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Finding Aid to the Marvin X Papers, 1965-2006, bulk 1993-2006
BANC MSS 2006/217  
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Series 1 Correspondence 1974, 1977, circa 1998-2005

Physical Description: Carton 1

Arrangement

Arranged in order received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence. Correspondents include Amiri Baraka and other prominent African-American intellectuals; subjects include the 2004 San Francisco Tenderloin Book Fair and University of Poetry, Black Bird Press, and the Recovery Theatre.
Carton 1, Folder 1-3

Letters circa 1998-2005

Carton 1, Folder 4

Letters #4 - Black Radical Book Fair (San Francisco Tenderloin Book Fair) circa 2000-2004

Carton 1, Folder 5-14

Letters circa 1998-2005

 

Series 2 Writings circa 1993-2006

Physical Description: Cartons 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged in order received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of notebooks, fragments, typescripts, manuscripts, page proofs, drafts, production notes, grant materials, and publicity materials. Includes poetry, drama, essays, novels, the literary journal Chickenbones, broadside poems, his autobiography, Somethin' Proper, and his long-running play about addiction and recovery, One Day in the Life.
Carton 1-3

Notebooks - #1-60 circa 1993-2006

Carton 3

Production Notes circa 2001

Carton 3

Writings/Notes - #1-6 circa 1993-2006

Carton 3

Chickenbones: A Journal and Broadside Poems circa 1995-2005

Carton 4

In the Crazy House Called America: Essays - Drafts and Page Proofs 2002

Carton 4

Somethin' Proper: The Life and Times of a North American African Poet - Drafts and Page Proofs 1994-1998

Carton 4

Muslim American Literature (Printed Texts, Compiled for an Anthology) undated

Carton 4

One Day in the Life (A Drama of Addiction and Recovery) - Draft 1996

Carton 4

"In the Name of Love: A Poetic Drama" - Typescript 1999

Carton 4

"Book Project #4: Fables Parables" - Manuscript and Typescript 1999, undated

Carton 5

Abstract for a Publishing Grant 2006

Carton 5

In the Crazy House - Drafts (#1 and Final) 2002

Carton 5

Love and War: Poems - Corrected Page Proofs 1995

Carton 5

"Why Don't You Say You Love Me" (Poem) - Manuscript (Photocopy) 2005

Carton 5

Mama Said: A Novel (Photocopied Manuscript) and Manuscript (Books 1-3) circa 2006

Carton 5

"Marvin X: 5 Plays" ( Flowers for the Trashman, Take Care of Business, Blackbird, One Day in the Life, and Sargeant Santa) circa 1965, 1997, 2002, undated

Carton 5

Sweet Tea, Dirty Rice: Poems - Manuscript and Typescript undated

Carton 5

Toward Radical Spirituality - Parts 1 and 2, Manuscript 2005

Carton 6

"Marvin X: A Critical Look into the Mouth of a Poet" (A Collection of Essays About and Reviews of Marvin X) undated

Carton 6

Up from Ignorance: Essays (Manuscript and Typescript) circa 2003-2006

Carton 6

In Sha' Allah: A Personal History of Black Muslims in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area - Typescript circa 2003

Carton 6

Press Releases circa 1998

Carton 6

Promotion (Includes Playbills) circa 1997-1998

 

Series 3 Recovery Theatre circa 1998-2004

Physical Description: Carton 6

Arrangement

Arranged in order received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of materials related to the San Francisco Tenderloin Book Fair and University of Poetry, organizational records, grant applications, financial records, and programs, playbills and promotional materials for Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness and One Day in the Life.
Carton 6

Recovery Theatre #1 - Black Book Fair 2004

Carton 6

Recovery Theatre #2-#10 circa 1998-2004

Carton 6

Programs, Playbills and Promotional Materials 1998, 2000-2001

 

Series 4 Writings by Others 2003, undated

Physical Description: Carton 7

Arrangement

Arranged in order received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of manuscripts by Marvin X's three daughters, Amira Jackmon, Muhammida El Muhajir and Nefertitti Rhodes and a film script based on Marvin X's play, Flowers for the Trashman.
Carton 7

Amira Jackmon - "Notes from San Diego" and "Reparations for African Americans: A Distributive Justice Model" 2003, undated

Carton 7

Muhammida El Muhajir - Color Lines and Around the Way Girl undated

Carton 7

Nefertitti Rhodes - "This Is His Love" undated

Carton 7

Mel Stewert [Stewart?] - "Flowers for the Trashman, a Film Script" undated

 

Series 5 Resource Files circa 1993-2006

Physical Description: Cartons 7-8

Arrangement

Arranged in order received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of approximately 26 folders organized by Marvin X as "Articles, Leaflets" and "Ephemera." These consist of news clippings, academic articles, programs, brochures, e-mails, flyers, ephemera, and Xeroxed photographs. These materials document Marvin X's involvement as an activist, intellectual, and literary figure in the African American community in the Bay Area and cover a broad range of topics, including the Black Panther Party, African American writers, African American politics, the Black Arts Movement and African liberation movements.
Carton 7-8

Articles, Leaflets circa 1993-2006

Carton 8

Marvin X - Ephemera circa 1999-2002

Carton 8

Marvin X - Literary Biography circa 2001-2003

 

Series 6 Photographs circa 1993-2006

Physical Description: Box 1

Arrangement

Arranged in order received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of snapshots and Xeroxed copies of photographs of family, friends, and colleagues, as well as photos of productions at the Recovery Theatre and Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness.
Box 1

Family Photos circa 1993-2006

Box 1

Recovery Theatre circa 1998-2004

Box 1

Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness circa 2001

Box 1

Black Radical Photos circa 1993-2006