Series 8
Photographs, circa 1930-2006
Boxes 72-74; OP3; BV6; OBV 4

Scope and Content Note

The photographs include portraits and snapshots of Lucille Clifton from the 1940s through 2006, as well as photographs of Clifton with others. The bulk of the series centers on Clifton's travels and career during the 1980s through the 2000s. These include photographs taken during the Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, Cave Canem, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and the Split Rock Arts Program. Many of the photographs also portray Clifton at various award ceremonies, including the New York Public Library's "Literary Lions" Evening, the Poet Laureate of Maryland ceremony, and the National Book Award dinners. A significant portion of this series documents relatives, friends, and intimate and professional partnerships Clifton developed throughout the years, including those with Gwendolyn Brooks, Michael Glaser, Josephine Jacobsen, Galway Kinnell, Maude Meehan, Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, and Sharon Olds, among others.

Photographs of other people and places include individual photographs of Lucille Clifton's acquaintances, friends, family, partners, and admirers from circa 1930s through 1997. The vast majority of these photographs are of friends and members of the Clifton family. There are a significant amount of photos of Clifton's unidentified extended family, the family of Michael Glaser, and other close friends.

Due to preservation concerns, photographs kept in an album compiled by Lucille Clifton have been removed and filed into the rest of the series. These photographs are denoted with the note, "originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album."

Photographs can also be found in Born digital materials (Series 11).

Arrangement Note

Photographs of Clifton are arranged in chronological order; photographs of other people and places are arranged in alphabetical order.

