Guide to the Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) Papers

Collection Title: Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) Papers
Dates: 1960-1984
Identification: 35/17
Collector: Brutus, Dennis, 1924-2009
Extent: 41 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Dennis Brutus, poet and South African expatriate, was an activist, working for an end to racial segregation in sport. The Dennis Brutus Papers comprise correspondence, papers associated with specific organizations and events, and numerous drafts of poems, both handwritten and typed.
Acquisition Information: The Dennis Brutus Papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Professor Brutus in 1983 as Accession #83-157. Addition: These additions to the Brutus Papers have been received beginning with that of November, 1983 (Accession #83-158), September 17, 1984 (Accession #84-155), and concluding with that of October 8, 1984 (Accession #84-185). Addition: Joshua Lazerson July 9, 1985. Addition: This addition was received by the University Archives as Accession # 90-113 on August 3, 1990. Addition: Gerald Kendrick and Janet Olson, aided by student assistants Kate MacLean, Andrew Reinbold, and Bifen Xu, 1999-2000.
Processing Information: Joshua Lazerson July 9, 1985.
Separated Materials: One cubic foot of duplicate or extraneous materials was discarded. A few items, mostly relating to sports events in Africa, were separated and transferred to the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.
Conditions Governing Access: The Dennis Brutus Papers can only be accessed with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL, 60208
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/africana
Email: africana@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-467-3084

Biographical/Historical Information

Dennis Brutus, poet and South African expatriate, was born in Southern Rhodesia in November, 1924. Brutus was an activist, working for an end to racial segregation in sport. He was repeatedly arrested and imprisoned for his efforts, though he and his family eventually earned an exit visa from and moved to London in 1966. Brutus joined Northwestern University's faculty in 1971, and was granted political asylum in 1983. In 1986, Brutus joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburg. In addition to his teaching and political activism, Brutus published extensively and was known as the “poet laureate of South Africa”.

Parents Francis and Margaret were both South Africans teaching in Rhodesia when Brutus was born. Brutus spent the majority of his early years in Port Elizabeth, in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, and as a young man he attended St. Augustine's Teacher Training College. In 1944, Brutus entered Fort Hare University, a black student university from which many prominent black South Africans graduated.

Brutus completed his degree, in Psychology and English, in 1947, and was awarded the Chancellor's Prize. He taught high school and worked in the Department of Social Welfare as a social worker for the so-called colored population. During this period Brutus became involved in non-racial sports associations. In 1961 Brutus was involved as an organizer of black and mixed race South Africans in the attempt to bring about a national convention of all racial groups. He was subsequently banned from political activity for five years, and was dismissed from his teaching position. He studied Law at the University of Witwatersrand in 1962 and 1960.

In 1968, the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) was formed, and Brutus was elected first President. In May of 1963 Brutus was arrested for contravention of his banning orders. In August of that year he escaped from South Africa. He was arrested by the Portuguese secret police in September 1963, and was returned to Johannesburg, shot in the back during an escape attempt, and imprisoned at Robben Island. Released and banned again in 1965, Brutus was granted an exit visa and left with his family for London the following year.

In London Brutus worked in sports campaigns and with Canon Collins at International Defense and Aid. In 1970, he was offered, and accepted, a visiting professorship at the University of Denver. In July of 1971, Brutus was arrested for sitting down on Center Court at Wimbledon to protest racism in sport. In 1971 he took a post at Northwestern University in the English Department, where he has since 1973 served as Professor. In 1983, after a prolonged conflict with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Brutus was granted political asylum.

Professor Brutus, who has been called the “poet laureate of South Africa”*, has published extensively, and has nine collections of his poetry in print, including Letters to Martha, A Simple Lust, China Poems, and Stubborn Hope. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He is the recipient of a number of prizes, including the Freedom Writer's Award (1975) and the Kenneth David Kaunda Award for Humanism (1979), and is one of the founders of the African Literature Association. He is involved with a number of political organizations whose concerns include racism in sport and the United States divestment movement. He lectures widely.

Brutus' teaching career at Northwestern University spanned the years 1971 to 1985. After a visiting professorship at Swarthmore College (1985-86), Brutus went on to a professorship at the University of Pittsburgh, holding a joint appointment in the English and the Africana Studies departments. He also held the post of Distinguished Visiting Humanist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Since 1985, Brutus received honorary degrees from Worcester State College (MA), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Northeastern University. He was awarded the Langston Hughes Medallion from City University of New York in 1986 and the Paul Robeson Award for Artistic Excellence, Political Consciousness, and Integrity in 1989. Publications since 1984 include Salutes and Censures (1984), Airs and Tributes (1988), and Still the Sirens (1993).

