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Finding Aid of the Watts Writers' Workshop stories, lesson books, and other material 0177
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  • Historical Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Title: Watts Writers' Workshop stories, lesson books, and other material
    Collection number: 0177
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1993
    Abstract: The Watts Writers’ Workshop was founded in 1965 by Budd Schulberg. This collection contains clippings about the workshop and works by Jimmie Sherman, one of the Workshop’s members.
    creator: Sherman, Jimmie L., (Jimmie Lee), b. 1944

    Historical Note

    The Watts Writers' Workshop (also known as the South Central Writers Workshop: Douglass House), was founded in 1965 by novelist Budd Schulberg in the aftermath of the Watts Riots. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Workshop was housed in the Douglass House, which served as a meeting space and housing for some of the workshop members. Jimmie Sherman (b. 1941), was a workshop member. The Workshop still meets sporadically, while the Harlem-based Frederick Douglass Center for the Creative Arts, the Workshop's Eastern offshoot, is a vibrant organization.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name],Watts Writers' Workshop stories, lesson books, and other material, Collection no. 0177, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains clippings and documents concerning the Watts Writers' Workshop. Included in the collection are Jimmie Sherman's works "Reflections of a Nobody," a short story; "Ballad from the Sixties," a play with music; and "The Workin' Machine," a ballad; as well as Sherman's self-published language instruction materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Douglass House Foundation. -- Archives
    Schulberg, Budd -- Archives
    Sherman, Jimmie L., (Jimmie Lee), b. 1944 -- Archives
    Watts Writers' Workshop. -- Archives
    African American authors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    African American educators--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
    Bylaws (administrative records)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources