Subseries 2.2
Writings about Harleston, circa 1960-2005
Boxes 16-18

Scope and Content Note

Writings contain both published and unpublished biographies of Harleston written by Edwina Whitlock, Mae Gentry, and Edward Ball between 1960 and 2005. Materials include correspondence, outlines, notes, legal agreements, partial and complete typescript drafts, and printed material relating to exhibits produced in conjunction with the writings.

"The Harleston Project" (1960-1997) documents the collaboration between Edwina Whitlock and her daughter Mae Gentry on an unpublished biography of Edwin Harleston. Materials include editor information, outlines, and typescripts, many of which are written by Mae in Edwina's voice. This project evolved into the more formulated (but also unpublished) biography Companions in Time: The Art of Edwin and Elise Harleston. For more information on the material gathered for this biography, including interviews and research notes, see Subseries 2.1: Research files.

Material on Edwina Whitlock's 1983 catalogue essay "Edwin A. Harleston: Painter of an Era" pertains both to the essay and to the exhibit for which it was written, produced by Your Heritage House in Detroit for the 101st anniversary of Harleston's birth. Much of this section consists of printed material and notes relating to the exhibit.

The section on Edward Ball's The Sweet Hell Inside (2001) includes correspondence, proposals, typescripts, and interview transcripts with Edwina Whitlock and others who knew Harleston or the family. Other material pertains to authorship disputes between Ball and Whitlock.

The final section of this series pertains to Mae Gentry's unpublished Companions in Time: The Art of Edwin and Elise Harleston (variant title Edwin and Elise: The Love Letters of Two African-American Artists). This section contains correspondence, book proposals, and drafts from circa 2001-2005. The majority of the material consists of typescripts featuring the correspondence between Edwin and Elise Harleston.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.

Edwina Whitlock and Mae Gentry, "The Harleston Project," circa 1960-1997 (unpublished
Box Folder Content
16 1 Agreement between Edwina Harleston Whitlock and Mae Whitlock Gentry, 1997
16 2 Independent Editors Group, 1997
16 3 Introductions and forwards
16 4 Outlines [1 of 2]
16 5 Outlines [2 of 2]
16 6 Travel for project, 1982-1991
16 7 Typescript fragments
16 8 Typescripts [1 of 7]
16 9 Typescripts [2 of 7]
16 10 Typescripts [3 of 7]
16 11 Typescripts [4 of 7]
16 12 Typescripts [5 of 7]
16 13 Typescripts [6 of 7]
16 14 Typescripts [7 of 7]
Edwina Whitlock, biographical sketch in "Edwin A. Whitlock: Painter of an Era," exhibit catalogue (1983)
16 15 Correspondence, 1980-1985
16 16 Exhibit material, 1983-1984
16 17 Published catalogue, 1983
16 18 Typescripts, Parts 1-2
17 1 Typescripts, Parts 3-6
17 2 Typescript, complete draft, 1982
17 3 Typescript, complete draft, circa 1983
17 4 Typescript fragments
Edward Ball, The Sweet Hell Inside: The Rise of an Elite Black Family in the Segregated South
17 5 Authorship Collaboration Agreement, 1998
17 6 Authorship Collaboration Agreement, notes and correspondence, 2001
17 7 Correspondence, 1999
17 8 International Creative Management, agent agreement, circa 1998
17 9 Interviews, contacts, 1998-1999
17 10 Interviews, Edwina Whitlock, 1998
17 11 Interviews, Edwina Whitlock, 1999
17 12 Interviews, Edwina Whitlock, handwritten notes, 1998-2000
17 13 Interviews, letters of introduction, 1999
17 14 Proposals, 1998
17 15 Typescript, April 29, 2000
18 1 Typescript, May 1, 2000
18 2 Typescript, May 24, 2000
18 3 Typescript, June 21, 2000
Mae Gentry, Companions in Time: The Art of Edwin and Elise Harleston (circa 2001-2005) (unpublished)
18 4 Correspondence, 2005
18 5 Proposals and project descriptions [1 of 2]
18 6 Proposals and project descriptions [2 of 2]
18 7 Typescripts [1 of 5]
18 8 Typescripts [2 of 5]
18 9 Typescripts [3 of 5]
18 10 Typescripts [4 of 5]
18 11 Typescripts [5 of 5]
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