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Series 1
Correspondence and personal papers, 1953-2016
Boxes 1 - 5, 46 and 59

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of Paul Carter Harrison's correspondence and personal papers from 1953-2016. Correspondence contains personal and professional letters, including letters between Harrison and his daughter Fonteyn Harrison and his previous wives: Dutch actress, Ria Vroemen, and author, Carla van Splunteren. Correspondence also includes letters between Harrison and artists in theater and film such as Pearl Cleage, Gilbert Moses and Sheldon Patinkin as well as correspondence with publishing houses; professional organizations such as the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.; and institutions where he was employed including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Columbia College in Chicago.

Personal papers consist primarily of playwright and commission agreements, as well as service and production contracts for projects including Dixie Pike; The Death of Boogie Woogie; Deejay Tonight; Doctor Jazz; The Great MacDaddy; the Children's Television International series, Getting to Know Me; the screenplay, Youngblood; and books such as Chuck Stuart's Jazz Files and In the Shadow of the Great White Way: Images from the Black Theater. Contractors include Universal Pictures, the New Federal Theater, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Crossroads Theater Company and the Black Theater Troupe. The series also includes other legal records, royalty statements, tax documents, and records relating to Harrison's employment.

Arrangement Note

Correspondence is arranged in chronological order and personal papers are arranged in alphabetical order.

Scope and Content Note The series consists of Paul Carter Harrison's correspondence and personal papers from 1953-2016. Correspondence contains personal and professional letters, including letters between Harrison and his daughter Fonteyn Harrison and his previous wives: Dutch actress, Ria Vroemen, and author, Carla van Splunteren. Correspondence also includes letters between Harrison and artists in theater and film such as Pearl Cleage, Gilbert Moses and Sheldon Patinkin as well as correspondence with publishing houses; professional organizations such as the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.; and institutions where he was employed including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Columbia College in Chicago. Personal papers consist primarily of playwright and commission agreements, as well as service and production contracts for projects including Dixie Pike; The Death of Boogie Woogie; Deejay Tonight; Doctor Jazz; The Great MacDaddy; the Children's Television International series, Getting to Know Me; the screenplay, Youngblood; and books such as Chuck Stuart's Jazz Files and In the Shadow of the Great White Way: Images from the Black Theater. Contractors include Universal Pictures, the New Federal Theater, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Crossroads Theater Company and the Black Theater Troupe. The series also includes other legal records, royalty statements, tax documents, and records relating to Harrison's employment.
Correspondence
Box Folder Content
1 1 1963-1969
1 2 1970
1 3 1971
1 4 1972
1 5 1973
1 6 1974
2 1 1975-1976
2 2 1977-1979
2 3 1980
2 4 1981
2 5 1982-1983
3 1 1984
3 2 1985
3 3 1986
3 4 1987-1989
3 5 1990-1991
3 6 1992-1993
4 1 1994-1996
4 2 1997
4 3 1998-1999
4 4 2000-2006
46 1 2007-2014
4 5 Envelopes, empty
4 6 No date [1 of 2]
4 7 No date [2 of 2]
Personal papers
4 8 Academic records, 1953-1965
4 9 Biographies and curricula vitae of Harrison, 1962-1989
4 10 Contracts and agreements, 1968-1979
5 1 Contracts and agreements, 1980-1989
5 2 Contracts and agreements, 1990-1999
5 3 Contracts and agreements, 2000-2006
46 2 Contracts and agreements, 2008-2012
5 4 Copyright documents, 1989
5 5 Drama of Nommo, 1973 [papers related to publication]
5 6 Financial records, 1966-1993
5 7 Housing and property, 1981-1984
5 8 Legal documents, 1970-2002
5 9 Medical records, 1991-1993
59 12 National Black Theatre, Teer Pioneer Award, 2016
5 10 Notes, no date
5 11 Notices of appointment and separation, 1972-1980
5 12 Royalty statements, 1973-1990
46 3 Sketch of Harrison, 1993
5 13 Tax documents, 1973-1995
46 4 Travel, 2002
5 14 Vehicle title, 1973
5 15 Writers' Guild of America, 1976, 1989
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