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Nat Hentoff collection

Repository: Boston University. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Collection Description (Extant): The Nat Hentoff collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, and audio.

Manuscripts by Hentoff in the collection include "Peace Agitator: The Story of A. J. Muste" (Macmillan, 1963); Hentoff's profile of John V. Lindsay for The New Yorker, as well as the complete manuscript for "A Political Life: The Education of John V. Lindsay" (Knopf, 1969); and complete drafts (with variants) of "Call the Keeper" (Viking, 1966), "Onwards" (Simon and Schuster, 1968), "Our Children are Dying" (Viking, 1966), "Jazz Country" (Harper and Row, 1965), "I'm Really Dragged but Nothing Gets Me Down" (Simon and Schuster, 1968), "The Jazz Life" (Dial Press, 1961), and "A Doctor Among the Addicts" (Rand McNally, 1968). Other manuscripts include his interviews with Eldridge Cleaver, Joan Baez, and William Sloane Coffin for Playboy (1968); record reviews for The Reporter (1960-1970); an article titled 'War on Dissent' for Playboy ; articles titled 'Uninventing the Negro' (1965), 'Something's Happening and You Don't Know What it Is, Do You, Mr. Jones?' (1966) and 'Behold, the New Journalism -- It's After You,' for Evergreen Review; a short story titled 'The Teacher' for Boy's Life (1968); and book reviews of Joseph Lyford's "The Airtight Cage" and Kenneth Clark's "Dark Ghetto," the latter for The New Yorker (1965).

Printed material in the collection consists of articles, music reviews, book reviews, and interviews by Hentoff published in various periodicals. The items date from 1957 to 1969; periodical titles include The Reporter, Mayfair, The Nation, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's, Chicago Review, Hi Fi / Stereo Review, Commonweal, International Musician, Playboy, New York, Evergreen Review, and Partisan Review .

Audio recordings in the collection consist of reel-to-reel tapes of interviews, primarily conducted by Hentoff. Interview subjects include Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, and Bayard Rustin interviewed during the March on Washington (Aug. 1963); Will Maslow, President of the American Jewish Congress (Aug. 26, 1963); John Lindsay (1965); Joan Baez (1968); and Eldridge Cleaver (1968). An additional tape consists of Hentoff discussing his work and his political and social ideas.

Digital Status: No

Extent: 20 boxes

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, Bayard Rustin, Will Maslow, Nat Hentoff, Eldridge Cleaver, Joan Baez, William Sloane Coffin

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


Black power
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements


Sound recordings


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