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Series 5
William L. Patterson papers
Boxes 21 - 22

Scope and Content Note

This series contains writings of William L. Patterson and a small group of miscellaneous personal papers. A member of the American Communist Party, Patterson organized the Civil Rights Congress. He also worked with actor/singer Paul Robeson. Together Patterson and Robeson delivered the petition "We Charge Genocide" before the United Nations, charging the United States Government with genocide against African peoples. The writings primarily consist of holograph and typescript drafts of William L. Patterson's book, The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography (published 1971). It also includes typescripts of a small number of speeches and articles (1960-1969). Other papers include biographical materials, clippings, a small amount of correspondence (1927-1969), and mementos from birthday celebrations (1954, 1966).

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Writings
Box Folder Content
21 1 "Baseball Jimcrow"", carbon typescript with holograph corrections, 15 pp.
21 2 "For God's Sake Don't Become A Communist!" typescript with holograph corrections, dated "Final, January 6, 1967," 19 pp., typescript, 27 pp.
21 3 "The Government and Civil Rights", in "Some Aspects of the Black Liberation Struggle: Two Lectures", lecture at Harvard University, Afro-American Studies Department, October 6, 1969, with carbon typescript, 19 pp. Harvard University, Afro-American Studies Department, October 6, 1969, with carbon typescript, 19 pp. "Some Aspects of the Black Liberation Struggle: Two Lectures", lecture at
21 4 "I Go to the United Nations", carbon typescript with some corrections, 13 pp.
21 5 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: introduction
21 6 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: foreword
21 7 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: prologue
21 8 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 2
21 9 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 3
21 10 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 4
21 11 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 5
21 12 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 6
21 13 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 6
21 14 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 7
22 1 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 8
22 2 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 17
22 3 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 18
22 4 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography: chapter 19
22 5 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography, unidentified fragments
22 6 The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography, unidentified fragments
22 7 "Marching Through Mississippi", holograph notes and corrected draft, 21 pp.
22 8 "May Day, 1964", carbon typescript with some holograph corrections, 6 pp.
22 9 "May 1st, 1960, in Prague, Czechoslovakia", carbon typescript, 4 pp.
22 10 "Oppressive Legislation [?]", photocopied typescript with corrections, ca. 1975
Other papers
22 11 Award: Paul Robeson Memorial Medal, presented by The German Democratic Republic, Academy of Arts, April 6, 1978
22 12 Biographical material
22 13 Certificate of Admission as an Attorney and Counselor (New York), William L. Patterson, January 14, 1924
22 14 Clippings of writings by William L. Patterson
22 15 Clippings regarding William L. Patterson
22 16 Correspondence, 1927-1979
22 17 Death certificate, William L. Patterson, 1980
22 18 Huey P. Newton defense team
22 19 Letterhead stationery
22 20 Press release: Civil Rights Congress, denouncing death sentence of Ethel Rosenberg and Julius Rosenberg
22 21 Seventy-fifth birthday, 1966
22 22 Sixty-third birthday, 1954
22 23 Voter registration card, 1968
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