Dudley Randall papers: 1900-2002 (bulk 1960s-1980s)
Summary Information
Title: Dudley Randall papers
Creator: Randall, Dudley, 1914-2000
Inclusive dates: 1900-2002
Bulk dates: 1960s-1980s
Extent: 11.5 linear feet (in 12 boxes)
Extent: 20 audiocassettes
Extent: 14 magnetic tape reels
Extent: 1 videocassettes
Abstract:
African American Detroit poet and librarian, and founder of Broadside Press in Detroit, Michigan which supported and published black and African American poets and authors. Poet laureate of Detroit, 1981. Materials consist of personal and business correspondence, topical files, photographs, drafts and publications, audio recordings, and film reels.
Call number: 2017014 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Sarah Lebovitz, April 2017.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Melba J. Boyd (donor no. 11594) in September 2016.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open without restriction.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Dudley Randall papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series: 1.Biographical. 2.Broadside Press. 3.Topical Files. 4.Writing.


Biography

Dudley Felker Randall was born in Washington D.C. on January 14, 1914 to parents Reverend Arthur George Clyde Randall and Ada Viola Randall (nee Bradley). He and his brothers Arthur Burr Randall, Sgt. James A. Randall, and Philip Randall, and sister Esther Bernice "Bunnie" LaMarr (nee Randall) were raised in a household where education was strongly valued. The family relocated to Detroit in 1920.

Between the years of 1932-1937 Randall worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Starting in 1938-1943 he served as a clerk and letter carrier for the United States Post Office in Detroit, until his deployment during World War II to the South Pacific in 1943 as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. On his return to the United States, Randall took up his position at the post office once more from 1946-1951, and served for a time as a chairman of the legislative committee. He also attended Wayne University (now Wayne State University) during this time, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1949.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Randall followed in the path of his older brother and younger sister to the University of Michigan for a degree in higher education. Arthur graduated from the university in 1934 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and was also a prolific writer, while Esther graduated in 1949 with a master's degree in social work and would eventually serve as the first Executive Secretary of the Detroit Commission on Children and Youth.

Randall graduated from the University of Michigan with a master's degree in Library Science in 1951, and worked as a librarian from 1951-1954 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, and Morgan State (now Morgan State University) from 1954-1956 in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1956, Randall returned to Detroit to work in the Wayne County Federated Library System, where he continued until his appointment as reference librarian and poet in residence at the University of Detroit from 1969-1975.

Throughout his career to this point, Randall continued writing and submitting his original material to multiple publishers. Reflected in his works are Randall as a father and husband, his travel experiences, and more predominately, his experience of racial tension in the United States. It was not until one of his more famous poems, "Ballad of Birmingham", was set to music that he decided to copyright his own work. This spearheaded the establishment of the Broadside Press in 1965, a press that was dedicated to printing black and African American authors in response to the challenges they faced in being published in the United States at the time.

Through the establishment and rise in popularity of the Broadside Press among black and African American authors between the mid-1960s and the 1970s, Randall encountered other notable authors and members of the Black Arts Movement, including but not limited to Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Don L. Lee (now Haki R. Madhubuti), Naomi Long Madgett, Margaret Danner, Robert Hayden, Hoyt Fuller, and Melba Joyce Boyd. The press continued to print both established and new authors, and began distributing audio cassettes and reels in addition to printed material. In the early 1970s, Randall expanded and founded the Broadside Poets Theater as well as the Broadside Poetry Workshop. After experiencing financial issues, the Broadside Press changed hands briefly in 1977, though Randall regained it in 1980. In 1981, Randall was recognized for his work, and was appointed as the poet laureate of Detroit. By 1985, the press was purchased by Hilda and Don Vest, who maintained control of it until 1995. The press combined with the Lotus Press in 2015, with the new name of the Broadside Lotus Press.

