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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

Works of Others

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 15: Gwendolyn Brooks LibraryAdd to your cart.
Sub-series 1: BooksAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Brooks 001-131Add to your cart.
Browse titles on Primo.
Box 542Add to your cart.
Box 543Add to your cart.
Sub-series 2: Pamphlets and PeriodicalsAdd to your cart.
Box 544Add to your cart.
Folder 1: “10 Tips for Hotel/Motel Fire Safety”, 1992Add to your cart.
Includes “Fire Emergency Procedure” handout.
Folder 2: “250 Health Hints for the New Year”, 1991Add to your cart.
Includes notes by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 3: AfrikaNews (vol. 2, no. 4), undatedAdd to your cart.
Featuring an interview with Haki R. Madhubuti.
Folder 4: Afro-Americans (Psycholinguistics Reading Series, book 8), 1968?Add to your cart.
Folder 5: AIM (vol. 10, no. 1), 1983Add to your cart.
Includes a Citizens Schools Committee Golden Anniversary program.
Folder 6: American Academy of Arts and LettersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1996-1997, 1997Add to your cart.
Includes a brochure with member photos.
Item 2: Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (vol. 2, no. 46), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: American Poet (Summer), 1996Add to your cart.
Includes a catalog of “audiotape archives” distributed by the Academy of American Poets.
Folder 8: American Poet (Winter), 1996-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Poet (Winter), 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Includes grouping of errata.
Folder 10: Anchor Books (Spring), 1990Add to your cart.
Includes a note concerning Countee Cullen by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 11: The Art Institute of Chicago Annual Report 1966-1967, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Grouping of photos and ephemera related to Beyond Birmingham: Human Rights Around the World, 1994?Add to your cart.
Item 2: Grouping of ephemera related to Black heritage and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, 1989, 1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute folder, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 13: “Birmingham-Southern College Annual Report”, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Black American Poetry: A Selected Bibliography (Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System), 1984?Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Black Biography (vol. 1), 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Black Books Bulletin (vol. 2, no. 1), 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Black Books Bulletin (vol. 7, no. 3), 1981Add to your cart.
Box 545Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Black Books Bulletin (vol. 8, Annual), 1991Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 2: Black Books Bulletin: WordsWork (vol. 16, no. 1-2), 1994Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Folder 3: Black Books Bulletin: WordsWork (vol. 16, no. 1-2), 1994Add to your cart.
Copy heavily annotated by Gwendolyn Brooks. Includes a draft letter to Madhubuti, Haki R. (1981).
Folder 4: Black Culture Quiz (The Sperry and Hutchinson Company), 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Blacklisted Journalist (Column 21), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 6: “Black Men in the Struggle/Beautiful Black Women in the Struggle”, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The Black Position (no. 3), 1973Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Folder 8: The Black Scholar (Summer), 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Black Scholar (June), 1975Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Folder 10: The Black Scholar (vol. 13, no. 4-5), 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Black Scholar (vol. 18, no. 1), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Black Scholar (vol. 19, no. 4-5), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Black Scholar (vol. 20, no. 3-4), 1989Add to your cart.
Box 546Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Black Leadership Family Plan for the Unity, Survival, and Progress of Black People, 1982Add to your cart.
Includes fundraising appeal forms and supplementary informational leaflets for the Black Development Fund, and a plastic envelope.
Folder 2: Blake, J. Herman. “‘Doctor Can’t Do Me No Good’: Social Concomitants of Health Care Attitudes and Practices Among Elderly Blacks in Isolated Rural Populations”, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Blakely, Nora Brooks, ed. “A Bit of This, A Bit of That: Creative Writing from the Students of the Englewood Catholic Schools”, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Bolden, B.J. “The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing Annual Report, 1997-1998”, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bontemps, Arna, ed. Anthology of Negro Poets, 1961?Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Braxton, Joanne M. “Furious Flower: A Revolution in African American Poetry”, undatedAdd to your cart.
Enclosed in a sealed plastic sleeve.
Folder 7: The Bret Harte School. Student Teachers: Selected Writing 1995-1996, 1996Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 8: Callaloo (no. 1, December), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cape Cod Community College Poets, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Carman, Juanita C.Add to your cart.
Item 1: “Who Are You” (Reach Out Series), 1981?Add to your cart.
