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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Title: Amiri Baraka papers
    Collection number: 491
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Date: 1952-1966
    Abstract: Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) was the founder and editor of the literary journals Yugen and Kulchur. An outspoken public intellectual, he was the author of poetry, plays, novels, and essays. The collection consists of poetry manuscripts and correspondence submitted to Baraka while editor of Yugen. Some material relates to Kulchur.
    Language of Materials: The material is primarily in English, with a small amount in French.
    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.
    Creator: Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014

    Conditions Governing 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.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the physical object belong to 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.

    Processing Information

    This collection was slightly reprocessed in 2016, primarily to eliminate some ambiguities that were the result of unusual formatting. The collection name was also changed (from Imamu Amiri Baraka) to make it consistent with the Library of Congress subject heading.

    Preferred Citation

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

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462289 


    Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and graduated from Howard University. After some graduate study in New York City, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Upon his discharge he returned to New York and took up writing poetry in earnest. To distribute the work of other poets as well, he and his wife, Hettie Cohen, founded Totem Press and the literary journal Yugen. With the poet Diana di Prima, he also founded the journal Kulchur. Always politically active, throughout the 1960s, he became more radical and embraced Black nationalism. Later, he distanced himself from Black nationalism to adopt a more globalistic Communism. For the rest of his life, he would be known as much for his controversial political views as for his poetry. Baraka died on January 9, 2014 in the city of his birth.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of correspondence as well as poetry manuscripts submitted to Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), editor of Yugen. Some material relates to Kulchur. Correspondents include Jonas Mekas, John Rechy, Diane Wakoski, and Philip Whalen.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and manuscript author.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014--Archives.
    African American authors--Archives.
    African American dramatists--Archives.
    African American poets--Archives.
    Beat generation--Poetry.
    Manuscripts for publication.
    Periodical editors--United States--Archives.