BULLINS, ED.
Ed Bullins papers, circa 1940-2010

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/9032w

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bullins, Ed.
Title: Ed Bullins papers, circa 1940-2010
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1131
Extent: 30 linear feet (63 boxes), 3 oversized papers boxes and 1 oversized papers folder (OP), 1 bound volume (BV), AV Masters: 1 linear foot (1 box), and 2.53 MB born digital material (57 files)
Abstract:Papers of Ed Bullins, an African American playwright, including manuscripts, programs, press releases, photographs, correspondence, and audiovisual and born digital material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Series 1 and Series 3: selected material is closed during Ed Bullins' lifetime or until December 1, 2030, whichever is later.

Series 8: Access to processed born digital materials is only available in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Use of the original digital media is restricted.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Separated Material

Several published works have been removed from the collection and have been cataloged individually. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for: Bullins, Ed, former owner.

Source

Purchased from Ed Bullins, 2010. Additions were donated by Bullins in 2011. Additions were also purchased from Locus Solus Rare Books in 2011.

Custodial History

Additions purchased from dealer, provenance unknown.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Ed Bullins papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of African American Collections, Randall Burkett, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American culture and history.

Processing

Processed by Laura L. Carroll, Amy Elkins, Michael Hessel-Mial, and Sarah Prince, November 2010.

Born digital materials processed, arranged, and described by Brenna Edwards, 2020. Born digital materials include files taken from six 5.25" floppy disks and seven 3.5" floppy disks. For information as to how these materials were processed, see the processing note in the description of series 8, Born digital material.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Ed Bullins, African American playwright, was born on July 2, 1935, to Edward (Dawson) and Bertha Marie Queen Bullins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1952, Bullins joined the United States Navy and served until 1955. In 1958, he moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in Los Angeles City College. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1964, Bullins started writing plays, and several of his first works were produced in shortly after, including Clara's Old Man, How Do You Do? and Dialect Determinism, or, The Rally.

In 1967 Bullins moved to New York and began his tenure as the playwright in residence at the New Lafayette Theatre. He also edited the Theatre's in-house journal, Black Theatre. While at the New Lafayette Theatre, Bullins saw many of his works produced, including Goin' a Buffalo, A Son Come Home, The Electronic Nigger, and In the Wine Time. In 1971, Bullins won an Obie Award (The Village Voice) for distinguished playwriting for The Fabulous Miss Marie and In New England Winter. In 1975 Bullins won another Obie and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for The Taking of Miss Janie. In 1988, Bullins established the Edward Bullins Jr. Memorial Theater (BMT), in Emeryville, California, in honor of his son who died in 1978. During his time in California, Bullins earned a B.A. from Antioch University and a Master's in Fine Arts in creative writing from San Francisco State University in 1994.

In addition to writing, producing, and directing over 100 plays throughout his career, Bullins has also taught at various institutions, including Sonoma State University, Contra Costa University, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. In 1995, he was appointed Distinguished Artist in Residence at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Biographical Sources:Hay, Samuel A., Ed Bullins: A Literary Biography. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997 and Sell, Mike, ed., Ed Bullins: Twelve Plays and Selected Writings. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.

Ed Bullins, African American playwright, was born on July 2, 1935, to Edward (Dawson) and Bertha Marie Queen Bullins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1952, Bullins joined the United States Navy and served until 1955. In 1958, he moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in Los Angeles City College. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1964, Bullins started writing plays, and several of his first works were produced in shortly after, including Clara's Old Man, How Do You Do? and Dialect Determinism, or, The Rally.

In 1967 Bullins moved to New York and began his tenure as the playwright in residence at the New Lafayette Theatre. He also edited the Theatre's in-house journal, Black Theatre. While at the New Lafayette Theatre, Bullins saw many of his works produced, including Goin' a Buffalo, A Son Come Home, The Electronic Nigger, and In the Wine Time. In 1971, Bullins won an Obie Award (The Village Voice) for distinguished playwriting for The Fabulous Miss Marie and In New England Winter. In 1975 Bullins won another Obie and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for The Taking of Miss Janie. In 1988, Bullins established the Edward Bullins Jr. Memorial Theater (BMT), in Emeryville, California, in honor of his son who died in 1978. During his time in California, Bullins earned a B.A. from Antioch University and a Master's in Fine Arts in creative writing from San Francisco State University in 1994.

In addition to writing, producing, and directing over 100 plays throughout his career, Bullins has also taught at various institutions, including Sonoma State University, Contra Costa University, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. In 1995, he was appointed Distinguished Artist in Residence at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Biographical Sources:Hay, Samuel A., Ed Bullins: A Literary Biography. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997 and Sell, Mike, ed., Ed Bullins: Twelve Plays and Selected Writings. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of Ed Bullins from circa 1940s-2010, including correspondence, writings, subject files, printed material, writings by others, photographs, audiovisual material, and born digital materials.

Correspondence includes letters from family, friends, editors, and fellow playwrights and professors. Writings include typescripts of published, and unpublished or unproduced plays, other writings, and notebooks. Subject files include material of a personal nature, information relating to the theaters and organizations Bullins was involved in, and material relating to his academic career as a student and professor. Printed material includes material published by and about Bullins, as well as general printed material relating to African American theater. Writings by others consists primarily of play scripts that Bullins reviewed, produced, or directed. Photographs include individual portraits and snapshots of Bullins, images of Bullins with family members, friends, and others in the theater and arts community, photographs relating to Bullins' work in the theater, and photographs of other individuals. Audiovisual material includes Ed Bullins interviews, productions of his work, readings, and other appearances. Born digital materials consist of floppy disks.

Arrangement Note

Organized into nine series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings, (3) Subject files, (4) Printed material, (5) Writings by others, (6) Photographs, (7) Audiovisual, (8) Born digital materials, and (9) Collected materials.


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