Scope and Content

The Dennis Brutus Papers comprise correspondence, papers associated with specific organizations and events, and numerous drafts of poems, both handwritten and typed.

The bulk of Brutus's correspondence falls within the period 1960-1973, and consists of family and other personal correspondence, correspondence related to teaching positions, and individual folders for correspondence with key persons. The Papers also contain much sports-related material, including but not confined to the International Committee Against Racism In Sport (ICARIS) and the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC). Brutus's work with the International Defense and Aid Fund and other anti-racial groups is documented as well. There are also a number of notebooks and daybooks with poetry and journal entries from the 1960s. A large portion of the Papers consists of manuscript drafts and typescripts of Brutus's poetry, including a small number of complete manuscripts of published poetry works.

Subjects

Personal Name

Brutus, Dennis, 1924-2009

Brutus, Julian

Brutus, May

Subjects

Poets, South African

Sports--South Africa


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical material, n.d.Box 1, Folder 1
  • Correspondence
    • General correspondence, to 1968Box 1, Folder 2
    • General correspondence, 1969Box 1, Folder 3
    • General correspondence, 1969Box 1, Folder 4
    • General correspondence, 1971-73Box 1, Folder 5
    • Northwestern University, 1972-73Box 1, Folder 6
    • Notes, n.d.Box 1, Folder 7
    • Prison Letters, 1963-64Box 1, Folder 8
    • Publishers, 1970-73Box 2, Folder 1
    • Public Appearances, 1970-73Box 2, Folder 2
    • Sport, 1969-73Box 2, Folder 3
    • Jacinta Brutus, 1970Box 2, Folder 4
    • Julian Brutus, 1966, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 5
    • May Brutus, 1970Box 2, Folder 6
    • Tony Brutus, 1970Box 2, Folder 7
    • Gwendolyn Carter, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 8
    • Central Michigan University, 1970Box 2, Folder 9
    • George Houser, 1969-70, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 10
    • Isaiah, 1970, 1972Box 2, Folder 11
    • Cindy Kahn, 1970Box 2, Folder 12
    • Bernth Lindfors, 1969-70, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 13
    • McGill University, 1970Box 2, Folder 14
    • T.O. Newham, 1969-70, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 15
    • Hans Panofsky, 1971-79Box 2, Folder 16
    • Samba Ramsamy, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 17
    • Trevor Richards, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 18
    • Sybil Sticht, 1968-70, 1972-73Box 2, Folder 19
    • University of Denver, Correspondence and Teaching materials, 1968-70Box 2, Folder 20
    • Claude Wauthier, 1972Box 2, Folder 21
  • General Files
    • Academic Notes, n.d.Box 2, Folder 22
    • Anti-apartheid material, n.d.Box 2, Folder 23
    • Anti- racial organizations and work (clippings), n.d.Box 2, Folder 24
    • Anti-racial organizations and work, 1960-70Box 3, Folder 1
    • Arthur Ashe South Africa visit, 1970Box 3, Folder 2
    • Human Rights Day, 1967-69Box 3, Folder 3
    • ICARIS Papers (International Committee Against Racism in Sport), 1970-72Box 3, Folder 4
    • ICARIS Papers, 1973-74, 1978Box 3, Folder 5
    • International Defense and Aid Fund, Miscellaneous Clippings, n.d.Box 3, Folder 6
    • International Defense and Aid Fund, 1967-69Box 3, Folder 7
    • International Defense and Aid Fund, 1970-73Box 3, Folder 8
    • Northwestern University Speaking Engagements, 1972-73Box 3, Folder 9
    • Pan-African Culture Festival, 1969Box 4, Folder 1
    • Pan-African Culture Festival 1969, 1969Box 4, Folder 2
    • Pan-African Culture Festival 1969, 1969Box 4, Folder 3
    • Release of Political Prisoners Campaign, 1967Box 4, Folder 4
    • SAN-ROC Papers (South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee), 1962-63Box 4, Folder 5
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1966Box 4, Folder 6
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1967Box 4, Folder 7
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1968Box 4, Folder 8
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1969Box 4, Folder 9
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1969Box 4, Folder 10
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1970Box 5, Folder 1
