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Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 35/17
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.

Addition, Boxes 9-22 This Addition comprises diaries, calendars, and datebooks from the late 1960s and early 1970s, transcripts of an extended autobiographical interview and other printed biographical materials. Included as well are correspondence, much of it with Bernth Lindfors of the University of Texas at Austin, and material relating to sport, Brutus' visa problems, and correspondence with friends and family, and with publishers; poetry, including manuscripts for a number of published works, typescripts, some unpublished, and an annotated copy of Letters to Martha. Brutus was a co-founder of the Troubador Press, and his work with the Press is documented in the Addition. The Addition also includes numerous drafts of poems, arranged by title, and unsorted newspaper clippings, dating from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Addition, Boxes 23-38 This Addition comprises diaries, calendars, and datebooks from the late 1960s and early 1970s, transcripts of an extended autobiographical interview and other printed biographical materials. Included as well are correspondence, much of it with Bernth Lindfors of the University of Texas at Austin, and material relating to sport, Brutus' visa problems, and correspondence with friends and family, and with publishers; poetry, including manuscripts for a number of published works, typescripts, some unpublished, and an annotated copy of Letters to Martha. Brutus was a co-founder of the Troubador Press, and his work with the Press is documented in the Addition. The Addition also includes numerous drafts of poems, arranged by title, and unsorted newspaper clippings, dating from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Dates

  • 1960-1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the Northwestern University Archives at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

41.00 Boxes

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.

Method of Acquisition

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.

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.

Processing Information

Joshua Lazerson July 9, 1985.
Title
Guide to the Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) Papers
Author
Joshua Lazerson; Gerald Kendrick and Janet Olson, aided by student assistants Kate MacLean, Andrew Reinbold, and Bifen Xu
Date
09/07/1985
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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