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C. L. R. James papers, 1933-2001, bulk 1948-1989

Series II: Writings, 1948-1990s, undated

Included in this series are drafts and manuscripts, transcripts of lectures and interviews, and printed material by or about C.L.R. James.

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Subseries II.1: Full-length works, 1948-1980s, undated

This series contains both typescript manuscripts (1950) and printed versions (1956) ofAmerican Civilization; drafts and fragments-- a few of which have been heavily annotated by James--of the autobiography that was incomplete at his death; his playBlack Jacobins,with hand-written notes by director Dexter Lyndersay; and many of the original letters from James that were the basis ofNotes on a Dialectic,along with drafts and materials that have been annotated and edited by James, and a typescript of the monograph. Also here is a typescript version ofNotes on the Life of George Padmoreand a piece on Shakespeare.



Box 3 Folder 5 Bibliographies, circa 1970s-1980s


American Civilization


Box 3 Folder 6 Proposal, circa 1950s


Box 3 Folder 7 Introduction--by Martin Glaberman, circa 1980s


Box 3 Folder 8 to 10 Notes on American Civilization--Typescripts, circa 1950, (3 Folders)


Box 3 Folder 11 to 13 The American Civilization--Printed, circa 1956, (3 Folders)



Box 4 Folder 1 The American Civilization--Printed (Annotated), circa 1956


Box 4 Folder 2 The American Civilization--Views of--Printed, circa 1956


Autobiography / Biography


Box 4 Folder 3 Timelines, undated


Box 4 Folder 4 Outlines, undated


Box 4 Folder 5 Introduction--Paul Buhle, 1984


Box 4 Folder 6 Section 1, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 7 1932-1938 (Annotated by James), circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 8 to 10 1918-1953, circa 1970s-1980s, (3 Folders)


Box 4 Folder 11 1968-End, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 12 Last Chapter, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 13 Fragments and Notes (Annotated by James), circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 14 to 18 Chronological--Photocopies, circa 1970s-1980s, (5 Folders)


Box 4 Folder 19 Cesaire, Aime, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 20 Education--Early, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 21 Garvey, Marcus, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 22 Gupta, B. K., circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 23 Intellectual Development to 1932, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 24 Lahr, Charlie, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 4 Folder 25 Parents, circa 1970s-1980s



Box 5 Folder 1 Revolution in the 20th Century, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 2 Robeson, Paul, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 3 Shakespeare, William, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 4 Share Croppers in Missouri, Organizing, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 5 Texas, University at Austin--Episode, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 6 Trotsky, Leon, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 7 United States, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 8 United States--Visit to the South in 1939, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 9 [Wicks], Harry, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 10 Wright, Richard, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 5 Folder 11 to 13 Women, circa 1970s-1980s, 3 folders


The Black Jacobins--A Play


Box 5 Folder 14 to 15 Act I-Epilogue, 1967 (2 Folders), 1967


Box 5 Folder 16 "From the Playwright", circa 1960s (includes notes from the director, Dexter Lyndersay), 1960s