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1971Box 5, Folder 2
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1972Box 5, Folder 3
    • SAN-ROC Papers, 1973, 1977Box 5, Folder 4
    • SAN-ROC Papers, n.d.Box 5, Folder 5
    • SASA Papers (South Africa Sports Association), n.d.Box 5, Folder 6
    • Sports, 1946, 1957, 1960-76Box 5, Folder 7
    • Sports, 1966-1972Box 5, Folder 8
    • Sports (clippings), n.d.Box 5, Folder 9
    • Supreme Council for Sport in Africa, 1966-67, 1972-73Box 5, Folder 10
    • South Africa, n.d.Box 5, Folder 11
  • Poetry
    • "Sirens, Knuckles, Boots", 1963Box 6, Folder 1
    • "Thoughts Abroad", 1970Box 6, Folder 2
    • "Strains", 1975Box 6, Folder 3
    • Arthur Nortje, Dead Roots, 1973Box 6, Folder 4
    • Notebooks, 1963-66Box 6, Folder 5
    • Notebooks, 1969-1970Box 6, Folder 6
    • Notebooks and exam books with poetry and prose entries, 1962-1970Box 6, Folder 7
    • Poems, manuscript drafts, n.d.Box 7, Folder 1
    • Poems, manuscript drafts, 1962Box 7, Folder 2
    • Manuscript drafts, 1963Box 7, Folder 3
    • Manuscript drafts, 1966Box 7, Folder 4
    • Manuscript drafts, 1967Box 7, Folder 5
    • Manuscript drafts, 1968Box 7, Folder 6
    • Manuscript drafts, 1969Box 7, Folder 7
    • Manuscript drafts, 1969Box 7, Folder 8
    • Manuscript drafts, 1970Box 7, Folder 9
    • Poems (typescripts), n.d.Box 7, Folder 10
    • Poems (typescripts), 1960Box 7, Folder 11
    • Poems (typescripts), 1969Box 7, Folder 12
    • Poems (typescripts), 1962Box 7, Folder 13
    • Poems (typescripts), 1963Box 7, Folder 14
    • Poems (typescripts), 1965Box 7, Folder 15
    • Poems (typescripts), 1966Box 7, Folder 16
    • Poems (typescripts), 1967Box 7, Folder 17
    • Poems (typescripts), 1968Box 7, Folder 18
    • Poems (typescripts), 1969Box 7, Folder 19
    • Poems (typescripts), 1970Box 7, Folder 20
    • Poems (typescript), 1962-1970Box 7, Folder 21
    • Poetry, other authors, n.d.Box 7, Folder 22
    • Poems (typescript), n.d.Box 8, Folder 1
    • Poems (copies), n.d.Box 8, Folder 2
    • Poems (drafts), n.d.Box 8, Folder 3
    • Poetry reviews, n.d.Box 8, Folder 4
    • Poems (notes and correspondence), n.d.Box 8, Folder 5
    • Poems (notes and correspondence), n.d.Box 8, Folder 6
    • Poems (manuscript and typescript), n.d.Box 8, Folder 7
    • Poems (manuscript and typescript), n.d.Box 8, Folder 8
    • Poems (manuscript and typescript), n.d.Box 8, Folder 9
    • Poems (manuscript and typescript), n.d.Box 8, Folder 10
    • Poems (fragments), n.d.Box 8, Folder 11
    • Poems (publication), n.d.Box 8, Folder 12
    • Poems (publication), n.d.Box 8, Folder 13
    • Essays, n.d.Box 8, Folder 14
  • Addition
    • Diaries
      • London, 1968
      • London, 1969
      • London, 1970
      • London, 1971
      • Place unspecified, 1971
      • Evanston, 1971
      • Evanston, 1972
      • Evanston, 1972
      • Evanston, 1973
      • Calendars, 1969, 1972
      • Notebooks, 1963, 1967, 1972
    • Biographical
      • Autobiographical sketch, 1963-79Box 10, Folder 1
      • Biography, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 2
      • Escapes, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 3
      • Escapes, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 4
      • Court and prison, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 5
      • Prison, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 6
      • Post-prison, poetry, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 7
      • Visa problems, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 8
      • Family history, transcript, 1974Box 10, Folder 9
      • Tickets and travel schedules, 1974Box 10, Folder 10
    • Appearances and Speaking Engagements
      • Papers and talks, announcements, 1971-77Box 10, Folder 11
      • Appearances and meetings, NU, 1972-80Box 10, Folder 12
      • Speaking engagements, USA, 1966-80Box 10, Folder 13
      • Speaking engagements, USA, 1967-78Box 10, Folder 14
      • Speaking engagements, abroad, 1969-79Box 10, Folder 15
      • Speaking engagements, abroad, n.d.Box 10, Folder 16
      • Contracts, 1968-70Box 10, Folder 17
      • Speeches, 1970-75Box 10, Folder 18
    • Organizations and Events
      • Memberships, 1960-1978Box 10, Folder 19
      • ALA, DBDC, CAAA, AAA, SALIG, 1972-82Box 10, Folder 20
