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Series 4
Subject files, 1968-2010 [bulk 1990-2004]
Boxes 66-68, OP1

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of files collected and organized by Nathaniel Mackey from 1968-2010. The majority of the files consist of articles and writings by and about literary contemporaries of Mackey including Antler (Brad Burdick), Robert Duncan, and Wilson Harris, who was the focus of the issue of Callalloo that Mackey edited. While most of the named subjects in this series are writers, there are also files on historians, musicians, and anthropologists including Leo Frobenius. Included in this series are Mackey’s solicitations for submissions from his contemporaries for the Callaloo issue on Wilson Harris that Mackey edited. There are also biographies and curricula vitae for these writers. In addition, there are materials relating to Mackey's professional life including information about his professorial promotions and tenure, his curricula vitae, contracts for speaking engagements and publishing ventures, and correspondence with publishers on his writings including Gassire's Lute. Materials on his applications and awards of grants from the California Arts Council to support his journal Hambone are also included. There are materials from Mackey's work at the University of Southern California as an adjunct professor including syllabi and background materials for his classes on literature and AllUsWe newsletter issues as well as later syllabi from his class on Literature and Jazz. Also, there are documents on his Whiting Foundation award for Djbot Baghostus’s Runs and School of Udhra I, and his National Book Award for Splay Anthem in 2007. Included are several drawings and pages of sheet music as well as a number of worksheets for a program called "Exercises for Ear," that Mackey worked on with Dave Barrett, a Bay Area musician, to organize writers and composers to come up with compositions, one of which is a recording of Udhrite Amendment found in the Writings series.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
66 1 Aub, Max, 1975, 1979
66 2 Almino, Joao, 1994-1997
66 3 Antler (Brad Burdick), 2000-2004
66 4 Art, photographs and photocopies, undated
66 5 Awards, 1993, 2007
OP1 7 Awards, 2007
66 6 Brathwaite, Edward Kamau, 1982, 1987
66 7 Callaloo, 1992-2000
66 8 Callaloo, Wilson Harris issue, biographies and curricula vitae, 1992
66 9 Class materials, Caribbean Literature, 1977, undated
66 10 Class material, Literature and Jazz, 2003
66 11 Coleman, Steve, 1997
66 12 Contracts, 1985-2008
66 13 Curriculum Vitae, 1991
66 14 Duncan, Robert, 1968-1983
67 1 "Exercises for Ear," New Langston Arts, 1991
67 2 Forbes, Joyce Hayes, 1992
67 3 Franklin, Gene, "photograph for interview," undated
67 4 Frobenius, Leo, undated
67 5 Guest lectures and position acceptances, 1998-2001, 2010
67 6 Grant application, California Arts Council, 1990-1995
67 7 Grant application, California Arts Council, 1995-1996
67 8 Gysin, Fritz, 2000-2002
67 9 Harris, Wilson, writings about Harris, 1979-1993
67 10 Harris, Wilson, writings by Harris, 1970-1992
67 11 Lewis, Krishna, 1993
67 12 Mailing List, Alcatraz, undated
67 13 Mailing List, Before Columbus Foundation, undated
67 14 Maxwell, Barry, 2000
67 15 Nielsen, Aldon Lynn, 2000
67 16 Photographs, personal, undated
68 3 Sheet music and pieces, 1988, undated
OP1 8 Sheet music, Glenn Spearman and Hafez Modirzadeh, 1993, 1997, 2004
68 4 Spady, James G., 1993-2000
68 5 Travel materials, 2003-2010
68 6 University of California-Santa Cruz, endorsements for tenure and promotion, 1981, 1986-1987, 1995
68 7 University of California Press, correspondence and Gassire's Lute, 1979-1981
68 8 University of Iowa Press, 1985-1986
68 9 University of Southern California, 1978
68 10 Rodney, Walter, 1980-1981