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Jeff Donaldson papers, 1918-2005, bulk 1960s-2005

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Series 3: Interviews , 1959-1997
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes1-3

This series includes two transcripts of interviews of Jeff Donaldson as well as sound recordings of at least forty artist interviews conducted by Donaldson.
The 1979 interview of Donaldson, conducted by Peter Mark, focuses on AfriCOBRA, and includes related letters from Mark. The 1997 interview with Donaldson was conducted for a public television series on 20th century visual and performing arts, entitled I'll Make Me A World: Stories of African American Art, Artists, and Community.
Interviews with Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, Bob Blackburn, Aaron Douglas, Norman Lewis, Hale Woodruff, and others were conducted in 1972 as research for Donaldson's dissertation: "Generation '306' – Harlem, New York." These interviews detail each artists' experiences in the New York arts community during the Harlem Renaissance, and their memories of other African American artists working during that time. Interviews found at the end of the series possibly duplicate or supplement some of these interviews, although interviewees are not directly identified on the recordings or on the media.
Additional interviews found here were conducted primarily in 1980 and 1986-1987 as part of Donaldson's research on contemporary visual artists, and for various unspecified projects.
Following transcripts of Jeff Donaldson interviews, interviews are arranged in alphabetical order by interviewee. Some box and folder numbers appear out of order if they contain more than one interview on a single cassette.
A portion of this series has been digitized including paper records, such as transcripts, and some of the interviews.
Description Container Select
Interview of Jeff Donaldson, Transcript, 1978-1979
Transcript only.
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34
Interview of Jeff Donaldson for "I'll Make Me a World," Transcript, 1997
Transcript only.
1
35
Tina Allen, undated
1 sound cassette
1
36
Charles Alston, circa 1972
2 sound cassettes
incomplete copies of original recording
1 sound cassette
original
1
37
Kwasi Asantey, Inkster, MI, 1986 October 17
1 sound cassette
1
38
Ellsworth Ausby, circa 1972-circa 1987
1 sound cassette
Ausby cassette is blank.
1
38
Romare Bearden Statement on 306 West 141st Street, circa 1972
2 sound cassettes
1 cassette is possibly a duplicate
1
39
Romare Bearden, circa 1972
1 sound cassette
Handwritten note on original cassette: "Bearden-reaction to outline"
Bearden interview is on one side of one sound cassette; found on second side of Bob Blackburn interview tape 2.
1
40
Phoebe Beasley, circa 1972-circa 1987
1 sound cassette
1
41
Bob Blackburn, circa 1972
1 sound cassette
Blackburn interview is on two sides of two separate cassettes. Second cassette contains interview with Romare Bearden on its second side.
1
40
David Bradford, Oakland, CA, 1987 May 30
1 sound cassette
1
42
Nathaniel Bustion, 1987
Nathaniel Bustion interview is on second side of Mahler Ryder cassette.
3
6
Nancy Cox, 1987
1 sound cassette
Cox interviews is on cassette with Nengudi and Westmoreland.
2
10
Dewey Crumpler, Berkeley, CA, 1987 May 31
1 sound cassette
1
42
Louis Delsarte, circa 1972-circa 1987
1 sound cassette
1
43
Milton Derr, Boston, MA, 1987 June 10
1 sound cassette
1
43
Robert Dillworth, Chicago, 1987 May 17
1 sound cassette
1
43
Aaron Douglas, circa 1972
4 sound cassettes
2
1
Jeffrey Gaddy, 1987