Box 5 Folder 17 Prologue and Notes, circa, 1960s


Box 5 Folder 18 Toussaint L' Ouverture--Typescript, undated


Box 5 Folder 19 Appendix--Annotated, undated


Notes on Dialectic--Drafts, circa 1948



Box 6 Folder 1 Doctrine of the Notion--1-41


Box 6 Folder 2 Leninism and the Notion--42-71



Box 7 Folder 1 The Universal of 1948--72-87


Box 7 Folder 2 Trotskyism: Synthetic Cognition--88-99


Box 7 Folder 3 The Absolute Idea--100-119


Box 7 Folder 4 Part II--The Doctrine of Being--120-132


Box 7 Folder 5 The Doctrine of Essence--133-176


Box 7 Folder 6 Review and Leninist Interlude--177-182c



Box 6 Folder 3 Appearance and Reality--182m-206



Box 7 Folder 7 Notes on Dialectic--1-4


Box 7 Folder 8 Understanding--5-11



Box 6 Folder 4 Some Historical Observations on Understanding--12-44



Box 7 Folder 9 The Natural Moments of Thought--45-65


Box 7 Folder 10 The Object of Investigation--81-125


Box 7 Folder 11 The Leap--120-139


Box 7 Folder 12 Dialectic in Action--140-142



Box 6 Folder 5 The French Revolution in Historical Logic--143-148



Box 7 Folder 13 Part II--153-158



Box 6 Folder 6 Part III--159-201



Box 7 Folder 14 Practice and Epilogue--202-214



Box 8 Folder 1 to 2 Typescript--Annotated, circa 1948-1949, 2 folders


Box 8 Folder 3 to 6 Notes on Dialectic--Correspondence and Notes, circa 1948-1949, 5 folders



Box 5 Folder 20 Comments by Sam Weinstein, Undated


Box 5 Folder 21 Padmore, George--Notes on the Life of--Typescript, circa 1950s-1960s


Box 5 Folder 22 Shakespeare, undated


Subseries II.2: Drafts, Proposals, Reviews, 1966-1980, undated

Included here are several shorter pieces on a range of topics: Pan-Africanism, popular culture, reviews as well as brief portraits of several individuals including George Lamming, Kwame Nkrumah and Paul Robeson. Also in this subseries are extracts from James' writings and the writings of others.



Box 9 Folder 1 After Frank Worrell, What?, 1961


Box 9 Folder 2 Black Struggles, undated


Box 9 Folder 3 Cricket, undated


Box 9 Folder 4 Dubois, W.E.B., undated


Box 9 Folder 5 Free Press, 1971


Box 9 Folder 6 Grenada, 1984


Box 9 Folder 7 Lamming, George, undated


Box 9 Folder 8 Mariners, Renegades and Castaways--Afterword, circa 1978


Box 9 Folder 9 Nkrumah, Kwame--Various, 1966-1967, 1978, undated


Box 9 Folder 10 Robeson, Paul (Annotated), undated


Box 9 Folder 11 Superman and the A Bomb, undated


Box 9 Folder 12 Towards the Seventh [Pan-African Conference], circa 1981


Box 9 Folder 13 West Indian Character--British Connections, undated


Box 9 Folder 14 Woman, A Modern, undated


Box 9 Folder 15 Drafts--Fragments


Box 9 Folder 16 to 17 Extracts, circa 1960s-1970s, 2 folders


Box 9 Folder 18 Proposals, circa 1960s, 1970s, undated


Reviews


Box 9 Folder 19 Movies, circa 1970


Box 9 Folder 20 Writings, circa 1970s, undated


Box 9 Folder 21 Writings--V. S. Naipaul, circa 1980


Box 9 Folder 22 By Others--Toussaint L' Ouverture, 1936


Subseries II.3: Lectures and Talks, 1958-1991, 2000, undated

This series contains informal talks, conference presentations, lectures, and radio or television broadcasts covering a range of subjects including, but not limited to, literature and literary figures, history, and the Caribbean. The lectures and talks are arranged by title or topic; if untitled, the pieces are arranged by the organization or group to whom the talk was given. The bulk of the material here consists of transcripts of the lectures, or of the recordings of the lectures, and includes printed versions, carbon copies, and photocopies. Two lectures by others, Frank Campbell and Rodney Walter, are here as well.


