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James Haskins collection

Repository: Boston University. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Collection Description (CRHP): James Haskins was an African American author who took it upon himself to chronicle the history of African Americans in a way that was not distorted. He wrote more than one hundred books and won awards for his work. Haskins himself was a participant in the civil rights movement, and there are audio cassettes of interviews of him in this collection. The collection includes research materials and manuscript drafts on a 'who's who' of prominent African Americans in the worlds of politics, sports, arts, music, entertainment, and civil rights. He published manuscripts on many of them. He also wrote books on subjects not related to African American life, and materials on these books are in this collection as well.

Collection Description (Extant): The James Haskins collection consists of manuscripts, research material, correspondence, audio recordings, printed material, and other items . . . .

Audio recordings in the collection primarily consist of interviews conducted by Haskins for research purposes. Notable interview subjects include Bricktop (several recordings), Toni Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Katherine Dunham, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Jabbo Smith, Brock Peters, Earl Anthony, Bayard Rustin, Jesse Jackson, Jules Kolodney, Scatman Cruthers, and others. Also present are recordings of radio appearances and other items.

Access Copy Note: Some material is restricted in this collection. Contact archival staff for more information.

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Manuscript number: 1437

Extent: 76 boxes, 6 packages

Finding Aid URL: http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/archives-cc/app/details.php?id=7915&return=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bu.edu%2Fphpbin%2Farchives-cc%2Fapp%2Fbrowse.php%3Fletter%3DH External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Bayard Rustin, Rev. V. C. Henderson, Rev. S. M. Daniels, Jim Farmer, Bernard Lee, Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Sr., Daisy Young, Jean Young, Holman McDonald, Lillian Upshaw, Lewis Upshaw, Eric Vincent Dawkins, Hattie Dodson, Skipper Powell, Rev. Licorish, Emanuel Rolla, Gwen Jones, Pearl Swanson, Rosa Parks, James Haskins, Johnnie Carr, Mary Fair, Cecil Poole, James Van DerZee, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Geri Branton, Nellie Wetcher, Bennie Carter, Leo Branton, Toni Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Katherine Dunham, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Jabbo Smith, Brock Peters, Earl Anthony, Jules Kolodney, Scatman Cruthers

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

Subjects:

African American actors
African American artists
African American authors
African American civil rights workers
African American musicians
African American politicians
Black power
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968

Genres:

Interviews
Lectures
Manuscripts
Photographs
Sound recordings
Speeches
Transcripts
Videorecordings

 

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