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Gwendolyn Brooks Collection

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Correspondence

Writings

Gwendolyn Brooks Personal Files

Photos and Scrapbooks

Drawings

Calendars

Public Engagements

Contests and Scholarships

Teaching Materials

Programs, Broadsides, Posters, and Ephemera

David Company Records

Financial Records

Legal, Medical, and Real Estate Records

Gwendolyn Brooks Personal Realia/Artifacts

Gwendolyn Brooks Library

Sheet Music

LPs

Newspapers and Magazines

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Henry Blakely Papers

Keziah Wims Brooks Papers

Brooks-Blakely Family Papers

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Gwendolyn Brooks Collection, 1909-2003 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Title: Gwendolyn Brooks Collection, 1909-2003Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:bulk 1960-2000

ID: 01/01/MSS00086

Primary Creator: Brooks, Gwendolyn (1917-2000)

Extent: 200.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/19/2013

Subjects: Poets, American - 20th century

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection consists of a variety of materials related to Gwendolyn Brooks, a Black American poet from Chicago, Illinois.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was an American poet and educator born in Topeka, Kansas and raised on the South Side of Chicago. In 1950, Brooks was the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize in any category, receiving the award in Poetry for Annie Allen (1949). At the core of this book is "The Anniad," an epic poem that details the life of a young woman in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Brooks was a beloved mentor to many poets and artists from the Black Arts movement, and started the Illinois Poet Laureate Awards to encourage poetry writing amongst young people. During her life, Brooks received numerous accolades for her work, including her appointment as Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (now the Poet Laureate of the United States) in 1985.

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Collection Historical Note

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born to parents David Anderson and Keziah Wims Brooks on June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas. A few weeks later, her family moved to Chicago where she would live for the rest of her life. Brooks began writing at an early age and was encouraged by her mother saying, "You are going to be the lady Paul Laurence Dunbar." When she was 13, her poem "Eventide" was published in the children's magazine American Childhood [1]. By the time she graduated high school, Brooks had published over one hundred poems in the "Lights and Shadows" poetry column of the Chicago Defender [2]. After high school, Brooks graduated from a two-year program at Wilson Junior College [3]. In 1939, she married Henry Blakely, Jr. whom she met after joining the Chicago NAACP Youth Council. They soon had their first child, Henry III, and later their daughter, Nora.

Early in her career, Brooks was encouraged by poet James Weldon Johnson and Harlem Renaissance writers Langston Hughes and Richard Wright [4]. In her work, Brooks drew inspiration from her life and surroundings in Chicago. Her first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville (1945), received praise for its authentic portraits of the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. Her second collection of poems, Annie Allen (1949), chronicles the life of a young Black Bronzeville girl. It was for this book that Brooks won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, making her the first Black person to win the award in any category [5].

In the 1960s, Brooks work became more overtly political as she became close with activists and writers involved in the Black Arts Movement, a group of artists whose work reflected the cultural side of the growing Black Power movement [6]. She became especially close with Haki Madhubuti, to whom she became both a mentor and a mother figure. Soon Brooks began working exclusively with Black publishers, especially Broadside Press, founded by her close friend Dudley Randall, and Third World Press, founded by Madhubuti. In the 1980s, Brooks also established her own imprint called The David Company.

Throughout her long career, Brooks published more than twenty books of poetry, including The Bean Eaters (1960), Selected Poems (1963), In the Mecca (1968), Riot (1969), Family Pictures (1970), Aloneness (1971), Beckonings (1975), To Disembark (1981), Black Love (1982), The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (1986), Blacks (1987), Gottschalk and the Grand Tarantelle (1988), Winnie (1988), and Children Coming Home (1991). She also published one novel, Maud Martha (1953), as well as children's literature such as Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1956) and The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves (1974). Brooks also published two autobiographies, Report from Part One (1972), and Report from Part Two (1995).

