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Robert Bone papers, 1975-2009

Summary Information

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Call No.: MS#1611
Bib ID 9361998 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bone, Robert, 1924-2007
Title Robert Bone papers, 1975-2009
Physical Description 3 linear feet (3 record cartons)
Language(s) English .

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Material is arranged into one series.



The collection is primarily made up of notes for lectures that he gave and classes that he taught, drafts of essays and books he was working on, some books and literary journals, and some correspondence.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Bone Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers procesed lt 2013.

Revision Description

2015-01-20 xml document instance created by Adrien Hilton

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
African Americans in literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bone, Robert, 1924-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Bone was a scholar of African-American literature and a professor of English at Columbia University from 1965-1990. He received his master's degree in American Studies and his doctorate from Yale University. He coined the term "Black Chicago Renaissance" and was the author of The Negro Novel in America, and Down Home: A History of Afro-American Short Fiction from its Beginnings to the End of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Series I. Robert Bone Papers

Box 1 Lost Renaissance, 2009 Draft, 2009

Box 1 Lost Renaissance, 2005 Draft, 2005

Box 1 Redfield and Wirth

Box 1 12 MVB: SLAG

Box 1 Sorbonne Paper: Full-Sized and Down-Sized

Box 1 American N. Expo

Box 1 Motley: Research Materials, Notes, Outlines, Etc.

Box 1 Working File

Box 1 Bontemps, SLAG

Box 1 Vivian Harsh Collection: Research Materials (May 4-5, 1988)

Box 1 Chicago Conference: Programs, Correspondence, Finances, Etc.

Box 1 Drafts of His Book

Box 1 SLAG

Box 1 Richard, Visual Arts Material

Box 1 Wright and CP

Box 1 Richard Wright's Phototext: 12 Million Black Voices

Box 1 Documentary Made of CR

Box 1 Intro: Quebec

Box 1 Structure and Possible Introduction (Salzman)

Box 1 Transition Version: Master Copy

Box 1 Madison Lecture

Box 1 Atlanta 1997 Opening Speech, Master Copy, 1997

Box 1 135th and Lenox: Callaloo Version

Box 1 Assorted Papers

Box 1 Assorted Papers

Box 2 Correspondence, Clippings, Literary Journals

Box 2 Curriculum Vitae

Box 2 Essay: Growing Up in the New Negro Renaissance

Box 2 Chapter VIII: The Chicago Renaissance, First Draft\

Box 2 Class Notes: The Teaching of Poetry

Box 2 Shakespeare Lecture File

Box 2 Poetry Teaching Notes

Box 2 Essays and Reviews by R.A. Bone

Box 2 New York Times Book Review

Box 2 Collier's Encyclopedia 1978 ed: Entries on Baldwin, Brooks, Hayden, Tolson, Toome, 1978

Box 2 Interview, Letters

Box 2 "Selling the Watermelon:" Clippings, Articles, Correspondence

Box 2 Correspondence: Mrs. Marjorie Content Toomer, Mrs. Fanny McConnell Ellison, Ann Petry, Skip Gates, Anne Boutempes, etc. Wright Canon Carla Capetti/Richard Wright Wright: Miscellaneous Materials Chapter 5, Richard Wright: A Case Study Chapter 7, Richard Wright Text: Chapter 2, 7-9 (Chapters that Feature Park, Charles Johnson and Harlem Renaissance, Fisk)South to a Very Old Place

Box 2 The Omni-Americans

Box 2 Ellison and Murray

Box 2 Hayden Notes

Box 2 Fanny Ellison

Box 2 Hayden Manuscripts

Box 2 Ralph Ellison

Box 2 Richard Wright

Box 2 FWP, Alsberg, etc.

Box 2 Chapter 2: Music and Dance

Box 2 The Chicago Renaissance

Box 2 Chapter 2, Section 3: Jazz (Hines), Intro: Armstrong and Hines

Box 2 Revisions

Box 2 Fail Safe, March2000 White Pages Chapter 1, March2000

Box 2 Review of SVOP

Box 2 Tolson Materials

Box 2 Tolson Essay

Box 2 For Chapter 7 on Richard Wright: Research Materials, Parn and Simmel

Box 2 Richard Wright

Box 2 Wright Chatper: 1st Draft

Box 2 R. Wright, Sociological Image

Box 2 Wright and Chicago Renaissance Conferences

Box 2 Richard Wright and the Chicago Renaissance, Printer's Copy

Box 2 General

Box 2 General

Box 2 Books: Their Eyes Were Watching God, White Man, Listen!, Report From Part One, The Conjure Woman, Selected Poems, Origin of the Afro-American Short Story, Cane, Harlem Gallery, Tri-Quarterly, Selected Poems, South to a Very Old Place, The Negro Novel in America

Box 3 Chesnutt Reader

Box 3 Chapter 5, Section 1: Early Version, Master Copy

Box 3 Park in Chicago

Box 3 Park's Essays (Also WM. Jamzs), Related Commentary

Box 3 Alexander Jackson, George Cleveland Hall

Box 3 Chapter 5, Section 4

Box 3 CSJ: The Harlem Renaissance, Chapter 4, Section 2

Box 3 Alain Locke

Box 3 Working File: Revision, CSF and HR

Box 3 Chapter 4--Over and Done With

Box 3 L.M. Collins: The HR Generation

Box 3 Chicago Urban: Extended History Personnel, etc.

Box 3 Chapter 4

Box 3 Suggestions for Revision

Box 3 Christoferson Suggestion

Box 3 Introduction After Bill Christoferson's Suggestion

Box 3 GCH: Library (For Chapter 5)

Box 3 Essay on Literary Modernism, Bibliography, Notes

Box 3 Carnegie Corps

Box 3 Rockefeller Archives, New Haven Center

Box 3 Edwin Embrec and Paul Kellogg

Box 3 Working Folder

Box 3 CSJ at Fisk

Box 3 Will Alexander

Box 3 Programs & Personnel (Personality)

Box 3 Fellowship Programs (Last Unit in Troika Sections)

Box 3 Paris Conference Feb 5-9, 1992

Box 3 Charles White and Elizabeth Cathett

Box 3 Gordon Parks

Box 3 Miscellaneous

Box 3 Horace Cayton, Info About

Box 3 Gordon Parks Early Work

Box 3 Michael Harper Interview

Box 3 Songlines: Photocopies

Box 3 Michael Harper Documents

Box 3 Songlines: Master Copy

Box 3 Harper: Songlines Notes

Box 3 Work-In-Progress (Parles)

Box 3 Michael Harper Notes

Box 3 Margaret Walker

Box 3 Fenton Johnson: 42 WPA Poems

Box 3 Motley: Prints, Photos, Essays

Box 3 Horace Cayton: Profile

Box 3 Research Materials: Visual Arts

Box 3 Illinois Writers Project

Box 3 Chapter 3, The Verbal Arts

Box 3 Cherokee

Box 3 Chapter 4, Verbal Arts: Miscellaneous SLAG

Box 3 The Written Word

Box 3 Chapter 4: Full Page Copy (Master Copy) Latest Version, 1/2003

Box 3 Vivian Harsh Collection, June 25-26, 1998

Box 3 Origins of the Chicago Renaissance, Intro, Working Copy

Box 3 Work in Progress

Box 3 Charles Sebree

Box 3 Chapter 10: Epilogue (Rough Draft)

Box 3 Photocopies: Callaloo

Box 3 From Helen Hughes

Frank Marshall Davis