Lucille Clifton (1940-2003)
Box Folder Content
72 1 Clifton, Lucille, childhood photo, circa 1940s
72 2 Clifton, Lucille, portrait, 1953, [photographer, Stephen's Photographers]
72 3 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, dress rehearsal for unidentified play, Howard University, circa 1953-1955 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 4 Clifton, Lucille, portrait, circa 1960s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 5 Clifton, Lucille, publicity photo, circa 1960s
72 6 Clifton, Lucille, and Sharon Bell Mathis, circa 1970s, [photographer, John H. Cochran] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 7 Clifton, Lucille, June Jordan, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Phyllis Wheatley Poetry Festival, November 1973 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 8 Clifton, Lucille, and Harry Hughes, Poet Laureate of Maryland presentation, Maryland, 1979
72 9 Clifton, Lucille, Rosalynn Carter, and unidentified individual, The White House, January 1980, [Official White House Photograph] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 10 Clifton, Lucille, at podium, circa 1980s
OP3 18 Clifton, Lucille, portraits, circa 1980s, [photographer, Barbara Had]
72 11 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, children's literature class, George Washington University, circa 1980s
72 12 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, North Pole, Alaska, circa 1980s
72 13 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, poetry reading, Baltimore, Maryland, 1981
72 14 Clifton, Lucille, speaking at podium, unidentified event, November 9, 1983 (signed by Baltimore Mayor William Donald Shaefer) [photographer: Dennis J. Doda] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 15 Clifton, Lucille, feature photo, "Maryland Chapter and Verse" interview, 1984
72 16 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified daughter, Buffalo, New York, 1985, [photographer, Tommy Land]
72 17 Clifton, Lucille, publicity photo for Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir, 1969-1980, 1987, [photographer, Layle Silbert]
72 18 Clifton, Lucille, and Bethany, Eli, and Hannah, Santa Cruz, California, 1988
72 19 Clifton, Lucille, Rita Dove, 1988 [photographer, Fred Viebahn] [Originally filed in Series 1: Correspondence, with letter from Dove, June 10, 1998]
72 20 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individual, book signing for Everett Anderson's Goodbye, 1988
72 21 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, Essence Writer's Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas, 1988 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 22 Clifton, Lucille, May 1988
72 23 Clifton, Lucille, and Dan Johnson, Battery Park Reading, New York City, September 1988
72 24 Clifton, Lucille, and Carolyn Forche, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, October 1988
72 25 Clifton, Lucille, and Maude Meehan, and other, American Airlines terminal, unidentified airport, 1989
72 26 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii, 1989
72 27 Clifton, Lucille, and Eva Glaser, February 1989-June 1995
72 28 Clifton, Lucille, and Amira Glaser, St. Mary's College of Maryland, April 1989
72 29 Clifton, Lucille, and 18 Distinguished Writers, "Literary Lions" Evening at the New York Public Library, November 1989, [photographer, Mary Hilliard]
72 30 Clifton, Lucille, publicity photo, English Department, St. Mary's College, circa 1990s
72 31 Clifton, Lucille, reading at unidentified event, circa 1990s
72 32 Clifton, Lucille, snapshots, circa 1990s
72 33 Clifton, Lucille, unidentified poetry reading, circa 1990s, [photographer, Chris Witzgerald]
72 34 Clifton, Lucille, Allen Ginsberg, Galway Kinnell, Molly Peacock, and unidentified individuals, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 35 Clifton, Lucille and Amira Glaser, St. Mary's College Commencement, May, circa 1990s
72 36 Clifton, Lucille, Brenda Hillman, Galway Kinnell, Bob Hass, and Sharon Olds, circa 1990s, [photographer: Steven C. Wilson] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 37 Clifton, Lucille, Cornelius Eady, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and Ann Caston, circa 1990s, [photographer, Nancy Crampton] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 38 Clifton, Lucille, Derek Walcott, and Wayne Karlin, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 39 Clifton, Lucille, Edward T. Lewis, and Anne Osborn, various events, circa 1990s
72 40 Clifton, Lucille, and Edward T. Lewis, St. Mary's College of Maryland Commencement, circa 1990s
72 41 Clifton, Lucille, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Li-Young Lee, and unidentified individual, unidentified poetry reading, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 42 Clifton, Lucille, and Gerald Stern, circa 1990s, [photographer, Star Black] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 43 Clifton, Lucille, Gillian Clifton, and unidentified individuals, unidentified event, circa 1990s [photocopy]
72 44 Clifton, Lucille, and Gwendolyn Brooks, circa 1990s
72 45 Clifton, Lucille, Julian Bond, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at St. Mary's College, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 46 Clifton, Lucille, Mark Doty, and Amina Baraka, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 47 Clifton, Lucille and Mary Willette Hughes, circa 1990s
72 48 Clifton, Lucille, and Quincy Troupe, circa 1990s [photographer, Star Black] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 49 Clifton, Lucille, and Sekou Sundiata, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 50 Clifton, Lucille, and Sekou Sundiata, circa 1990s [photographer, Star Black] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 51 Clifton, Lucille, and Sharon Olds, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 52 Clifton, Lucille, Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, and unidentified individuals, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 53 Clifton, Lucille, Sonia Sanchez, Toi Derricotte, and Eugenia Collier, unidentified event, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 54 Clifton, Lucille, and Stanley Kunitz, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 55 Clifton, Lucille, and Toi Derricotte, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 56 Clifton, Lucille, and W.S. Merwin, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 57 Clifton, Lucille, Walter Mosely, and unidentified individual, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 58 Clifton, Lucille and unidentified family, various events, circa 1990s
72 59 Clifton, Lucille and unidentified individual, circa 1990s
