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Alice Walker papers

Repository: Emory University. Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Collection Description (CRHP): Interviews include Studs Terkel in conversation with Howard Zinn introduced by Alice Walker as well as a 1962 interview with Staughton Lynd and a 1971 interview with Coretta Scott King.

Collection Description (Extant): The collection consists of the literary and personal papers of Alice Walker from circa 1930-2010. The collection documents the development of Walker's writing career, her interest in political activism, and her personal relationships with friends and family. The collection also contains material about Walker's many interests, including civil rights, Zora Neale Hurston, female genital mutilation, Bessie Head, Cuba, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and women's rights. The papers include correspondence (1958-2007); drafts of poetry, novels, essays, and other writings (1961-2006); writings by other authors; subject files (1968-2006); printed material (1961-2007); publishing files and appearance files (1966-2009); audiovisual materials (1962-2007); photographs (circa 1930s-2006); scrapbooks (1959-1996); personal files (1958-2006); and journals.

The [audiovisual] series contains audio and video recordings of Alice Walker's interviews, poetry and book readings, and speeches from 1962-2007. The series also includes adaptations of Walker's short stories as film shorts and cartoons, recordings of others reading her poetry, and recordings of family members and events, including early recordings of Walker with husband Mel Leventhal and daughter Rebecca Walker. Of particular interest to researchers may be early recordings of Walker talking with Staughton Lynd in 1962 while she attended Spelman College, a 1971 interview with Coretta Scott King, a recording of Langston Hughes discussing his thoughts on Walker in the mid 1960s, and an interview with Eudora Welty from the 1970s.

Access Copy Note: Researchers must contact Emory University MARBL in advance for access to audiovisual materials

Date(s): 1962-2007 audiovisual materials

Extent: Archival Material 135 linear ft. (242 boxes, 141 oversized papers (OP), 10 bound volumes (BV), 5 oversized bound volumes (OBV), and 2 framed items (FR)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Alice Walker, Howard Zinn, Staughton Lynd, Coretta Scott King, Langston Hughes

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American women authors
African American women civil rights workers
Civil rights workers
Spelman College


Sound recordings


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