Item 2: Children Stories (Reach Out Series), 1981?Add to your cart.
“And Reading Skills” written in red ink.
Item 3: Short Essays, Poems and Prose (Reach Out Series), 1981?Add to your cart.
Item 4: Reach Out Series of Young Adults Stories, 1982?Add to your cart.
“Teen-Ager and” and “With Instructional Aids, Applications and Other Forms” written in pink ink.
Folder 11: Centers for New Horizons, Inc., undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Central Passages Literary Journal (Edition 1), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: “Chicago State University 1989 Annual Report”, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Chicago Tribune Magazine (Section 10), 2000Add to your cart.
Includes a letter to Gwendolyn Brooks from Reardon, Pat and an envelope.
Folder 15: Chronicle: 1994 Prize-Winning Poems (Seminole Community College), 1994Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 16: Cincinnati Horizons (vol. 6, no. 3), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Common Outlook (vol. 1, no. 12), 1943Add to your cart.
Includes “On Freshness In Verse” envelope.
Folder 18: A Common Reader: A Selection of Books for Readers with Imagination (no. 114), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Conexões (vol. 4, no. 2), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Conley, “A Unit: Contemporary Black Poetry", 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Consultants’ Reunion: A Keepsake Anthology of the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the Consultantship in Poetry (Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Contemporary Forum catalog, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Count Your Calories (Dell Purse Book), 1968?Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Creative Survival: The Providence Black Community in the 19th Century (The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society), 1980Add to your cart.
Includes a sticker for the “Centenário da Abolição Projeto Consciência e Liberdade” (Centennial of Abolution Conscience and Freedom Project).
Folder 25: The Creative Woman (vol. 10, no. 2), 1990Add to your cart.
Box 547Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Creative Woman (vol. 10, no. 4), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Cumpián, Carlos, ed. Emergency Tacos (March/Abrazo Press), 1989Add to your cart.
Signed by Badikian, Beatriz; Cumpián, Carlos; and Niño, Raúl.
Folder 3: Daily Thoughts from the Hill (Hillside Chapel & Truth Center, Inc.), 1995?Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Delta Epsilon Sigma Bulletin (vol. 16, no. 1), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Denali (vol. 1, no. 1), 1979?Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Devillers, Michel. Chartres (Ouest France; English edition), 1978?Add to your cart.
Includes sheet music for French songs.
Folder 7: The Drama Review (vol. 12, no. 1), 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Drumvoices Revue (vol. 5, no. 1-2), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 9: ECCO (Fall-Winter), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Eclectic Literary Forum (ELF; vol. 2, no. 3), 1992Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from “Sue.”
Folder 11: Eclectic Literary Forum (ELF; vol. 4, no. 1), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Eclectic Literary Forum (ELF; vol. 5, no. 2), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Eclectic Literary Forum (ELF; vol. 6, no. 1), 1996Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from “Sue.”
Folder 14: Ehret, Arnold. The Definite Cure of Chronic Constipation. Also Overcoming Constipation Naturally (Ehret Literature Publishing Co.), 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Eichelberger, D.B. Aldebaran (Booktrader Press), 1994?Add to your cart.
Includes a loose page from Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep (Harper, Michael S. and Walton, Anthony, eds.).
Folder 16: Eiden, William. Spirit Circle, 2000?Add to your cart.
Includes an envelope addressed to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 17: Empire Builder: 70th Anniversary Commemorative Menu, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Engle, Paul. Christmas Poems, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Epic (Spring), 1994Add to your cart.
Includes a fragment of a possible cover page.
Folder 20: Epic (Spring), 1997Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from Monroe, Ronald W. (Kingswood-Oxford School). Page IX is loose.
Folder 21: Esquire (April), 1970Add to your cart.
Includes a bookmark for page 104.
Box 548Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Esther R. LaMarr Memorial Fund, Inc. Memorial Dinner program, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Evans, Zishan. “Zetta” program, 1975?Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Favors, Eunice C. Ordinary Life Extraordinary Understanding, 1998?Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Florence, Milton. Selected Poems, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Francesca, Sister M. I Became a Catholic and a Nun, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Freadom Newsletter (vol 2., no. 2), 1993Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Folder 7: Free Spirit, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Gambit (vol. 2, no. 4), 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: A Gathering of the Tribes (vol. 1, no. 1), 1991Add to your cart.
