Sherley Anne Williams Papers, 1970-1999 (MSS 0493)

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Extent: 6.8 Linear feet (17 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Papers of Sherley Anne Williams, distinguished novelist, poet, playwright, and professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, where she taught creative writing and African-American literature.

Williams was born in Bakersfield, California in 1944. The daughter of migrant farm workers, her family picked cotton and fruit in the San Joaquin Valley. When she was eight years old, her father died of tuberculosis and left the family destitute. While attending high school at Thomas Alva Edison High in Fresno, Williams realized she had a passion for language and writing. She graduated in 1962 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at California State University, Fresno in 1966. She later attended Fisk and Howard Universities, and was accepted at Brown University where she received her Master's degree in American Literature in 1972.

In 1973 Williams joined the University of California, San Diego as the first African-American woman hired in the Literature Department. She became a tenured professor in 1975 and would later serve as the chair of the department from 1977 to 1980. In addition to her 26-year teaching career at University of California, San Diego, Williams traveled to Ghana as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in 1984 and had visiting professorships at the University of Southern California, Cornell University, Stanford University and Sweet Briar College. In 1987 Williams was named the Distinguished Professor of the Year by the UC San Diego Alumni Association.

Williams' many acclaimed writings include her first published work, a non-fiction book Giving Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study in Neo-Black Literature (1972); her first collection of poetry, The Peacock Poems, published in 1975 which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award; her second collection, Some One Sweet Angel Chile , published in 1982 was adapted into an Emmy Award winning television performance. Her most celebrated work, Dessa Rose published in 1986, a historical novel about a female slave and the white plantation mistress who saves her from death, was a New York Times Notable Book and was also adapted into a screenplay. Her two children's books, Working Cotton (1992), based on her own childhood was a Caldecott Honor Book and won the Coretta Scott King Book Award, and Girls Together (1999), which was her last published book.

In addition to her published works, her full-length one-woman play, Letters from a New England Negro was performed at the National Black Theatre Festival in 1991 and the Chicago International Theatre Festival in 1992. Williams also served as the advisory editor for the Langston Hughes Review from 1982 to 1992, and Callaloo from 1984 to 1992.

In an interview with the publication Black Women Writers, Williams said, "Writing for me is really a process of saying, 'Here, read this.' It reinforces the fact that I'm in touch with somebody other than my own mind... I always wrote with the idea of being published not to just slip it away in a shoebox somewhere. I do believe that writing is about communication."

Williams passed away July 6, 1999 and is survived by one son.

Papers of Sherley Anne Williams, prominent novelist, poet, playwright, and distinguished professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego where she taught creative writing and African-American literature. Her work was a significant contribution to the African-American literary world and examined African-American folk culture. The collection contains manuscript drafts of her writing, transcripts of her readings, correspondence, teaching materials, articles about her work, publicity ephemera and a small selection of video recordings.

Arranged in ten series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) OTHER WRITINGS, 4) REVIEWS, 5) INTERVIEWS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, 6) TEACHING MATERIALS, 7) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS 8) EVENTS, 9) MISCELLANEOUS NOTES, and 10) VIDEO RECORDINGS.

Container List

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Professional and personal correspondence from friends and family, publishers, universities, and prominent poets spanning Williams' career from 1973 until her death in 1999.

Box: 1 Folder: 1
A - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 2
Ablex Publishing Corporation, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 3
The Academy of American Poets, 1977-1986
Box: 1 Folder: 4
African American Museum of Fine Arts, 1992
Box: 1 Folder: 5
B - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 6
Black Women and Music, 1993
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Briarwood Writers' Alliance, Inc., 1991-1994
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Brown University, 1978-1992
Box: 1 Folder: 9
C - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 10
California Afro-American Museum, 1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Callaloo, 1989-1992
Box: 1 Folder: 12
Chicago State University, 1995
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Colby College, 1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Collegiate Press, 1994-1998
Box: 1 Folder: 15
A Companion to American Thought, 1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder: 16
D - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 17
DIA Center for the Arts, 1993
Box: 1 Folder: 18
Dorn, Bob, 1991
Box: 1 Folder: 19
Drew University, 1991-1992
Box: 1 Folder: 20
E - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 21
Eastern Washington University, 1992
Box: 1 Folder: 22
Eco Press, 1991
Box: 1 Folder: 23
Essence, 1977-1990
Box: 1 Folder: 24
F - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 25
Flanders, Barbara Kay, 1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder: 26
G - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 27
Gale Research Inc., 1987-1995
Box: 1 Folder: 28
H - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 29
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, 1987-1993
Box: 1 Folder: 30
Harcourt Brace Trade Publishers, 1992-1999
Box: 1 Folder: 31
Harvard University, 1991-1994
Box: 1 Folder: 32
Hatch Developmental Writing, 1991-1999
Box: 1 Folder: 33
Heyday Books, 1998-1999
Box: 1 Folder: 34
Hollins College, 1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder: 35
Howe, Fanny, 1991-1999