Randall was honored multiple times during his career, and well into the 1990s, with additional recognition and awards from both Wayne State University and from the University of Michigan, a Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the National Endowment of the Arts, and recognition during the twenty-fifth anniversary of the press. While a prodigious author, Randall's more well-known personal works include poems "Dressed All in Pink","Booker T. and W.E.B.", and"Southern Road", booksPoem Counterpoem in 1966, andA Litany of Friends: New and Selected Poems in 1981, and as an editor oversaw the compilation of theThe Black Poets in 1971 andFor Malcolm: Poems on the Life and Death of Malcolm X in 1967.

Randall married Ruby Hudson in 1935, with whom he had daughter Phyllis Ada Randall in 1940. They were divorced in 1942, at which time he married Mildred Pinckney. They divorced in the early 1950s. In 1957 Randall married Vivian Spencer, with whom he remained until his passing in 2000.

More extensive information about Randall can be found in the publications Wrestling with the muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press by Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd, and Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black arts movement in Detroit, 1960-1995 by Julius E. Thompson.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers document the personal and professional life of Dudley Randall as an independent African American poet and founder of the Broadside Press in Detroit, and span the years 1900-2002. Material includes drafts and publications of original works, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings on audiocassettes and audio reels, and films featuring Randall, his family, and poets connected to the Broadside Press. Series in the collection may have overlapping subjects, as original folder contents were maintained. Folders are arranged first by date, and then alphabetically by original title where applicable. The collection is divided into four series: Biographical (1900-2002), Broadside Press (1939-1999), Topical Files (1908-2002), and Writing (1933-1983).

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • African American authors -- United States -- 20th century.
  • African American veterans -- Michigan.
  • African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • American poetry -- 20th century.
  • American poetry -- African American authors.
  • Postal service -- Employees -- Labor unions -- Michigan.
  • Postal service -- Michigan.
  • Soviet Union -- Description and travel.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence.
  • Audio cassettes.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Slides (photographs)
  • Sound recordings.
  • Tape reels.
  • Videotapes.
  • Randall, Dudley, 1914-2000.
  • Broadside Press.
  • Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000.
  • Pool, Rosey E., 1905-1971.
  • Madhubuti, Haki R., 1942-
  • Danner, Margaret.
  • Eckels, Jon.
  • Fuller, Hoyt, 1923-1981.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical [series]

The Biographical series (1900-2000, approximately 2.5 linear feet) contains awards, correspondence, news clippings, notes, slides, and video reels. The majority of this material provides information on Randall's life prior to the founding and subsequent rise in popularity of the Broadside Press, with some outlier material dated between the 1960s and 1980s. This series documents: incoming and outgoing letters sent between Randall and his friends and family members, including guardianship over his nephew Phillip; material regarding Randall's military career during World War II and his family's military careers starting from 1900; and correspondence and material related to Randall's overseas travels to the South Pacific in the 1940s, the Soviet Union (now Russia) in 1966, and Africa in the 1970s. Of note in this series is the award honoring Randall as the poet laureate of Detroit in 1981.

 
Awards
Box   12  
Arkansas Traveler Award 1981
Box   12  
Poet Laureate of Detroit Award 1981
Box   12  
State of Michigan Special Tribute 1996
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
Esther 1965-1968
Box   1  
From Ruth Tolson - Melvin B. Tolson eulogy speech 1968
Box   1  
Newspaper Articles from Esther 1960-1970
Box   1  
To Vivian 1984
Box   1  
To Vivian During Travels 1966
Box   3  
1943-1957
Box   3  
1944-1945 (4 folders)
Box   3  
Ada Randall 1954-1965
Box   3  
From Randall - Librarianship 1953
Box   3  
Personal History 1936-1940
Box   3  
Philip-Guardianship 1963-1966 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Phillip-Parents 1929-1958
Box   4  
1944-1945 (3 folders)
Box   4  
1981
Box   4  
Randall - Autobiography 2000
Box   5  
1905-1963
Box   5  
1948-1950
Box   5  
General and Military Information 1948-1949
Box   6  
1948-1950
Box   6  
1958-1963
Box   6  
Army Discharge 1946
Box   7  
1942-1966
Box   7  
1952-1974 (2 folders)
Box   7  
Correspondence - Incoming 1951-1960 (3 folders)
Box   7  
Hortense 1965-1968
Box   7  
Phyllis 1953-1965
Box   7  
Shirley 1964-1966
 