Includes flyers for the New York premiere of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Home of Contemporary Theatre and Art, a subscription form for A Gathering of the Tribes, and a letter requesting financial contributions.
Folder 10: Georgoudaki, Ekaterini. “Class, Race, and Gender Consciousness in Gwendolyn Brooks’s and Nikki Giovanni’s Poems for Children", 1990Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 11: The Gettysburg Review sample issue (Spring), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Gildzen, Alex. Cat ScratchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Gildzen, Alex, ed. A Festschrift for Djuna Barnes on Her 80th Birthday (Occasional Papers No. 9; Kent State University Libraries), 1972?Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School (Aurora, IL) yearbook, 1996-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Halisi, Clyde and Mtume, James, eds. The Quotable Karenga, 1967?Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Harper & Brothers Announces a Broad Program for the Publication of Poetry, circa 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Harris, Lola. Hyacinths and Biscuits, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Harris, Lola. New Moon Life play script, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Health & Beauty Guide (no. 12), 1982?Add to your cart.
Includes a postage stamp, a grouping of correspondence sent to Brooks while in London (from “Adrian;” Pease, David; and Clarke, Beverley), and a note by Gwendolyn Brooks. Contains a sealed envelope.
Folder 20: Hecht, Anthony. Robert Lowell (Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Hijjawi, Sulafa, trans. They Claim There Is No Resistance: A Collection of Poems from Occupied Palestine (The Palestine National Liberation Movement), circa late 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Hoffman, Daniel. “Moonlight Dries No Mittens”: Carl Sandburg Reconsidered (Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)), 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Hollander, John. Lyrical Interval, 1985Add to your cart.
Box 549Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Howe, Susan Elizabeth. Where Women Go When They Vanish, 1991Add to your cart.
Includes a letter to Gwendolyn Brooks, a piece of scrap paper, and an envelope.
Folder 2: Illinois Alliance for Aging (Chicago). Dignity, Self-Respect and Security for Older Adults, 1993Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from Riley, James B., Jr. and Elling, Ronald.
Folder 3: Illinois Arts Council. Heartland (vol. 5, no. 1), 1999Add to your cart.
Includes an issue of Poetry (vol. 172, no. 5; 1998).
Folder 4: The Illinois Review (vol. 1, no. 1), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Illinois Writers Review (vol. 7, no. 2), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: International Women’s Forum Roster, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: It’s My Place (McKenzie Elementary School (Wilmette, IL)), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Jackson, Gale interview transcripts, 1982Add to your cart.
Includes a letter to Gwendolyn Brooks. Interview narrators are Brooks, Edith and Bryant, Luvinia
Folder 9: Jackson, Juanita; Slaughter, Sabra; and Blake, J. Herman. “The Sea Islands as a Cultural Resource” (The Black Scholar), 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Reports of the President and the Treasurer, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 4), 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 5), 1967Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 13: The Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 6), 1967Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 14: The Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 7), 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 8), 1968Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 16: Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 9), 1968Add to your cart.
Box 550Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 19), 1968Add to your cart.
Includes an issue of The Skiff (vol. 69, no. 31; 1970).
Folder 2: Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 12), 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 14; Pan African Issue), 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 15), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Journal of Black Poetry (vol. 1, no. 16), 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Journal of Ordinary Thought (vol. 10, no. 3), 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Journal of the Poetry Society of America (no. 51), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Journal of the Poetry Society of America (no. 52), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 9: JuJu: Research Papers in Afro-American Studies (Winter), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Kansas Alumni Magazine (vol. 89, no. 6), 1991Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from Niebaum, Jerri to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 11: Karimi, Robert. Get Down W/Yr… Self to a Funky Disco Beat, 1996?Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Katherine Mansfield: An Exhibition (University of Texas at Austin), 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Kennedy King College. Schedule of Classes (Fall), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Kent, George and Henderson, Stephen. A Dark and Sudden Beauty: Two Essays in Black American Poetry, 1977?Add to your cart.
Folder 15: King, John T. and Marcet H. Famous Black Americans, 1975?Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Klug, Gary. “Dedicated to the Lord”: I Pray in Rhyme. Selected Poems, 1977?Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Landry, John, comp. Collision, 1995?Add to your cart.
