Scope and Contents
The collection contains manuscript material and published works, professional and personal correspondence, research materials, underground newspapers, reviews, teaching materials, publicity, and news clippings.
Publisher correspondence includes the following publishers, editors, writers, and agents: Oscar Collier, Doubleday and Company, Paul E. Pross (Windfall Press), and Philip Van Doren Stern.
The papers include the manuscripts and supporting material for Billy Rose: Manhattan Primitive, The Invention of the Negro, Battle New York, and Typoo.
The initial donation contains manuscript material for Billy Rose: Manhattan Primitive and The Invention of the Negro. Material includes drafts, galley proofs, author and printer's notations, research and interviews, bibliographies, publicity, and correspondence.
Miscellaneous material includes personal correspondence with government officials and newspapers.
The 1968 Addendum contains professional and general correspondence. Incoming letters and carbons of outgoing correspondence are alphabetically organized by last name or title. There are also two folders of personal correspondence.
Miscellaneous material includes manuscript material for Billy Rose, materials for a class taught by Conrad, publicity and news clippings about Conrad's work.
The 1969 Addendum contains manuscript material, published works and correspondence. Manuscript material for the books, Battle New York, Billy Rose: Manhattan Primitive, and Typoo includes research material, interviews, drafts with revisions, edited printer's copy, corrected and uncorrected galley proofs. Correspondence is separated into outgoing letters organized by date (1964-1968) and incoming letters alphabetically organized by last name or title. There is a separate section of incoming editorial correspondence (1960-1969) organized by publisher name.
Miscellaneous material includes contracts, research material, reviews, books by other authors, materials for a class taught by Conrad, and underground newspapers including Black Panther, Muhammad Speaks, The Burning World Review, Haight Ashbury-Tribune, San Francisco Oracle, Los Angeles Free Press, San Francisco Express Times, and The Movement.
- Creation: 1950-1969
- Conrad, Earl (Person)
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Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Earl Conrad (1912–1986) was an author who specialized in biographies and books about the African American experience and race relations, among other non-fiction books and criticisms. Early in his professional career he served as the Harlem bureau chief for the Chicago Defender.
Conrad published over twenty works. Among them, In 1943, Conrad wrote a biography of Harriet Tubman (1943). In 1950, Conrad authored a book about the Scottsboro Boys, and in 1966 wrote The Invention of the Negro.
Earl Conrad died in 1986.
[Source: New York Public Libraries: http://www.nypl.org/archives/3573]
4.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 3 record storage boxes
Language of Materials
Earl Conrad (1912–1986) was an author who specialized in biographies and books about the African American experience and race relations, among other non-fiction books and criticisms. The collection contains manuscript material and published works, professional and personal correspondence, research materials, underground newspapers, teaching materials, reviews, publicity, and news clippings.
Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts, Published work, Miscellaneous, 1968 Addendum, and a 1969 Addendum.
Collection processed by staff, and Tanya Parlet, 2012.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.
Genre / Form
- African Americans
- African Americans
- African Americans in literature
- American fiction -- 20th century -- Authorship
- Authors and publishers -- Correspondence
- Authors and publishers -- United States
- Authors, American -- 20th century
- Biographers -- United States
- Biography as a literary form
- Race relations in literature
- Guide to the Earl Conrad Papers
- Complete Description
- Tanya Parlet.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).