      • NU Divestment campaign, clips, 1978Box 10, Folder 21
      • Press releases, 1969-82Box 10, Folder 22
      • Writings on sport, 1970Box 10, Folder 23
    • Interviews and Tape Transcripts
      • Interviews with Brutus, 1969-74Box 11, Folder 1
      • Interview, Adelugba, transcript (2 copies), 1974Box 11, Folder 2
      • Interview, Adelugba, (incomplete copy), 1974Box 11, Folder 3
      • Interview, transcript, 1974Box 11, Folder 4
      • African literature class, transcript, 1974Box 11, Folder 5
      • Interview with Bernth Lindfors, Aug. 1970Box 11, Folder 6
      • Radio Progams, Iowa State University, n.d.Box 11, Folder 7
      • Radio Programs, University of Texas, Dec. 1974Box 11, Folder 8
      • Contemporary African Arts, 1974Box 11, Folder 9
    • Correspondence - Bernth Lindfors
      • Brutus to Bernth Lindfors, n.dBox 12, Folder 1
      • Brutus to Lindfors, 1969-70Box 12, Folder 2
      • Brutus to Lindfors, 1971Box 12, Folder 3
      • Brutus to Lindfors, 1972-73Box 12, Folder 4
      • Brutus to Lindfors, 1974-75Box 12, Folder 5
      • Brutus to Lindfors, 1976-79Box 12, Folder 6
      • Brutus to Lindfors, 1980-82Box 12, Folder 7
      • Lindfors to Brutus, 1969-82Box 12, Folder 8
      • Letters, Lindfors, Various Correspondents, 1970-71, 1981-82Box 12, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence
      • General Correspondence, 1970-82Box 13, Folder 1
      • Anti-apartheid correspondence, 1971-81Box 13, Folder 2
      • Handwritten notes, n.d.Box 13, Folder 3
      • Handwritten notes, n.d.Box 13, Folder 4
      • Arthur Nortje, 1973-80Box 13, Folder 5
      • Personal, 1971-79Box 13, Folder 6
      • Publications, 1970-80Box 13, Folder 7
      • South Africa Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC), 1971-81Box 13, Folder 8
      • Speaking invitations, 1970-79Box 13, Folder 9
      • Visa, 1981-82Box 13, Folder 10
    • Poetry
      • “Blackscape” (Typescript), n.d.Box 14, Folder 1
      • “Chapter by Chapter Outline” (Typescript), n.dBox 14, Folder 2
      • “China Poems” (Ms.&Ts. and Related Materials), 1975Box 14, Folder 3
      • “Denver Poems” (Typescript), 1970Box 14, Folder 4
      • “From a Civil Prison” (Ms.& Ts.), n.d.Box 14, Folder 5
      • “If This Life is in Fact All We Shall Know” (Typescript), 1967Box 14, Folder 6
      • “Poems for a Reading” (Ms.), 1978Box 14, Folder 7
      • “Poems from Algiers” (Ms.), 1970Box 14, Folder 8
      • “Sirens, Knuckles, Boots” (Ms.), n.d.Box 14, Folder 9
      • “Strains” (Typescripts), (1963-1975?)Box 14, Folder 10
      • “Stubborn Hope” (Galleys), n.d.Box 14, Folder 11
      • “Thoughts Abroad” (Ms.& Ts.), 1970Box 14, Folder 12
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 14, Folder 13
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 14, Folder 14
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 14, Folder 15
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 14, Folder 16
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 15, Folder 1
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 15, Folder 2
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 15, Folder 3
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 15, Folder 4
      • Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Typescripts, n.d.Box 15, Folder 5
      • Articles, n.d.Box 15, Folder 6
      • Commentaries on his poetry by Brutus, n.d.Box 15, Folder 7
      • Notes and comments, n.d.Box 15, Folder 8
      • Published poems, n.d.Box 15, Folder 9
      • Published poems, n.d.Box 15, Folder 10
      • Published poems, n.d.Box 15, Folder 11
      • Published poems, n.d.Box 15, Folder 12
      • Published poems, n.d.Box 15, Folder 13
      • Press conference (transcript), n.d.Box 15, Folder 14
      • Press notices, n.d.Box 15, Folder 15
      • Reviews, n.d.Box 15, Folder 16
      • Troubador Press, n.d.Box 15, Folder 17
      • Miscellany, n.d.Box 15, Folder 18
  • Addition
    • Curriculum vitae, c. 1981Box 23, Folder 1
    • Certificates and diplomas, 1975-1982Box 23, Folder 2
    • Address, appointment, and expense books, 1972-1980Box 23, Folder 3
    • Desk calendars, 1973-1977Box 23, Folder 4
    • Desk calendars, 1978-79, 1981Box 23, Folder 5
    • News clippings, 1970-1977Box 24, Folder 1
    • News clippings, 1971-1984Box 24, Folder 2
    • News clippings, n.d.Box 24, Folder 3
