Guide to the Earl Conrad Papers
1950-1969

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Conrad, Earl, 1912-
Title: Earl Conrad papers
Dates: 1950-1969 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 460
Summary: 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.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

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]

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival records many contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Earl Conrad papers, Ax 460, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts, Published work, Miscellaneous, 1968 Addendum, and a 1969 Addendum.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

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.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Earl Conrad can be found at the New York Public Library: Earl Conrad/Harriet Tubman Collection, 1939-1941; 1946, Sc Micro R906.


Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Conrad, Earl, 1912-
  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--20th century--Authorship
  • Authors and publishers--United States
  • Race relations in literature
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication

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