Includes "The White Slave" summary treatment.

Box: 1 Folder: 36
I - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 37
International Theatre Festival of Chicago, 1992
Box: 1 Folder: 38
J - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 39
James Madison University, 1993-1994
Box: 1 Folder: 40
Janklow and Nesbit Associates, 1988-1994
Box: 1 Folder: 41
K - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 42
L - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 1
M - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 2
N - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 3
Nimrod - University of Tulsa, 1977
Box: 2 Folder: 4
North County Public Radio, 1995
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Northern Kentucky University, 1989
Box: 2 Folder: 6
O - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 7
The Oxford Mark Twain, 1994-1995
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Oxford University Press, 1994-1995
Box: 2 Folder: 9
P - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Pearce, Roy Harvey, 1977-1983
Box: 2 Folder: 11
R - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Rabil Jr., Albert, 1989-1992
Box: 2 Folder: 13
S - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 14
San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, 1990-1992
Box: 2 Folder: 15
San Diego Union, 1985-1994
Box: 2 Folder: 16
Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, 1983-1998
Box: 2 Folder: 17
Scott Foresman, 1994
Box: 2 Folder: 18
Scripps College, 1987-1992
Box: 2 Folder: 19
Sisterfire, 1993-1994
Box: 2 Folder: 20
Southwest Review, 1990
Box: 2 Folder: 21
Spelman College, 1993
Box: 2 Folder: 22
Stanford University, 1986-1995
Box: 2 Folder: 23
Sweet Briar College, 1992-1994
Box: 2 Folder: 24
Symphony Space, 1991
Box: 2 Folder: 25
T - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 26
U - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 27
University of California, Berkeley, 1990-1995
Box: 2 Folder: 28
University of California, Irvine, 1986-1991
Box: 2 Folder: 29
University of California, Los Angeles, 1990-1994
Box: 2 Folder: 30
University of California Press, 1993
Box: 2 Folder: 31
University of California, San Diego, 1974-1998
Box: 2 Folder: 32
University of California, San Diego. Department of Literature, 1975-1996
Box: 2 Folder: 33
University of Ghana, 1984
Box: 2 Folder: 34
University of Illinois Press, 1977-1992
Box: 2 Folder: 35
University of Maryland, College Park, 1993
Box: 2 Folder: 36
University of Tennessee, 1992-1993
Box: 2 Folder: 37
University of Utah, 1994-1998
Box: 3 Folder: 1
University of Wisconsin, 1987-1997
Box: 3 Folder: 2
V - Miscellaneous
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Viking Penguin Inc., 1989-1992
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Virginia Commonwealth University, 1993-1994
Box: 3 Folder: 5
Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, 1992-1994
Box: 3 Folder: 6
W - Miscellaneous
Box: 3 Folder: 7
Walters, Wendy W., 1993-1995
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Wesleyan University, 1994
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Wesleyan University Press, 1975-1992
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Wesling, Donald, 1975-1987
Box: 3 Folder: 11
William Morrow and Company, Inc. Publishers, 1978-1999
Box: 3 Folder: 12
Winkler Films, 1987-1991
Box: 3 Folder: 13
Y - Miscellaneous
Box: 3 Folder: 14
Miscellaneous

WRITINGS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) WRITINGS: Comprises of the bulk of the collection and includes typescript drafts, handwritten notes, and publishing information for Williams' writings from 1975 through 1999. Notably, drafts of The Peacock Poems (1975), a compilation of Williams' poetry; Letters from a New England Negro which was turned into a full length drama in 1982 and include drafts of the story for later one-character productions in 1985, 1986 and 1992; Some One Sweet Angel Chile (1982), includes drafts of the script for a television performance; Dessa Rose, (1986) includes information on the screenplay adaptation of the book; proposal, outlines and multiple annotated drafts for Licensed to Dream, written from 1992-1998; Girls Together (1999), includes drafts of Williams second children's book, written from 1990-1995; Meanwhile in Another Part of the City... a collection of stories, arranged in four parts, written between 1992 and 1998, which includes extensive annotated typescripts and storyline notes.

