Series 6
Personal papers, 1953-2010
Boxes 58-61, 85-89, and 91-92; OP3-OP4; BV 1-5; OBV 1-3

Scope and Content Note

The series contains the personal papers of Lucille Clifton, and the family papers of five of her children, Alexia, Channing, Fredrica, Graham, and Sidney Clifton from 1953-2006. Lucille Clifton's personal papers include address books, astrological reports, awards, biographical sketches, calendars, notebooks, funeral programs, and other personal material. Also included in this series are documents related to Clifton's career as a poet, including literary contracts, permissions, and royalty statements. Of particular note in this series are the numerous astrological reports and psychic readings. The family papers of her children include writings, drawings and report cards, most notably a small book of poetry by her eldest daughter, Sidney, written when she was ten years old. The papers of Fred Clifton, Lucille's husband, can be found in Series 10.

Personal papers, including travel itineraries, invoices, and documents related to Clifton's career, can also be found in Born digital materials (Series 11). There are also a small number of documents about Clifton that were created or received by Clifton's children after her death.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by record type.

Processing

Archivists removed loose material from calendars processed in 2021 (boxes 85-89). Clifton would often tuck documents into her monthly planners and some of these calendars were overfull and suffering damage. To preserve the calendars themselves, archivists foldered the loose material separately and described it according to its original location in the calendars to preserve context.

