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Blues People: Negro Music in White America Typescript Draft of Chapter on Classic Blues, circa 1963

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a corrected typescript draft of a chapter titled "Classic Blues" ("Chapter VII") from Blues People: Negro Music in White America, published in 1963 by Amiri Baraka (as LeRoi Jones). Each page of the typescript has dozens of changes, showing Baraka's writing process. Several pages have entire paragraphs crossed out, and another page has the lyrics of a blues song, "Put It Right Here," with Baraka's notation to the editor to insert them.


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

Collection History


Purchased from Glenn Horowitz, Bookseller, in 2021 (AM 2022-093).


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

Processing Information

This item was processed and described by Kelly Bolding in January 2022, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

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:

Blues People: Negro Music in White America Typescript Draft of Chapter on Classic Blues; Princeton University Library Collection of Amiri Baraka Materials, C1668, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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