Folder 18: LeBlanc, Liz. Moon Shots, 1977?Add to your cart.
Box 551Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Leer, Norman. Second Lining (Mellen Poetry Press), 1997Add to your cart.
Various pages are marked with sticky notes.
Folder 2: Lewis, Wendy. Spring Poems and Pictures, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: The Library of Congress (Humanities and Social Sciences Division)Add to your cart.
Item 1: Library of Congress Information Bulletin (vol. 45, no. 17), 1986Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 2: Library of Congress Information Bulletin (vol. 45, no. 3), 1986Add to your cart.
Item 3: Library of Congress Information Bulletin (vol. 53, no. 13), 1994Add to your cart.
Two copies. Includes an envelope addressed to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 4: LIFE (vol. 1, no. 1), 1883Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lips (no. 11), 1985Add to your cart.
Includes a business card for Boss, Laura and a grouping of ephemera concerning various topics and events.
Folder 6: Lotus Press catalog, 1983Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 7: Long, Richard A. Ascending and Other Poems, 1975?Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Lou’s Fish Grotto (Monterey, CA) menu, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 9: The Loyola Report (vol. 1, no. 2), 1961Add to your cart.
Three copies. Includes a letter from Maguire, James F. (Loyola University) to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 10: Literacy Volunteers of ChicagoAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from Honderich, Judith K. to Gwendolyn Brooks, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 2: Literacy Volunteers of Chicago brochure, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Tutor Program Handbook (January-June), 1992Add to your cart.
Item 4: The LVC Voice (Fall), 1991Add to your cart.
Item 5: The LVC Voice (Spring), 1991Add to your cart.
Item 6: Literacy Volunteers of Chicago 1990-1991 Annual Report, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Madhubuti, Haki R. (Lee, Don L.)Add to your cart.
Item 1: “Interview with Gwendolyn Brooks”, circa 1990/1991Add to your cart.
Item 2: Loose pages from The Woman, The Work, The Music, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: For Black People (and Negroes Too): A Poetic Statement on Black Existence in America with a View of Tomorrow (Third World Press), 1968?Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Maryland Museum of African Art (grouping of visitor ephemera), 1986Add to your cart.
Includes a newspaper clipping and a “Maryland Museum of African Art” folder.
Folder 13: Massachusetts (vol. 7, no. 2), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Maternal and Newborn Care: An Educational Guide for Expectant Mothers (E.I. Donahue Publishing Company), 1950?Add to your cart.
Includes loose pages, notes, and advertisements for baby supplies.
Folder 15: Memorial in Honor of M.L. Rosenthal, 1917-1996, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 16: MidAmerica (vol. 8), 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 17: MidAmerica (vol. 25), 1998Add to your cart.
Box 552Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Millet, Martha. Thine Alabaster Cities: A Poem for Our Times, 1952?Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Mitchelson, Tom. From a Window Tree Leaves Wave…, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Modern Language Association. Publications: Winter-Spring 2000, 2000Add to your cart.
Includes an issue of To Your Health (Catholic Health Partners). Contains a separation sheet.
Folder 4: Monroe School’s Anthology of Poems, 1995Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 5: Mullen, Harryette. Tree Tall Woman (Energy Earth Communications, Inc.), 1980?Add to your cart.
Folder 6: My Book of Paper Dolls: Big Dolls Ready to Cut Out and Dress (Saalfield Publishing Co.), 1932?Add to your cart.
Includes an illustration of a child with a dog and cat, a note by Gwendolyn Brooks, paper dolls, and The Sugar Doll Family and Their Favorite Recipes.
Folder 7: Naperville North High School (Naperville, IL). Chrysalis (Spring), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The National Commission on Excellence in Education. A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: National Endowment for the Humanities. “My History Kit”, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Negro American Literature Forum (vol. 9, no. 1), 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The New Press Literary Quarterly (vol. 10, no. 2), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Nims, John Frederick. The Harper Anthology of Poetry, 1981Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from “John” to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 13: Nin, Anaïs. Paris Revisited (Capra Press), 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Nommo (vol. 1, no. 3), 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 15: NOVA (Einstein), 1979?Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Ochester, Ed, ed. The Pitt Poetry Series, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Октябрьский Дворец Культуры (Киев Реклама), 1980Add to your cart.
