CLEAGE, PEARL.
Pearl Cleage papers
> Correspondence and personal papers

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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.

Series 1
Correspondence and personal papers, 1962-2010
Boxes 1-45, and OP 1-3 and 27

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of Cleage's correspondence and personal papers from 1962-2010. Correspondence is comprised of greeting cards, letters, and postcards to and from colleagues, friends, editors, producers, and reviewers, as well as letters to and from her family. Of particular interest are letters written to her family, beginning with her enrollment at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) in 1967 and continuing through the 1980s. These letters provide partial documentation of Cleage's earliest creative efforts and her growing radicalism during her undergraduate years.

The series also documents Cleage's writing career from early inquiries about employment opportunities and poem submissions, to later correspondence between her and colleagues including A.B. Spellman and Tayari Jones. Cleage's literary activism and involvement in socio-political causes such as black liberation, women's liberation, and black nationalism are illustrated within this series through letters to family and colleagues.

Personal papers include Cleage's appointment books, awards and honors, phone messages, and transcripts from elementary school through Howard University. High school and college writing assignments are also included in this series. Of particular interest is the marriage service booklet used during the wedding ceremony of Cleage and Michael Lomax in 1969. The bulk of material consists of Cleage' s personal journals from 1979-2008.

Family papers contain the personal papers of Cleage's father, Albert Cleage, Jr., also known as Reverend Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, founder of the Shrine of the Black Madonna Church and Cultural Centers in Detroit, Michigan, and Atlanta, Georgia. Of particular interest is an inter-office memorandum detailing Reverend Cleage's background. Also included are papers of Cleage's mother Doris Graham Cleage, and her sister, Kristin Cleage Williams. This section notably contains family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," which feature articles, essays, interviews, and other entries from Cleage's family members.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type. Correspondence is arranged in chronological order; undated correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent. Personal and family papers are arranged in alphabetical order.

Restrictions on Access

Personal journals are closed to researchers until December 2037.