Travel
 
General
Box   1  
Florida Sentinal Bulletin Newspaper 1981
Box   1  
Gismo No. 1-2 1944
Box   4  
High School Visits 1984
Box   4  
Visited Universities 1984
Box   5  
Memorabilia 1967
Box   5  
Military Handbook 1900, 1952
Box   11  
Boys Dance, Women Dance circa 1970s-1980s (1 film reels (Super 8mm))
Box   11  
Ghana, Cape Coast Slave Fortress 1970 (1 film reels (Super 8mm))
Box   11  
Movies, [illegible] graduation 1971 (1 film reels (Super 8mm))
 
Russia
Box   1  
Assorted Notes 1966
Box   1  
Journal 1966, 1966
Box   1  
Russia Trip - Poems for Book 1966-1968
Box   1  
Sketch Book 1966
Box   11  
Russian Slides 1966 (1 slide boxes)
 
Broadside Press [series]

The Broadside Press series (1939-1999, approximately 4.5 linear feet) consists of correspondence, drafts, printed materials, audio cassettes, audio reels, and some film reel material. It is separated into three subseries: Correspondence, Drafts and Publications, and Ephemera.

This series encompasses the work that Randall and other influential individuals at the time did in regard to promoting and publishing black and African American authors starting in the 1960s. The Correspondence subseries (1960-1986) highlights Randall's interactions with several notable authors, such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Danner, Hoyt Fuller, as well as young black and African American poets seeking publication opportunities. Drafts and Publications (1965-1984) include rough drafts of works and printed material such as broadsides and books, but largely contain audiocassettes and audio reels of authors reading their works. The Ephemera subseries (1939-1999) provides examples of promotional leaflets and handouts, includes articles about Randall and the rise of the Broadside Press, and documents the change in ownership of the press in the late 1970s.

 
Correspondence [subseries]
Box   1  
Anthology Homage to Hoyt Fuller 1984 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Brooks, G [Gwendolyn Brooks] 1967
Box   1  
Detroit Anthology 1962-1968
Box   2  
1960, 1980-1985
Box   2  
1980-1985 (2 folders)
Box   8  
1961-1969 (6 folders)
Box   8  
1966-1969 (2 folders)
Box   8  
Broman 1969
Box   9  
1965-1968 (5 folders)
Box   9  
1965-1970
Box   9  
Black Poets Appendix 1981
Box   9  
Brackman 1965-1966
Box   9  
Crummell Conflict 1984
Box   9  
Pool, Rosey E. 1960-1968
Box   9  
Submissions 1980-1986 (2 folders)
Box   10  
Danner, Margaret 1964-1971
Box   10  
Emanuel, [Jim] 1969
Box   10  
Fuller, Hoyt W. 1964-1970
Box   10  
Georgakas, [Dan] 1966-1969
Box   10  
Goncalves, Joe 1969
Box   10  
Hall, Donald 1968
Box   10  
Hayden, [Robert] 1966-1967
Box   10  
Knight, [Etheridge] 1968-1969
Box   10  
Knight, Sonia 1969
Box   10  
Oden, [Gloria] 1967-1968
 