In addition to her writing, Brooks taught poetry and creative writing at numerous colleges and universities. In 1990, the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing was founded at Chicago State University, where Brooks served as distinguished professor and writer-in-residence [7]. Brooks influenced generations of writers, not only with her words, but with her actions. For most of the year, she traveled the country to perform her poetry for children of all ages as well as at universities, public libraries, hospitals, and prisons. As she especially encouraged young poets, Brooks sponsored youth poetry awards for over thirty years. Renowned for her generosity, Brooks dedicated her life to promoting the value of poetry and inspiring young writers.

Brooks was the recipient of more than seventy-five honorary doctorates and countless accolades [8]. In 1968, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois, a position which she held until her death in 2000 [9]. In 1985, Brooks was selected for an honorary one-year term as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress [10]. She received lifetime achievement awards from both the National Endowment for the Arts in 1989 and the National Book Foundation in 1994. Brooks then received the National Endowment for the Humanities' highest honor when she was named the 1994 Jefferson Lecturer. The next year, Brooks received the National Medal of Arts.

Today, Gwendolyn Brooks' legacy persists as one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, because of both her contribution to American literature and her kindness and generosity, especially toward young poets and authors of color.

Subject/Index Terms

Poets, American - 20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Acquisition Source: Nora Brooks Blakely

Related Materials:

Celebrating Brooks @ 100

Gwendolyn Brooks Supplementary Materials

Gwendolyn Brooks Collection (Sc MG 271) | New York Public Library

Gwendolyn Brooks Papers (BANC MSS 2001/83 z) | University of California, Berkeley

Dudley Randall Papers (2017014 Aa 2) | University of Michigan

Sterling Plumpp Collection (MUM00368) | University of Mississippi

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid is experiencing ongoing revision, beginning in June 2023.