Lucille Clifton
Box Folder Content
58 1 Address book, undated
58 2 Advance (literary) statements, 1972, 1977
OP4 2 Artwork, pen and ink and watercolor painting of Lucille Clifton, by Vanessa Renee Williams, May 15, 1990
OP3 4 Artwork, pencil drawing of Lucille Clifton, by Anthony Brown, undated
58 3 Astrology notes, undated
OP3 5 Astrology notes, "The Medicine Wheel," Bear Tribe Publishing, 1978
58 4 Astrological reports, 1971-1980, undated
58 5 Award of Achievement, Towson State University, 1983
58 6 Award, Certificate of Excellence presented by Manhattan Borough President, C. Virginia Fields, November 21, 2003
OP3 6 Award, Honorary Citizen of the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, March 4, 2002
58 7 Award, "the first annual Human Being -ONE-" presented by the Committee for Black Buffalo Woman World, July 22, 1988
92 - Award, National Book Award for Poetry, 2000
58 8 Awards, financial statements, 1984-2000
58 9 Bibliography, Southwest Native Americans, 1990s
58 10 Biographical, 1990-2004
58 11 Bookmark, sterling silver bookmark with Clifton's monogram
58 12 Calendar, 1978
58 13 Calendar, 1986
BV1 - Calendar, 1987
OP4 3 Calendar, 1988
85 14 Calendar, 1991
85 15 Calendar, 1991, loose material, front cover
85 16 Calendar, 1991, loose material February
85 17 Calendar, 1991, loose material, March
86 1 Calendar, 1991, loose material, May
86 2 Calendar, 1991, loose material, November
86 3 Calendar, 1991, loose material, January 1992
86 4 Calendar, 1991, loose material, back cover
86 5 Calendar, 1992-1994
86 6 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, front cover [1 of 2]
86 7 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, front cover [2 of 2]
86 8 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, August 1992
86 9 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, November 1992
86 10 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, December 1992
86 11 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, January 1993
86 12 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, February 1993
86 13 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, April 1993
86 14 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, May 1993
86 15 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, June 1993
86 16 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, July 1993
86 17 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, August 1993
86 18 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, September 1993
86 19 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, November 1993
86 20 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, December 1993
86 21 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, June 1994
86 22 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, August 1994
87 1 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, back cover [1 of 2]
87 2 Calendar, 1992-1994, loose material, back cover [2 of 2]
BV2 - Calendar, 1995-1996
BV3 - Calendar, 1998
BV4 - Calendar, 1999
87 3 Calendar, 2000
87 4 Calendar, 2000, loose material, front cover
87 5 Calendar, 2000, loose material, January
87 6 Calendar, 2000, loose material, March
87 7 Calendar, 2000, loose material, April
87 8 Calendar, 2000, loose material, May
87 9 Calendar, 2000, loose material, August
87 10 Calendar, 2000, loose material, October
87 11 Calendar, 2000, loose material, November
87 12 Calendar, 2000, loose material, January 2001
87 13 Calendar, 2000, loose material, back cover
58 14 Calendar, 2001
58 15 Calendar, 2002
87 14 Calendar, 2003
87 15 Calendar, 2003, loose material, front cover
88 1 Calendar, 2003, loose material, March
88 2 Calendar, 2003, loose material, June
88 3 Calendar, 2003, loose material, September
88 4 Calendar, 2003, loose material, December
88 5 Calendar, 2003, loose material, back cover
88 6 Calendar, 2004
88 7 Calendar, 2004, loose material, front cover
88 8 Calendar, 2004, loose material, July
88 9 Calendar, 2004, loose material, October
88 10 Calendar, 2004, loose material, December
88 11 Calendar, 2004, loose material, back cover
88 12 Calendar, 2005
88 13 Calendar, 2005, loose material, front cover
88 14 Calendar, 2005, loose material, April
88 15 Calendar, 2005, loose material, May
88 16 Calendar, 2005, loose material, June
88 17 Calendar, 2005, loose material, July
88 18 Calendar, 2005, loose material, September
88 19 Calendar, 2005, loose material, October
88 20 Calendar, 2005, loose material, November
88 21 Calendar, 2005, loose material, December
88 22 Calendar, 2005, loose material, back cover
89 1 Calendar, 2006
89 2 Calendar, 2006, loose material, front cover
89 3 Calendar, 2006, loose material, January
89 4 Calendar, 2006, loose material, March
89 5 Calendar, 2006, loose material, June
89 6 Calendar, 2006, loose material, July
89 7 Calendar, 2006, loose material, November
89 8 Calendar, 2006, loose material, December
89 9 Calendar, 2007
89 10 Calendar, 2007, loose material, front cover
89 11 Calendar, 2007, loose material, April
89 12 Calendar, 2007, loose material, June
89 13 Calendar, 2007, loose material, July
89 14 Calendar, 2007, loose material, August
89 15 Calendar, 2007, loose material, September
89 16 Calendar, 2007, loose material, October
89 17 Calendar, 2007, loose material, December
89 18 Calendar, 2007, loose material, back cover
89 19 Calendar, 2008