Drafts and Publications [subseries]
Box   1  
Buried Treasure 1965
Box   1  
When I Think of Russia 1965-1966
Box   4  
A Litany of Friends - Signed Copy 1981
Box   4  
Homage to Hoyt Fuller 1984
Box   4  
Walter Cox 1969
Box   6  
1971, 1980, 1983
Box   6  
"Dynamite Voices: Poets of the 1960's and 1970's" Manuscript - Don L. Lee circa 1970s
Box   6  
poem counterpoem, Song of the Sun 1966-1967
Box   6  
Song for Maya by Melba Joyce Boyd - Signed Copy 1982
Box   6  
Stella L. Crews 1970-1973
Box   10  
Broadside on Broadway "Black Poets" 1970 (1 sound reels (7.5in))
Box   10  
Broadside Poets Theater. [illegible] Etheridge Knight, Dudley Randall, Melba Boyd 1973 (1 videocassettes (VHS))
Box   10  
Don L. Lee "Rappin' & Readin'" 1970 (1 magnetic tape reels (3.75 ips; 7in))
Box   10  
Home is Where the Soul Is - Jon Eckels 1972 (1 magnetic tape reels (7in))
Box   10  
Jon Eckels. Home Is Where the Soul Is - Recorded Oakland, Calif. 1969 (1 sound reels (7in))
Box   10  
Original Tape Lance Jeffers Reads My Blackness Is the Beauty of This Land 1971 (1 magnetic tape reels (3.75 ips; 7in))
Box   10  
The Black Poets Master Proof circa 1970 (4 folders)
Box   11  
Act II Gwen Brooks Broadside Poets Theater 1980 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Ballad of Birmingham (Dudley Randall - Jerry Moore) undated (1 magnetic tape reels (7.5 ips; 3in))
Box   11  
Broadside Poets Theater Committee Meeting, Act II, Nikki 1980 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Crummell Center circa 1970s-1980s (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Don Lee reads We Walk... 1970 (1 magnetic tape reels (side 1, 7.5 ips. side 2, 3.75 ips.; 5in))
Box   11  
Lee We Walk #2 End of tape "We Walk the Way of the New World" 1970 (1 magnetic tape reels (3.75 ips; 5in))
Box   11  
FBlanche Foster Recites for Dudley Randall 1970 (1 magnetic tape reels (3in))
Box   11  
Judy Simmons Reads JUDITH'S BLUES 1973 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Marvin X reads, "Black Man Listen" circa 1970s (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Clarence Major Reads The Cotton Club 1972 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Randall reads CITIES BURNING 1968 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Conversation Hayward #1 Biography/Open Hearing 1973 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Don L. Lee reads - Wayne State University 1970 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Randall/Toney Shared Tape 1982 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Randall Interview/Lena Horne Sings and Talks circa 1970s-1980s (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Dudley Randall - Sunday Morning circa 1970s-1980s (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Dudley Randall CBC Sunday Morning 1984 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
The Ascent - R.W. Jones, Poem by Dudley Randall 1982 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Gwendolyn Brooks Reads Family Pictures and Parts 2 and 3 of Riot 1970 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Black Butterfly Kisses and Other Poems written and narrated by Alyce Smith-Cooper 1984 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Dudley Randall Reading, Norma Toney Sings/Harold Norris Reading, Valerie Green Flute DIA 1983 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Black America Today - Nikki Giovanni: Black Writing and Revolution 1973 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Black Words That Say: Don't Cry, Scream - Read by Don L. Lee circa 1970s (1 magnetic tape reels (5in))
Box   11  
Ballad of Birmingham andDressed All in Pink by Dudley Randall and Jerry Moore,Gabriel by Robert Hayden,We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks circa 1970s-1980s (1 magnetic tape reels (5in))
Box   11  
Black Man Listen - Marvin X 1968 (1 magnetic tape reels (1.875 ips; 5in))
Box   11  
Margaret Danner and Dudley Randall read POEM COUNTERPOEM circa 1970s-1980s (1 magnetic tape reels (3.75 ips; 5in))
Box   11  
We Walk The Way Of The New World by Don L. Lee circa 1970s-1980s (1 magnetic tape reels (5in))
 
