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Series 1
Correspondence, 1968-2009
Boxes 1 - 8

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence series contains letters Bullins wrote and received from 1968-2009. This series includes correspondence from family, friends, editors, and fellow playwrights and professors. The correspondence ranges from thank you notes and invitations to detailed professional and personal correspondence from literary agents and family members.

This series contains extensive personal correspondence between Bullins and his close friends and fellow artists, including Amiri Baraka and Amina Baraka, August Wilson, and Marvin X. Bullins' political views and relationship to the Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Movement are represented in correspondence with friends and politicians. Congratulatory notes are also included in the series, commemorating such occasions as Bullins' Obie Award and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Notes of condolence are included after the death of Bullins' son in 1978.

In addition to the personal correspondence, the series also documents Bullins' professional life as a playwright, professor, and public speaker. Significant correspondence includes letters to and from Bullins' literary agent, Helen Merrill. Letters to and from Samuel A. Hay document Hay's extensive research in writing Bullins' biography. This series also includes correspondence concerning Bullins' awards, theater businesses, and speaking engagements at various conferences and colleges. The series charts Bullins' teaching career in letters to and from students, university colleagues, and administrators. Correspondence relating to the production or publication of Bullins' works is also contained in this series. Correspondence of this sort can also be found in Series 2: Writings, filed with the individual works. Later correspondence documents his professional relationship as editor for Shirley Timmreck.

The correspondence series includes a number of unidentified correspondents, undated letters, fragments, and correspondence from third parties. Approximate dates were added during processing when possible and are indicated in brackets.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Restrictions on Access

Selected correspondence is closed during Ed Bullins' lifetime or until December 1, 2030, whichever is later.

Scope and Content Note The correspondence series contains letters Bullins wrote and received from 1968-2009. This series includes correspondence from family, friends, editors, and fellow playwrights and professors. The correspondence ranges from thank you notes and invitations to detailed professional and personal correspondence from literary agents and family members. This series contains extensive personal correspondence between Bullins and his close friends and fellow artists, including Amiri Baraka and Amina Baraka, August Wilson, and Marvin X. Bullins' political views and relationship to the Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Movement are represented in correspondence with friends and politicians. Congratulatory notes are also included in the series, commemorating such occasions as Bullins' Obie Award and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Notes of condolence are included after the death of Bullins' son in 1978. In addition to the personal correspondence, the series also documents Bullins' professional life as a playwright, professor, and public speaker. Significant correspondence includes letters to and from Bullins' literary agent, Helen Merrill. Letters to and from Samuel A. Hay document Hay's extensive research in writing Bullins' biography. This series also includes correspondence concerning Bullins' awards, theater businesses, and speaking engagements at various conferences and colleges. The series charts Bullins' teaching career in letters to and from students, university colleagues, and administrators. Correspondence relating to the production or publication of Bullins' works is also contained in this series. Correspondence of this sort can also be found in Series 2: Writings, filed with the individual works. Later correspondence documents his professional relationship as editor for Shirley Timmreck. The correspondence series includes a number of unidentified correspondents, undated letters, fragments, and correspondence from third parties. Approximate dates were added during processing when possible and are indicated in brackets.
Box Folder Content
1 1 Undated, A-B
1 2 Undated, C-H
1 3 Undated, I-R
1 4 Undated, S-Z
1 5 Undated, unidentified
1 6 1968-1969
1 7 1970-1979
1 8 1980-1982
1 9 1983-1984
2 1 1985
2 2 1986
2 3 1987
2 4 1988
2 5 1989 January-October
2 6 1989 November-December
2 7 1990 January-August
2 8 1990 September-December
3 1 1991
3 2 1992 January-August
3 3 1992 September-December
3 4 1993 January-March
3 5 1993 April-December
3 6 1994 January-May
4 1 1994 June-September
4 2 1994 October-December
4 3 1995 January-April
4 4 1995 May-December
4 5 1996 January-July
4 6 1996 August-December
4 7 1997 January-May
5 1 1997 June-September
5 2 1997 August-December
5 3 1998 January-March
5 4 1998 April-June
5 5 1998 July-December
5 6 1999 January-May
5 7 1999 June-August
6 1 1999 September-December
6 2 2000 January-April
6 3 2000 May-December
6 4 2001 January-March
6 5 2001 April-July
6 6 2001 August-December
6 7 2002 January-July
7 1 2002 August-December
7 2 2003 January-May
7 3 2003 June-December
7 4 2004 January-April
7 5 2004 May-December
7 6 2005-2008
7 7 2009
8 1 Fragments
Correspondence to and from others
8 2 Undated
8 3 1973-1994
8 4 1995-2004
Restricted correspondence
62 1 Correspondence [RESTRICTED]
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