Box: 3 Folder: 15-16
The Peacock Poems - Drafts, 1975, undated
Box: 3 Folder: 17-24
Letters from a New England Negro: A One Character Drama, 1980-1986, 1992

Production script, handwritten notes and fragmented annotated drafts.

Box: 4 Folder: 1-5
Some One Sweet Angel Chile, 1999, undated

Drafts, license agreement and contract, reading copies and "A Brief History of Some One Sweet Angel Chile."

Box: 4 Folder: 6-10
Dessa Rose, 1987

Annotated fragments of drafts, consultation information regarding filming and drafts of screenplay. Final draft of screenplay, and notes on staged reading directed by Dr. Floyd Gaffney, adapted by T. Ford.

Box: 4 Folder: 11-13
Licensed to Dream, 1992-1998

Proposal for the novel and outline with multiple drafts.

Box: 5 Folder: 1-2
Girls Together, 1990-1995

Notes and correspondence, storyline and publishing correspondence.

Meanwhile in Another Part of the City... - Drafts
Box: 5 Folder: 3-7
Complete sets of drafts, 1992-1998
Box: 5 Folder: 8-9
Part I. In the Inner City, 1992
Box: 6 Folder: 1-10
Part I. In the Inner City, 1993-1998
Box: 7 Folder: 1-3
Part II. In the District, 1992-1997
Box: 7 Folder: 4-7
Part III. The Tree-Line, 1993-1994, undated
Box: 7 Folder: 8
Part IV. A Quarter of the City, 1992

OTHER WRITINGS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) OTHER WRITINGS: Spanning Williams literary career from 1974 to 1997, includes numerous essays and short stories that may have been intended to be included in future compilations, drafts of chapters she wrote for other works, her forward to a publication of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, as well as articles for the literary magazine, Callaloo.

Box: 7 Folder: 9
1920-1940: American Popular Culture Becomes American
Box: 7 Folder: 10
Amah Ponders the Vernacular - Typescripts, 1996-1997, and undated
Box: 7 Folder: 11
Another Try at Pearl and Amah, 1998
Box: 7 Folder: 12
Billie's Blues: The Blues Singer as a Cultural Trope, 1993
Box: 7 Folder: 13
Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds

Chapter by and about Sherley Anne Williams.

Box: 7 Folder: 14
Black Feminist Aesthetics; or, Hearing the Voice of Black Female Authority
Box: 8 Folder: 1
Black Women's Contributions to Blues Literature
Box: 8 Folder: 2
The Blues Roots of Contemporary Afro-American Poetry
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Chronicles of the Last Ice Age, Callaloo, 1995
Box: 8 Folder: 4
Double Jeopardy: Double Trick, The Status of Black Women at the Present Time, 1974
Box: 8 Folder: 5
The Dunbar Musical - Script
Box: 8 Folder: 6
Ellison's Two Heroes, 1970

Draft of college paper.

Box: 8 Folder: 7
Eulogy of Rebecca Helen Thierry, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 8-9
Fire Earth and Water, 1975

Accepted for publication as part of The Peacock Poems. Originally titled "Earth Fire Water: A Collection."

Box: 8 Folder: 10
In Mamma's Garden
Box: 8 Folder: 11
Juneteenth: The Bicentennial Poem, 1977
Box: 8 Folder: 12
Langston Hughes and the Negro Renaissance - Notes, 1985
Box: 8 Folder: 13
Liberation Narratives - Essay draft, 1997
Box: 8 Folder: 14-15
The Lion's History - Annotated drafts, 1996
Box: 9 Folder: 1
The Lost Nigger Expedition - Notes
Box: 9 Folder: 2-3
Meditations on History
Box: 9 Folder: 4-5
Miss Brown's Blues - Novel draft
Box: 9 Folder: 6-8
Nightbirds

Film adaptation of a collection of poems. Includes "Nightbirds: Almeta Speaks Presents," outline.

