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Richard Wright Black Power Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS5
This collection consists primarily of the original typescript for Black Power. It contains corrections, additions, and deletions, including long holograph passages. Much of the material in this draft was never published, so it is significant for documenting Wright’s original intentions in recording his experiences in Ghana. Besides the typescript, there are some fifty pages of material perhaps intended as a supplement to the book. Included are an interview with Ghana radical Dzenkle Dzenku; a detailed account of a political meeting in 1950 which resulted in several arrests; a discussion of Kwame Nkrumah; and a four-page sheet, "Memorandum submitted to the Executive of the Convention People’s Party in Protest against its Present Policy--6th Jan. 1952," which is bitterly anti-Nkrumah.

Dates

  • 1908 - 1960

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Extent

1 Boxes

Overview

This collection consists primarily of the original typescript for Richard Wright's book Black Power. The manuscript contains corrections, additions, and deletions, including long holograph passages. Much of the material in this draft was never published, so it is significant for documenting Wright’s original intentions in recording his experiences in Ghana. The collection includes some fifty pages of other material, perhaps intended as a supplement to the book.

Arrangement

The typescript of Black Power is arranged in folders by page number. This is followed by a folder of additional material, and a post card.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired by Northwestern University Library in 1968 from a New York dealer.
Title
Guide to the Richard Wright Black Power Collection
Author
Sigrid Perry
Date
1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
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