Subseries 2.1
Notebooks, circa 1964-2002
Box 35 - Box 37 (folder 13)

Scope and Content Note

The subseries contains the notebooks of Alice Walker from 1964 through 2002. The notebooks from the 1960s primarily consist of course lecture notes taken during Walker's tenure at Sarah Lawrence College. Her notebooks throughout the 1970s include drafts of published and unpublished poetry and prose, including novels, short stories, book reviews, and essays along with notes and research material for her non-fiction work.

Of particular interest to researchers may be her first-hand accounts of her trip to Eatonville, Florida in 1973 to discover and mark the burial site of Zora Neale Hurston (notebook [19]). Additionally, notebook [20] consists of a draft fragment of a fictionalized autobiography. The remainder of the notebooks series consists of notebooks in which Alice Walker drafted various episodes of her second novel, Meridian, published in 1976, notebooks with drafts of collected essays, and manuscript drafts of poetry.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order

Box Folder Content
35 1 Notebook [1], [circa 1964-1965], includes course notes, published and unpublished poetry, essay drafts, drafts of correspondence, and miscellaneous notes
35 2 Notebook [2], [circa 1964], includes course notes and a draft of the short story "The Flowers"
35 3 Notebook [3], [circa 1965], includes course notes
35 4 Notebook [4], [circa late 1960s-1970], includes notes/character studies on The Third Life of Grange Copeland and miscellaneous notes
35 5 Notebook [5], [circa late 1960s], includes an early partial draft of The Third Life of Grange Copeland
35 6 Notebook [6], [circa late 1960s/early 1970s], includes drafts of unpublished short stories
35 7 Notebook [7], [circa 1969-1971], includes short stories, poems published in Revolutionary Petunias and unpublished poetry
35 8 Notebook [8], [circa 1971], includes poetry (most unpublished), character studies, notes on Langston Hughes, short story drafts, and essay drafts
35 9 Notebook [9], [circa mid 1970s], includes draft fragments from Meridian and poetry published in Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning, and miscellaneous notes. Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning, and miscellaneous notes.
35 10 Notebook [10], [circa 1973], includes early partial drafts of Meridian
35 11 Notebook [11], [circa 1973], includes early drafts of Meridian, poetry, and book reviews
36 1 Notebook [12], [circa 1973], includes notes and draft fragments from Meridian
36 2 Notebook [13], [circa 1973], includes early partial drafts of Meridian
36 3 Notebook [14], [mid 1970s], includes early partial drafts of Meridian
36 4 Notebook [15], [circa 1973], includes early partial drafts of Meridian and notes
36 5 Notebook [16], [circa 1973], includes early drafts of Meridian and one unpublished short story draft
36 6 Notebook [17], [circa 1973], includes early drafts of Meridian and an essay draft
36 7 Notebook [18], [circa mid 1970s], includes early drafts of Meridian and Langston Hughes
36 8 Notebook [19], [circa 1973], includes notes on June Jordan, notes on Walker's 1973 trip to locate Zora Hurston's grave, correspondence
36 9 Notebook [20], [circa 1970s], includes draft of a fictionalized autobiography
36 10 Notebook [21], [circa late 1970s], includes a draft of "Notes for Mr. Sweet" and poems published in Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning
36 11 Notebook [22], [circa 1974], includes a book review, poetry, a draft fragment of Meridian
36 12 Notebook [23], [circa 1975], includes draft of Flannery O'Connor essay
36 13 Notebook [24], [1970s], includes miscellaneous notes
36 14 Notebook [25], [circa 1979], includes notes for I Love Myself When I Am Laughing
36 15 Notebook [26], [loate 1970s], includes miscellaneous notes
36 16 Notebook [27], undated, includes essay draft published in Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning
37 1 Notebook [28], [circa 1974], includes early partial drafts of Meridian and unpublished poetry
37 2 Notebook [29], [circa 1979], includes review of Michelle Wallace, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman
37 3 Notebook [30], [1980], includes manuscripts of poetry, notes, and essays including "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life" published in In Search of Our Mothers Gardens
37 4 Notebook [31], [1980], includes manuscripts of short story fragments, reviews and correspondence
37 5 Notebook [32], [1980], includes manuscript for "The Abortion" published in You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down
37 6 Notebook [33], [circa 1982], includes manuscript of "Writing the Color Purple" published in In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens
37 7 Notebook [34], [circa1982], includes manuscript of "Silver Rights" published in In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens
37 8 Notebook [35], [circa 1983], includes manuscript of "Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self" published in In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens
37 9 Notebook [36], [1981-1984], includes manuscripts of "Source" published in You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down and a variety of published in Horses Make A Landscape Look More BeautifulHorses Make A Landscape Look More Beautiful
37 10 Notebook [37], [circa 1980s], includes film notes for Vampire Concept
37 11 Notebook [38], [circa early 1980s], includes essays, correspondence, and poems; published poems are in Horses Make A Landscape Look More Beautiful
37 12 Notebook [39], [circa 2002], includes manuscript of poem "Dead Men Love War" published in Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth
37 13 Loose notes
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