Browse Finding Aids by: Collection Digital Content Subject Creator Repository

Alex Haley papers


Scope and Contents

Subject Terms

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal Papers

Printed Materials




Miscellaneous Objects

Alex Haley papers, 1960-1992 | Broward County Library African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

By Don Fred, Myrka

Printer-friendly Printer-friendly | Email Us Contact Us About This Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Alex Haley papers, 1960-1992View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1980s

ID: BCL0901

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

Formats/Genres: Clippings, Correspondence, Magazines, Manuscripts, Photographs, Record album

Languages: English


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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Subject/Index Terms

African American authors
Alexander, Lamar (1940-)
Allen, Woody
Angelou, Maya (1928-)
Carson, Johnnie (1925-2005)
Diller, Phillis
Dole, Elizabeth
Feellings, Tom
Gossett, Jr., Louis (1936-)
Haley, Alex (1921-1992)
Jennings, Charles
Jones, Quincy (1933-)
Juffure -- Gambia -- Africa
King, Coretta Scott (1927-2006)
Kunta Kinte
McWherter, Ned (1930-2011)
Morrison, Toni
Pryor, Richard (1940-2005)
Shabbaz, Att'allah (1958-)
Shields, Brooke (1965-)
Slavery -- United States
Slave trade -- United States -- History
Steel, Danielle (1947-)
Tennessee-- Genealogy
Tennessee-- History
Wonder, Stevie

Administrative Information

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

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.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal Papers],
[[information restricted]],
[Series 3: Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Correspondence, 1960s-1990s],
[Series 5: ROOTS],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous Objects],

Series 3: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3.1: Manuscripts  by HaleyAdd to your cart.

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".

Manuscript  Listing:

United Arab Emirates, 1982

Desert Boy, 1982

Jane Jacobs, 1962

Robin, 1984

John Jasper, 1960

[Natchez, Mississippi], 1979

The Hungry, 1961

Rags International, with Charles Jennings

People on the Way Up series:

Carol Bonnaviat

Konrad Schoebel

Jane Rosenthal

Lois Dickson Irish

Beverly Willis

Oscar Brown

Johnny Mathis

Roland Hayes

Phyllis Diller

Tai Solarin, The Mayflower School

Boy's Life Magazine:

John Philip Sousa

Other drafts:

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

The Imaging

Milwaukee's Vel Phillips

Gardner Calvin Taylor


Sub-Series 3.2: Manuscripts by othersAdd to your cart.
Boxes 51-54: contains manuscripts and drafts by other writers sent to Alex Haley for critique or endorsement.

Powered by Archon Version 3.21