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Guide to James Baldwin correspondence Mss 329
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Correspondence, 1970-1980

Box-folder 1:1

William Stryron, 1970 September 20

Box-folder 1:2

Letters from John Thorne, 1970 December - 1971 January

Scope and Content

John Ebson Thorne (1921-2002) was a San Jose-based attorney and activist who specialized in civil rights and constitutional law. Over the course of his career, Thorne extended his legal services to Black Panther Party member and activist George Jackson, and political activist Angela Davis. His letters to Baldwin discuss them as well as doing a film on Soledad case.
Box-folder 1:3

Tony Maynard, 1970, 1975

Scope and Content

Includes letters to and from Baldwin in reference to his support of Tony Maynard, during his incarceration, and information regarding Maynard's life after prison.
Box-folder 1:4

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change, 1970, 1976

Scope and Content

Includes two letters from Coretta Scott King, as acting President, providing updates of the coalition and global events.
Box-folder 1:5

Committee of the Arts to Free Angela Davis, 1972 April -June

Scope and Content

Letters from Ingrid Primus, the founding member of the Committee of Arts to Free Angela Davis, extending her gratitude for Baldwin's support.
Box-folder 1:6

National Organization for Women and Labor Committee, 1974-1975

Scope and Content

Letters and press releases advocating support for the Household Workers Bill and a letter from Seymour Posner, New York State assemblyman and labor legislator.
Box-folder 1:7

Massachusetts Defenders Committee, 1975 July 15

Scope and Content

Letter from Ms. Malvine Nathanson, Chief Appellate Attorney, of the Committee asking for Baldwin's continued support for the appeal of Harold Rogers.
Box-folder 1:8

Justice for Huey P Newton and the Black Panther Party, letter from David Dellinger, circa late 1970s

Scope and Content

A letter soliciting sponsorship and/or financial donation to the Committee, who after Huey P Newton's prison release, served as a campaign to continue the support and protection for the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California.
Box-folder 1:9

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), 1980 August 25

Scope and Content

Includes a letter from the People's Defense Committee in regards to Amiri Baraka's, also known as LeRoi Jones, 1979 false arrest and imprisonment. In addition, includes a statement of protest (outling Baraka's case) and an appellate Judge petition letter.
Box-folder 1:10

George Jackson, note from Georgina Jackson, undated

Scope and Content

Includes a poster of a member of the Black Panthers chained in prison.
Box-folder 1:11-12

Portraits, black and white photographs, 1987

Scope and Content

Includes two photographs of Baldwin signed by photographer, Willy Maywald, and three photographs of Baldwin by Simone Jaworski from April 1987.