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Finding Aid for the Imamu Amiri Baraka Papers, 1958-1966
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Imamu Amiri Baraka Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1958-1966
    Collection number: 491
    Creator: Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Imamu Amiri Baraka (1934- ) was the founder and editor of Yugen magazine and Totem Press (1958), founder and director of the Black Arts Repertory Theatre (1964-66), director of Spirit House, co-founder and chairman of the Congress of African People, and author of poetry, plays, novels and essays. The collection consists of poetry manuscripts submitted to Baraka while editor of Yugen and correspondence. Some material relates to Kulchur.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Imamu Amiri Baraka Papers (Collection 491). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462289 


    Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey; attended Rutgers University, 1951-52; BA, Howard University, 1954; MA in philosophy, Columbia University; MA in German literature, the New School for Social Research; founder and editor of Yugen magazine and Totem Press, 1958; instructor, New School for Social Research, 1961-64; associate professor, 1983-85, then professor of Afro-American studies at SUNY Stony Brook; founder and director, Black Arts Repertory Theatre, 1964-66, and director of Spirit House, a black community theater; co-founder and chairman of the Congress of African People; author of poetry, plays, novels, and essays including: Preface to a twenty volume suicide note (1961), Blues people: Negro music in white America (1963), Dutchman (1964), Home: social essays (1966), and Daggers and javelins: Essays, 1974-1979 (1984).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence as well as poetry manuscripts submitted to Imamu Baraka (LeRoi Jones), editor of Yugen. Some material relates to Kulchur. Correspondents include Ted Berrigan, Philip Whalen and William Carlos Williams.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection arranged alphabetically by correspondent and manuscript author.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Baraka, Imamu Amiri--Archives.
    African American authors--Archives.
    African American dramatists--Archives.
    African American poets--Archives.
    Periodical editors--United States--Archives.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.