    • Interviews and tape transcripts, 1974-1975, n.d.Box 24, Folder 4
    • Unpublished papers and reviews about Brutus, 1974-1980, n.d.Box 24, Folder 5
    • Posters and announcements, 1972-1982, n.d.Box 24, Folder 6
    • Phone message slips, 1972-1979, n.d.Box 24, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, 1969-1972Box 24, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence (1), 1973Box 25, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence (2), 1973Box 25, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence (1), 1974Box 25, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence (2), 1974Box 25, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence (1), 1975Box 25, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence (1), 1975Box 25, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence (3), 1975Box 26, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, 1976Box 26, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, 1977Box 26, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, 1978Box 26, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, 1979-1980Box 26, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, 1981Box 26, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1982Box 27, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence (1), n.d.Box 27, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence (2), n.d.Box 27, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence (3), n.d.Box 27, Folder 4
    • Brutus Family Correspondence, 1970-1975Box 27, Folder 5
    • Brutus Family Correspondence, 1976-1982Box 27, Folder 6
    • Brutus Family Correspondence, n.d.Box 27, Folder 7
    • Abrahams, Cecil, 1974-1981Box 27, Folder 8
    • African Literature Association, 1974-1981Box 27, Folder 9
    • Cassem, Omar, 1973-1981Box 28, Folder 1
    • “China Poems”, 1974-1975Box 28, Folder 2
    • Davis, Hedy, 1979, n.d.Box 28, Folder 3
    • Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, 1981-1982Box 28, Folder 4
    • Disposition of Manuscripts, 1974-1982Box 28, Folder 5
    • Frey, Donald, 1974-1980Box 28, Folder 6
    • Gar Newsletter, 1974-1979Box 28, Folder 7
    • House, Amelia Blossom, 1975-1980Box 28, Folder 8
    • International Defense and Aid Fund, 1966-1982Box 28, Folder 9
    • King, Don, 1975-1981Box 28, Folder 10
    • Ko, Ching-Po, 1975Box 28, Folder 11
    • Lamb, Kevin, 1973Box 28, Folder 12
    • Lane, Pinkie Gordon, 1975-1978Box 28, Folder 13
    • Lecture Tour, 1972Box 28, Folder 14
    • Mphahlele, Eskia, 1960-1976Box 28, Folder 15
    • Nagan, Winston, 1973-1979Box 28, Folder 16
    • Nkondo, Gessler Moses, 1979-1980Box 28, Folder 17
    • Nortje, Arthur, 1971-1981Box 28, Folder 18
    • Sewall, Steve, 1973-1975Box 28, Folder 19
    • Sticht, Sybil, 1973-1978Box 28, Folder 20
    • Union of Writers of the African Peoples, 1975-1980Box 28, Folder 21
    • University of Texas-Austin, 1974-1975Box 28, Folder 22
    • General Correspondence, 1971-1973Box 29, Box 29, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, 1974-1977Box 29, Box 29, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, 1978-1982Box 29, Box 29, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, n.d.Box 29, Box 29, Folder 4
    • Sports Correspondence
      • Sports Correspondence, 1971-1972Box 29, Folder 5
      • Sports Correspondence, 1973Box 29, Folder 6
      • Sports Correspondence, 1974Box 29, Folder 7
      • Sports Correspondence, 1975Box 29, Folder 8
      • Sports Correspondence, 1976-1977Box 29, Folder 9
      • Sports Correspondence, 1978-1982, n.d.Box 30, Folder 1
    • Teaching Files: Northwestern University
      • Course Schedules, Book Lists, 1972-1981, n.d.Box 30, Folder 2
      • Student Essays: Marianne Fearn, 1970Box 30, Folder 3
      • Student Essays and Exams, 1971Box 30, Folder 4
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature, 1972Box 30, Folder 5
      • A50, B21, unidentified courses, 1972Box 30, Folder 6
      • A50: Intro Studies: The Real Africa (1), 1973Box 30, Folder 7
      • A50: Intro Studies: The Real Africa (2), 1973Box 30, Folder 8
      • C50: English, 1973Box 31, Folder 1
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (1), 1973Box 31, Folder 2
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (2), 1973Box 31, Folder 3
      • B21: Narrative Composition; unidentified courses, 1973Box 31, Folder 4
