box 27
Folder 2
Royalties,
2008
Box 27
Folder 3
Doubleday Catalog Listing,
2007
Box 27
Folder 4
Correspondence, 2005-2006
Box 27
Folder 5
No Woman No Cry, 2000-2004
Audio, undated --AV Sound Files--Digital Material,
undated

Box 29
Folder 1
Drafts, 2000-2003 (6 Folders)

Box 27
Folder 6 to 11
Drafts, 2000-2003 (7 Folders)

Box 28
Folder 1 to 7
Interview Transcriptions,
undated

Box 29
Folder 2
Jacket Copy,
undated

Box 30
Folder 3
Notes,
undated
Box 30
Folder 4
Photos,
2003

Box 29
Folder 3
Proposal,
undated
(4 Folders)
Box 29
Folder 4 to 7
Research Materials, 2000-2003

Box 30
Folder 5
Reviews,
2004

Box 29
Folder 8
Revisions, Expansions, and Additions,
undated
(2 Folders)

Box 28
Folder 8 to 9
Revisions, Expansions, and Additions,
undated
(3 Folders)

Box 29
Folder 9 to 11
Rita Marley Audio Interviews,
undated
(7 Audio Cassettes)

Box 55
Book Reviews, 1990-1996
The Children Bob Moses Led,
1995

Box 30
Folder 6
Color of Water,
1996
Box 30
Folder 7
Love in Black and White,
1992
Box 30
Folder 8
My First White Friend,
1996
Box 30
Folder 9
Pushed Back to Strength,
1993
Box 30
Folder 10
Voices in the Mirror,
1990
Box 30
Folder 11
"Mama’s White", 1994-2001
Box 30
Folder 12
Permissions, 1983-2003
General, 1994-2001
Box 30
Folder 13
ICM,
1987
Box 30
Folder 14
Beat Down to Your Soul, 2000-2001
Box 30
Folder 15
A Different Beat,
1996
Box 30
Folder 16
Correspondence, 1995-2003
Box 30
Folder 17
"Miscellaneous Literary Correspondence", 1983-1999
Box 30
Folder 18
Letter to Editor--by Hettie,
1989
Box 30
Folder 19
Women of the Beat Generation, 1995-1997
Correspondence, 1995-1997
Box 30
Folder 21
Drafts, 1996-1997
Box 30
Folder 22
Press,
1996
Box 30
Folder 23
Editorial Work, 1973-2000
Invoice,
1973
Box 30
Folder 24
Studio Museum Catalog,
2000
Box 30
Folder 25
Readings, 1960s-2009
Listings, 1981-2005 (7 Folders)

Box 31
Folder 1 to 7
Listings, 1995-2001 (6 Folders)

Box 32
Folder 1 to 6
Listings, 2002-2009 (6 Folders)

Box 33
Folder 1 to 6
Listings, 2008-2009

Box 34
Folder 1
Oversize Reading Posters, 1960s-2008 (1 of 2)

Box 56
Folder 2
Oversize Reading Posters, 1976-2003 (2 of 2)

Map Drawer 14-O-4
Speeches, 1990-1997 (5 Folders)

Box 34
Folder 2 to 6
Speeches, 1996-2001 (8 Folders)

Box 35
Folder 1 to 8
Grants and Fellowships, 1994-2009 (2 Folders)

Box 36
Folder 1 to 2
Writings About Hettie, 1981-2008
Academic Theses, 1988-2009 (4 Folders)
Box 36
Folder 3 to 6
Articles, 1981-2008
Box 36
Folder 7
Articles, 1981-2008 (3 Folders)

Box 37
Folder 1 to 3
Audio, Television, and Radio, 1991-2003
Box 37
Folder 4
Movies, 1988-2006 (2 Folders)
Box 37
Folder 5 to 6

Subseries II.4: Children’s Literature, 1971-2002

This subseries contains Jones' work on novels, short stories, textbooks, and educational pamphlets for children and young adults. Included are numerous complete manuscripts, typescripts, galleys, and proofs of many of Jones' works for children and young adults. There are also permissions and copyrights, correspondence, and contracts pertaining to the literature here. This subseries has been arranged according to its original order.

Royalties, 1971-2003
Big Star Fallin’ Mama, 1974-2003
Box 37
Folder 7
Longhouse Winter and Coyote Tales, 1973-1980
Box 37
Folder 8
How to Eat Your ABC’s, 1977-1985
Box 37
Folder 9
I Hate to Talk About Your Mother, 1982-1986
Box 37
Folder 10
Living with Wolves, 1974-1982
Box 37
Folder 11
Trees, 1971-1999
Box 37
Folder 12
Elaine Markson, 1981-1989

Box 38
Folder 1
Drafts,
1973
(2 Folders)
Box 38
Folder 2 to 3
Galleys,
1973
(2 Folders)
Box 38
Folder 4 to 5
Proofs,
1974
(2 Folders)
Box 38
Folder 6 to 7
Revisions,
1974
Box 38
Folder 8
Prepress Draft,
1994
Box 38
Folder 9
Revised Pages,
1994
Box 38
Folder 10
Catalogs, 1975-2001

