WRIGHT, SARAH E.
Sarah E. Wright papers
> Personal papers and professional papers

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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.

Series 1
Personal papers and professional papers, 1944-2009
Boxes 1-10, 28 and OP2

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of Wright's personal and professional papers from 1944-2009. Correspondence is largely editorial, and the bulk of it pertains to the publication of This Child's Gonna Live. The series also contains family correspondence and correspondence with friends and colleagues including Walter Lowenfels, John Oliver Killens, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Owen Dodson, James Baldwin, and Almena Lomax.

Personal papers include notes and notebooks which contain Wright's writings, political notes, a few diary-type entries, and general notes. Of particular interest is a 1959 notebook that contains early notes about This Child's Gonna Live, along with other general notes. In the appointment books and calendars, Wright made note of upcoming appointments and events as well as writing some diary-type entries. Personal papers also contain financial records and medical records. Professional papers consist mainly of materials relating to professional organizations that Wright belonged to, including the Harlem Writers' Guild and The Pen and Brush. Also included are literary contracts, royalty statements, and workshop and speaking engagement files.

Arrangement Note

Correspondence is arranged in chronological order; personal and professional papers are arranged in alphabetical order.

Restrictions on Access

Due to privacy concerns, some financial material has been redacted.

Correspondence
Box Folder Content
1 1 Fragments, no date
1 2 No date [1 of 2]
1 3 No date [2 of 2]
1 4 1946-1959
1 5 1960-1962
1 6 1963-1964
1 7 1965-1966
1 8 1967-1968
2 1 1969
2 2 1970
2 3 1971
2 4 1972
2 5 1973-1974
2 6 1975-1976
2 7 1977-1978
3 1 1979-1980
3 2 1981-1987
3 3 1988-1995
3 4 1996-2009
Personal and professional papers
3 5 26th of July Movement in Cuba, flags, circa 1960
3 6 Advertisement for Wrights professional services, 1982
3 7 Application, The City University of New York, 1973
3 8 Appointment books and calendars, 1963-1976
3 9 Appointment books and calendars, 1977
4 1 Appointment books and calendars, 1980-1983
4 2 Appointment books and calendars, 1984-1986
4 3 Appointment books and calendars, 1988-1989
4 4 Appointment books and calendars, 1990-1992
4 5 Appointment books and calendars, 1995
4 6 Appointment books and calendars, 1999-2000
5 1 Appointment books and calendars, 2001
5 2 Appointment books and calendars, 2002
5 3 Appointment books and calendars, 2003-2004
5 4 Appointment books and calendars, 2004-2006
5 5 Appointment books and calendars, 2007-2008
5 6 The Association of Artists for Freedom, 1963-1964
OP2 1 Author questionnaires, circa 1975
5 7 Biographical periodicals, circa 1974-2003
5 8 Birth certificate, 1944
5 9 Book list, no date
5 10 CAPS program, 1975
OP2 2 Certificate and citation, Distinguished Writer Award, Middle-Atlantic Writers Association, 1988
5 11 Certificate, National Association for Poetry Therapy, 1986
5 12 Certificate, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Philadelphia branch, 1955
5 13 Certificate of appreciation, Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, no date
5 14 The Cultural Association for Women of African Heritage, circa 1960-1963
5 15 Davis, Angela, 1971-1972
5 16 Deed, property in Wetipquin Neck, Maryland, 1993
5 17 Divorce decree, 1955
5 18 Emergency Committee for Non-Interference in Jamaica, 1980
5 19 Eugene F. Saxton Memorial Trust Fellowship application, 1959
6 1 Financial records, circa 1960-2005
6 2 First Latin American Youth Congress, travel card (control de transporte), circa 1960
6 3 Guest book, 1970