      • Student Essays, 1974Box 31, Folder 5
      • A65: Intro Studies: Experience of Africa, 1975Box 31, Folder 6
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature, 1975Box 31, Folder 7
      • ETS 320; dissertation. proposal; unidentified, 1975Box 32, Folder 1
      • B98: Problems of Third World Women (Student Organized Seminar); New Images of Africa, 1976Box 32, Folder 2
      • C50: English, 1976Box 32, Folder 3
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature, 1976Box 32, Folder 4
      • B21; unidentified courses, 1976Box 32, Folder 5
      • Trends in African Literature; unidentified, 1977Box 32, Folder 6
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (1), 1977Box 32, Folder 7
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (2), 1977Box 33, Folder 1
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (3), 1977Box 33, Folder 2
      • A04: Freshman Seminar; Intermed. Composition, 1978Box 33, Folder 3
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature, 1978Box 33, Folder 4
      • Student Essays: unidentified courses, 1978Box 33, Folder 5
      • C59, C69: Contemporary African Literature, 1979Box 33, Folder 6
      • Intro. Studies: Experience of Africa; unidentified, 1979Box 34, Folder 1
      • A04: Freshman Seminar; unidentified courses, 1980Box 34, Folder 2
      • C69: Special Topics in African Literature, 1984Box 34, Folder 3
      • A65: An Experience of Africa, n.d.Box 34, Folder 4
      • B21: unidentified courses, n.dBox 34, Folder 5
      • B98: Sport & Society (Student Organized Seminar), n.d.Box 34, Folder 6
      • C50-3: Victorian Literature, n.d.Box 34, Folder 7
      • C53, n.d.Box 34, Folder 8
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (1), n.d.Box 34, Folder 9
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (2), n.d.Box 34, Folder 10
      • C59: Contemporary African Literature (3), n.d.Box 35, Folder 1
      • D59, n.d.Box 35, Folder 2
      • ETS 320; poetry; composition, n.d.Box 35, Folder 3
      • African Literature, various courses, n.d.Box 35, Folder 4
      • “New Images of Africa”, n.d.Box 35, Folder 5
      • Proposals, n.d.Box 35, Folder 6
      • “The Real Africa”, n.d.Box 35, Folder 7
      • Student poetry, journals (1), n.d.Box 35, Folder 8
      • Student poetry, journals (2), n.d.Box 36, Folder 1
      • Student essays : unidentified courses, n.d.Box 36, Folder 2
      • Student essays : unidentified courses, n.d.Box 36, Folder 3
    • Work by Other Writers
      • MS by Richard Lapchick, to Ch. 10, 1973Box 36, Folder 4
      • MS by Richard Lapchick, Chs. 11-15, review, 1973Box 36, Folder 5
      • G.M. Nkondo, “Arthur Nortje: The Vocation of the Ruined Man”, n.d.Box 36, Folder 6
      • Arthur Nortje (photocopies of published poetry), 1963-1970Box 36, Folder 7
      • Other Writers: Poetry, 1966-1976, n.d.Box 37, Folder 1
      • Other Writers: Essays, Fragments, Chapters, 1972-1981, n.d.Box 37, Folder 2
    • Brutus' Writings: Speeches, Drafts, Writing Notebooks, Poetry, Fragments
      • Speeches and Speech Notes, 1972-1982Box 37, Folder 3
      • "Austum Schizophrenics Journal", 1967-1979Box 37, Folder 4
      • "Egyptian Sequence", 1974Box 37, Folder 5
      • “Notebook”, 1970Box 37, Folder 6
      • Poems from China, 1974Box 37, Folder 7
      • Publications, 1970-1975, n.d.Box 37, Folder 8
      • Poetry, 1963-1979, n.d.Box 37, Folder 9
      • Writing notebooks (1), n.d.Box 38, Folder 1
      • Writing notebooks (2), n.d.Box 38, Folder 2
      • Poetry, notes, fragments, 1966-1980Box 38, Folder 3
      • Poetry, notes, fragments (1), n.d.Box 38, Folder 4
      • Poetry, notes, fragments (2), n.d.Box 38, Folder 5
      • Poetry, notes, fragments (3), n.d.Box 38, Folder 6
      • Unidentified manuscripts, n.d.Box 38, Folder 7
  • Cassette Tapes, 1973-1978, n.d.
    • International Conference: ‘Politics, Racism, and Sport’, 3/11/1978Box 39, Tape 1
        Type:  Conference No. of Tapes:  1 Note:  Nashville, TN, Meharry Medical School
    • Buddy Diamond Talk Show/ Hamline University, 7/3/1978 & 7/4/1978Box 39, Tape 2
        Note:  Side 2—Hamline University, Minneapolis MN No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Talk Show, University talk
    • “Celia to Howard with love”, 9/7/1977 and 8/1977Box 39, Tape 3
        Type:  Personal comments from “Celia” No. of Tapes:  1
    • Denis Brutus tape of intimate, personal moments/ updated sports interviewBox 39, Tape 4
