Samuel Greenlee Papers

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Samuel Greenlee papers
Creator: Greenlee, Sam, 1930-2014
Call Number: D.342
Dates: circa 1965-2005
Physical Description: 7 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I. Writings
Series II. Biographical and printed materials
Collection Overview
Title: Samuel Greenlee papers
Creator: Greenlee, Sam, 1930-2014
Call Number: D.342
Dates: circa 1965-2005
Physical Description: 7 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Samuel Greenlee (1930-2014), novelist, poet, screenwriter, teacher, journalist, and talk show host, was born in Chicago on July 13, 1930. He was educated in Chicago public schools and received his B.S. in political science in 1952 from the University of Wisconsin. He attended law school the following year, but, deciding against a career in law, he transferred to the University of Chicago where he received his M.A. in international relations from 1954 through 1957. He was a foreign services officer with the U.S. Information Agency for the next seven years. In 1958, Greenlee won the Meritorious Service Award for bravery during the Baghdad revolution.

Greenlee's writing typically reflects the African American experience. His first novel, The Spook Who Sat By the Door, was published in 1968, and he co-wrote a screenplay adaption of this novel, which was released in 1974. He spent several years of voluntary exile in Europe and West Africa before moving back to Chicago.

Scope and Content
The Samuel Greenlee Papers consists of Greenlee's typescripts, printed material, correspondence, photographs and awards. Biographical material in the collection highlights Greenlee's life and published works. The correspondence featured contains many letters written by Greenlee to his close friend, "Smalley," Mike Cook. In the letters, Greenlee discusses his work and travels in Europe. Ephemera in this collection includes magazines, newspapers, and reviews of Greenlee's work. The photographs in this colleelction show Greenlee as an older man surrounded by friends and family.

Arrangement
Series List

Series I. Writings

Series II. Biographical and Printed Materials

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Photographs
Awards
Greenlee, Sam, 1930-2014
Authors, American
African American authors
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Samuel Greenlee Papers were purchased through special allocation in 2005.Access
The Samuel Greenlee papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Samuel Greenlee papers, D.342, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Series I. Writings
Box 1, Folder 1Djakarta Blues, excerpt, novel in progress
Original typescript, unnumbered draft, pages 14-61, 72-75, 77-129, 131-137, 157-170, 175-195, and 205-206.

Box 1, Folder 2Djakarta Blues
pages 219-262, 264-265, 282-294, and 317-448

Box 1, Folder 3Mykonos Blues, excerpt, novel in progress, original typescript
Box 1, Folder 4Hard Head Blues, autobiography, excerpt, draft, original typescript
Box 1, Folder 5"Don't Call Us Girls", TV pilot script, reviews, and interviews
Box 1, Folder 6"Lisa Trotter," a modern screen adaptation of "Lysistrata," first draft, original typescript
Box 1, Folder 7"Lisa Trotter," second draft, original and photocopied typescript
Box 1, Folder 8"Lisa Trotter," final draft, original typescript
Box 1, Folder 9Short stories and articles
"Autumn Leaves," Negro Digest, January 1967, pages 69-73, photocopy.
"Blues for Little Prez," Black World, August 1973, pages 54-62, photocopy.
"The D.C. Blues," excerpt, Negro Digest, June 1969, pgs. 86-92, photocopy.
"Iraq's Army of Occupation," Chicago Observer, Volume 1, Issue 6, June 2003, page 4, original newsprint, 2 copies.
"Lies, Alibis the White House Gang," Chicago Observer Community Voices, August 2003, page 3, original newsprint.
"The Making of The Spook Who Sat by the Door," original typescript, 2 pages.
"The Sign," Negro Digest, February 1966, pgs. 61-63, photocopy.
"Sonny's Seasons," Black World, October 1970, pgs 58-63, photocopy.
"Summer Sunday," Negro Digest, September 1966, pages 60-61, photocopy.
"Yes, We Can Sing," Negro Digest, December 1965, pgs. 65-69, photocopy.
Box 1a, Folder 1"Sam's Blues" The Adventures of a Traveling Man a Memoir, typed manuscript
Box 1a, Folder 2-5"Sam's Blues" The Adventures of a Traveling Man, Volume One, typed manuscript
Box 1a, Folder 6-7"Sam's Blues" The Adventures of a Traveling Man, Volume Two, typed manuscript
Box 1a, Folder 8"Sam's Blues", typed manuscript fragment
Box 1a, Folder 9Screenplay and background materials, The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Box 2, Folder 1Be-Bop Man/Be-Bop Woman: Poetry and other raps, self-published print-out, first edition, 1995, original typescript
Box 2, Folder 2Be-Bop Man/Be-Bop Woman: Poetry and other raps ["South Side Blues"], second edition, draft, unpublished, original typescript
Box 2, Folder 3Be-Bop Man/Be-Bop Woman: Poetry and other raps, draft, original typescript
Box 2, Folder 4Be-Bop Man/Be-Bop Woman, corrected draft, April 1, 2005, original typescript, with manuscript revisions
Box 2, Folder 5Be-Bop Man/Be-Bop Woman, corrected draft, May 25, 2005, original typescript, with manuscript revisions
Box 2, Folder 6Be-Bop Man/Be-Bop Woman: Poetry and other raps, final draft, June 13, 2005, original typescript
Box 2, Folder 7Draft fragment
Series II. Biographical and printed materials
Box 3, Folder 1Biographical materials
Box 3, Folder 2Correspondence: Smalley Mike Cook and Sam Greenlee, December 4, 1985-October 24, 2000
Box 3, Folder 3Reviews of published works
Box 3, Folder 4Printed ephemera: The Spook Who Sat by the Door: Reviews, interviews, and other ephemera
Box 3, Folder 5Printed ephemera
Box 3, Folder 6Photographs
Box 3, Folder 7Awards and notices of appearances


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