1 sound cassette
Jeffrey Gaddy interview is on cassette with Rochelle Nickolas.
2
11
Tyrone Geter, Boston, MA, 1987 June 18
1 sound cassette
2
2
Ron Griffin, Los Angeles, CA., 1987 June 3
1 sound cassette
2
2
Maren Hassenger, circa 1987
1 sound cassette
Cassette is blank
2
3
Freida High, 1959 June 28
1 sound cassette
Donaldson introduces High and she states her name, address, and telephone number. The interview then cuts off and the rest of the cassette is blank.
2
2
Ray Holbert, Berkeley, CA, 1987 May 31
1 sound cassette
2
3
Varnett Honeywood, Transcript of Interview; Mildred Howard, Berkeley, CA, 1990, 1987 May 30
1 sound cassette
2
4
Suzanne Jackson, Oakland, CA, 1987 May 31
1 sound cassette
2
5
Wadsworth Jarrell, 1987
Wadsworth Jarrell cassette also contains Joe Sam interview on its second.
3
3
Lester Johnson, 1986 October 15
1 sound cassette
2
5
Donald Joyce, 1980 May 18
1 sound cassette
2
5
Norman Lewis, 1972 August 4
3 sound cassettes
2
6
Jon Lockard, 1986 October 15
2 sound cassettes
2
7
Lymos Medlock, circa 1987
1 sound cassette
2
8
Lev Mills, Atlanta, GA, 1987 May 20
1 sound cassette
Includes transcript.
2
8
Lev Mills, 1987 May 20
1 sound cassettes (microcassette)
Probably duplicate recording. Lev Mills interview is on second side of James Phillips cassette.
3
4
Arthur Monroe, Oakland, CA, 1987 May 30
2 sound cassettes
2
9
Senga Nengudi, 1987
1 sound cassette
Handwritten note on original cassette: "Los Angeles Artists. 1. Senga Nengudi 2. Lamonte Westmoreland 3. Nancy Cox
Cassette with Senga Nengudi interview also contains inteviews with Lamonte Westmoreland (16 minutes) and Nancy Cox (37 minutes)
2
10
Rochelle Nickolas, 1987
1 sound cassette
Nickolas cassette also contains interview with Jeffrey Gaddy.
2
11
Ademola Olugebefol, circa 1987
1 sound cassette
2
12
Mary Lovelace O'Neal, Oakland, CA, 1987 May 31
1 sound cassette
2
12
Curtis Patterson, Atlanta, GA, 1987 May 2
1 sound cassette
Includes transcript.
2
13
James Phillips, Oakland, CA, 1987 May 29
2 sound cassettes
2
14
James Phillips, 1987 May 29
1 sound cassettes (microcassette)
Probably duplicate recording. Cassette contains interview with Lev Mills on its second side.
3
3
W. Pickett, circa 1972-circa 1987
1 sound cassette
2
15
Elliott Pinkney, 1987
Pinkney interview is on second side of Matthew Thomas cassette.
3
5
R. Pious, circa 1972-circa 1987
1 sound cassette
2
15
Arnold Prince, Providence, RI, circa 1987
1 sound cassette
Arnold Prince cassette also contains Claudia Widdis interview on its second side.
2
18
David Ross, Chicago, IL, 1980 May 18
2 sound cassettes
2
16
Mahler Ryder, 1987
Matthew Ryder cassette contains inteview with Nathaniel Bustion on its second side.
3
6
Joe Sam, 1987
Cassette with Joe Sam also contains interview with Wadsworth Jarrell.
3
3
Earl Sweeting, undated
2 sound cassettes
2
17
Matthew Thomas, 1987
Cassette contains interview with Elliott Pinkney on its second side.
3
5
Lamonte Westmoreland, 1987
1 sound cassette
Westmoreland interview is on cassette with Cox and Nengudi interviews
2
10
Claudia Widdis, Providence, RI, 1987 June 17
1 sound cassette
Widdis interview is on second side of Arnold Prince cassette.
2
18
Shirley Woodson Reid, Detroit, MI, 1986 October 17
1 sound cassette
Includes transcript.
2
19
Hale Woodruff, circa 1972
3 sound cassettes
2
19
Interviews for "Generation '306' - Harlem, New York", circa 1972
3 sound cassettes
2
20
Interviews for "Generation '306' - Harlem, New York", circa 1972
2 sound cassettes
3
1
Interviews for "Generation '306' - Harlem, New York", circa 1972
2 sound cassettes
3
2

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