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Series 3
Langston Hughes materials
Boxes 17-18

Scope and Content Note

The Langston Hughes materials consist of correspondence, writings, and a small group of items about Langston Hughes. The correspondence consists primarily of original letters to Louise Thompson Patterson, 1932-1962, and a small group of photocopied letters from other repositories, 1932-1966. The writings consist of works of drama; poetry, including a number of typescripts signed by the author; and a small number of works of prose, ca. 1937-1949. The items about Langston Hughes include clippings, programs, a broadside, and materials relating to a film project, "Langston Hughes: Poet of the People", which includes the typescript of an interview with Louise Thompson Patterson.

Arrangement Note

Correspondence is arranged in chronological order, and writings are alphabetical by title.

Correspondence
Box Folder Content
17 1 Hughes to Patterson, February 4, 19[??], ALS, 2pp.
17 2 Hughes to Patterson, November 3, 19[??], TNS, post card
17 3 Hughes to Patterson, December 14, 19[??], TLS with AN, 1 p.
17 4 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS with AN, 1p.
17 5 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS with AN, 2 pp.
17 6 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS, 1 p.
17 7 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., ANS, 2 pp.
17 8 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS, 1 p.
17 9 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS, 1 p.
17 10 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS, 1 p.
17 11 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS, 1 p.
17 12 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TLS, greeting card, with ANS
17 13 Hughes to Patterson, n.d., TL, 1 p.
17 14 Hughes to [Patterson?], n.d., Wassili N.Jakowlew print of "Partisan" with ANS
17 15 Hughes to Patterson, December 30, 1932, ANS, post card
17 16 Hughes to Patterson, July 26, [1937?], ANS, post card
17 17 Hughes to Patterson, September 1937, TN with "Post Card From Madrid: Addressed to Alabama", first draft with ANS, post card [See also Series 3: "Post Card From Madrid"] Hughes to Patterson, September 1937, TN with
17 18 Hughes to Patterson, September 26, 1937, TLS, 1 p.
17 19 Hughes to Patterson, October 4, 1937, TLS, 1 p.
17 20 Hughes to Patterson, October 13, 1937, TLS, 1 p.
17 21 Hughes to Patterson, July 12, 1938, ALS, 1 p.
17 22 Hughes to Patterson, July 16, 1938, ANS, 4 pp. with envelope
17 23 Hughes to Patterson, September 2, 1938, greeting card with ANS
17 24 Hughes to Patterson, January 14, 1939, TLS, 1 p.
17 25 Hughes to Patterson, January 29, 1939, TLS, 2 pp.
17 26 Hughes to Patterson, February 14, 1939, news clipping with envelope
17 27 Hughes to Patterson, August 2, 1939, ANS, post card
17 28 Hughes to Patterson, December 4, 1939, TLS with holograph notes in margins, 1 p.
17 29 Hughes to Patterson, January 19, 1940, TLS, 1 p.
17 30 Hughes to Patterson, April 10, 1940, ANS, post card
17 31 Hughes to Patterson, August 11, 1940, TL with ANS, 4 pp. with envelope
17 32 Hughes to Patterson, December 4, 1940, TLS, 1 p.
17 33 Hughes to Patterson, January 6, 1941, TLS, 1 p.
17 34 Hughes to Patterson, January 25, 1941, ALS, 2 pp. with envelope
17 35 Hughes to Patterson, March 10, 1941, TLS with holograph notes in margins, 2 pp.
17 36 Hughes to Patterson, March 29, 1941, clipping with ANS and envelope
17 37 Hughes to Patterson, May 8, 1941, TLS, 1 p.
17 38 Hughes to Patterson, June 17, 1941, 1 p. with envelope
17 39 Hughes to Patterson, November 5, 1941, 1 p.
17 40 Hughes to Patterson, November 11, 1941, TLS, 1 p. with envelope
17 41 Hughes to MaryLouise Patterson, March 1943, TLS, 1 p., "Where the Armies Passed", with dedication and signature, typescript, 1 p.; first draft of first stanza in Hughes' hand and dated 2 March 1943 Hughes to MaryLouise Patterson, March 1943, TLS, 1 p.,
