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Finding Aid to the Maxine Hong Kingston Papers, 1952-1999
BANC MSS 85/20 c  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Maxine Hong Kingston papers
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1999
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 85/20 c
    Creators : Kingston, Maxine Hong
    Extent: Number of containers: 61 boxes, 16 oversize boxes, 4 oversize folders, 1 volume Linear feet: approximately 30
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Maxine Hong Kingston Papers contain typescripts, proofs and galleys, announcements, reviews, and related material for Kingston's books, The Woman Warrior and China Men, as well as other material related to her writing. The collection dates from 1952 to 1999 and has been divided into six series: Books; Other Writings; Correspondence; Professional Papers; Biographical Research Materials; Teaching Career; and Personal and Family Papers. In addition to her writings, the collection includes documentation of Kingston's teaching career, speaking engagements, and honors. The correspondence is particularly rich and includes correspondence with other well-known authors, including Joan Didion and Jessica Hagedorn, publishers, and fans. Family correspondence can be found in the Personal and Family Papers series.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Maxine Hong Kingston Papers, BANC MSS 85/20 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Volume 1 (Chinese edition of China Men) is available on microfilm.

    Separated Material

    Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kingston, Maxine Hong--Archives
    Chinese American authors
    Women authors, American--20th century
    Manuscripts for publication.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Maxine Hong Kingston Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Maxine Hong Kingston beginning in the year 1981.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jane Phillips in 1987; revised by Manuscripts Processing Staff in 1992, 1997 and 2005.

    Biographical Information

    Maxine Hong Kingston was born October 27, 1940 in Stockton, California. She received her B.A. degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962. Kingston taught high school English and mathematics in Hayward, Calif., and various subjects in a number of schools in Hawaii, and was a visiting associate professor of English at the University of Hawaii.
    Her book, Woman Warrior: Memoirs Of A Girlhood Among Ghosts, which was published in 1976, received a general nonfiction award from the National Book Critics Circle in the same year. China Men, published in 1980, received an American Book Award in 1981.
    Kingston has also contributed stories and articles to a number of magazines, including American Girl, English Journal, Viva, New West, American Heritage, and Washington Post.
    Adapted from Contemporary Authors, vol. 69.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Maxine Hong Kingston Papers contain typescripts, proofs and galleys, announcements, reviews, and related material for Kingston's books, The Woman Warrior and China Men, as well as other material related to her writing. The collection dates from 1952 to 1999 and has been divided into six series: Books; Other Writings; Correspondence; Professional Papers; Biographical Research Materials; Teaching Career; and Personal and Family Papers. In addition to her writings, the collection includes documentation of Kingston's teaching career, speaking engagements, and honors. The correspondence is particularly rich and includes correspondence with other well-known authors, including Joan Didion and Jessica Hagedorn, publishers, and fans. Family correspondence can be found in the Personal and Family Papers series.