72 60 Clifton, Lucille and unidentified individuals, circa 1990s [photographer, Austin Walmsley] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 61 Clifton, Lucille and unidentified individuals, in academic regalia after receiving honorary degree, circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
72 62 Clifton, Lucille and unidentified individuals, unidentified event, circa 1990s [photographic images printed on a home printer]
72 63 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individual, unidentified event, circa 1990s
72 64 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, unidentified event, circa 1990s
72 65 Clifton, Lucille, and Carolyn Forche, 1990
73 1 Clifton, Lucille, Edward T. Lewis, and unidentified individuals, Mardi Gras, St. Mary's College, 1990
73 2 Clifton, Lucille, Maude Meehan, and other, Earthquake Emporium, San Francisco, California, July 1990
73 3 Clifton, Lucille, Samuel Hazo, and unidentified other, Charity Randall Citation, International Poetry Forum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1991
73 4 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, unidentified event, Buffalo, New York, 1991
73 5 Clifton, Lucille, publicity photo sample, 1992, [photographer, Arthur Furst]
73 6 Clifton, Lucille, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, February 1992, [photographer, Bill Thompson]
73 7 Clifton, Lucille, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Waterloo, New Jersey, September 9, 1992 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 8 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individual, Maryland Day Awards, Loyola College, Maryland, 1993
73 9 Clifton, Lucille, receiving honorary doctorate, Alma College, Alma, Michigan, April 1993, [photographer, chvojka]
73 10 Clifton, Lucille, Carol Bender, Roseanne Hoefel, William Palmer, and unidentified individuals, Alma College Commencement, Alma, Minnesota, April 1993
73 11 Clifton, Lucille, Lee Orcutt Rohwer, and unidentified individuals, Split Rock Arts Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1993
73 12 Clifton, Lucille, and Linda [?], Split Rock Arts Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1993
73 13 Clifton, Lucille, Cedric Bryant, and unidentified individuals, Colby College Commencement, 1994
73 14 Clifton, Lucille, and Kathy Glaser, Maryland, February 1994
73 15 Clifton, Lucille, and Michael Glaser, Maryland, 1994
73 16 Clifton, Lucille, Ruby Odell, and unidentified individuals, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 1994
73 17 Clifton, Lucille, Susan Fitzgerald, and unidentified individuals, Fitzgerald's Class, 1994
73 18 Clifton, Lucille, Rose Ford, Shirley Slocumb, and Bev Monoi, Poetry Reading, The Bookshelf, February 1994, [photographer, Sondra Beuning]
73 19 Clifton, Lucille, Allen Ginsberg, and Michael Glaser, March 1994 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 20 Clifton, Lucille, and Coleman Barks, March 1994 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 21 Clifton, Lucille, Gerald Stern, and W.S. Merwin, April 23, 1994 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 22 Clifton, Lucille, Cornell West, and unidentified individuals, May 22, 1994 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 23 Clifton, Lucille, Stanley Kunitz, Michael Glaser, Eva Glaser, June 1994 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 24 Clifton, Lucille, Jimmy Baca, Robert Bly, Gary Snyder, and Bob Hass, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, September 1994
73 25 Clifton, Lucille, children's reading, Sartell Middle School, Sartell, Minnesota, circa 1995
73 26 Clifton, Lucille, publicity photos, 1995, [photographer, Rollie McKenna], [photocopy]
73 27 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, Project Row Houses reading, Houston, Texas, 1995
73 28 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 1995
73 29 Clifton, Lucille, Lisa Espenmiller, and Sherlyn Jimenez, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, July 1995
73 30 Clifton, Lucille, and Maude Meehan, Davenport Cash Store, Davenport, California, July 1995, [photographer, Lu Chan Hall]
73 31 Clifton, Lucille, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, July 1995 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 32 Clifton, Lucille, Roland Flint, Rosalind Flint, and Sean Kennedy, Columbia, MD, July 2, 1995 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
73 33 Clifton, Lucille, and Bev Morrisse, St. Cloud, Minnesota, November 1995
73 34 Clifton, Lucille, publicity photo, New York City, New York, 1996, [photographer, Lynn Saville]
73 35 Clifton, Lucille, Alexia Clifton, Gillian Clifton, and unidentified individuals, The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee, [1996]
73 36 Clifton, Lucille, and Hillary Clinton, White House, Washington D.C., April 1996
73 37 Clifton, Lucille, Kathy Glaser, Michael Glaser, Toni Morrison, Alicia Ostriker, and unidentified individuals, National Book Awards, New York, November 1996
73 38 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, National Book Award ceremony, November 1996
73 39 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, undergraduate class, Duke University, circa 1998
73 40 Clifton, Lucille, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, 1998
73 41 Clifton, Lucille, Evie Shockley, Sonia Sanchez, and unidentified individuals, Cave Canem, New York, and Duke University, 1998
73 42 Clifton, Lucille, Grant Hier, and unidentified individuals, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 1998
74 1 Clifton, Lucille, Poets House Poetry Walk, New York City, 1998
74 2 Clifton, Lucille, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, 1998, [photographer, Ruby O.]
74 3 Clifton, Lucille, Rita Dove, William Meredith, and unidentified individuals, The White House, April 22, 1998 [photographer, Fred Viebahn] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 4 Clifton, Lucille, and Adrienne Rich, May 1998 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 5 Clifton, Lucille, Sonia Sanchez, Ron Dorris, Cave Canem, June 1998 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 6 Clifton, Lucille, Sonia Sanchez, and unidentified individuals, Cave Canem, June 1998, [photographer, Erica Doyle]
74 7 Clifton, Lucille, and mother of Jane Hoffman, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, September 1998
74 8 Clifton, Lucille, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 1998, [photographer, Marie Evans]
74 9 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, unidentified event, 1999
74 10 Clifton, Lucille, contact sheet and proof copy, Poetry in America photo shoot, February 1999, [photographer, Point Five Design]
74 11 Clifton, Lucille, and Board of Directors for HoCoPoLitSo, July 1999, [photographer Pam Simonson]