Scope and Content Note The series consists of Cleage's correspondence and personal papers from 1962-2010. Correspondence is comprised of greeting cards, letters, and postcards to and from colleagues, friends, editors, producers, and reviewers, as well as letters to and from her family. Of particular interest are letters written to her family, beginning with her enrollment at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) in 1967 and continuing through the 1980s. These letters provide partial documentation of Cleage's earliest creative efforts and her growing radicalism during her undergraduate years. The series also documents Cleage's writing career from early inquiries about employment opportunities and poem submissions, to later correspondence between her and colleagues including A.B. Spellman and Tayari Jones. Cleage's literary activism and involvement in socio-political causes such as black liberation, women's liberation, and black nationalism are illustrated within this series through letters to family and colleagues. Personal papers include Cleage's appointment books, awards and honors, phone messages, and transcripts from elementary school through Howard University. High school and college writing assignments are also included in this series. Of particular interest is the marriage service booklet used during the wedding ceremony of Cleage and Michael Lomax in 1969. The bulk of material consists of Cleage' s personal journals from 1979-2008. Family papers contain the personal papers of Cleage's father, Albert Cleage, Jr., also known as Reverend Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, founder of the Shrine of the Black Madonna Church and Cultural Centers in Detroit, Michigan, and Atlanta, Georgia. Of particular interest is an inter-office memorandum detailing Reverend Cleage's background. Also included are papers of Cleage's mother Doris Graham Cleage, and her sister, Kristin Cleage Williams. This section notably contains family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," which feature articles, essays, interviews, and other entries from Cleage's family members.
Correspondence
Box Folder Content
1 1 1960-1962
1 2 1966 September
1 3 1966 October-November
1 4 1966 December-1967 February
1 5 1967 March-May
1 6 1967 July-September
1 7 1967 October-December
1 8 1968 January-February
1 9 1968 March-April
1 10 1968 May-June
1 11 1968 July-August
2 1 1968 September-December
2 2 1969 January-March
2 3 1969 April-July
2 4 1969 August-October
2 5 1969 November-1970 January
2 6 1970 February-March
2 7 1970 April-May
2 8 1970 June-July
2 9 1970 August-October
2 10 1970 November-1971 January
2 11 1971 February-April
2 12 1971 May-June
2 13 1971 August-September
3 1 1971 October-November
3 2 1971 December-1972 February
3 3 1972 March-April
3 4 1972 May-June
3 5 1972 July-August
3 6 1972 September-November
3 7 1972 December-1973 March
3 8 1973 April-June
3 9 1973 July-August
3 10 1973 September-December
3 11 1974 January
3 12 1974 February-April
3 13 1974 June-July
3 14 1974 September-December
3 15 1975 January-November
3 16 1976 January-June
4 1 1976 August-December
4 2 1977 January-May
4 3 1977 June-December
4 4 1978 January-April
4 5 1978 May-July
4 6 1978 August-November
4 7 1979 January-August
4 8 1979 September-December
4 9 1980 January-April
4 10 1980 May-August
4 11 1980 September-December
4 12 1981 January-April
5 1 1981 May-July
5 2 1981 August-December
5 3 1982 January-June
5 4 1982 July-December
5 5 1983 March-December
5 6 1984 January-December
5 7 1985 January-February
5 8 1985 March-July
5 9 1985 August-December
5 10 1986 January-December
5 11 1987 February-October
6 1 1988 January-December
6 2 1989 January-November
6 3 1990 January-April
6 4 1990 May-June
6 5 1990 July-August
6 6 1990 October-December
6 7 1991 January-April
6 8 1991 May-August
6 9 1991 September-December
6 10 1992 January-March
6 11 1992 April-June
6 12 1992 July-September
7 1 1992 October-December
7 2 1993 January-March
7 3 1993 April-May
7 4 1993 June-July
7 5 1993 August-October
7 6 1993 November-December
7 7 1994 January-May
7 8 1994 June-August
7 9 1994 September-October
7 10 1994 November-December
7 11 1995 January-March
7 12 1995 April-May
7 13 1995 June-August
8 1 1995 September-October
8 2 1995 November-December
8 3 1996 January-May
8 4 1996 June-December
8 5 1997 January-February
8 6 1997 March-April
8 7 1997 May-June
8 8 1997 August-December
8 9 1998 January-March
8 10 1998 April
8 11 1998 May
8 12 1998 June-December
9 1 1999 January-August
9 2 1999 September-December
9 3 2000 January-February
9 4 2000 March
9 5 2000 April-July
9 6 2000 August-December
9 7 2001 January-May
9 8 2001 June-August
9 9 2001 September 10-17
10 1 2001 September 18-25
10 2 2001 September 26-30
10 3 2001 October 1-9
10 4 2001 October 10-20
10 5 2001 October 22-November 12
10 6 2001 November 13-December 31
10 7 2002 January
10 8 2002 February-March
10 9 2002 April-June
10 10 2002 July
11 1 2002 August
11 2 2002 September
11 3 2002 October
11 4 2002 November
11 5 2002 December
11 6 2003 January
11 7 2003 February 3-16
11 8 2003 February 17- 26
11 9 2003 March 3-18
11 10 2003 March 19-31
11 11 2003 April 1-10
12 1 2003 April 11 -16
