Subseries 2.4a
Essays and edited volumes, 1966-2006

Arrangement Note

Collected essays are arranged by date of publication. Uncollected essays are arranged alphabetically by title.

Collected
In Search of Our Mother's Gardens: Womanist Prose (1983)
Box Folder Content
73 29 "Beyond the Peacock: The Reconstruction of Flannery O'Connor" typescript drafts
73 30 "Beyond the Peacock: The Reconstruction of Flannery O'Connor" manuscript notes
73 31 "But Yet and Still The Cotton Gin Kept On Working" manuscript draft
73 32 "Checking Out the Cuban Revolution" typescript draft, 1977 (variant title: "My Father's Country is the Poor")
73 33 "Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March On Washington" typescript draft, manuscript notes, and galley proof for The New York Times, 1973
74 1 "The Civil Rights Movement: What Good Was It?" typescript draft fragments
74 2 "The Color Purple, the First Womanist Novel" typescript [published as definition of "womanism"]
74 3 "Coretta King: Revisited" typescript drafts with notes and printed material
74 4 "If the Present Looks Like the Past, What Does the Future Look Like?" typescript drafts and galley proofs for Essence Magazine [with variant title: "Embracing the Darkness and the Light"
74 5 "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens" typescript drafts, draft fragments, and notes [includes draft of original given as a speech at Radcliffe College Symposium, May 5, 1972]
74 6 "Looking for Zora" typescript drafts and fragments
74 7 "Looking to the Side and Back" typescript drafts
74 8 "Lulls" typescript draft
74 9 "One Child of One's Own" manuscript draft and partial typescript draft
74 10 "One Child of One's Own" typescript drafts, partial drafts, preface, and notes
74 11 "One Child of One's Own" galleys and corrected page proofs
74 12 "A Talk: Convocation 1972" typescript drafts
74 13 "To the Black Scholar" typescript draft with correspondence, 1979
74 14 "Writing The Color Purple" typescript drafts
74 15 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens prefatory material
74 16 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens typescript draft [1] [includes printed material]
75 1 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens typescript draft [2] [includes manuscript and printed material] [1 of 2]
75 2 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens typescript draft [2] [includes manuscript and printed material] [2 of 2]
75 3 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens typescript draft [3] [includes correspondence with Tillie Olsen] [1 of 2]
75 4 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens typescript draft [3] [includes correspondence with Tillie Olsen] [2 of 2]
75 5 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens corrected page proofs [1 of 2]
75 6 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens corrected page proofs [2 of 2]
76 1 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens partial corrected page proofs
76 2 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens page proofs 2nd pass [1 of 3]
76 3 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens page proofs 2nd pass [2 of 3]
76 4 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens page proofs 2nd pass [3 of 3]
76 5 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens early tables of contents
76 6 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens typescript with editorial correspondence
Living By the Word (1987)
76 7 "All the Bearded Irises of Life: Confessions of a Homospiritual" typescript drafts, 1987 (variant title: "Living With Gays")
76 8 "Am I Blue?" typescript drafts and galley proof with correspondence
76 9 "Coming In From the Cold" typescript drafts and partial draft
76 10 "Everything Is a Human Being" typescript draft [includes notes and correspondence to Tillie Olsen]
76 11 "Father" typescript drafts (variant title: "The Democratic Order: Such Things in 20 Years I Understood")
76 12 "In the Closet of the Soul" partial typescript and galley proofs for Ms. Magazine, 1986
76 13 "Journal August 1984" typescript draft
76 14 "Longing to Die of Old Age" typescript draft and galley proof for Ms. Magazine, 1984
76 15 "My Daughter Smokes" typescript drafts and partial drafts
76 16 "Nobody Was Supposed to Survive" typescript drafts
76 17 "Not Only Will Your Teachers Appear, They Will Cook New Foods For You" typescript draft and draft fragment
77 1 "On Seeing Red: An Introduction to the Film and Some of the People In It" typescript drafts, 1984 [variant title: "On Seeing Red"]
77 2 "Trying to See My Sister" partial typescript draft with notes
77 3 Living By the Word early table of contents typescript
77 4 Living By the Word typescript draft [1] [1 of 2] [includes printed material]
77 5 Living By the Word typescript draft [1] [2 of 2] [includes printed material]
77 6 Living By the Word typescript draft [2], 1986
77 7 Living By the Word typescript draft [3]
77 8 Living By the Word typescript draft [4]
77 9 Living By the Word typescript draft [5]
77 10 Living By the Word master galley proof
78 1 Living By the Word galley proof [1]
78 2 Living By the Word galley proof [2]
78 3 Living By the Word repro dupe with printer's annotations [1 of 2]
