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Walker (Ethel P.) Collection
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Series I: Scholarly Research 1975- 1988 [bulk 1985-1986] 1985-1986

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

1 box, 2 folders, 1 small box

Scope and Contents

This series consists of Ethel Pitt Walker’s research and dissertation notes, as well as cassette recordings from interviews she conducted while writing her dissertation. These materials are undated . Also included is a folder of research on Krigwa players, a popular theater group which emerged during the Harlem Renaissance. The research is accompanied by letters from individuals who Walker reached out to for information. Walker conducted this research around 1985.

Dissertation Notes and Audio Tapes 1975-1985


Krigwa Research circa 1985


Lorraine Hansberry Picture and Clippings Undated


Series II: Artistic Productions 1973- 2009 [bulk 1991-2007] 1991-2007

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

1 box, 1 folder, 4 binders of notes

Scope and Contents

This series consists of Ethel Pitt Walker’s scripts, production notes and programs from various plays that she directed. Included are director’s binders from four different productions: Long Time Since Yesterday, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, The Amen Corner and The Colored Museum), which have all of Walker’s notes, rehearsal schedules and blocking plans. Also included are programs saved from a variety of her productions which she either directed or adapted for the stage.
This series is arranged alphabetically by format and by date.

Binder, "To Be Young, Gifted and Black Notes," 1991


Binder, "Long Time Since Yesterday Notes," 2000


Binder, "The Amen Corner Notes," 2003


Binder, "The Colored Museum Notes," 2009


Programs and Notes 1973-2007


Series III: Publications and Awards 1973-2013 [bulk 1982-2009] 1982-2009

Scope and Contents

This series consists of five books on drama which Walker either edited or contributed a chapter. Also included are various speeches she wrote such as the unveiling of the Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s sculpture dedication at SJSU in 2005. The series contains various articles written by Walker published in the newspaper and in the Black American Literature Forum.
This series also contains reviews of Walker’s plays including A Raisin in the Sun. Also included are posters for plays she directed such as The Amen Corner. Included are issues of the Spartan Daily which depict events which Walker was involved in such as supporting student protestors.
Walker received many awards throughout her life. A USB drive contains pictures of her awards including her Outstanding Professor Award which she received in 2007. Also included is information from her retirement party in 2014, an invitation to the awards banquet for the National Council of Negro Women and an invitation to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre from George Bush.
This series is arranged by format and by date.

Awards 2002-2013


Invitations and Events 1999-2005


Oversized Photographs and Posters 2003-2009


Newspaper Clippings 1991-2009


Photographs 2001-2005


Publications 1982-2000


Speeches and Writings 1982-2007