Box 39
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1972-1996
Box 39
Folder 2
Dust Sleeves and Covers, 1973-1994
Box 39
Folder 3
Permissions and Rights, 1973-1993
Box 39
Folder 4
Press,
1995
Box 39
Folder 5
Research Materials,
undated
Box 39
Folder 6
Reviews, 1974-1975
Box 39
Folder 7
Coyote Tales,
undated
Box 39
Folder 8
How to Eat Your ABC’s, 1976-1977
Manuscript and Proofs,
undated
Box 39
Folder 9
Reviews and Letters, 1976-1977
Box 39
Folder 10
Braille Edition, undated--in oversize Box

Box 61-62
Children’s Textbook,
undated

Box 39
Folder 11
I Hate to Talk About Your Mother, 1979-1984
Manuscripts, 1979-1980 (2 Folders)
Box 39
Folder 12 to 13
Manuscripts, 1979-1980 (2 Folders)

Box 40
Folder 1 to 2
Hate and Fan Mail, 1981-1983
Box 40
Folder 3
Publicity,
1980
Box 40
Folder 4
Reviews, 1980-1984
Box 40
Folder 5
Longhouse Winter, 1972-1973
"The Bird, the Fish, the Snake, and the Man"--w/ letter from Hettie to her mother,
undated
Box 40
Folder 7
"Longhouse Winter",
undated
Box 40
Folder 8
Proofs,undated
Box 40
Folder 9
Reviews and Press, 1972-1973
Box 40
Folder 10
Spooky Tales from Gullah Gullah Island, 1995-1996
Box 40
Folder 11
Trees Stand Shining, 1970-2002
Library Notes,
1971
Box 40
Folder 12
Permission/Rights, 1970-2002
Box 40
Folder 13
Press Release, Award, Notes, Correspondence,1971-1997
Box 40
Folder 14
Reviews, 1971-1976
Box 40
Folder 15
Missing Sweet Rose, 1980-1981
Box 40
Folder 16
A Person in Need of Supervision, 1980-1983
Manuscript--with letters from Delacorte,
1983
(1 of 2 Folders)
Box 40
Folder 17
Manuscript,
1983
(1 of 2 Folders)

Box 41
Folder 1
Correspondence,
1980
Box 41
Folder 2
Research Material,
1982
Box 41
Folder 3
Ring the Old Jeff Bell,
1980s
(2 Folders)
Box 41
Folder 4
Sister Duck and Brother Drake Find the Sun and the Stars, 1989-
1991
Box 41
Folder 5
Zora’s Gift,
1991
Box 41
Folder 6
Short Stories, 1961-1983
"Anasi the Spider",
undated
Box 41
Folder 7
"Niky but Different,"
1973
Box 41
Folder 8
"The Emergency Signal,"
1973
Box 41
Folder 9
"Gracie and the Biggest Pumpkin,"
undated
Box 41
Folder 10
"Kellie’s Ordinary Thursday,"
1961
Box 41
Folder 11
"Mahalia Jackson,"
undated
Box 41
Folder 12
"Rosa Parks,"
1969
Box 41
Folder 13
"The Sign in Beaver Hollow,"
undated
Box 41
Folder 14
"The Summer House Secret,"
1983
Box 41
Folder 15
"Sybil Ludington,"
undated
Box 41
Folder 15
Educational,
1975
At Home In the City, 1989-1991
Drafts ,Outlines, Notes,
undated
Box 41
Folder 16
Correspondence, 1989-1991
Box 41
Folder 17
Hunger,
1975
Box 41
Folder 18
Grace Opportunity Project, 1969-1983
Box 41
Folder 19
"Mobilization For Youth": History of Anti-Poverty Programs,
undated
Box 41
Folder 20
101 Safety Hints for Children,
undated
Box 41
Folder 21
Second Grade Project Manual,
undated
(2 Folders)

Box 42
Folder 1 to 2
Creative Living,
1984
Box 42
Folder 3
Exercises,
undated
Box 42
Folder 4
Sally Ride Biography,
undated
Box 42
Folder 5

Subseries II.5: Yugen and Totem Press Materials, 1958-1963

Included in this series are materials relating to Jones' time as co-editor of the little magazine Yugen, and the poetry press Totem. Issues of Yugen between 1958 and 1959, as well as the financial record book which includes a partial distribution list are here. The subseries also has a number of poetry submissions sent to Yugen, and some Spanish-language poetry books inscribed to the magazine.

Yugen Issues, 1958-1959
Box 42
Folder 6
Financial Record Book, circ.1963

Box 54
Folder 11
Submissions to Yugen,
1958-1962
Anonymous,
undated

Box 42
Folder 7
Bob Nichols,
1959
Box 42
Folder 8
Jorge Frick,
undated
Box 42
Folder 9
Stan Persky, 1958-1962
Box 42
Folder 10
Micheline, Jack and George Stade,
undated
Box 42
Folder 11
Spanish Language Journals and Chapbooks Inscribed to Yugen, circ.
1963
Box 42
Folder 12

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