Quincy Troupe Papers: 1915-2008.


Scope and Arrangement

The Quincy Troupe papers, dating from 1915 to 2008 (83.51 linear feet (193 boxes, 5 volumes, 3 tubes); 3.51 gb (575 computer files), mainly document the writer's career from 1970 to 2008. They also hold a small set of family papers and the scrapbooks of Quincy Trouppe, Sr. The collection's strongest points are its documentation of Troupe's writings and other projects, particularly his books on Miles Davis, James Baldwin, and Chris Gardner; The Miles Davis Radio Project; his editorial work for the arts journal Black Renaissance Noir and Code magazine; and his published and unpublished poetry and essays.

The collection reveals Troupe's professional activities as a poet, author, editor, and educator through calendars and datebooks; clippings; correspondence with employers, friends, colleagues, and family; transcripts of interviews with Troupe; notebooks, journals, and diaries, some of which contain unpublished or early versions of poetry or essays; a small set of photographs; programs, flyers, and posters advertising readings, lectures, panel discussions, and other public events; resumes and biographies; teaching files; writings and project files; and writings by others.

The two largest segments of the collection are Correspondence and Writings and Projects.

The Writings and Projects files contain poem and essay drafts; annotated manuscripts, proofs and galleys; correspondence; contracts; interview transcripts; photographs; and clippings. The largest file sets document Miles Davis-related projects such as Miles: The Autobiography, The Miles Davis Radio Project, Miles and Me, and various other articles and public presentations. Transcripts of interviews with Davis, musicians, and other associates and friends of Davis make up a significant portion of the files for the autobiography and the radio series. See the container list for more details.

Other major components of the Writings and Project files include the arts journal Black Renaissance Noir; Code magazine; James Baldwin: The Legacy; The Pursuit of Happyness; Thelonious Monk: An American Composer; and most of Troupe's published poetry collections. The poem and essay drafts, both handwritten and printed, date from 1973 to 2008. Poem manuscripts and revised drafts can also be found in the files for Troupe's published collections, as he revised some poems for different publications.

The files for published books include drafts, manuscripts, proofs, and galleys. Smaller...

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