78 4 Living By the Word repro dupe with printer's annotations [2 of 2]
78 5 Living By the Word page proofs [1 of 2]
78 6 Living By the Word page proofs [2 of 2]
78 7 Living By the Word page proof fragments
78 8 Living By the Word setting copy [1 of 2]
78 9 Living By the Word setting copy [2 of 2]
79 1 Why Did the Balinese Chicken Cross the Road? Observations On the Magic Oneness of Being early variant title page
79 2 Living By the Word typescript with editorial correspondence
The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult (1996)
79 3 "The Color Purple: A Synopsis for Film" typescript draft
79 4 "The Filming of the Color Purple, notebook entries, 1985-1986" typescript draft
79 5 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult typescript draft [1] [includes printed material and original correspondence]
79 6 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult typescript draft [2] [1 of 2]
79 7 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult typescript draft [2] [2 of 2]
79 8 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult typescript draft [3] [1 of 2]
79 9 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult typescript draft [3] [2 of 2]
79 10 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult partial typescript draft [1]
79 11 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult partial typescript draft [2]
79 12 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult partial typescript draft [3]
79 13 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult partial typescript draft [4], March 26, 1995 [includes printed material]
80 1 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult partial typescript with revisions
80 2 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult prefatory material
80 3 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult page proofs [1 of 2]
80 4 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult page proofs [2 of 2]
80 5 The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult, correspondence, 1994-1996
Anything We Love Can Be Saved (1997)
80 6 "Dreads" typescript drafts and fragment
80 7 "Giving the Party" typescript, 1993
80 8 "Follow Me Home" typescript draft [includes correspondence and printed material]
80 9 "Introduction" typescript drafts
80 10 "My Mother's Blue Bowl" typescript draft
80 11 "The Only Reason That You Want to Go to Heaven Is That You Have Been Driven Out of Your Mind" typescript drafts with correspondence
80 12 "The Story of Why I am Here, Or A Woman Connects Oppressions" typescript draft
80 13 "Turquoise and Coral: The Writing of the Temple of My Familiar" typescript
80 14 "Writing 'Possessing the Secret of Joy'" typescript drafts with correspondence
80 15 "You Have All Seen" typescript drafts and galley proofs
81 1 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft [1] [1 of 2]
81 2 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft [1] [2 of 2]
81 3 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft [2] with editorial correspondence (variant title: "Belief in the Love of the World") [1 of 2]
81 4 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft [2] (variant title: "Belief in the Love of the World")[2 of 2]
81 5 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft [3] (variant title: "Belief in the Love of the World") [1 of 2]
81 6 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft [3] (variant title: "Belief in the Love of the World") [2 of 2]
81 7 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft [4], August 22, 1996
81 8 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft with permissions [1 of 2]
82 1 Anything We Love Can Be Saved typescript draft with permissions [2 of 2]
82 2 Anything We Love Can Be Saved early front matter
82 3 Anything We Love Can Be Saved correspondence and list of illustrations
82 4 Anything We Love Can Be Saved front matter with correspondence, October 18, 1996
82 5 Anything We Love Can Be Saved master galleys, 2nd pass [1 of 2]
82 6 Anything We Love Can Be Saved master galleys, 2nd pass [2 of 2]
82 7 Anything We Love Can Be Saved corrected galleys [1 of 2]
82 8 Anything We Love Can Be Saved corrected galleys [2 of 2]
83 1 Anything We Love Can Be Saved unbound page proofs [1]
83 2 Anything We Love Can Be Saved unbound page proofs [2]
83 3 Anything We Love Can Be Saved partial proof copy
OP9 Anything We Love Can Be Saved cover art
Sent By Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit (2001)
83 4 Sent By Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit page proofs
We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness (2006)
83 5 "To Be Led By Happiness" typescript draft with correspondence (variant title: "Being Led By Happiness: My Arrest in Front of a House My Ancestors Built")
83 6 "Crimes Against Dog" typescript draft with correspondence
83 7 "How It Feels to Know Somebody Died For You: Living With the Voice of the Beloved" typescript drafts
83 8 "Metta to Muriel and other Marvels" typescript draft
83 9 "Sent By Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit" typescript draft and page proof
83 10 "This Was Not An Area of Large Plantations" typescript draft