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Gwendolyn Brooks Personal Files],
[Series 4: Photos and Scrapbooks],
[Series 5: Drawings],
[Series 6: Calendars],
[Series 7: Public Engagements],
[Series 8: Contests and Scholarships],
[Series 9: Teaching Materials],
[Series 10: Programs, Broadsides, Posters, and Ephemera],
[Series 11: David Company Records],
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[Series 14: Gwendolyn Brooks Personal Realia/Artifacts],
[Series 15: Gwendolyn Brooks Library],
[Series 16: Sheet Music],
[Series 17: LPs],
[Series 18: Newspapers and Magazines],
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Series 8: Contests and ScholarshipsAdd to your cart.
Sub-series 1: Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Box 452Add to your cart.
Folder 1: “1970 ‘Poet Laureate’ Notes”, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Tiggs, Yolanda letter to Gwendolyn Brooks, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: “Poet Laureate Awards 1971 & 1972”Add to your cart.
Item 1: Poet Laureate Awards speech transcript, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 2: Poem by Black, Barbara, “My God – Savior or Enemy?”, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 3: List of Poet Laureate Award winners and a copy of a poem by Williams, Willie, “A Will”, 1972Add to your cart.
Item 4: “Poet Laureate Awards 1971 & 1972” envelope, undatedAdd to your cart.
File 4: "1972"Add to your cart.
Folder 4.1: Submissions, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5 includes notes by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 4.2: Names, addresses, and phone numbers, submission draft of packet, and news clipping, 1972Add to your cart.
Includes an invoice for Harlo Printing Company (1974).
Folder 4.3: Notes and receipt, 1972, 1974Add to your cart.
Includes invoice for Harlo Printing Company (1974).
File 5: “Poet Laureate 1973 material (“Winning” 20 poems)”Add to your cart.
Folder 5.1-5.2: Submissions, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5.3: Packet, 1973Add to your cart.
Includes a Fourth Annual Poet Laureate Awards 1973 booklet.
Folder 5.4: Notes with names, addresses and phone numbers and packet draft, 1973Add to your cart.
Includes a partial annotated draft for the Fourth Annual Poet Laureate Awards 1973 booklet and an address list for finalists.
Folder 5.5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Bieze, Linda card, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 2: Connole, Marguerite (Madison Public Schools), 1973Add to your cart.
Item 3: Dennis, Marilyn, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 4: Goodkind, Allan (Murray F. Tulley High School), 1973Add to your cart.
Item 5: Guzeman, Tracy envelope, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 6: Kuzmyn, Steven, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5.6: “Poet Laureate 1973 material (“Winning” 20 poems)” envelope, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: 4th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, 1973Add to your cart.
Includes publication and draft of speech.
Folder 7-8: 5th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Submissions, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: List of Poet Laureate Award winners, packet, notes, and envelope, 1974Add to your cart.
File 9: "Poet Laureate Awards 1975"Add to your cart.
Folder 9.1: Submissions, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9.2: Correspondence, 1975Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence to Denny, Jack from Ray, Tom and thank you cards from school children.
Folder 9.3: News clipping and note, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9.4: “6th Poet Laureate 1975 Awards” envelope, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9.5: Submissions and “Poet Laureate Awards 1975” envelope, 1975Add to your cart.
Box 453Add to your cart.
File 1: "Seventh Annual Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1976"Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: Packets and winners list, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3: Correspondence, 1976Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence by Norris, Hoke.
Folder 1.4: Packet, 1976Add to your cart.
File 2: Eighth Poet Laureate Awards June 7, 1977"Add to your cart.
Folder 2.1: Submissions, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2.2: Correspondence, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 1-2: Bruckner, D. J. R., 1977Add to your cart.
Item 3: Franklin, Mary Ann, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2.3: Notes on winners, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2.4: News clipping, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2.5: “1977” envelope, 1977Add to your cart.
File 3: "9th Annual Poet Laureate Awards 1978"Add to your cart.
Folder 3.1: Submissions, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3.2: Notes and “1978” envelope, 1978Add to your cart.
File 4: "No. 10"Add to your cart.
Folder 4.1: Submissions and printed booklet, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4.2: Correspondence, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 1: Andoniadis, Lisa, 1979Add to your cart.
Item 2: Breneman, Kim, 1978Add to your cart.
Include postcard and poems.
Item 3: Tessler, Sherry, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 4: Williams, Thelma J., 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4.3: Packets, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4.4-4.7: Chicago History enclosures, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4.8: Chicago History and enclosures, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4.9: Notes, announcements, speech, and envelope, 1978Add to your cart.
Envelope removed to oversized.
Folder 5: 10th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, publications, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 454Add to your cart.
File 1: "1980 Eleventh Poet Laureate Awards"Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1-1.2: Submissions, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 11th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, submissions, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Submissions, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Speech draft, announcement, and correspondence, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes and announcement, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newsprint, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Envelope removed to oversized.
File 3: "1980"Add to your cart.