Ephemera [subseries]
Box   1  
Bookkeeping Record and Receipts 1967
Box   1  
Journal of Black Poetry Bulletin 1967
Box   4  
Hand-written Promotional Draft undated
Box   4  
Mementos 1963
Box   4  
Promotional Material 1975-1980
Box   4  
RE: Sale of Broadside Press 1976
Box   4  
Tickets, clippings, and handouts 1978-1984
Box   6  
Autographs 1965-1968
Box   6  
Broadside Press [BP] - Contract 1977
Box   6  
Callaloo 1999
Box   6  
Clippings 1939-1975 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Promotional Handbills 1969-1970
Box   11  
Black Biography 1981 (2 audiocassettes)
Box   11  
Broadside Press, [illegible] 1970 (1 film reels (Super 8mm))
Box   11  
Miscellaneous 1970/71, [illegible], Chicago? Don, Gwen, Dudley 1971 (1 film reels (Super 8mm))
 
Topical Files [series]

The Topical Files series (1908-2002, approximately 2.5 linear feet) includes correspondence, publications, and photographs. This series has a strong focus on Randall's professional activities outside of the press, particularly his early career with the United States Postal Service, and also focuses on his personal interests. Conferences and Events, as well as Organizations, serve as indications of Randall's continued involvement with the black and African American community and the promotion of poetry and the arts in Detroit. Included in correspondence are Randall's letters to multiple congressmen in regard to the local postal service union and possible programming opportunities, as well as his early business ventures with universities and libraries. Grants overlap in topic with the Broadside Press series, and showcase possible funding opportunities for both Randall and the Broadside Press. Photographs and photo albums contain subjects that overlap with other series in the collection, and range from personal family photos to photos of poets and events.

 
Conferences and Events
Box   5  
American African History Month 1980
Box   5  
Memorabilia 1967 (2 folders)
Box   9  
1980-1981
Box   9  
1987-2002
Box   9  
Black Arts Convention, Detroit, Michigan 1967
Box   9  
Dance Card 1942
Box   9  
Gwendolyn Brooks Autographed Poster undated
Box   9  
Manuscripts for Workshop 1982
Box   11  
Andrea Hayes Johnson Interviewed by Dudley Randall, Detroit Festival for the Performing Arts 1983 (1 audiocassettes)
 
Correspondence
Box   3  
1949
Box   3  
Letters 1937-1940
Box   3  
United Public Workers of America 1947
Box   5  
1931-1953
Box   5  
1943-1950
Box   5  
1943-1968
Box   5  
1948-1950
Box   5  
1951-1954 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Black Writers Checklist 1970-1971
Box   7  
1951-1956
Box   7  
Burroughs 1966
Box   7  
Correspondence (outgoing) 1942-1966
Box   7  
Fellowships 1965-1969
Box   7  
Libraries 1953-1966
Box   8  
Permissions 1969 (3 folders)
Box   10  
1948-1951
Box   10  
1968-1969 (2 folders)
Box   10  
Personal 1968-1969
Box   10  
University of Detroit 1969
 
Grants
Box   4  
National Endoment for the Humanities Proposal: Biography 1974
Box   4  
Michigan Council for the Arts Mini-Grant 1981
Box   4  
Michigan Council for the Arts Pilot Program Proposals 1981
Box   4  
Proposal 1983
 
Organizations
Box   4  
By-Laws of United Detroit Artists undated
Box   4  
Detroit Society for the Advancement of Culture and Education 1965-1966
Box   4  
Michigan Foundation for the Arts 1983
Box   4  
The Mail Bag- Postal Workers' Local Publication 1947
Box   4  
Poetry Resource Center of Michigan 1981
Box   5  
Complete Mimeographical Materials 1951-1952, 1956
Box   5  
Committee on the Arts 1972
Box   5  
Lincoln's Page 1951
Box   5  
Personal - DR 1949-1953 (2 folders)
 