Box: 9 Folder: 9-13
No Rest in My Slumber: Critical Essays, 1974-1996

Table of contents and drafts.

Box: 10 Folder: 1
Non-fiction original drafts - In Mamma's Garden, No Rest in My Slumber: Black Speech as Poetic Diction, The Legacy of Lust and License, Two Words on Music: Black Community, Touring Senegal, How Old White Boys Made Good, Don't Let Your Song Curb You!, 1991
Box: 10 Folder: 2
Oral History Project
Box: 10 Folder: 3
Papa Dick and Sister Woman, Reflections on Women in the Fiction of Richard Wright, 1982
Box: 10 Folder: 4
Poem notes

Includes "Gospel Pearls."

Box: 10 Folder: 5
The Quarters: Group Ethos and Historical Vision. Chapter 3
Box: 10 Folder: 6-7
Regular Reefer - Annotated drafts, 1976
Box: 10 Folder: 8
The Reinvention of the Past History as Exile in the Third World Novel
Box: 10 Folder: 9
Remembering Professor Sterling A. Brown, 1901-1989, 1989
Box: 10 Folder: 10
Returning to the Blues, 1991
Box: 11 Folder: 1
Saint James Infirmary - Draft summary
Box: 11 Folder: 2
Scenes of Senegal, 1989
Box: 11 Folder: 3-4
A Sense of Place: Our Hill in the City
Box: 11 Folder: 5
Short Story Collection
Box: 11 Folder: 6
SISTA: Preliminary Discussions of the Images and Roles of Afro-American Women

Outline for the anthology.

Box: 11 Folder: 7
Six
Box: 11 Folder: 8
Solidarity is not Silent, 1991

Review of Paule Marshall's "Daughters."

Box: 11 Folder: 9
Some Implications of Womanist Theory, 1986
Box: 11 Folder: 10
The Stevie Wonder Up Tight: A Story of the Early Sixties
Box: 11 Folder: 11
Struggle in the Progressive Era 1900-1920
Box: 11 Folder: 12
Tell Martha Not to Moan
Box: 11 Folder: 13-14
Telling the Teller: Memoir and Story, The Amah Dean Project
Box: 11 Folder: 15-16
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Copies of introduction and foreword by Williams.

Box: 11 Folder: 17
The Thierrys of San Diego - Crawl Out Your Window, 1987
Box: 11 Folder: 18
The Verified Tongue: New and Selected Poems, 1992
Box: 11 Folder: 19
A Year on the Gold Coast - Notes and typescripts, 1966

REVIEWS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) REVIEWS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Reviews by Williams and B) Reviews of Williams' Work.

Reviews by Williams

Box: 11 Folder: 20
Anonymous in America: A Review of 'From Leroi Jones to Amiri Baraka' and 'Baraka the Renegade and the Mask', 1980
Box: 11 Folder: 21
Beloved by Toni Morrison, 1987
Box: 11 Folder: 22
Black Detective Tropes in the Movie "Cotton Comes to Harlem", 1997-1998
Box: 11 Folder: 23
Blighted Hopes and Broken Dreams, review of Gloria Naylor's "The Men of Brewsters Place", 1998 April 1
Box: 11 Folder: 24
Give Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study in Neo-Black Literature, 1972-1973
Box: 11 Folder: 25
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years, Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany
Box: 11 Folder: 26
The Jazz Singer, review of film
Box: 12 Folder: 1
Paradise, by Toni Morrison, 1998 January 15
Box: 12 Folder: 2
"A Review of Onwuchekwa Jamie, Langston Hughes: An Introductory to the Poetry", 1976
Box: 12 Folder: 3
Reviews of others' work, various, 1983

Reviews of Williams' Work

Box: 12 Folder: 4-5
Dessa Rose, 1982-1987, 1992

Includes critique by Carol Schmudde, in Masters of African-American Literature.

Box: 12 Folder: 6-7
Letters from a New England Negro: A One Character Drama, 1980, 1986

Reviews of various performances, article in Iowa Review.

Box: 12 Folder: 8
Some One Sweet Angel Chile, 1982
Box: 12 Folder: 9
Reviews of Sherley Anne Williams' work, 1982-1995

INTERVIEWS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) INTERVIEWS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Williams spoke at many functions, participated in literary readings and was interviewed for magazine, news articles and radio. Includes radio and interview transcripts, speeches and reading notes from 1986 to 1994. Also includes her address given at the UC San Diego commencement in June 1993.