Folder 3.1: Speech draft, announcement, and correspondence, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3.2: Notes and announcement, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3.3: Newsprint, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3.4: Photographs, 1980Add to your cart.
Envelope removed to oversized.
File 4: “12th Poet Laureate Awards June 11, 1981”Add to your cart.
Folder 4.1-4.2: Submissions, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4.3: Correspondence, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 1: Anderson, Barbara, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 2: Saylor, Joanna, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 3: Peroutka, Verna, circa 1981Add to your cart.
Item 4: Unaddressed letter draft from Gwendolyn Brooks, circa 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4.4-4.5: Printed Packets, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4.6: Speech notes and winners lists, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4.7: Notes, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4.8: Newspaper clippings, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4.9: Newspaper, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4.10: Advertisement, correspondence, and envelope, 1981Add to your cart.
File 5: “Poet Laureate Award Material”Add to your cart.
Folder 5.1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Anderson, Barbara N., 1981Add to your cart.
Item 2: Hirn, Kathryn, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5.2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Hirn, Kathryn, 1980Add to your cart.
Includes “Heritage (L’Chaim!)” poem.
Item 2: Wille, Lois (Chicago Sun-Times), undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Williams, Mattie A. (City of Chicago. Board of Education), 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5.3: List and newspaperAdd to your cart.
Item 1: “Twelfth Poet Laureate Awards” listing, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Chicago Sun-Times newspaper clipping, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5.4: Newspaper and envelopeAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Issue of Chicago Sun-Times (June 16), 1981Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 2: “Poet Laureate Award Material” envelope, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 455Add to your cart.
File 1: "13th Annual Illinois Poet Laureate Awards”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: Correspondence, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 1: Invitations from Gwendolyn Brooks, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 2: Jones, Anna M. (Gwendolyn Brooks Junior High School), 1982Add to your cart.
Includes poems from students.
Item 3: Seaton, Maureen (McHenry Alternative High School), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3-1.5: Printed packet, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 1.6-1.8: Printed poems, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 1.9: "13th Annual Illinois Poet Laureate Awards” envelope, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 13th Annual Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, Correspondence and poem from student and finalist, 1982Add to your cart.
File 3: "14th Annual Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1983”Add to your cart.
Folder 3.1: Submissions, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3.2: Correspondence, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 1: Benter, Doris, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 2: St. John, E., circa 1983Add to your cart.
Item 3: Yu, Timothy, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3.3-3.4: Printed Packet, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3.5: Announcements (draft) and notes, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3.6: "14th Annual Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1983” envelope, 1983Add to your cart.
File 4: “Poet Laureate Clippings”Add to your cart.
Folder 4.1: News clippings and event announcement, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4.2: Program (Cedar Art Center), 1983Add to your cart.
Box 456Add to your cart.
File 1: "1984 15th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards Winners Typed And Manuscripts (with addresses)”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: Printed packet, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3: Notes, correspondence, and envelope, 1984Add to your cart.
File 2: "Special"Add to your cart.
Folder 2.1: Printed packet, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2.2: Correspondence, 1984Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ammar, Alia, 1984Add to your cart.
Includes only correspondence by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Item 2: Deal, Wendy, 1984Add to your cart.
Includes only correspondence by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 2.3: Lists and publications, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: “Special” envelope, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3-8: 16th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, Special “Health” Competition, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Submissions, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Packet (printed incomplete draft) and correspondence, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Publication and correspondence, 1985Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence by Nuno, Teresa and by Haas, Shirley.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1985Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence by Haas, Shirley and photo of Gwendolyn Brooks with winners.
Folder 7: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Athanasen, Steve, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 2: Wilkinson, Rhonda, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Note and announcement, 1985Add to your cart.
File 9: “Poet Laureate 1985”Add to your cart.
Folder 9.1: Submissions, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9.2-9.3: Printed packet, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9.4: Publication and newspaper, 1985Add to your cart.
Includes a copy of Young Poet’s Primer, a grouping of poetry submissions for the 1984 Poet Laureate Awards, and newspaper clippings from the Chicago Sun-Times. Contains a separation sheet.
Box 457Add to your cart.
Folder 1-5: 17th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes, lists, and correspondence, 1986Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence by Rothberg, Nancy.
Folder 2-5: Packets, 1986Add to your cart.
Box 458Add to your cart.
Item 1: “Laureate Awards 1986” box, 1986Add to your cart.
Box 459Add to your cart.
File 1: “1986 17th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: Packet, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3: Lists, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 1.4: “1986 17th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards” folder, 1986Add to your cart.
File 2: “18th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1987”Add to your cart.
Folder 2.1-2.2: Submissions, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Alexander, Margaret Walker, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 2-3: Carroll, Paul, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 4: Chernoff, Maxine, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 5: Cisneros, Sandra, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 6: Cisneros, Sandra, circa 1987Add to your cart.
Item 7: Dukes, Rose Marie, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 8: Frankfather, Vidrik, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.4: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Galbraith, Nancy, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 2: Hodges, Dede V., 1987Add to your cart.
Item 3: Lewis, Melvin E., 1987Add to your cart.
Item 4: Mueller, Lisel, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 5-7: Nims, BonnieAdd to your cart.
Item 6 includes a newspaper clipping.
Item 8-9: Nims, John F., 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1-2: Parisi, Joseph, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 3: Plumpp, Sterling D., 1987Add to your cart.
Item 4: Redmond, Eugene B., 1987Add to your cart.
Item 5-6: Rosen, Sharon, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 7: Stryk, Lucian, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 8: “Anania", 1987Add to your cart.
Sealed envelope.
Item 9: "Elise", circa 1987Add to your cart.
Item 10: “Reg", 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.6: Correspondence groupingAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Redmond, Eugene B., 1987Add to your cart.
Item 2: Thompson, James R. (State of Illinois. Office of the Governor), 1987Add to your cart.
Item 3: Quern, Jacqueline L. (State of Illinois. Office of the Governor), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.7: Correspondence groupingAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Barnes, Brandi, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 2: Friedman, Richard, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 3: Hernandez, David, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 4: Mills, Ralph, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 5: Terk, Eloise, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 6: Perlberg, Mark, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 7: Wray, Ron, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.8: Packet and publication, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.9: Miscellaneous correspondence relating to Gwendolyn Brooks and other awardsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Adams, Elise G., 1987Add to your cart.
Item 2: Cisneros, Sandra, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 3: Jackson, Angela, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 4: Owens, Betty J. (Gwendolyn Brooks Junior High School), 1987Add to your cart.
Item 5: Rosen, Sharon (University of Chicago), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.10: Notes and news clippings, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2.11: Envelopes, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3-5: 18th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Publication/announcements and correspondence, 1987Add to your cart.
Includes invitations by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 4-5: Packet, 1987Add to your cart.
Box 460Add to your cart.
Folder 1-7: 19th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Submission, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 1: Coller, Alice S. (Morgan Park Academy), 1988Add to your cart.
Item 2: Kracht, Thomas A. (Elgin Academy), 1988Add to your cart.
Item 3: Lossau, Kathy, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3-5: Winner packets, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Publication, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: “Nineteenth Illinois Poet Laureate Awards Monday June 20, 1988”, 1988Add to your cart.
Box 461Add to your cart.
File 1: “19th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards – June 20th, 1988”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: Winner list and speech draft, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3: Correspondence and envelopeAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Janousek, Kim, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 2: Leece, Bill, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 3-4: Masters, Marcia Lee, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 5: Shapiro, Claire, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 6: “19th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards – June 20th, 1988” envelope, 1988Add to your cart.
Box 462Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 20th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, correspondence speech draft, publication, 1988Add to your cart.
File 2: “1989 20th Ill. Poet Laureate Awards (Winners)”Add to your cart.
Folder 2.1-2.4: Submissions, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2.5: Correspondence, copies of invitation by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2.6-2.10: Printed packets, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2.11: Speech draft and winners list, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2.12: Notes and miscellaneous, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2.13: “1989 20th Ill. Poet Laureate Awards (Winners)” envelope, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3-7: Submissions from Glenside Junior High School, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Important", 1990Add to your cart.
Box 463Add to your cart.
Folder 1-7: 21st Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Submissions, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Stevenson, NaeeshaAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-5: Packet, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Publications and news clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: “Poet Laureate Award Receipts", 1990Add to your cart.
Includes poems from students.
