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Baraka, Amiri (1934-2014)
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Amiri Baraka Materials
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1963-1986
0.2 linear feet and 1 box
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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.


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

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001757