Box 9 Folder 23 Introduction to C. L. R. James, undated


Box 9 Folder 24 Africa, 1984, undated


Box 9 Folder 25 America, C. L. R. James Reflects on, 1981, 1983


Box 9 Folder 26 American Society Today, 1969


Box 9 Folder 27 The Artist in the Caribbean, undated



Box 10 Folder 1 Black Jacobins--Printed, 1971, 2000


Box 10 Folder 2 Black People in Urban Areas in the United States, undated


Box 10 Folder 3 Black Power and Black Struggles--Three Lectures, circa 1968


Box 10 Folder 4 Black Power: Its Past, Today, and the Way Ahead--Printed, 1967


Box 10 Folder 5 Black Writers Workshop, circa 1982


Box 10 Folder 6 Broadcasts, circa 1980s


Box 10 Folder 7 The Caribbean, undated


Box 10 Folder 8 Caribbean Peoples, the Making of--Printed, 1966-1968


Box 10 Folder 9 Caribbean Peoples, a National Purpose for, 1964


Box 10 Folder 10 Civilization, Decline of Western, undated


Box 10 Folder 11 Colonial World, The Former, 1983


Box 10 Folder 12 Constantine, Learie, circa 1970s


Box 10 Folder 13 Dialectics, 1971


Box 10 Folder 14 Douglass, Frederick, undated


Box 10 Folder 15 From Dubois to Fanon, undated


Box 10 Folder 16 Existentialism to Marxism, 1966


Box 10 Folder 17 On Federation--Printed, 1958-1959


Box 10 Folder 18 Harris, Wilson--A Philosophical Approach (printed), circa 1965


Box 10 Folder 19 Imperialism and Underdeveloped Countries: Who are the Backward Ones?, circa 1960s


Box 10 Folder 20 Leadership, 1963, 1965


Box 10 Folder 21 Lincoln, Abraham, undated


Box 10 Folder 22 Mass Movement and Anti-Imperialist Struggle, circa 1970s


Box 10 Folder 23 On Nigeria, circa 1966


Box 10 Folder 24 Nuclear War and Peace, 1983


Box 10 Folder 25 Padmore, George, 1976


Box 10 Folder 26 Pan-Africanism, Reflections on, circa 1969



Box 11 Folder 1 PNM, The Rise and Fall of the Peoples National Movement, 1972


Box 11 Folder 2 Popular Art and the Cultural Tradition--Translation, 1954


Box 11 Folder 3 Robeson, Paul, undated


Box 11 Folder 4 Seizure of Power, circa 1975


Box 11 Folder 5 Shakespeare, 1963, 1983, 1986


Box 11 Folder 6 Solidarity, 1981


Box 11 Folder 7 West Indians, Notable, 1961


Box 11 Folder 8 World Revolution Today, circa 1968-1970s


Box 11 Folder 9 Wright, Richard, 1974


Untitled:


Box 11 Folder 10 African-American Teachers Association, 1969


Box 11 Folder 11 Black Alliance, Hackney, 1983


Box 11 Folder 12 Black Power Conference, First Regional, 1969


Box 11 Folder 13 Clapham Teachers Centre, 1983


Box 11 Folder 14 Cricket Society, undated


Box 11 Folder 15 Pan-African Meeting, 1983


Box 11 Folder 16 Ladbroke Grove--on his 70th Birthday, 1971


Box 11 Folder 17 London--Exhibition at Photographers Gallery, 1984


Box 11 Folder 18 Rutgers University, 1973


Box 11 Folder 19 San Francisco, 1977


Box 11 Folder 20 Tougaloo College, 1972


Box 11 Folder 21 Trans-Africa Dinner--Freedom Award Ceremony, 1985


Box 11 Folder 22 Trinidad, undated


Box 11 Folder 23 Wayne State, 1968


Box 11 Folder 24 West Indies, University of--Graduation (printed), 1972


Box 11 Folder 25 Untitled, undated


Box 11 Folder 26 Untitled--Transcript incomplete, undated


By Others:


Box 11 Folder 27 Campbell, Frank--"In Celebration of the October Revolution", 1967


Box 11 Folder 28 Rodney, Walter--"Marx in the Liberation of Africa", 1975


Subseries II.4: Interviews, circa 1970s-1996, undated

The material here consists for the most part of transcripts of interviews given by James on a variety of topics and to a variety of individuals from professional journalists to budding scholars. Some of the interviews have been published.