File 8: “June 18, 1990 Illinois Poet Laureate Awards Twenty First Year”Add to your cart.
Folder 8.1: Blue folderAdd to your cart.
Item 1: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards form letters” envelope (sealed), 1990?Add to your cart.
Item 2: Illinois Poet Laureate Awards press release and letter, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 3: “High School” and “Adult Winners” notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Grouping of poetry submissions by children, 1990?Add to your cart.
Item 5: Correspondence, McComb, Amelia (University of Chicago)  to Zitch, Beryl, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 6: Awards speech and list of names, 1990?Add to your cart.
Item 7: Correspondence, Spurgin, Judith R. (University of Chicago), 1990Add to your cart.
Item 8: Statements on Sam Greenlee and Norman Leer, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 9: Strausbaugh, Joan (University of Chicago. University News & Information) note on Jim Kaufman, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Contest announcement, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 11: “For Lois Wille, in the Rehabilitation Center", undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Grouping of poetry submissions by children, 1990?Add to your cart.
Item 13: Packet, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 14: Correspondence, Turek, Elizabeth (Warren Park School (Cicero, IL)), 1990Add to your cart.
Item 15: Note on award winner, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Grouping of correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Includes Shuler, Martenia (Bowen High School (Chicago)); Boland, Bridget; Power, Peggy (empty envelope); and Brown, Debbie (Agassiz School (Chicago)).
Item 17: “Cap” poem submitted to Gwendolyn Brooks, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8.2: Blue folderAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Illinois Poet Laureate Awards speech, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 2: Submissions, 1990?Add to your cart.
Item 3: Correspondence, Steed, Linda W., 1990Add to your cart.
Item 4: Submissions, 1990?Add to your cart.
Item 5: Grouping of promotional leaflets for The David Company, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes a note from Walls, Cynthia (multiple copies).
Item 6: ICSRC Journal (Illinois Children’s School and Rehabilitation Center), 1990Add to your cart.
Includes a note listing famous American women.
Item 7: Contest announcement, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 8: “Chasing the Pig” by Steed, Linda Wipior (from Romanticizing the Past (vol. 2, no. 1), 1990Add to your cart.
Item 9: Correspondence, Jones, David A. (Morgan Park Academy (Chicago)), 1989Add to your cart.
Includes an envelope.
Item 10: Grouping of notes with contact information, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: “June 18, 1990 Illinois Poet Laureate Awards Twenty First Year” folder, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 464Add to your cart.
File 1: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1991”Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Submissions, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Printed packet, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1991” envelope, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2-5: 22nd Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-3: Winner packets, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Publication and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Currie, Meg, 1991Add to your cart.
Item 2: Leer, Norm, 1991Add to your cart.
Item 3: Submissions, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: News clippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 465Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: 23rd Illinois Poet Laureate Awards, Submissions, 1992Add to your cart.
Includes separation sheets for oversized envelopes.
Box 466Add to your cart.
Folder 1-6: 23rd Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-4: Submissions, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Beasley Academic Center, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Carpenter School, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 467Add to your cart.
Folder 1-10: 23rd Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-3: SubmissionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: George Washington Elementary School, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Holy Name of Mary School, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Senn Metro Academy, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Gilmer, Damian, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 2: Zeigler, Inger, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 3: Congratulations announcement from Gwendolyn Brooks, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 4: Letter to unknown recipient by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5-7: Winners packet, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Packet and enclosures, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Publication, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 10: News clippings and speech draft, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 468Add to your cart.
File 1: “Special”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1-3: Banks, Jeri (Kenzie School), 1992Add to your cart.
Item 4: Power, Peggy, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 5: Theodore, Winnie M. (Morgan Park Academy), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3: Packets, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 1.4: Lists and draft of congratulatory letter, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Envelopes, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2-3: 23rd Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Empty envelopes, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sealed envelopes, 1992Add to your cart.
File 4: “The 24th Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1993 (Manuscripts)”Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Submissions, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5-8: 24th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: “Original Typescript", 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Packet, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Winner packets, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Publication and correspondence, 1992Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence from Roluiso(?), Bonita and Stamps, Derrick.