        Note:  Side 1—personal moments Side 2—sports interview Type:  Personal, interview No. of Tapes:  1
    • African poets reading and performing their poems and stories, 3/1977Box 39, Tape 5
        Note:  Performed in Madison, WI Type:  Reading, performing No. of Tapes:  1
    • Recorded personal phone callBox 39, Tape 6
        Note:  Phone call on both sides of tape Type:  Personal No. of Tapes:  1
    • “‘Photomic’ Tape of one sensual encounter”, 01/23/09Box 39, Tape 7
        No. of Tapes:  1
    • Botha interview from CBS/ Dennis Brutus remarks about tennis, 02/12/78Box 39, Tape 8
        Note:  Side 1—Botha interview Side 2—remarks about tennis No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview, Dennis Brutus comments
    • Play outline, 5/1978Box 39, Tape 9
        Type:  Play No. of Tapes:  1
    • Autobiographical comments by Dennis Brutus, Andersonville High School, 11/13/09Box 39, Tape 10
        Note:  Side 1—autobiographical No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Autobiographical
    • Dennis Brutus speech, College Language AssociationBox 39, Tape 11
        Note:  Held in Atlanta No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Speech
    • “Tennis”, 3/27, 3/28Box 39, Tape 12
        Note:  GAR meeting/ tennis and apartheid No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Dennis Brutus comments
    • ‘Evanston to Madison’ subjects: tennis, Sanroc, Icaris, 3/25/1977, 3/26, 3/27Box 39, Tape 13
        Note:  Side 1:Tennis/ Madison, Evanston; Side 2: Madison/Evanston No. of Tapes:  1
    • “Phyllis Jordan”, 07/06/73Box 39, Tape 14
        Note:  Side 1—unhearable, muddled. Side 2—hearable, difficult to rewind or fast forward No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • “Helotes”, 11/10/75Box 39, Tape 15
        Note:  BROKEN No. of Tapes:  1
    • “Celia to Howard”, 2/1977, 2/28/1977Box 39, Tape 16
        Note:  Candid sensual comments No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Personal comments
    • Talking about call to May, further comments/ phone call to Sue Olson (?), ending with song, 1/30, 2/2Box 39, Tape 17
        Note:  Side 1—call to May (Brutus?) Side 2—call to Sue No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Dennis Brutus comments
    • “Davis Cup Protest Tape 10-320, Personal Message Follows SWS”/ Olympics comments & IOC and USOCBox 39, Tape 18
        Note:  Side 1—Davis cup Side 2—Olympics No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Dennis Brutus comments
    • Steve Biko Memorial Committee NU, Ellen Frank/ short talk by Dennis Brutus, 11/30/09Box 39, Tape 19
        Note:  Side 1—Biko Memorial Side 2—short talk, loud buzzing in background No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Committee, talk
    • “Short talk on the liberation struggle in Southern Africa”/ Dennis Brutus talk, 01/02/75Box 40, Tape 20
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Dennis Brutus comments, talk
    • “Notes on Poetry”Box 40, Tape 21
        Note:  Dennis Brutus' poetry No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Poetry
    • “DB at NU”, comments about Chief Albert Luthlili / “Walter's Perspective —taxes”, 10/24/77Box 40, Tape 22
        Note:  Side 1—Dennis Brutus at Northwestern University Side 2—Walter No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Talk, comments
    • Personal phone call/ Sue, 10/22, 10/26Box 40, Tape 23
        Note:  Side 1—personal phone call, just Brutus' half Side 2—Sue No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Personal
    • “Terkel/ DB”, 08/18/77Box 40, Tape 24
        Note:  Brutus interviewed by Studs Terkel Type:  Interview No. of Tapes:  1
    • “Cosmo Pietierse, Beulah Hodge, Oswald Mtshali”Box 40, Tape 25
        Note:  Note tucked inside No. of Tapes:  1
    • “Dennis Brutus w/ Terkel”, 10/16/75Box 40, Tape 26
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • “Divestment article”/ “Notes for article”Box 40, Tape 27
        Note:  Dennis Brutus' notes for a divestment article No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Dennis Brutus notes, comments
    • “Studs Terkel with Dennis Brutus”, 10/17/75Box 40, Tape 28
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • Brutus interview with Regina Hayes of “Answers” WLS Radio, 07/11/78Box 40, Tape 29