Translates to The October Palace of Culture. Includes a folder for Готель Київ (Hotel Kyiv).
Folder 18: “An Overview of Marcy-Newberry Association” (The Marcy-Newberry Association, Inc.), 1991?Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Parr, Albert EideAdd to your cart.
Item 1: “Environmental Design and Psychology” (reprinted from Landscape (vol. 14, no. 2)), 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Item 2: “City and Psyche” (reprinted from The Yale Review (vol. 55, no. 1), 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Parr, Albert Eide. “In Search of Theory VI” (reprinted from Arts & Architecture), 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Parr, Albert Eide. “Urbanity and the Urban Scene” (reprinted from Landscape (vol. 16, no. 3)), 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Parr, Albert Eide. “Remarks on Climate and Environment Design” (reprinted from Human Dimensions of the Atmosphere), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Parr, Albert EideAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Letter to Gwendolyn Brooks, 1968Add to your cart.
Item 2: “The Five Ages of Urbanity” (reprinted from Landscape (vol. 17, no. 3), 1968Add to your cart.
Item 3: “Toward Cultural Entropy” (reprinted from Ekistics Οικιστικη (vol. 24, no. 144), 1967Add to your cart.
Item 4: “The Happy Habitat” (reprinted from The Journal of Aesthetic Education (vol. 6, no. 3)), 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Parr, Albert Eide. “Heating, Lighting, Plumbing, & Human Relations” (reprinted from Landscape (vol. 19, no. 1), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Parr, Albert Eide. “The Design of Cities” (reprinted from Architectural Association Quarterly (vol. 3, no.3)), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Parr, Albert Eide. “Art and Environment in an Age of Abundance” (reprinted from Environmental Quality: Now or Never; SIM Special Publication no. 5), 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Pathways: A Minority Press Review, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Pearn, Victor. Blame It on a Lightning Bolt (MAF Press), 1989Add to your cart.
Includes a note from Stone, Kim(?) to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 29: Pease, Roland F., Jr., ed.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Zoland Books Fall 1991 catalog, 1991Add to your cart.
Item 2: The Zoland Books Poetry Postcard Collection, 1989?Add to your cart.
Box 553Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PEN American Center Newsletter (no. 70), 1989Add to your cart.
Includes an article from the Chicago Tribune (1990).
Folder 2: Perceptions (vol. 13), 1994Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from Sauret, Thomas J. (Gainesville College) to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 3: Perceptions (vol. 14), 1995Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 4: Perryman, Brenda K. Mood Swings and Magic Carpet Rides: Poems of the Heart, 1990?Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Phi Kappa Phi Journal (vol. 50, no. 2), 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Philomela, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sent to Gwendolyn Brooks by Urch, Gloria.
Folder 7: Phylon: The Atlanta University Review of Race & Culture (Fourth Quarter), 1950Add to your cart.
Includes an issue of Summer Northwestern (vol. 44, no. 3; 1964).
Folder 8: Pierce, Edith Lovejoy. Poems in Later Life, 1991Add to your cart.
17 copies. Includes Celebrations (1987).
Folder 9: Poetry (vol. 74, no. 1), 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Poetry (vol. 79, no. 5), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Poetry (vol. 111, no. 6), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Poetry (vol. 151, no. 1-2), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Poetry (vol. 160, no. 5), 1992Add to your cart.
Includes a newspaper clipping.
Box 554Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Poetry (vol. 161, no. 1), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Poetry (vol. 167, no. 5), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Poetry (vol. 168, no. 2), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Poetry (vol. 169, no. 1), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Poetry (vol. 169, no. 4), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Poetry (vol. 170, no. 1), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Poetry (vol. 170, no. 2), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Poetry (vol. 173, no. 2), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Poetry Catalogue Four: Books of Contemporary Poets and Presses with a Sprinkling of Earlier Times, circa 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Poetry Connection: Dial-a-Poem, Chicago! Tenth Anniversary 1981-1991 (Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Poetry Pilot (Winter), 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Open to page 7.
Folder 12: The Poetry Society of America Bulletin (vol. 70; Spring), 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Poets & Writers (vol. 23, no. 4), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Poets & Writers (vol. 23, no. 5), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Poets & Writers (vol. 24, no. 4), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Poets & Writers (vol. 24, no. 6), 1996Add to your cart.