Box 469Add to your cart.
File 1: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1994”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Merel, Nancy, circa 1994Add to your cart.
Item 2: Smith, Nichrien(?), circa 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3-1.4: Packets, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 1.5: Notes, news clippings, and publications, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 1.6: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1994” envelope, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 2-7: 25th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Submissions, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Bruner, Elizabeth, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 2: Craig, MeeshaAdd to your cart.
Includes only correspondence by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Item 3: Friedrich, Kay, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4-5: Winner packets, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Info packets, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Publications and news clippings, 1994Add to your cart.
File 8: “About 1994,” IL Poet Laureate AwardAdd to your cart.
Item 8.1: Grouping of poetry submissions by children, circa 1994Add to your cart.
Item 8.2: “About 1994” envelope, circa 1994Add to your cart.
Box 470Add to your cart.
Folder 1: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards Information 1995”, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 2-6: 26th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Barber, Caitlin, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 2: Carbajal, Susan, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 3: Hodges, LeShanna, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 4: Randall, Shenia, 1995Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence from Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 3-4: Packets, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Publications and winner lists, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: “Information Accessories – 1995”, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7-11: 27th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-9: Submissions, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Gaston, Kashaundra, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Packets and enclosures, 1996Add to your cart.
Box 471Add to your cart.
Folder 1-6: 27th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Packet, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 3: “Awardees Information/Poet Laureate 1996”Add to your cart.
Restricted: Includes SSNs.
Folder 4: “Twenty Seventh Illinois Poet Laureate Awards 1996", 1996Add to your cart.
Sealed envelope.
Folder 5: Speech draft and list, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Returned mail packet to IPLA winner, 1996Add to your cart.
File 7: “Kinkos”Add to your cart.
Folder 7.1: Packet, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7.2: Packet with original submissions, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7.3: Receipt and envelope, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 8-11: 28th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8-9: Submissions, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 10: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Cowans, Markuiest, 1997Add to your cart.
Item 2: Roberts, Lydia, 1997Add to your cart.
Item 3: Stone, Donna, 1997Add to your cart.
Sealed envelope,
Item 4: Torres, Elliot, 1997Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 11: Winner packet, 1997Add to your cart.
Box 472Add to your cart.
Folder 1-8: 28th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Winner packet, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1997 packet enclosures, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Programs and posters, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Publication and speech draft, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 7: List, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards Competition 1997", 1997Add to your cart.
Box 473Add to your cart.
Folder 1-7: 29th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Submissions, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Diamond, Michelle, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 2: Filer, Kimberly (University of Chicago), 1988Add to your cart.
Item 3: Galloway, J. B., 1988Add to your cart.
Item 4: Helgerson, Glen and Samantha, 1999Add to your cart.
Item 5: Just, Alyssa Faith, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 6: Sylvester, Penny (Oak Park Public Schools), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Packets, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Publications and list of winners, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 6: “Names, Addresses, Telephone Nos. 1998", 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 7: “Sam Anderson,” packet, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 8-12: 30th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Submissions, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Arata, Suzanne and Rebecca Lay, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 10-12: Packet, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 12 includes copies of poems that do not appear to be from the 1999 IPLA.
Box 474Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: 30th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Publication and congratulatory letter drafts, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Publication, folder, and pencil, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Contact information, receipt, envelope, 1999Add to your cart.
File 4: “Remainders”Add to your cart.
Folder 4.1: Submissions, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4.2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Brown, Ellen (Lyons Township High School), 1999Add to your cart.
Item 2: “Linda", 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4.3-4.4: Packet draft, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4.5: Notes (contact information), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4.6: “Remainders” envelope, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5-9: 30th Illinois Poet Laureate AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Submissions, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 6: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Diab(?), Leila, 2000Add to your cart.
Includes publication.
Item 2: Maki, Samuel, 2000Add to your cart.