74 12 Clifton, Lucille, Steve Martin, Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, and unidentified individuals, National Book Awards, November 1999 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 13 Clifton, Lucille, and Alicia Ostriker, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 14 Clifton, Lucille, and Derek Walcott, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 15 Clifton, Lucille, and Li-Young Lee, various, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 16 Clifton, Lucille, Mark Doty, and Eva Glaser, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 17 Clifton, Lucille, and other members of St. Mary's College faculty, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 18 Clifton, Lucille, and Philip Levine, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 19 Clifton, Lucille, Roland Flint, and unidentified individual, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 20 Clifton, Lucille, Sid (Clifton's daughter), Koti, and unidentified children, circa 2000s
74 21 Clifton, Lucille, Wayne Karlin, Edgar Silex, Kathy and Eva Glaser, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 22 Clifton, Lucille, and unidentified individuals, circa 2000s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 23 Clifton, Lucille, and Kenny Burrell, 2000 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
OBV4 - Clifton, Lucille, Alexia and Gillian Clifton, and unidentified individuals, National Book Award, photo album and scrapbook, November 15, 2000
BV6 - Clifton, Lucille and unidentified individuals, National Book Award, photo album, November 15, 2000
74 24 Clifton, Lucille, Alexia Clifton, Susan Sontag, Nathaniel Philbrick, Gloria Whelan, and unidentified individuals, National Book Award ceremony, New York City, New York, November 15, 2000
74 25 Clifton, Lucille, Alexia Clifton, Gillian Clifton, Kathy Glaser, and unidentified individuals, National Book Award, New York City, New York, November 15, 2000
74 26 Clifton, Lucille, and Mark Doty, National Book Awards Ceremony, New York City, New York, November 15, 2000 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 27 Clifton, Lucille, Brenda Hillman, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Li-Young Lee, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, July 2001 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 28 Clifton, Lucille, and David St. John, August 2001 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 29 Clifton, Lucille, Georgia Tech Poetry Reading, Atlanta, Georgia, circa 2002
74 30 Clifton, Lucille, George Evans, Michael Glaser, Daisy Zamora, and Wayne Karlin, 2002 [photocopy] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 31 Clifton, Lucille, and Robert Pinsky, 2002 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 32 Clifton, Lucille, Amira Baraka, and unidentified individuals, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, September 2002 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 33 Clifton, Lucille, Elizabeth Alexander, and unidentified other, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, September 2002 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 34 Clifton, Lucille, and Grace Paley, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, September 2002 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 35 Clifton, Lucille, Stanley Kunitz, and unidentified individuals, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, September 2002 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 36 Clifton, Lucille, casual restaurant snapshot, September 24, 2002 [originally filed in Series 1: Correspondence, September 26, 2002]
74 37 Clifton, Lucille, and Paul Winter, December 2002 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 38 Clifton, Lucille, Josephine Jacobsen, and unidentified individuals, Jacobsen honorary dinner, circa 2003
74 39 Clifton, Lucille, Derek Walcott, Quincy Troupe, and unidentified individuals, Key West Literary Seminar, January 2003 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 40 Clifton, Lucille, Derek Walcott, Quincy Troupe, and unidentified individuals, Key West Literary Seminar, January 2003
74 41 Clifton, Lucille, Karen Hinds, Michael Collier, and Elizabeth Spires, Tribute to Josephine Jacobsen, October 2003, [photographer, P. Simonson]
74 42 Clifton, Lucille, Stanley Kunitz, Mark Doty, Sharon Olds, Robert Pinsky, Galway Kinnell, C.K. Williams, Gerald Stern, Marie Howe, and Yusef Komunyakaa, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, 2004 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 43 Clifton, Lucille, Tom Brokaw, and unidentified individuals, Commencement ceremony, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June12, 2005 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 44 Clifton, Lucille, and Howard Zinn, April 26, 2006 [photographer, Don J. Usner] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
Other people and places [arranged alphabetically]
74 45 Berry, Michelle C., book premiere, December 1997
74 46 Billboard with Lucille Clifton Quote, no date
74 47 Cave Canem participants, 1999
74 48 Clifton, Alexia, Gillian Clifton, and unidentified individuals, unidentified events, 1990s
74 49 Fosdick-Masten Park High School, Class of 1953, 50th Reunion, 1993 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 50 Gandhi, Rajic, and wife, July 1994 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 51 Glaser, Eva, Michael, Kathy, and Amira Glaser, school photos, 1990s
74 52 Glaser, Michael, Allyson McGill, and Erica [?], Christmas Party, 1995
74 53 Goldberg, Whoopi, portrait, circa 1990s, [inscribed to Clifton] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 54 Hull, Akasha, and Jeannie W. Houston, August 31, 1995, [photographer, Lu Chen Hall] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 55 Kunitz, Stanley, and W.S. Merwin, unidentified event, September 1998 [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 56 Lewis, Edward T., unknown event, circa 1993
74 57 Literacy poster, Patrick Stewart holding Clifton's "quilting," circa 1990s [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 58 [?], Lu, unknown place, 1993
74 59 Meehan, Maude, and other, unidentified events, circa 1993
74 60 [?], Tara and Leslie, unknown convention, circa 1991
74 61 Redford, Robert, Sundance Film Festival, circa 1990s [photographer, Lucille Clifton] [originally part of Lucille Clifton's photograph album]
74 62 Unidentified family photos, circa 1930s-1980s
74 63 Unidentified individuals, various events, circa late 1980s-early 1990s
74 64 Unidentified individuals, Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, July 1995
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