Missing cover page.
Folder 17: Poets & Writers (vol. 26, no. 5), 1998Add to your cart.
Front and back cover pages taped together. Includes an issue of News from the National First Ladies’ Library (vol. 1, no. 3).
Folder 18: Poets & Writers (vol. 28, no. 3), 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Poets On: Twentieth Anniversary Reprise (vol. 20, no. 2), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Prevention magazine. Easing Arthritis Pain, 1992Add to your cart.
Includes a letter from Hill, Larry (Prevention) to subscribers.
Box 555Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Prickly Pear (University of South Carolina at Spartanburg), 1994?Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Private Writers’ Literary Magazine (Yorkville High School (Yorkville, IL)), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: PSA News (vol. 38), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: PSA News (vol. 40), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: PSA News (vol. 43), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 6: PSA News (vol. 44-45), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: PMLA (vol. 113, no. 1), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 8: PMLA (vol. 114, no. 2), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Publishers Weekly (December 7), 1992Add to your cart.
11 copies. Includes a bubble mailer addressed to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 10: The Purdue Alumnus (March), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress (July), 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Radden, Viki. Walking to New Zealand: Poems, Stories, & Recipes, 1987Add to your cart.
Includes a photo of a woman in front of a pizza restaurant.
Folder 13: Rago, Maria Christina, ed. The Selected Poems of Henry Rago, 1915-1969, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Randall, Dudley. Broadside Memories: Poets I Have Known (Broadside Press), 1975Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Box 556Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Randall, Dudley. Love You (vol. 10; Heritage series), 1971Add to your cart.
Three copies. Includes a scrap of paper and a facial tissue.
Folder 2: The Rectangle (vol. 65, no. 2), 1990Add to your cart.
Includes an issue of Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter (Fall 1990) and two works by Taylor, Ann R.: Hopes and Dreams (1986) and Feel’n Good (1980).
Folder 3: The Rectangle (vol. 68, no. 1), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Red Lion Motor Inn brochure, circa 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Redmond, Eugene B., ed. “Clashing Harmonies & Universal Particulars: A Workshop Report on the 3rd National Black Writers Conference”, 1991Add to your cart.
Includes a blank order form for Drumvoices Revue.
Folder 6: Reflections (no. 3), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Renaissance (October 1), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Revelry (vol. 7), 1994Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 9: Revelry (Tenth Anniversary Issue), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Revelry (vol. 11), 1998Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 11: The River Newsletter (vol. 3, no. 1), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Rottner, Courtney Hope. Sweet Thoughts, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sanders, Richard F. Lima Beans and Other Poems, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Saracen (Spring), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Schaffenburg, Carlos A. Songs Irreverent and Old, 1995?Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Sewanee Review (vol. 104, no. 1)Add to your cart.
Includes an issue of HSPE: Teaching High School Physical Education (vol. 1, no. 6; 1995).
Folder 17: The Sewanee Review (vol. 104, no. 2), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Slaboshpitskiy, M. and Shevchenko, A. Soviet Ukrainian Literature Today (Radyansky Pismennik Publishers), 1981Add to your cart.
Box 557Add to your cart.
Folder 1: SML Newsletter (vol. 18, no. 2), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: SML Newsletter (vol. 24, no. 2), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: SML Newsletter (vol. 24, no. 3), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sokel, Walter H. Franz Kafka (Columbia Essays on Modern Writers, no. 19), 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Southerland, Ellease. A Feast of Fools, circa 1998Add to your cart.
Unbound. Includes a plastic bag.
Folder 6: Spelman Messenger (vol. 111, no. 2), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Stagebill (September), 1988Add to your cart.
Features a performance of Dreamgirls by the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
Folder 8: Stanford, Ann Folwell. “Like Narrow Banners for Some Gathering War”: Readers, Aesthetics, and Gwendolyn Brooks’s “The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith”, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Stanford, Ann Folwell. “‘The Tender Struggle’: War and Resistance in the Early Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks”, 1990Add to your cart.
Includes a letter to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 10: Staying Healthy, Being Aware: Health Care After Forty (U.S. Government Printing Office), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Stein, Jean, ed. Grand Street (vol. 15, no. 2), 1996Add to your cart.
