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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


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.

Collection History


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

Archival Appraisal Information:

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

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:

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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