Box: 12 Folder: 10
UC San Diego commencement address, 1993 June 13
Box: 12 Folder: 11
Endowing Our Future - Speech given at United Church of Christ, 1997
Box: 12 Folder: 12
Interview questions regarding Dessa Rose, 1998-1999
Box: 12 Folder: 13
Interview with Jean W. Ross, Gale-Research Company, 1987 October 29
Box: 12 Folder: 14
Interview with Sherley Williams in San Diego Writers Monthly, 1991 June 1
Box: 12 Folder: 15
New Vistas in Black Arts, Perpetuating Black Expressive Forms in the 80's
Box: 12 Folder: 16
Our Story: History Through Children's Literature, National Museum of American History, 1999
Box: 12 Folder: 17-20
Readings and speaking engagements, Notes and contracts, 1986-1987
Box: 12 Folder: 21
Speeches - Notes, 1986
Box: 12 Folder: 22
Transcript of readings performed on and broadcast by WBAI/Pacifica radio, 1987 October 16
Box: 12 Folder: 23-24
Two Words on Music: Black Community, 1992
Box: 12 Folder: 25
Working Cotton Book tour, 1993-1994

TEACHING MATERIALS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) TEACHING MATERIALS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Undergraduate Courses and B) Graduated Courses, Workshops & Visiting Professorships. Includes her notes, syllabi and curriculum development for classes she taught, as well as materials portraying her participation in developing African-American literature courses at UC San Diego.

Undergraduate Courses

Box: 13 Folder: 1-8
Literature/English 17, Afro-American Literature, and Introduction to Afro-American Literature
Box: 13 Folder: 9
Literature/Writing 100, Beginning Fiction
Box: 13 Folder: 10
Literature/General 173, The Black Detective: Contemporary Afro-American Mysteries, 1997
Box: 13 Folder: 11-13
Literature/English 183, Black Literature and the Movies - Course material & notes, 1993-1994
Box: 13 Folder: 14
Literature/General 187, The Bounded Space: Black Community in Black Popular Literature, 1995
Box: 13 Folder: 15-20
Literature/Writing 8A, The Craft of Fiction - Notes, 1997
Box: 13 Folder: 21
Literature/Society 142, Contemporary Black Literature, 1975
Box: 13 Folder: 22
Contemporary Afro-American Literature - Notes, 1991
Box: 13 Folder: 23-24
Contemporary Afro-American Poetry - Notes
Box: 13 Folder: 25-26
Literature/Society 140, Development of Afro-American Literature, 1977
Box: 14 Folder: 1
Fiction in the Third World, and Literature/Society 22, 1976
Box: 14 Folder: 2-5
The Harlem Renaissance: 1919-1940
Box: 14 Folder: 6
Introduction to Literary Criticism - Notes, 1973
Box: 14 Folder: 7-8
Literature and the Blues
Box: 14 Folder: 9
Literature/English 182B, Modern Afro-American Literature, 1983
Box: 14 Folder: 10
Literature/Writing 127, Non-Fiction Workshop: Writing About Literature, 1998
Box: 14 Folder: 11
Literature/English 182, Origins of Afro-American Literature - Notes
Box: 14 Folder: 12
Literature/General 187, The Pan-African Historical Novel, 1994
Box: 14 Folder: 13-15
Literature/General 130, Pan-African Literature - Notes, 1990
Box: 14 Folder: 16-18
Literature/General 130, Pan-African Women Fiction Writers, 1990
Box: 14 Folder: 19
English 404: Poetry Writing Workshop/Creative Writing Workshop, 1982
Box: 14 Folder: 20
Prose Writing and Style, undated
Box: 14 Folder: 21
Literature/Writing 100, Short Fiction
Box: 14 Folder: 22
Literature/Society 21, 1977
Box: 14 Folder: 23
Literature/Society 144, 1975
Box: 14 Folder: 24
Literature/English 185: Themes in Afro-American Literature: "The New World" According to Conde & Morrison, 1998
Box: 14 Folder: 25
English 90, Working Fiction - Stanford University, 1995
Box: 14 Folder: 26
English 102, Working Fiction, 1994
Box: 14 Folder: 27
Various lecture notes, 1973-1974