Item 3: Tate, Tiffany, 2000Add to your cart.
Sealed envelope.
Item 4: “Copy of Letter Sent to Poetry Winners (Ill. Poet Laureate Awards", circa 2000Add to your cart.
Sealed envelope.
Folder 7-8: Packet, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Publications and congratulatory letter drafts, 2000Add to your cart.
Box 475Add to your cart.
File 1: “31st Contest 2000”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Submissions and list of winners, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 1.2: “31st Contest 2000” envelope, 2000Add to your cart.
File 2: “31st Annual”Add to your cart.
Folder 2.1-2.2: Packet, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2.3: Publication (congratulatory), news clipping, and miscellaneous, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2.4: “31st Annual” envelope, 2000Add to your cart.
Includes separation sheet for envelope moved to oversized.
File 3: “31st Illinois Poet Laureate Awards”Add to your cart.
Folder 3.1: Packet (drafts), 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3.2: List of winners, correspondence, and revisions of winning poem, 2000Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence to Robinson, Toniea from Gwendolyn Brooks (sealed).
Folder 3.3: Kinkos envelope, 2000Add to your cart.
Box 476Add to your cart.
File 1: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards” leather pouchAdd to your cart.
Folder 1.1: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards”Add to your cart.
Item 1: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards” note, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Awards ceremony notes, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 3: Partial issue of the Chicago Tribune (July 29), 1991Add to your cart.
Item 4: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards: A Selection, 1970-1984” draft, 1984?Add to your cart.
Includes submission groupings and a partial issue of the Chicago Sun-Times (June 10, 1982).
Folder 1.2: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards: A Selection, 1970-1984” draft, 1984?Add to your cart.
Folder 1.3: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards: A Selection, 1970-1984” typescript draft, 1964, 1984?Add to your cart.
Includes Issue of the Chicago Daily News (July 11), 1964, speech draft, and envelope.
Folder 1.4: “Illinois Poet Laureate Awards” leather pouch, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Illinois Poet Laureate Awards submissions, 1992-1993, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Illinois Poet Laureate Awards submissions, 2000, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Illinois Poet Laureate Awards submissions, 1987, 1992, 1995Add to your cart.
Includes an envelope.
Folder 5: Illinois Poet Laureate Awards announcements, 1987, 1992, 1995Add to your cart.
Box 477Add to your cart.
File 1: “Year?”Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1-1.5: Submissions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1.6: Submissions and “Year? I don’t know. (Look for same with a date in the front.” envelope, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-4: Submissions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Brashear, Janet, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Congratulatory letters from Gwendolyn Brooks, undatedAdd to your cart.
Four letters.
Folder 6: Speech drafts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-9: Packets, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes and list, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-series 2: Non-IPLA contestsAdd to your cart.
Box 478Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Chicago Public Library award notification, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright Poetry AwardsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Second Annual Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright Poetry Awards (Seminole Community College) program, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 2: “Chronicle: A Compilation of Award Winning Poetry, 1985-1986”, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 3: Informational pamphlet, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes a business card for Jones, David Howell.
Item 4: “Chronicle: A Compilation of Prize-Winning Poetry”, 1993Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 5: “Chronicle: A Compilation of Award Winning Poetry”, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Frank E. Dobson Poetry Awards programs, 1988, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Frank Edward Dobson Poetry Contest program, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: “Governor Thompson’s Inaugural Children’s Poem Contest (Judge Gwen BrooksAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Contest winner announcement speech, 1977?Add to your cart.
Item 2: Grouping of Western Union Mailgram confirmations, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 3: Grouping of poetry submissions by children, 1977?Add to your cart.
Includes an envelope.
Item 4: “Governor Thompson’s Inaugural Children’s Poem Contest (Judge Gwen Brooks)” folder, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Awards (Cook County Hospital), 1976Add to your cart.
Includes poems from prize winners and honorable mentions, as well as a “Health and Hospitals Governing Commission of Cook County” folder.
Folder 7: Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Contest, Longfellow envelopes (unsent and empty), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Contest (Marshall High School (Chicago)), 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Henry Blakely Award (Chicago State University), 2000Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from Gwendolyn Brooks to award recipients, an empty envelope labeled “W. Keorapetse Kgositsile,” and a blue folder.
Folder 10: Keziah Brooks Memorial Awards (Metropolitan Community Church), 1979Add to your cart.
Includes submissions and contest guidelines.
File 11: “Students’ Typed Mss. That Have Been Taped & ‘Kinko-ed’”Add to your cart.
Folder 11.1-11.3: Grouping of poetry submissions by children, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11.4: “Students Typed Mss. That Have Been Taped & ‘Kinko-ed’” Kinko’s envelope, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: “Washington D.C. poetry contest”, 1985Add to your cart.
Includes submissions and correspondence from Thomason, Rose (George Washington Junior High School (Alexandria, VA)) and Thompson, Leone B. (H.D. Woodson High School (Washington, D.C.)).

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