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SERIES Identifier: MC 940

Series III. WRITINGS, 1968-2012 (inclusive), 1991-2000 (bulk) (#18.21-46.6, 200FB.9, 204F+B.1-204F+B.3)

Scope and Contents

Series III, WRITINGS, 1968-2012 (inclusive), 1991-2000 (bulk) (#18.21-46.6, 200FB.9, 204F+B.1-204F+B.3), contains administrative correspondence and contracts relating to Davis's published writings; and drafts of her articles, essays, papers, and reviews. Handwritten and typed drafts of Davis's books: Angela Davis: An Autobiography, The Angela Y. Davis Reader, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism; If They Come in the Morning; and Women, Culture, and Politics are included. Items of special interest include a manuscript of Davis's autobiography with edits by Toni Morrison, poetry written by Davis, and her open letter to black high school students while incarcerated at the Marin County jail.

Transcripts of interviews of women prisoners in the United States, the Netherlands, and Cuba; research material; notes from meetings with prisoners; consent forms; and drafts of Davis and researcher Kum-Kum Bhavnani's essay, "Women in Prison: Researching Race in Three National Contexts" are also included. The series is arranged alphabetically by format.


  • 1937-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1968-2006

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Folders #6.6, 15.6, 18.7, 57.6 and 57.7 are closed until 2046, as specified in the agreement between Angela Y. Davis and the Schlesinger Library.

An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.


129.25 linear feet ((195 + 1/2 file boxes, 5 folio boxes, 14 folio+ boxes, 8 oversize boxes, 3 supersize boxes) plus 3 supersize folders, 120 photograph folders, 16 folio photograph folders, 10 folio+ photograph folders, 642 slides, 147 audiotapes, 65 videotapes, 12 CDs, 38 DVDs, 2 motion pictures, 5 phonograph records)
7.92 Megabytes (1 file)

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.


Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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