17 42 Hughes to Patterson and William L. Patterson, April 15, 1943, ANS
17 43 Hughes to Doris, February 6, 1959, TL (carbon) with ANS to LTP
17 44 Hughes to Patterson, October 14, 1959, TLS with AN, 1 p.
17 45 Hughes to Patterson, November 1, 1961, TNS, post card
17 46 Hughes to Patterson, December 6, 1961, with wedding announcement [Mary Louise Patterson], 1961
17 47 Hughes to Patterson, June 16, 1962, ANS, post card
17 48 Hughes to Patterson, envelopes
17 49 LTP to Hughes and Hughes to LTP, 1930-1966 and undated, photocopies from originals in The Yale University Library
17 50 Mary Louise Patterson to Hughes, 1952-1962, photocopies from originals in The Yale University Library
17 51 William L. Patterson to Hughes and Hughes to William L. Patterson, 1938-1964, photocopies from originals in The Yale University Library
Writings: Drama
18 1 Harlem Suitcase Theatre skits: "Limitations of Life", carbon typescript, 3 pp; "Don't You Want To Be Free", copy, 1 p.; and "Join Hands with Me", copy, 1 p. [See also Series 1: "Harlem Suitcase Theatre"] Harlem Suitcase Theatre skits: "Don't You Want To Be Free", copy, 1 p.; and "Join Hands with Me", copy, 1 p. [See also Series 1: "Harlem Suitcase Theatre"]
18 2 "Limitations of Life", a satire on the movie "Imitation of Life," script, carbon typescript, 4 pp.
18 3 "Scottsboro Limited", photocopy of printed script, 10 pp.
18 4 "Soul Gone Home", a one-act play, corrected typescript, 8 pp.
Writings: Poems
18 5 "The Backlash Blues", photocopied typescript with dedication and signature, 1 p.
18 6 "Battle Ground", carbon typescript, 1 p.
18 7 "Goodmorning, Stalingrad", 2nd draft, carbon typescript, 2 pp.
18 8 "Goodmorning, Stalingrad", 5th draft, dated January 18, 1943, corrected typescript with greeting, 3 pp.
18 9 "Hero: International Brigade", carbon typescript with note: "not for publication," 1937, 1 p.
18 10 "Just an Ordinary Guy", carbon typescript with note and signature, 2 pp.
18 11 "Letter from Spain: Addressed to Alabama", typescript, 1937, 1 p.
18 12 "Love Letter from Spain: Addressed to Alabama", typescript, 1937, 1 p.
18 13 "High to Low" and "Low to High", reprints, Midwest Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, Summer 1949, pp. 25-26 with dedication, note, and signature, 2 pp. "Low to High", reprints, Midwest Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, Summer 1949, pp. 25-26 with dedication, note, and signature, 2 pp.
18 14 "Lumumba's Grave", carbon typescript with typed note: "Already submitted for publication. Do not print elsewhere. L.H.," 1 p.
18 15 "Madrid, 1937", carbon typescript with greeting and signature, 1937, 2 pp.
18 16 "Mayakowsky's Cuban Poems", (includes introduction, "Nanking Road" and "Black and White"), Langston Hughes's free verse literal adaptations of Mayakowsky's poems, corrected typescript, 7 pp. Langston Hughes's free verse literal adaptations of Mayakowsky's poems, corrected typescript, 7 pp.
18 17 "The Mitchell Case", typescript, 1 p.
18 18 "Poem to Uncle Sam", carbon typescript with note and envelope, 1 p.
18 19 "Post Card from Madrid: Addressed to Alabama", typescript, 1937, 1 p. [See also Series 2: Hughes to LTP, September 1937]
18 20 "Simple's Soliloquy from 'Hamlet'", typescript with note, 1 p.
18 21 "Soldiers in Ethiopia", by Nicolas Guillen, translated from Spanish by Langston Hughes, 1937, typescript, 2 pp. Nicolas Guillen, translated from Spanish by Langston Hughes, 1937, typescript, 2 pp.
18 22 "Song for Ourselves", carbon typescript, 1 p.
18 23 "Stalingrad: 1942", carbon typescript, 3 pp.
18 24 "To Captain Mulzac", [as read at the Mulzac Dinner, Hotel Commodore, January 12, 1943], carbon typescript with notes, 1 p. Hotel Commodore, January 12, 1943], carbon typescript with notes, 1 p.
Writings: Prose
18 25 "Concerning Goodbye Christ", carbon typescript with notation: "immediate release," 4 pp.