Graduate Courses, Workshops and Professorships

Box: 15 Folder: 1
Literature/Writing 280, Imaginative Writing: Fiction - Graduate workshops, 1993
Box: 15 Folder: 2
Black-Jewish Relations Working Group, 1994
Box: 15 Folder: 3
Statement of Proposed Activity, for teaching at the University of Ghana, 1983
Box: 15 Folder: 4
Visiting Professorship in India, 1995

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS: Includes copies of her bibliographies, short biographies for press releases, curriculum vitae, news articles regarding Williams' life, death and memorial, a small selection of photographs, and early childhood stories.

Box: 15 Folder: 5
Bibliographies, 1988
Box: 15 Folder: 6
Biographies
Box: 15 Folder: 7
Curriculum vitae, 1995
Box: 15 Folder: 8
Early childhood stories
Box: 15 Folder: 9
News articles regarding Williams' life, death and memorial, 1977-1999
Box: 15 Folder: 10
Photographs and contact sheets, 1985

EVENTS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 8) EVENTS: Includes materials relating to professional events Williams attended from 1982 to 1998, including the African-American Women's Conference, Black Women Writers and the 'High Art' of Afro-American Letters, and other poetry panels, literary events and book signings.

Box: 15 Folder: 11
African-Americans and Europe, Film Festival and Theater Program, Paris, 1992 February 6-8
Box: 15 Folder: 12
African American Women's Conference, 1993
Box: 15 Folder: 13
Black Women Writers and the 'High Art' of Afro-American Letters - Proposal and outline, 1997
Oversize: FB-471 Folder: 1
Black Women Writers and the 'High Art' of Afro-American Letters - Scrapbook for event at UC San Diego, 1998 May 1

Keynote address by Angela Davis and readings by Sherley Anne Williams.

Box: 15 Folder: 14
Black Women Writers in Dialogue, Yale University, 1982 April 16-18
Box: 15 Folder: 15
Christian Education Board meeting, 1998 March 1
Box: 15 Folder: 16
Dessa Rose book signings, 1986
Box: 15 Folder: 17
The Dividing Line Symposium - The Legacy of the Doctrine of "Separate But Equal" and the Future of Civil Rights in California, 1996 October 1
Box: 15 Folder: 18
Events - Flyers and announcements, 1982-1988
Box: 15 Folder: 19
A Panel on Poetry and the Public Sphere: Literature Colloquium, 1998 October 13
Box: 15 Folder: 20
Performance of Letters From a New England Negro at the Oakland Ensemble Theatre, 1985-1986
Box: 15 Folder: 21
Requests for readings, 1986-1992
Box: 15 Folder: 22
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 1998
Box: 15 Folder: 23
Seminar information, 1992-1996
Box: 15 Folder: 24
"Some Implications of Womanist Theory," presented at the African Literature Association Conference, 1986 April 17

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Box: 16 Folder: 1
Biography of Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), 1971
Box: 16 Folder: 2
Blues discographies
Box: 16 Folder: 3
IAH News, Vol. 1, No. 1, Newsletter for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Howard University, 1975
Box: 16 Folder: 4
Literature research grant materials
Box: 16 Folder: 5-7
Miscellaneous drafts, notes and manuscript reviews
Box: 16 Folder: 8
Notes on "The Autobiography of Miss Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines", 1970-1975
Box: 16 Folder: 9
"Some Notes on Cane"

VIDEORECORDINGS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 10) VIDEO RECORDINGS: Contain VHS cassettes of Williams' readings and other events, including the Black Women Writers Conference of 1998.

Box: 16 Folder: 10
Black Women Writers Conference - Angela Davis; Hazel Carby, Jane Rhodes and Jonathon Holloway, 1998 May 15-17

Includes 3 VHS cassettes.

Box: 17 Folder: 1
Sherley Anne Williams, Live Audience. Almeta Speaks Regular Reefer, KPBS Broadcast, 1977 March 26
Box: 17 Folder: 2
Sherley Anne Williams memorial, 1999 October 21
Box: 17 Folder: 3
Sherley Anne Williams reading - Public Works, 1993
Box: 17 Folder: 4
Sunday Proceedings: Lisa Lowe - Provocateur, "We Wear the Hats Panel"