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Finding-Aid for the Richard Wright SMMSS (MUM00488)

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Descriptive Summary
Richard Wright
Richard Wright SMMSS.
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Materials in:
Collection contains invitations, broadsides, programs, and correspondence related to the life and work of Richard Wright. Items were created 1938-1970.
3 boxes.
C-15 (2 boxes) & G-11 (1 oversized box).
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Phone: 662.915.7408
Fax: 662.915.5734
Cite as:
Richard Wright SMMSS (MUM00488). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

Scope and Contents Note
Collection contains invitations, broadsides, programs, and correspondence related to the life and work of Richard Wright. Items were created 1938-1970.

Access Restrictions
Use Restriction
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Container List
Richard Wright Small Manuscripts
Richard Wright photographs have been removed to Collections Photographs (Location J).

Box 1
Folder 1 -- Invitation to cocktail/literary evening with Richard Wright in Harlem (June 4, 1938).

Folder 2 -- TLS. January 26, 1940. Richard Wright in New York, NY to Springarn Award Committee.

Folder 3 -- Invitation to book signing of Black Boy in Paris (January 24, 1948).

Folder 4 -- 2 Broadsides for Orson Welles' theater production of "Native Son."

Folder 5 -- Program for Orson Welles' theater production of "Native Son."

Folder 6 -- Broadsheet "The Negro and the Parkway House" (1941). [2 copies].

Folder 7 -- Broadside for University of Mississippi's 1985 International Symposium on Richard Wright.

Folder 8 -- Program for University of Mississippi's 1985 Internatinal Symposium on Richard Wright.

Folder 9 -- French invitation to a talk by Richard Wright (February 8, 1955).

Folder 10 -- French invitation to a book signing for Ecoute, homme blanc (June 26, 1959).

Folder 11 -- Program for "Harper Book Night with the Booksellers Association of Philadelphia" (March 12, 1946). Signed by Wright and authors George and Helen Papashvily.

Folder 12 -- 3 signed articles by Josef Jarab: "Black Aesthetic: A Cultural or Political Concept?"; "Afro-American Culture and Literature Striving for Visibility"; and "Richard Wright's Black Boy -- Within, Without, or Beyond Blackness?"

Folder 13 -- Broadside "Paris Book News" (Winter 1956). Notes reception for Richard Wright.

Folder 14 -- Cover only of Der Spiegel with photo of Wright.

Folder 15 -- Playbill for "Native Son" at the Majestic Theathre.

Folder 16 -- TLS. June 25, 1998. Jeannette M. Seaver of Arcade Publishing to "Dear Reviewer." Re: Haiku: This Other World.

Folder 17 -- TLS. June 19, 1937. Richard Wright in New York, NY to Mr. [Dale] Mullen. 2 pp. Re: periodicals River and Challenge; William Faulkner.

Folder 18 -- Wright's Paris stationary. 2 sheets of paper and 1 envelope.

Folder 19 -- Pamphlet "Twice a Year" (Fall-Winter 1946-47). Notes Wright.

Folder 20 -- Lefargue Clinic: Pamphlet "The Lafargue Clinic: A Mental Hygiene Clinic in and for the Community of Harlem." Notes Wright on Lafargue's Board; reprint of James L. Tuck's "Here's Hope for Harlem!" This Week Magazine (January 26, 1947); reprint of "Psychiatry Comes to Harlem" Free World (September 1946); reprint "Lafargue Clinic Gives Harlem Free Expert Psychiatric Aid" New York State Journal of Medicine (October 15, 1946); reprint Dorothy Norman's "A World to Live In: Help for the Troubled in Harlem" New York Post (March 18, 1946).

Folder 21 -- Promotional Piece for A.H. Gruetzmacher & Co. "Especially Printed for . . Mr. Richard Wright." (1945).

Folder 22 -- Broadside "First Prize Winner" (Story's WPA Contest winner for "Uncle Tom's Children."

Folder 23 -- Author's proof of American Hunger (1944).

Folder 24 -- Broadside "Paris Review: Statement of Aims" with Wright as signee.

Folder 25 -- Printer's copy for Wright's entry in 1950-51 Who's Who in America.

Folder 26 -- Copy TM. "What is the Franco American Fellowship?" 2 pp.; invitation to cocktail reception for Franco-American Fellowship (December 10, 1950).

Folder 27 -- Broadside "The Black Student Association and the Department of Communication Arts of Southwestern present a Tribute to Richard Wright" (March 17 and 18, 1972). [2 copies].

Folder 28 -- Sample copy of Critics' Theatre Reviews (April 20, 1941) with reviews of "Native Son."

Folder 29 --3 TMs (1 in French) and xerography for "Afterward" in Black Boy.

Folder 30 -- TM. "Fourteen Haikus by Richard Wright" (1970).

Folder 31 -- Invitation to "tea and reception" in honor of Richard Wright (Boston, 1938).

Folder 32 -- Publicity material for the Eighth Oxford Conference for the Book honoring Richard Wright (2001).

Folder 33 -- "Writers Teach Writing" (c.1940). Wright listed as co-sponsor of The Writers School of New York.

Folder 34- Playbill from Davidson Theater production of Native Son. 1942.

Box 2
Contains Michel Fabre's manuscripts on Richard Wright books.

Oversized SMMSS
Promotional piece for book signing of Michel Fabre's The World of Richard Wright.

Broadside of Orson Welles' production of "Native Son" (1941).

Press Book for the movie "Native Son." (2001-100).

The Atlantic
September 1944 "I Tried to Be a Communist" by Richard Wright [2 copies]

Jan-April 1965 "Richard Wright" by Michel Fabre and Edward Margolies

Summer 1986 "Richard Wright: A Special Issue" [2 copies]

April 1942 "12 Million Black Voices: Picture Story" by Richard Wright

February 1961 "The Last Days of Richard Wright" by Ollie Harrington

December 1942 "What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You" by Richard Wright

L'Avant Scene
February 1958 "Une piece qui aurait ravi Voltaire..." by Richard Wright

Le Point
January 1952 [mentions Wright]

Left Front
Jan-Feb 1934 "Two Poems" by Richard Wright
May-June 1934 "Everywhere Burning Waters Rise" by Richard Wright

Les Lettres Nouvelles
July 1953 "Ce que tu ne sais pas" by Richard Wright
December 1954 "Suise-je un African?" by Richard Wright

Les Temps Modernes
July 1951 "L'homme qui vivalt sous terre" by Richard Wright

The Negro Quarterly
Summer 1942 "Men in the Making" by Richard Wright

New Letters: A Continuation of the University Review
Winter 1971 "The Life and Work of Richard Wright including Haiku and Unpublished Prose"

Notre Librairie
Nov-Dec 1984 "Richard Wright et l'Afrique" by Michel Fabre

May 1957 "De la Cote de l'Or au Ghana" by Richard Wright

The Saturday Review of Literature
June 1, 1940 "How 'Bigger' Was Born" by Richard Wright

March 1938 "Fire and Cloud" by Richard Wright

Studies in Black Literature
Autumn 1970 "Special Issue on Richard Wright"

Studies in the Novel
Summer 1971 "Richard Wright: The Man Who Lived Underground" by Michel Fabre

March 4, 1940 "Bad Nigger" [review of Native Son]
March 5, 1945 "Black Boyhood" [review of Black Boy]

Quarterly Review of Literature
Spring 1944 "The Art of Richard Wright's Short Stories" by Edwin Berry Burgum