18 26 "The Duke Plays for Russia", carbon typescript with notation: "Chicago Defender-Immediate Release," 3 pp. Chicago Defender-Immediate Release," 3 pp.
18 27 "My Adventures as a Social Poet", reprint, Phylon, vol. 8, no. 3, 1947 Phylon, vol. 8, no. 3, 1947
18 28 "Negroes in Spain", [1 of 2], ("A proposed booklet to be made up of articles written in Spain (and pictures) sent to the Baltimore Afro-American, the Associated Press, and various magazines in the United States"), carbon typescript, includes table of contents, 1 p.; introduction, 4 pp.; "Air-Raid in Barcelona", 5pp.; "The Road to Spain", 6 pp.; "Negroes in Spain", 5 pp.; "Moors in Spain", 4 pp.; "Madrid: City Under Fire", 5 pp., "In the Trenches of Madrid", 4 pp. "The International Brigade", 5 pp.; "Lieutenant Walter Garland in Command", 11 pp.; "Food for the Fifteen Hundred: Abraham Lewis", 3 pp.; "Pittsburgh Boy Cited for Bravery in Spain", 3 pp.; "St Louis Citizen Taken for a Moor", 2 pp. with envelope Spain (and pictures) sent to the Associated Press, and various magazines in the United States"), carbon typescript, includes table of contents, 1 p.; introduction, 4 pp.; Baltimore Afro-American, the "Air-Raid in Barcelona", 5pp.; "The Road to Spain", 6 pp.; "Negroes in Spain", 5 pp.; "Moors in Spain", 4 pp.; "Madrid: City Under Fire", 5 pp., "In the Trenches of Madrid", 4 pp. "The International Brigade", 5 pp.; "Lieutenant Walter Garland in Command", 11 pp.; "Food for the Fifteen Hundred: Abraham Lewis", 3 pp.; "Pittsburgh Boy Cited for Bravery in Spain", 3 pp.; "St Louis Citizen Taken for a Moor", 2 pp. with envelope
18 29 "Negroes in Spain", [2 of 2], typescript with corrections 16 pp.; also includes "Barcelona", typescript, 5 pp.; "Port-Bou", 1 p, [fragment] and "black warriors, 1" photocopied typescript, 7 p. "Barcelona", typescript, 5 pp.; "Port-Bou", 1 p, [fragment] and "black warriors, 1" photocopied typescript, 7 p.
18 30 "Separate Boxes", corrected carbon typescript with notation: New York Post, 4 pp. New York Post, 4 pp.
Materials Regarding Langston Hughes
18 31 Audience questionnaire, Negro People's Theatre
18 32 Book jackets [Faith Berry, Langston Hughes: Before and Beyond Harlem and unidentified fragment] Faith Berry,
18 33 Broadside, "Making Words: Sing, Talk and Dance," publicity for joint program of Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, Los Angeles, 1938
18 34 Clippings
18 35 Clippings: reviews
18 36 Flyer for "Black Nativity" [2 copies, one with ANS], Broadway performance, n.d.
18 37 Invitation to join The Langston Hughes Society, 1982
18 38 Johnson, Dorothy V., "Langston Hughes", typescript, 3 pp. Johnson, Dorothy V.,
18 39 "Langston Hughes: Poet of the People", printed lesson plan with ANS, 1933
18 40 "Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper", film project of the New York Center for Visual History [directed by Saint Claire Bourne], correspondence, transcript of interview with Louise Thompson Patterson regarding Langston Hughes, miscellaneous printed matter, 1985 New York Center for Visual History [directed by Saint Claire Bourne], correspondence, transcript of interview with Louise Thompson Patterson regarding Langston Hughes, miscellaneous printed matter, 1985
18 41 Obituaries, memorial service program, 1967
18 42 Post card, announcement of International Interdisciplinary Conference on Langston Hughes, City College of New York, 17-19 November 1988
18 43 Program and announcement for joint program, Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, 7 December 1938
18 44 Programs, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Heritage Weekend 1991 celebrating Langston Hughes, 1-2 February 1991
18 45 Programs, theatre productions: "Front Porch," the Gilpin Players; "Mule Bone," Lincoln Center Theater, 1991 [brochure and Playbill]
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