Topic:



Box 12 Folder 1 America, Visit to and Politics, circa 1970s-1980s


Box 12 Folder 2 British Trotskyism (Printed), 1986


Box 12 Folder 3 Black Jacobins , 1983


Box 12 Folder 4 Cricket, circa 1980s


Box 12 Folder 5 Lamming, George, 1983


Box 12 Folder 6 Literary Life, Making of, circa 1980s


Box 12 Folder 7 Manley, Norman, undated


Box 12 Folder 8 Marxism and Black Nationalists, undated


Box 12 Folder 9 Minty Alley , 1976


Box 12 Folder 10 Padmore, George, undated


Box 12 Folder 11 Pan African Congress, Focus on the Sixth, undated


Box 12 Folder 12 Race in Great Britain, circa 1980s


Box 12 Folder 13 Robeson, Paul, circa 1980s


Box 12 Folder 14 Toussaint L'Ouverture, circa 1980s


Box 12 Folder 15 Trotsky, Leon--interviewed by C. L .R. James--1934--Transcript, undated


Box 12 Folder 16 Women, 1984


Interviewer:


Box 12 Folder 17 Hall, Stuart, undated


Box 12 Folder 18 Haut, Woody, 1989


Box 12 Folder 19 Hillegas, Jan, 1985


Box 12 Folder 20 Nevin, Charles, 1984


Box 12 Folder 21 Peiris, Denzil, 1984


Box 12 Folder 22 Ramchand, Ken, 1980, 1996


Box 12 Folder 23 Sunitha, K. T., circa 1983


Box 12 Folder 24 Thompson, E. P.--Talking History, circa 1980


Box 12 Folder 25 Warhaftig, Alan, 1978


Regarding James


Box 12 Folder 26 Grimshaw, Anna, A Conversation with, 1991


Box 12 Folder 27 Hill, Robert and Jim Murray, 1985


Box 12 Folder 28 Rawick, George, A Conversation with, undated


Subseries II.5: Writings by Others--Drafts and Manuscripts, 1969-1990s, undated

Many, although not all, of the drafts and manuscripts here were received by James in the 1970s during his teaching period in the United States. A student paper on Walt Whitman by Nettie Kravitz, one of James associates from Detroit, is here as is a piece on revolutionary leadership by the Boggs. Also here is a film script of James' novel,Minty Alley.



Box 13 Folder 1 General, undated


Box 13 Folder 2 Boggs, James and Grace, "The Awesome Responsibilities of Revolutionary Leadership", 1970


Box 13 Folder 3 Kravitz, Nettie, "Walt Whitman: Bard of the Open Road", 1962


Box 13 Folder 4 Lovelace, Earl-- The Dragon Can't Dance, undated


Box 13 Folder 5 Marshall, William-- Christophe: King of Haiti, 1972-1973


Box 13 Folder 6 Ramchand, Kenneth, 1969


Box 13 Folder 7 to 8 Robinson, Cedric, 1976, undated, 2 folders


Box 13 Folder 9 to 10 Samoiloff, Louise Cripps-- C L R James: Memories and Commentaries--Manuscript, circa 1990s, 2 folders


Box 13 Folder 11 Samoiloff, Louise Cripps-- Lirazel: An English Love Story of a White Woman and a Black Man--Manuscript, 1975


Box 13 Folder 12 to 13 Turner, Terisa, 1976-1978, 2 folders


Box 13 Folder 14 Warhaftig, Alan, 1978, 1993


Box 13 Folder 15 to 16 Warhaftig, Alan-- Minty Alley--Screen Play, 1993, 1997, 2 folders


Box 13 Folder 17 "The Development of Children's Literature", undated


Box 13 Folder 18 "The Problem: Folksong and Social Action", undated


Box 13 Folder 19 "Socio Cultural and Philosophical Bases of James' Vision", circa 1980s


Box 13 Folder 20 "Towards New Structures, Methods and Procedures in Accordance with the Aims of the 31st December Revolution", circa 1982


Box 13 Folder 21 to 22 Untitled Manuscript, undated, 2 folders