89 20 Calendar, 2008, loose material, front cover
89 21 Calendar, 2008, loose material, March
89 22 Calendar, 2008, loose material, April
89 23 Calendar, 2008, loose material, June
89 24 Calendar, 2008, loose material, July
89 25 Calendar, 2008, loose material, September
89 26 Calendar, 2008, loose material, November
89 27 Calendar, 2008, loose material, back cover
89 28 Calendar, 2009
89 29 Calendar, 2009, loose material, front cover
89 30 Calendar, 2009, loose material, March
89 31 Calendar, 2009, loose material, May
89 32 Calendar, 2009, loose material, October
89 33 Calendar, 2009, loose material, November
89 34 Calendar, 2009, loose material, December
89 35 Calendar, 2009, loose material, back cover
89 36 Calendar, 2010
89 37 Calendar, 2010, loose material, February
89 38 Calendar, 2010, loose material, March
58 16 Cards and drawings from children, 1983 and undated
58 17 Certificates, general, 1980-2002
58 18 Certification, Poet Laureat of Maryland, 1979
OP3 7 Citizen citation, City of Baltimore, Maryland, June 19, 2002
58 19 Contracts, literary, 1969-1977
59 1 Contracts, literary, 1980-1989
59 2 Contracts, literary, 1990-2006
59 3 Copyright certificates, 1973-2006
59 4 Diary, Writer's Digest Daily Diary, 1980
59 5 Fact sheets, The Writers and Books Fall Festival of Reading, September 1999
OP3 8 Family Name History: Clifton
59 6 Honorariums, financial statements, 1988-1999, undated
OP3 9 Honorary Degree and citation, Dartmouth College, June 2005
59 7 Honorary Degree citation, Washington College, May 1989
59 8 Howard University, athletic events ticket book, 1953-1954
OP3 10 Jeopardy question card [Clifton appeared on Jeopardy in the winter of 1965]
59 9 Journal, 1977
59 10 Journal, 1984
59 11 Lease agreement, 2001 [between Lucille Clifton and St. Mary's College of Maryland, regarding housing provided to Clifton by the College]
59 12 Mailing list, Christmas 2008
59 13 Membership cards
59 14 Morrison, Toni, schedule of availability for Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, undated
59 15 Name badge, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, 2004
59 16 Notebook [sections entitled "lives," and "associates," undated
90 1 Notes, circa 1992
90 2 Schedule, spring 1991
60 1 Permissions, literary, 1972-May 1991
60 2 Permissions, literary, June 1992-2001
60 3 Personal advertisement, Los Angeles Times, July 9, 1987
60 4 Proclamation, Lucille Clifton Day, City of Buffalo, New York, October 20, 3008
60 5 Proclamation, New York State Senate and Assembly, October 30, 2008
60 6 Psychic reading, notes, August 15, 1987
60 7 Psychic reading, by Cynthia Hess, January 7, 2002
60 8 Resolution, Cuyahoga County Commissioners, in honor of Clifton receiving Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, September 5, 2001
91 - Rolodex cards
60 9 Royalty statements, 1984, 1988-1997
60 10 Royalty statements, 1998-2006
60 11 Schedule, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, 2009 conference
OBV1 - Scrapbook, "The New Books of Poetry," column in The New York Times, 1936-1942 [passed to Lucille Clifton from JoAnn Rosemont, March 1, 2000]
OBV2 - Scrapbook, "Queries and Notes," from The New York Times Book Review, 1943 [passed to Lucille Clifton from JoAnn Rosemont, March 1, 2000]
OBV3 - Scrapbook, "Queries and Notes," from The New York Times Book Review, 1944 [passed to Lucille Clifton from JoAnn Rosemont, March 1, 2000]
61 1 T-Shirt, "Expressing the Sacred," 30th Annual University of North Carolina Writer's Conference, 1999
61 2 Tenancy documents, 1980-2003
61 3 Travel itineraries, 1989-1998
- - Videowriter, Magnovox word processor
61 4 Writer's group, 1990 [group includes Michael Glaser and other colleagues at St. Mary's College]
61 5 Yearbook, Fosdick Masten Park High School, 1953 [photocopy] and 1953 Commencement program, 1998 Alumni newsletter
Family papers
61 6 Clifton, Alexia, interview questions, undated
61 7 Clifton, Channing, report cards, 1975-1977
61 8 Clifton family, letter of condolence, Barbara Mikulski, February 16, 2010
61 9 Clifton, Fredrica, California Institute for the Arts, graduation program, 1989
61 10 Clifton, Fredrica, pen and ink drawings of various family members, 1977
61 11 Clifton, Fredrica. pencil drawing of Lucille Clifton, [circa 1960s]
61 12 Clifton, Graham, report cards, 1976-1977
61 13 Clifton, Graham, untitled essay, 1981
61 14 Clifton, Graham, untitled essay about his family, June 3, 1982
61 15 Clifton, Sidney, resume
61 16 Clifton, Sidney, writings, "For Daddy," typescript poem, June 4, 1969
61 17 Clifton, Sidney, writings, "For DeLawd - A Selection of Poems," typescript, 1969
61 18 Clifton, Sidney, writings, "Solitude," typescript poem, undated
61 19 Clifton, Sidney, writings, "Wrap Party Rap," lyrics, undated
61 20 Sale family, Genealogical records, photocopied from Bedford City and county Museum surname file, undated [Sale family owned slaves who were the ancestors of the Sayles family]
61 21 Sale, John Census records, photocopies, 1860-1870
61 22 Sayles, Samuel Lewis, Jr., funeral program. 1993
61 23 Sayles, Samuel, Sr., Certificate of Insurance, The Travelers Insurance Company, 1961
61 24 Sayles, Samuel Lewis, Sr., funeral program, 1968 [photocopy]
61 25 Sayles, Samuel Lewis, Sr., funeral program, 1969
BV5 - Sayles, Thelma, scrapbook, 1959
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