Missing front cover.
Folder 12: Stillwater (vol. 30; Fall-Spring), 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Box 558Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Tanks, Mark D. Oceans of Blood (Lithe Press), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Tarascio, Sara. Life’s Blessings (Salesian Inspirational Books), 1985?Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Taylor, Carol, ed. The Little Black Book: Black Male Survival in America. Or, Staying Alive and Well in an Institutionally Racist Society, 1985?Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Tengroth, Leyla Assaf, ed. Facts on Botswana (Government Information Services, Gaborone), 1976Add to your cart.
Water damaged.
Folder 5: Terrell, Lloyd P. Thoughts on Paper (Georgia Preston Publications), 1975?Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Third World Press (Chicago) catalog, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Tower (Austin Peay State University), 1988?Add to your cart.
Includes “An African-American Dilemma: Black Leaders in Memphis Politics” by Mock, James (Austin Peay State University); “Shattering the Window” by Hardin, Jeff; and a business card for Mock, James.
Folder 8: Traces of Wonder (Central School (Wilmette, IL)), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 9: A TransAfrican Aesthetic: Paintings by Jeff Donaldson (Eastern Connecticut State University), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 10: TriQuarterly (vol. 82), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Turner-Barnes, Sandra. Always a Lady: Poetry for and About Today’s Woman—With Today’s Man in Mind!, 1995Add to your cart.
Missing back cover.
Folder 12: University of the SouthAdd to your cart.
Item 1: All Saints’ Chapel brochure, 1990Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Item 2: The Last Lecture Series leaflet, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 13: The University Press of Kentucky (Fall and Winter), 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The University Press of Kentucky (Fall and Winter), 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Folder 15: VFH (vol. 24), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Villarino, Maria de. “With Robert Frost, Poet of Eternal Return”, circa 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Vioxx medication informational booklet (Merck & Co., Inc.), 2000?Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Vivé 81 (South Side Community Art Center (Chicago)), 1982Add to your cart.
Includes a ticket order form for an event at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Folder 19: Glossolalia (Walsh University; Spring), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Sundries (Walsh University; Spring), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Ward, Francis. Kuumba, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (vol. 1, no. 1), 1995Add to your cart.
Two copies. Includes an order form.
Box 559Add to your cart.
Folder 1-5: Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (vol. 1, no. 1), 1995Add to your cart.
Two copies per folder.
Box 560Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (vol. 1, no. 1), 1995Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 2: Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (vol. 3, no. 1), 1997Add to your cart.
Includes notes by Gwendolyn Brooks and a poem by Tavenner, Amy.
Folder 3: Washington Review (vol. 11, no. 5), 1986Add to your cart.
Contains a separation sheet.
Folder 4: Watts, Michael. Oxford: The City and University, 1975?Add to your cart.
Folder 5: We the People: The Constitution of the United States of America, 1787-1987 (Illinois Bell Telephone Company), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Why Literature Should Be Heard. (Unterberg Poetry Center. 92nd Street YMCA (New York)), 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Wilkman, Jon Kurt. Black Americans: From Colonial Days to the Present, 1969?Add to your cart.
Includes a call for contributions to an anthology concerning Gwendolyn Brooks.
Folder 8: Williams Alumni Review (vol. 80, no. 4), 1988Add to your cart.
Includes a bookmark for page 24.
Folder 9: Wittenberg University Admission Viewbook, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes a booklet on Black student involvement, a pass for Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge at Union Station, and a postcard in a wax paper envelope.
Folder 10: Wright, Stephen Caldwell. Out of the Wailing (Christopherr-Burghardt Associates), 1992?Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Wright, Stephen Caldwell. The Chicago Collective: Poems for and Inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks, Poet Laureate of Illinois, 1990?Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Xavier Review (vol. 17, no. 2), 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Miscellaneous travel materialsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Washington D.C.: Natural Color Views of the Nation’s Capital, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: “Lunch on Capitol Hill” leaflet, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Woburn Abbey informational booklet, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes an advertisement for Trust Houses Forte from Ambassador (November 1978).
Item 4: “Experience… Exeter, New Hampshire” brochure, 1981Add to your cart.
Box 564Add to your cart.

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