12 2 2003 April 17-30
12 3 2003 May 1-10
12 4 2003 May 12-20
12 5 2003 May 21-31
12 6 2003 June 2-9
12 7 2003 June 10-28
12 8 2003 July 1-13
12 9 2003 July 14-31
12 10 2003 August 1-10
12 11 2003 August 11-29
12 12 2003 September
12 13 2003 October 2-13
12 14 2003 October 14-29
13 1 2003 November
13 2 2003 December 1-13
13 3 2003 December 19-31
13 4 2004 January 2-16
13 5 2004 January 18-30
13 6 2004 February
13 7 2004 March
13 8 2004 April- May
13 9 2004 June
13 10 2004 July
13 11 2004 August 2-10
13 12 2004 August 11-31
13 13 2004 September 1-16
14 1 2004 September 17-30
14 2 2004 October
14 3 2004 November
14 4 2004 December
14 5 2005 January
14 6 2005 February
14 7 2005 March 1-8
14 8 2005 March 9-31
14 9 2005 April 1-18
14 10 2005 April 19-30
15 1 2005 May
15 2 2005 June
15 3 2005 July
15 4 2005 August 1-15
15 5 2005 August 16-31
15 6 2005 September 1-2
15 7 2005 September 3-4
15 8 2005 September 5-6
15 9 2005 September 7-9
15 10 2005 September 10-13
15 11 2005 September 14-16
15 12 2005 September 14-30
15 13 2005 October
16 1 2005 November
16 2 2005 December 1-15
16 3 2005 December 16-31
16 4 2006 January
16 5 2006 February 1-13
16 6 2006 February 14-28
16 7 2006 March 1-13
16 8 2006 March 14-31
16 9 2006 April
16 10 2006 May
17 1 2006 June
17 2 2006 July 1-17
17 3 2006 July 18-31
17 4 2006 August
17 5 2006 September
17 6 2006 October
17 7 2006 November
17 8 2006 December 1-15
17 9 2006 December 16-31
17 10 2007 January
17 11 2007 February
17 12 2007 March
18 1 2007 April- June
18 2 2007 July
18 3 2007 August
18 4 2007 September- November
18 5 2007 December
18 6 2008 January- March
18 7 2008 April- June
18 8 2008 July- December
18 9 2009 January- March
18 10 2009 April- December
19 1 2010
19 2 2011
19 3 Undated, A
19 4 Undated, B
19 5 Undated, C
19 6 Undated, D
19 7 Undated, E-F
19 8 Undated, G-I
19 9 Undated, J
19 10 Undated, K
19 11 Undated, L [1 of 2]
20 1 Undated, L [2 of 2]
20 2 Undated, M
20 3 Undated, N
20 4 Undated, O
20 5 Undated, P
20 6 Undated, R
20 7 Undated, S
20 8 Undated, T
20 9 Undated, U
20 10 Undated, V
20 11 Undated, W
20 12 Undated, Y-Z
20 13 Undated, group signatures [1 of 3]
20 14 Undated, group signatures [2 of 3]
20 15 Undated, group signatures [3 of 3]
20 16 Undated, unidentified
Personal papers
21 1 Address book, undated
21 2 Appointment book, 2003
21 3 Appointment book, 2004
21 4 Appointment book, 2005
21 5 Appointment book, 2007
21 6 Appointment book, 2008
21 7 Awards and honors, 1960-2007
OP1 - Awards and honors, 1991-2003
21 13 Badges for conferences, undated
21 8 Budget, 2003
OP2 - Calendar, 1994
21 9 Cards, membership, 1989-2004
21 10 Diploma, 1971
21 11 Guestbook, 2002
21 12 Marriage service booklet, 1969
22 1 Messages, phone, 2003
22 2 Messages, phone, 2004-2005
22 3 Notes and fragments, no date
22 4 Resume, 1973
22 5 Report cards and transcripts, 1954-1968
22 6 School papers, Atlanta University, 1973
22 7 School papers, Howard University, 1968
22 8 School papers, Northwestern High School, circa 1966
22 9 School papers, Spelman College, 1972
22 10 School papers, Yale University, Intensive Summer Studies Program, 1969
22 11 Tickets, 1995, 2006
Family papers
44 1 Cleage, Albert, address book, undated
44 2 Cleage, Albert, administrative files for the Shrine of the Black Madonna, 1953-1968
44 3 Cleage, Albert, background profile created by Michigan State Police, 1967
44 4 Cleage, Albert, birth certificate, 1911
44 5 Cleage, Albert, calendars, Central Congregational Church, 1960-1961
44 6 Cleage, Albert, calendar, 1970
44 7 Cleage, Albert, clippings, 1963-1969
44 8 Cleage, Albert, clippings, 1970-200
44 9 Cleage, Albert, clippings, undated
44 10 Cleage, Albert, correspondence, 1968-1981
44 11 Cleage, Albert, flyers and programs, 1963-1989
44 12 Cleage, Albert, funeral program, 2000
44 13 Cleage, Albert, "The History of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919-1969,"pamphlet, undated
44 14 Cleage, Albert, name tags, undated
44 15 Cleage, Albert, obituaries, 2000
45 1 Cleage, Albert, personal notes, undated
45 2 Cleage, Albert, reports for Board of Home Missions, 1955-1958
OP3 - Cleage, Albert, resolutions, 2000
45 3 Cleage, Albert, royalties for Black Messiah, 1982
45 4 Cleage, Albert, sermons, 1951-1963
OP27 - Cleage, Albert, The Shrine of the Black Madonna poster
45 5 Cleage, Albert, yearbook, Central Congregational Church, 1956
45 6 Cleage, Doris Graham, diploma, 1937
45 7 Cleage, Doris Graham, personal notes, undated
45 8 Williams, Kristin Cleage, "February report on Williams Home School," undated
45 9 Williams, Kristin Cleage, "Umoja Unidad Unity: A Newsletter for Homeschoolers of Color," 1994
45 10 Family calendars, 1997, 2001
45 11 Family history compiled by Kristin Cleage Williams, 1993
45 12 Family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," 1991
45 13 Family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," 1992
45 14 Family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," 1993
45 15 Family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," 1994
45 16 Family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," 1995
45 17 Family newsletters, "The Ruff Draft," 1996
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