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Baraka, Amiri
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Amiri Baraka Materials
Manuscripts Division
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0.2 linear feet and 1 box
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Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001757


An open collection of manuscripts and other papers related to the writings of American author Amiri Baraka (1934-2014).

Collection Description & Creator Information


This is an open collection of manuscripts and other papers, such as publication documentation and notebooks, dating from the mid 1970s to 1980s, related to the writings of American author Amiri Baraka.

Multiple materials relate to Primitive World: An Anti-Nuclear Jazz Musical for which Baraka wrote the script. With music written by saxophonist David Murray, the musical was performed for a week in January 1984 at Sweet Basil in New York City. Also included is a typescript of the introduction to Daggers and Javelins: Essays, 1974-1979.

There are also drafts of Classic Blues (1963) and Cosby and the Music (mid 1980s).

A majority of the description is based on dealer description.


The arrangement of how materials came to the Library has been maintained. Materials are arranged in the order in which they were accessioned.

Collection Creator Biography:


Amiri Baraka (1934-2014), born Everett Leroy Jones in Newark, New Jersey, was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism.

Collection History


Materials in this collection were acquired via multiple purchases beginning in 2020.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2021-2022 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in December 2021. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in December 2021.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Collection of Amiri Baraka Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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