Photographs
Box   3  
1935-1966
Box   3  
1962-1968
Box   3  
Photo Album 1908-1961
Box   4  
1940-1963
Box   4  
1967
Box   4  
1973-1982
Box   4  
1989
Box   4  
Album 1937-1939, 1960s
Box   4  
Detroit Afro American Festival 1975
Box   4  
Personal Photographs 1972
Box   4  
Slava Tynes 1970
Box   12  
Randall portraits by Gerald L. Simmons 1969 (2 photographic_prints)
 
Writing [series]

The Writing series (1933-1983, approximately 2 linear feet) contains the bulk of Randall's poetry and writing in the collection, with some drafts and copies found scattered in other series, and contains correspondence, rough drafts, personal notes and diaries, newspaper clippings, and printed material. The series is separated into four subseries: Correspondence, Drafts, Notes, and Published.

Correspondence (1953-1981) documents Randall's more pointed conversations about his own writing, as well as submissions for publication. Included in this subseries are three folders of rejection letters Randall received for his submissions between 1953-1969. The Drafts subseries (1927-1966) contains the bulk of the series, and includes both handwritten and printed drafts of his works. His more famous poems, Dressed All in Pink andBallad of Birmingham, can be found in this subseries in multiple draft forms, along with other poems and writings that were published either under his name, under a pseudonym, or were left unpublished. Randall's Notes (1937-1970) include multiple notebooks and journals, as well as loose leaf notes and newspaper clippings. Topics range from his personal life to the publishers to whom he submitted his writing. It should be noted that some notebooks and journals are less full than others in the series. Material of Randall's that was published outside of the Broadside Press can be found in the Published subseries (1949-1980).

 
Correspondence [subseries]
 
General
Box   2  
1962-1966 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1980-1981
Box   2  
Authorship 1954-1955
Box   2  
To Melba Boyd - "To An Old Man" 4/6/80 Draft of poem 1980
Box   2  
Pseudonym 1966
 
Rejections
Box   2  
1953-1969
Box   2  
1966-1968
Box   2  
Contests 1964
 
Drafts [subseries]
Box   1  
"A Death of a Coward" and "poem counterpoem" 1964
Box   1  
Dressed All in Pink 1964-1965
Box   1  
Randall Poems 1962-1966
Box   2  
Poems Unfinished 1940-1950
Box   2  
Stories 1966 (3 folders)
Box   2  
The Cut Throat undated
Box   6  
Paper 1960-1965
Box   4  
1927-1931
Box   4  
1940
Box   4  
Poems, Finished 1939
Box   4  
Unfinished Work 1933-1937
Box   6  
1960
Box   6  
A Form That Sings undated
Box   6  
Articles 1949-1965
Box   6  
Book Review 1966
Box   6  
Celebrations (Verse) undated
Box   6  
Collections 1954-1966 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Criticisms 1965
Box   6  
Hastings Street Girls 1942
Box   6  
Poems Submitted for Wayne U. Anthology of Wayne U. Writers 1958
Box   6  
Serpants and Serpasil manuscript undated
Box   6  
Various Pieces 1950
Box   6  
Various Works undated
Box   6  
The Trouble With Intellectuals 1963-1966
 
Notes [subseries]
Box   2  
1939
Box   2  
Clippings circa 1930s
Box   2  
Paradise Valley Notebook 1969
Box   2  
Personal Notebook 1951, 1965
Box   2  
Thought Flow 1937
Box   7  
Diaries 1942, 1947, 1978
Box   7  
Ideas 1942-1971
Box   9  
1961
Box   9  
Loose Journal 1933-1947
Box   9  
Notebooks 1965-1970
Box   9  
Personal Clippings 1937-1939
Box   9  
Submissions Notebook 1975-1980
 
Published [subseries]
Box   3  
Black American Literature Forum 1983
Box   3  
Milestone 1949-1951
Box   3  
Mosaic 1975
Box   3  
The Black Scholar, Part 1 1980