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • Tina Brutus with Dennis Brutus/ Leaving Evanston for California, 02/27/09Box 40, Tape 30
        No. of Tapes:  1
    • Dennis Brutus interview with John Callaway WTTW Channel 11 PBS/TV, 6/16/1978, 6/23/1978Box 40, Tape 31
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • Brutus KIBC interview, Brutus comments on literature, 5/1978?, 2/9/1978, 2/10/1978Box 40, Tape 32
        Note:  Note inside tape cover Side 1—interview Side 2—comments on literature No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview, Dennis Brutus comments
    • Channel 11/ ‘Advocates’, 8/3, 8/4Box 40, Tape 33
        Note:  Brutus on ‘Advocates’ Chicago—WEMT Boston—WGBH No. of Tapes:  1
    • Brutus Personal Tape, “Pers SES”, 10/26/75Box 40, Tape 34
        Note:  “damaged, broken” comment on tape, unhearable No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Personal
    • Dennis Brutus Future of South Africa speech/ First Kwame Nkrumah Lecture, 09/24/75Box 40, Tape 35
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Speech, Lecture
    • “Steve Biko Memorial Evening”/ “Speech by Dennis Brutus”, 2/1978Box 40, Tape 36
        Note:  Held in San Antonio No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Speech
    • Dennis Brutus San Antonio speech, 2/1978Box 40, Tape 37
        Note:  Poor audio No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Speech
    • Dennis Brutus self-interview, Notes on Writers in Exile/ personal phone call, Saturday, 2/1975 12/1975 1/23Box 40, Tape 38
        Note:  Side 1—self-interview Side 2—phone call No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview, notes, personal
    • Personal phone call, 10/12/75Box 41, Tape 39
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Personal
    • “Fresh Air/ Stunned Looks” Dennis Brutus, 02/16/77Box 41, Tape 40
        Note:  Reel to reel tape No. of Tapes:  1
    • “Studs Terkel—interview with Dennis Brutus”, 10/16/75Box 41, Tape 41
        Note:  Reel to reel tape, WFMT radio station No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • “Steve Biko Memorial Mtg”Box 41, Tape 42
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Meeting
    • Dennis Brutus interview with Wesley South WVON Radio, 11/10/77Box 41, Tape 43
        Note:  Chicago radio No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • Dennis Brutus International House of Chicago with South African Consulate, 01/25/78Box 41, Tape 44
        Note:  U of C No. of Tapes:  1
    • Box 41, Tape 45
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Julius Lester
    • Ryers Nande Night, 11/1977Box 41, Tape 46
        Note:  Northwestern University No. of Tapes:  1
    • Dennis Brutus and Bob Allard, 07/03/78Box 41, Tape 47
        Note:  WWTC radio talk show No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Talk show
    • Poet, unknown womanBox 41, Tape 48
        No. of Tapes:  1
    • “Tina & Bob Wedding” Santa Clara, 12/24/77Box 41, Tape 49
        Note:  Side 1—“My favorite daughter”. Side 2—jazz No. of Tapes:  1
    • Steve Biko interviewBox 41, Tape 50
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • “Tennis” and Arthur AsheBox 41, Tape 51
        Note:  Side 1—Ashe comments Side 2—tennis and Davis Cup comments No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Dennis Brutus comments
    • “Adi Avani” and Studs TerkelBox 41, Tape 52
        Note:  Dennis Brutus and Studs Terkel No. of Tapes:  1
    • Brutus interview with Vicki Loftquist on African ArtBox 41, Tape 53
        No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Interview
    • “Associated Songs” and Donald Woods interview with Studs Terkel, 1/1978, 5/1978Box 41, Tape 54
        Note:  Side 1—popular songs Side 2—Donald Woods No. of Tapes:  1 Type:  Songs and interview
    • Blank?
        Note:  No writing on them, heard Dennis Brutus' voice on tape 55 giving date No. of Tapes:  4
      • Blank?Box 41, Tape 55
          Note:  no writing on them, heard Dennis Brutus' voice on tape 55 giving date
      • Blank?Box 41, Tape 56
          Note:  no writing on them, heard Dennis Brutus' voice on tape 55 giving date
      • Blank?Box 41, Tape 57
          Note:  no writing on them, heard Dennis Brutus' voice on tape 55 giving date
      • Blank?Box 41, Tape 58
          Note:  no writing on them, heard Dennis Brutus' voice on tape 55 giving date