LOMAX, ALMENA.
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Subseries 2.1c
The Women of Montgomery, 1956-2007 [bulk 1990s and 2000s]
Boxes 16 - 25 and OP 16 - 18

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of drafts and other materials relating to Lomax's unpublished work The Women of Montgomery, a novelized account of Lomax's life from childhood through the 1960s. Although the names have been changed in some versions, the crux of the novel is autobiographical in nature. The Women of Montgomery centers on Lomax's trips to the South to cover the civil rights movement as a journalist, including Lomax's reminiscences of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and of Martin Luther King, Jr. Much of the novel focuses on how Lomax and her children navigated the Jim Crow South during their travels in the early 1960s. The novel also includes numerous chapters describing Lomax's childhood in Los Angeles. In addition, some of the earlier drafts describe Lomax's first job on the staff of the California Eagle, an African American newspaper under the editorship of Charlotta A. Bass.

The subseries contains complete typescript drafts of The Women of Montgomery, which are the most complete versions of the work found in the collection, as well as incomplete typescript drafts and separate typescript chapter drafts. Each complete and incomplete typescript draft was assigned an arbitrary number; these numbers do not reflect the chronological order in which the drafts were created. Also included are early drafts with variant titles. Some of the drafts were corrected by Melanie Lomax, and there is evidence that drafts were also circulated among Lomax's other children. The bulk of the drafts are undated; it appears that Lomax began working on sections of the book as early as the 1960s and continued to write and revise it through the early 2000s.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by completeness of draft, then in alphabetical order.

