PHILLIPS, J. J., 1944-
J.J. Phillips family papers, 1867-2003

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Phillips, J. J., 1944-
Title: J.J. Phillips family papers, 1867-2003
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 970
Extent: 7.875 linear feet (14 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of J.J. Phillips, Black woman writer, poet, and editor, including correspondence, manuscript and typescript writings, printed materials, writings by other authors, photographs, personal papers, and family papers.
Language:Materials entirely in English, Arabic, and French.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Printed or manuscript music in this collection that is still under copyright protection and is not in the Public Domain may not be photocopied or photographed. Researchers must provide written authorization from the copyright holder to request copies of these materials.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

J.J. Phillips Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Source

Purchased from Serendipity Books, on behalf of J.J. Phillips, 2003.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], J.J. Phillips family papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of African American Collections, Randall Burkett, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American literature. During processing in 2021, a vinyl record of Porgy and Bess was removed from the collection and discarded. Appraisal decisions were made by processing archivist Monet Lewis-Timmons in consultation with Head of Collection Processing, Sarah Quigley.

Processing

Arranged and described at the file level by Monet Lewis-Timmons, 2021. Lewis-Timmons determined the series structure of the collection but retained Phillips' original order within folders and transcribed titles when possible. The archivist also provided standardized classifications for record types within series.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

J.J. Phillips (1944-), Black woman novelist, poet, and editor, was born April 2, 1944, as Jane Julia Phillips to writer and inventor James T. Phillips, Jr. and educator Florence Russell Phillips in Los Angeles, California. Phillips attended and graduated from Immaculate Heart High School (Los Angeles, California) in 1961. She attended Immaculate Heart College (Los Angeles, California) until 1962 but was expelled for participating in voter registration and the lunch counter sit-ins at the Howard Johnson restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina.

At the age of 22, Phillips published her first novel, Mojo Hand (1966), through Trident Press. In 1986, Berkeley's City Miner Books republished the novel as Mojo Hand: An Orphic Tale. Phillips worked in the manuscript division as an archivist at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, where she processed the papers of writer and poet Richard Brautigan, which inspired her 2002 poem "Apoptosis, or Brautigan's Brains." In 1989, she served as editor and writer for the Bay Area multicultural literary magazine Before Columbus Review where she worked with writer Ishmael Reed. In 1996, Phillips published her second novel, The Passion of Joan Paul II: A Pasquinade, through the Ishmael Reed Publishing Company.

Phillips has written several essays, reviews, and poems with features in newspapers and magazines such as Black World, The Los Angeles Times, City Miner Magazine, and Exquisite Corpse. In 2008, Phillips received the Lifetime Achievement American Book Award through the Before Columbus Foundation.

J.J. Phillips (1944-), Black woman novelist, poet, and editor, was born April 2, 1944, as Jane Julia Phillips to writer and inventor James T. Phillips, Jr. and educator Florence Russell Phillips in Los Angeles, California. Phillips attended and graduated from Immaculate Heart High School (Los Angeles, California) in 1961. She attended Immaculate Heart College (Los Angeles, California) until 1962 but was expelled for participating in voter registration and the lunch counter sit-ins at the Howard Johnson restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina.

At the age of 22, Phillips published her first novel, Mojo Hand (1966), through Trident Press. In 1986, Berkeley's City Miner Books republished the novel as Mojo Hand: An Orphic Tale. Phillips worked in the manuscript division as an archivist at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, where she processed the papers of writer and poet Richard Brautigan, which inspired her 2002 poem "Apoptosis, or Brautigan's Brains." In 1989, she served as editor and writer for the Bay Area multicultural literary magazine Before Columbus Review where she worked with writer Ishmael Reed. In 1996, Phillips published her second novel, The Passion of Joan Paul II: A Pasquinade, through the Ishmael Reed Publishing Company.

Phillips has written several essays, reviews, and poems with features in newspapers and magazines such as Black World, The Los Angeles Times, City Miner Magazine, and Exquisite Corpse. In 2008, Phillips received the Lifetime Achievement American Book Award through the Before Columbus Foundation.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the personal and family papers of J.J. Phillips from 1867-2003. Personal papers contain correspondence; drafts of poetry, novels, essays, and other writings; writings by other authors; illustrations and sketches; printed material; publishing files and appearance files; and photographs documenting Phillips' writing career and activism in addition to her personal relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and other writers. Correspondence includes letters with close friends and colleagues, such as Camille Paglia, Henry Miller, Fallon and Jane Evans, and more. Among Phillips' writings, there are manuscript drafts of the novels Mojo Hand (1966) and The Passion of Joan Paul II (1996), as well as unpublished poems and essays. The collection also highlights Phillips' 1962 activism in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as her international travels to Tunisia, Egypt, and Germany.

The Phillips family papers include genealogical materials relating to the Phillips family and the Church of the Nazarene, including materials on church founder, Phineas Bresee. The series includes information pertaining to James T. Phillips, Sr., the first Black attorney and real estate developer in Los Angeles, California, as well as information pertaining to Florence Russell Phillips, one of the first Black educators in the Los Angeles County school district. The series also contains photographs; correspondence; deeds of trusts; marriage licenses; printed material about the Phillips family history; inscribed photographs from actors Todd Duncan and Stymie Beard, and musical composer W.C. Handy; and documents relating to the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (now Virginia State University, Ettrick, Virginia).

Arrangement Note

Organized into two series: (1) J.J. Phillips papers, (2) Phillips family papers.


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