83 11 "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Introduction" typescript draft (published under variant title: "Three Fates")
83 12 "When Life Descends Into the Pit" typescript draft
83 13 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For typescript draft [1] with correspondence (variant title: "Led By Happiness: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness") [1 of 2]
83 14 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For typescript draft [1] (variant title: "Led By Happiness: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness") [2 of 2]
84 1 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For typescript draft [2]
84 2 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For typescript draft [3]
84 3 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For typescript draft [4] [1 of 2]
84 4 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For typescript draft [4] [1 of 2]
84 5 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For cover art
84 6 We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For prefatory material
Uncollected
84 7 "1963" typescript draft
84 8 "Alice Walker's Laws" typescript draft
84 9 "Alice Walker's Recommended Summer Reading, 1968" typescript with related correspondence
84 10 "Beginning, Again" page proof
84 11 "Being A Treasure of the State" typescript
84 12 "Black Power: A New Concept (Or an Old One) in SNCC Policy" typescript, 1966
84 13 "The Black Woman Writer in America" typescript draft (variant title: "Finding What One Needs: Black Women Writers"), [1973]
84 14 "Books Whose Leaves Are Talking Trees" typescript drafts, [circa 2000s]
84 15 "Childhood: For Marian" typescript draft
84 16 "Comments on the Banning of The Color Purple" typescript draft, [circa 1985]
84 17 "Dedication" typescript drafts
84 18 "Dreams July 31-August 2, 1990" typescript draft
84 19 "A Family of Friends" typescript 1978
84 20 "Father: For What You Were" galleys with correspondence, 1985
84 21 "Finding Celie's Voice: Language, Spirits, and Folk Speech" galleys, [1985]
84 22 "From the Journey and a Letter to Michael Brown; Howard Zinn" typescript 1965
84 23 "The Future of the Negro College" typescript interview questions and notes, [circa 1960s]
84 24 "Home" typescript draft 1995
84 25 "Introducing Denise" typescript draft
84 26 "Jews" typescript draft, 1966
84 27 "Journal" typescript [circa 1965]
84 28 "Journal 37-42" typescript
84 29 Judy Blume article fragment [published in the New York Times], 1978
84 30 "Journey to the Source" manuscript notes
84 31 "Letting the Story Line Go" typescript
84 32 "My Work" manuscript, 1972
84 33 "The New Black Woman and the South" typescript draft
84 34 "Oprah" typescript, 2002
84 35 "Patriarchy" manuscript, [circa 1970s]
84 36 "Pornography: Thinking About" typescript draft
84 37 "Shame as Theft: Thoughts on Folklore from an Early Age" typescript drafts
84 38 "Notes on Folklore" manuscript [circa 1980s]
85 1 "Something to Do With Real Life" typescript drafts, 1972
85 2 "A Statement on Black Women and Freedom in the 70s" typescript draft
85 3 Statement on James Baldwin typescript 1979
85 4 "Talking Trees" typescript draft, 1984 (variant title: "When a Tree Falls")
85 5 "Travel Notes on Mississippi and Wellesley" typescript draft [circa 1970s]
85 6 Unidentified fragment manuscript and typescript
85 7 Untitled essay typescript draft
Edited Volumes
Correspondence of Bessie Head with Betty Fradkin and Alice Walker(1994)
85 8 Head, Bessie, "Correspondence of Bessie Head with Betty Fradkin and Alice Walker," typescript draft, 1994 [1 of 3] [For original correspondence between Bessie Head and Alice Walker, see the Series 1: Correspondence. For original correspondence between Bessie Head and Betty Fradkin see Series 3: Subject files.]
85 9 Head, Bessie, "Correspondence of Bessie Head with Betty Fradkin and Alice Walker," typescript draft, 1994 [2 of 3]
85 10 Head, Bessie, "Correspondence of Bessie Head with Betty Fradkin and Alice Walker," typescript draft, 1994 [3 of 3]
85 11 Head, Bessie, "Correspondence of Bessie Head with Betty Fradkin and Alice Walker," partial typescript draft, 1994
I Love Myself When I Am Laughing . . .And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive (1979)
85 12 "Autobiography, Folklore, and Reportage" typescript introduction
85 13 "On Refusing to Be Humbled By Second Place In A Contest You Did Not Design" typescript draft, 1979 (variant title: "And If The Great Trees, Lost in the Forest, Fall, Who Will Stand Up For Them?")
Letters of Love and Hope: The Story of the Cuban Five (2005)
85 14 Letters of Love and Hope: The Story of the Cuban Five typescript draft [1] with artwork and correspondence
85 15 Letters of Love and Hope: The Story of the Cuban Five typescript draft [2] bound with correspondence
Warrior Marks (1993)
86 1 Warrior Marks "Preface" typescript with correspondence [includes typescript of Pratibha Parmar's preface]
86 2 Warrior Marks partial typescript draft
86 3 Warrior Marks typescript draft with correspondence
86 4 Warrior Marks typescript draft [Alice Walker's portion] [1 of 2]
86 5 Warrior Marks typescript draft [Alice Walker's portion] [2 of 2]
86 6 Warrior Marks editorial correspondence, 1993-1994
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