By Don Fred, Myrka
Title: Alex Haley papers, 1960-1992
Creator: Alex Haley (1921-1992)
Extent: 70.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into six subject related series, in addtiton three dimensional objects listed as items.
Date Acquired: 09/26/2001
Alex Haley papers consist of manuscripts: some unfinished, others from his time with the Saturday Evening Post, Boy's Life Magazine and Kiwanis Magazine; correspondence, photographs, record albums, and other materials documenting Alex Haley's literary career. Of particular interest are drafts relating to Alex Haley's writings for the Saturday Evening Post, fan mail during the popularity of ROOTS and the subsequent television series, handwritten notes for various projects, a copy of the first edition of the Seafearer (Coart Guard) and photographs in Gambia.
The collection contains correspondence between the author, friends, colleagues and contemporaries in the literary and publishing industries; the movie industry, celebrities and fans; ephemera and documents relating to ROOTS, eleven unfinished manuscripts; business files including contracts for speaking engagements and photographs.
Access Restrictions: Alex Haley is open for research.
Use Restrictions: ©2012 Broward County Library African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. All rights reserved.
Acquisition Source: Heritage Book Shop, Inc. Heritage Bindery
Acquisition Method: Alex Haley was purchased by Broward County Library System from Heritage Book Shop, Inc. Heritage Bindery who acquired it when Haley's estate was auctioned in 1992.
Related Materials: Alex Haley Papers, MS.1888. University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections. For more information please see http://www.lib.utk.edu/spcoll/manuscripts/1888.html.
Preferred Citation: The Alex Haley papers, Special Collections and Archives, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Broward County Library.
Processing Information: The Alex Haley papers were processed using the More Product Less Process Method. Papers are sorted into subject areas, but not on an item by item level.
Other Note: The Earl Chesler collection includes a first edition signed copy of ROOTS.
Boxes 39-50: constains unfinished and unpublished manuscripts for film or publication, several handwritten notes, outlines and drafts of projects, and manuscripts of possible articles for the Saturday Evening Post's series "People on the Way Up".
United Arab Emirates, 1982
Desert Boy, 1982
Jane Jacobs, 1962
John Jasper, 1960
[Natchez, Mississippi], 1979
The Hungry, 1961
Rags International, with Charles Jennings
People on the Way Up series:
Lois Dickson Irish
Tai Solarin, The Mayflower School
Boy's Life Magazine:
John Philip Sousa
The Chicken Family Davis
Cooking with Pop on Clifford Alxander, Jr.
The Captain and the Killers with Niels Mortensen
Snake in the Sleep Bag with Yvor Smitter
International Understanding by Mail
Milwaukee's Vel Phillips
Gardner Calvin Taylor
The series is divided by letters sent by Haley and letters sent to Haley. A large portion of the correspondence is fan mail regarding ROOTS, genealogy and family reunions.
Lamar Alexander (U.S. Senator from Tennessee)
Tom Feelings (author illustrator of the Middle passage)
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Ned McWherter (Governor of Tennessee)
Att'allah Shabbaz (Malcolm X's eldest daughter)
Item 1. Photo of the cast and production crew of ROOTS [listing identifying each person at the bottom of the image]
Item 2. Isola by Palle Nielsen [oversized book inscribed to Haley; numbered copy 147 of 450 and signed by the author ]
Item 3."ROOTS: Alex Haley tells the story of his search for Roots" spoken word record album. [6 copies]
Item 4. "The Begining", poster, Rosa Parks seated in the bus, by Artis Lane 1989.
Item 5. Unanmed poster, depicting the March on Washington D.C. , the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the face of a man in the forefront and the face of a soldier, 1988.
Item 6. " Golden Age of Steamboatin'", poster. two steamboats traveling towards the sunset and the writer Marc Twain in the forefront, 1978.
Item 7. "William Faulkner" , poster, the author standing next to a table with a typewriter, by William C. Baggett, Jr. , 1977
Item. 8."The Tear", poster, the Statue of Liberty, an African American with a tear coming down his face. [2 copies]