Early drafts with variant titles
Box Folder Content
16 5 Early drafts, unidentified loose pages, no date [1 of 4]
16 6 Early drafts, unidentified loose pages, no date [2 of 4]
OP16 - Early drafts, unidentified loose pages, no date [3 of 4]
OP17 - Early drafts, unidentified loose pages, no date [4 of 4]
16 7 Early drafts, unidentified loose pages, fragments, no date
16 8 I Go Crying Love, typescript draft [uncorrected], no date
16 9 Journey to the Beginning, typescript draft [corrected], no date
16 10 Last Tag, complete typescript draft, chapters 1-9 [corrected], no date
17 1 Last Tag, complete typescript draft, chapters 10-21 [corrected], no date
17 2 Last Tag, complete typescript draft, chapters 22-25 [corrected], no date
17 3 Last Tag, incomplete typescript draft, chapters 1-10 [corrected], no date
17 4 Last Tag, chapter 18, typescript drafts [uncorrected], no date
17 5 Last Tag, chapter 21, typescript draft [uncorrected], no date
17 6 Last Tag, chapter 24, typescript draft [uncorrected], no date
17 7 Last Tag, unidentified loose pages, no date
17 8 Not Quite Kennedys, typescript draft, chapters 1-8 [corrected by Melanie Lomax], no date
17 9 Not Quite Kennedys, typescript draft, chapters 9-16 [corrected by Melanie Lomax], no date
17 10 Not Quite Kennedys, chapter 1, typescript drafts [corrected], no date
17 11 Not Quite Kennedys, chapter 1, typescript drafts [uncorrected], no date
18 1 On the Avenue, typescript drafts [corrected], no date
18 2 The Trips, typescript draft [corrected], May 27, 2003
18 3 What Every Negro Knows, typescript drafts [corrected], no date
Complete typescript drafts of The Women of Montgomery
18 4 Draft [1], chapters 1-13 [corrected], no date
18 5 Draft [1], chapters 14-30 [corrected], no date
18 6 Draft [1], chapters 32-40 [corrected], no date
18 7 Draft [2], chapters 2-12 [corrected], no date
19 1 Draft [2], chapters 13-21 [corrected], no date
19 2 Draft [2], chapters 25-36 [corrected], no date
19 3 Draft [2], chapters 37-40 [corrected], no date
19 4 Draft [3], chapters 6-17 [corrected], no date
19 5 Draft [3], chapters 18-29 [corrected], no date
19 6 Draft [3], chapters 30-40 [corrected], no date
20 1 Draft [4], chapters 3-16, 20-22 [corrected], no date
20 2 Draft [4], chapters 23-40 [corrected], no date
20 3 Draft [5], chapters 1-13 [corrected], no date
20 4 Draft [5], chapters 14-24 [corrected], no date
20 5 Draft [5], chapters 25-33 [corrected], no date
Incomplete typescript drafts of The Women of Montgomery
20 6 Draft [1], chapters 1-12 [corrected], 2003
21 1 Draft [1], chapters 15-16, 18-19, 21-23 [corrected], 2003
21 2 Draft [1], chapters 24[?]-29[?] [corrected], 2003
21 3 Draft [2], chapters 1-5 [corrected], no date
21 4 Draft [3], chapters 2[?]-21 [corrected], no date
21 5 Draft [3], chapters 22-30 [corrected], no date
21 6 Draft [4], chapters 2, 4-5, 7, 9, 12-14, 16-17 [corrected], no date
21 7 Draft [4], chapters 20-24, 30-31, 35 [corrected], no date
21 8 Draft [5], chapters 2 and 3 [corrected], no date
21 9 Draft [6], chapters 4[?]-21 [corrected], no date
22 1 Draft [7], chapters 4-6 [corrected], no date
22 2 Draft [8], chapters 5-7, 11 [corrected], no date
22 3 Draft [9], chapters 11-12, 25, 31 [corrected], April 11, 2007
22 4 Draft [10], chapters 17-25 [corrected by Melanie Lomax], no date
22 5 Draft [10], chapters 26-30 [corrected by Melanie Lomax], no date
22 6 Draft [11], chapters 34-36, 39 [corrected], no date
22 7 Draft [12], unidentified partial chapters [corrected], April 14, 2007
Separate typescript chapter drafts
22 8 Chapter 2, no date
22 9 Chapter 3, no date
22 10 Chapter 4, no date
22 11 Chapter 5, no date
22 12 Chapter 6, no date
22 13 Chapter 7, no date
22 14 Chapter 8, March 27, 2006
22 15 Chapter 10, no date
22 16 Chapter 11, no date
22 17 Chapter 12, no date
22 18 Chapter 13, no date
22 19 Chapter 15, no date
22 20 Chapter 16, no date
22 21 Chapter 18, no date
22 22 Chapter 19, no date
22 23 Chapter 21, no date
22 24 Chapter 22, no date
22 25 Chapter 23, no date
22 26 Chapter 25, no date
23 1 Chapter 26, no date
23 2 Chapter 27, no date
23 3 Chapter 28, no date
23 4 Chapter 29, no date
23 5 Chapter 30, no date
23 6 Chapter 32, no date
23 7 Chapter 35, no date
Other materials
23 8 Civil rights movement research file, circa 1956-2003
OP18 - Civil rights movement research file, circa 1956-2003
23 9 Editorial comments by Melanie Lomax, no date
23 10 "Houston," excerpt from The Women of Montgomery, typescript draft [corrected], no date
23 11 Notes, no date
23 12 "On the Avenue, Central Avenue," excerpt from The Women of Montgomery, typescript draft [corrected], no date
23 13 Unidentified loose pages, no date [1 of 9]
23 14 Unidentified loose pages, no date [2 of 9]
23 15 Unidentified loose pages, no date [3 of 9]
24 1 Unidentified loose pages, no date [4 of 9]
24 2 Unidentified loose pages, no date [5 of 9]
24 3 Unidentified loose pages, no date [6 of 9]
24 4 Unidentified loose pages, no date [7 of 9]
24 5 Unidentified loose pages, no date [8 of 9]
25 1 Unidentified loose pages, no date [9 of 9]
25 2 Unidentified loose pages, fragments, no date [1 of 2]
25 3 Unidentified loose pages, fragments, no date [2 of 2]
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