6 4 Guest book, 25th Anniversary of This Childs Gonna Live, November 5, 1994
6 5 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation application, no date
6 6 Harlem Writers Guild, circa 1960-2005
6 7 Income tax returns, 1965-1981 [redacted]
OP2 3 Inspirational quotes, no date
6 8 Interview notes, no date
6 9 Interview questions, 2002
6 10 Introduction to Literature, Empire State College, circa 1996
6 11 Jewelry making and handicrafts, no date
6 12 Journal entry, no date
6 13 Juror qualification questionnaire, 1980
6 14 Killens, John Oliver, resume, no date
6 15 Literary contracts, 1966-2004
6 16 Lowenfels, Walter, waiver and consent for will, 1976
6 17 Map of Wicomico County, Maryland, with notes, no date
6 18 Marriage certificate and license, 1960
6 19 Medical records and treatment information, no date [1 of 2]
7 1 Medical records and treatment information, no date [2 of 2]
7 2 Medical records and treatment information, 2000-2002
7 3 Medical records and treatment information, 2003-2005
7 4 Medical records and treatment information, 2006-2009
7 5 Membership cards, circa 2000-2008
7 6 National Conference of Solidarity with Free Africa, 1967
7 7 The National League of American Pen Women, no date
7 8 National Writers Union, circa 1981-1988
7 9 Notes, no date [1 of 3]
7 10 Notes, no date [2 of 3]
7 11 Notes, no date [3 of 3]
8 1 Notes on diets, no date
8 2 Notes on opportunities for Negro writers, no date
8 3 Notebooks, no date [1 of 2]
8 4 Notebooks, no date [2 of 2]
8 5 Notebooks, 1959
8 6 Notebooks, circa 1966
8 7 Notebooks, circa 1971
8 8 On Guard Committee for Freedom, circa 1961
8 9 Passports, 1960-2001
8 10 Peace with Honour gathering, 2001
8 11 The Pen and Brush, 1989-1999
8 12 The Pen and Brush, 2000-2007
8 13 The Pen and Brush vs. Sarah E. Wright, et al., 1992-1993
8 14 Plaque [photocopy], award from Zora Neale Hurston Society, no date
9 1 Plaque [photocopy], Second National Conference of Afro-American Writers, Howard University, 1976
9 2 Poets and Artists Table, 1992
OP2 4 Proclamation establishing Pen and Brush Day (New York City), 2005
9 3 Recommendation letters, 1982
9 4 Recommendations and praise for other writers, 1965-2004
9 5 "The Renewal and Blessing of the Marriage Vows of Sarah Elizabeth Wright and Joseph Gilbert Kaye," order of service, June 17, 2000
9 6 Rental documents for 237 Henry Street, New York City, 1957-1960
9 7 Rental documents for 780 West End Avenue, New York City, 1982-2008
9 8 Resumes, no date
9 9 Resumes, 1975-1988
9 10 Royalties, 1969-2005
9 11 Speaking engagements, 1966-2004
9 12 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, circa 1966-2007
9 13 Student records, Cheney State Teachers College, 1951-1980
9 14 Student records, Howard University, 1949-1978
9 15 Student records, Long Island University, circa 1975-1980
9 16 Student records, Salisbury High School, 1945
9 17 Student records, The University of the State of New York, circa 1980-1981
9 18 "Thank You to Sarah from the Harlem Writers Guild," no date
9 19 Travel itinerary, 2002
9 20 Unemployment insurance records, circa 1958-1972
9 21 The United Afro-American League, 1960
9 22 Vietnam War protests, circa 1966
9 23 West Side Arts Coalition, no date
9 24 William L. Patterson Foundation, circa 1976-1985
9 25 Workshop evaluations of students? no date
9 26 Workshop, Harlem Writers' Guild Satellite Program, West Side YMCA New York City, 1991
9 27 Workshop notes, no date
9 28 Wright family history, circa 1967-1992
10 1 Wright family reunions, circa 1983-2004
10 2 Wright, Michael F., circa 1982
10 3 Writer-in-Residence workshops, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, New York, circa 1979
10 4 Writers for Our Time, 1975-1979
Restricted documents
28 1 Income tax returns, 1965-1981 [originals] [RESTRICTED]
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