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Chicago Public Library

Guide to the Cyrus Colter Papers, 1892-2002

Mollie Godfrey, 2005

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Cyrus Colter Papers

Dates:

1892-2002

Size:

10 linear feet. 15 archival boxes.

Repository:

Chicago Public Library
Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
9525 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60628

Subject Headings

Colter, Cyrus

African American authors

African American lawyers

Access

No restrictions

Citation

When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is:

Colter, Cyrus Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

Provenance

Donation of Cyrus Colter, 1995

Acknowledgements

Funding to process this collection and compose its finding aid was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Biographical Note

Cyrus Colter, a distinguished African-American writer, lawyer and professor, was born on January 8, 1910, in Noblesville, IN. Colter was the eldest of two children born to James Alexander Colter and Ethel Marietta Basset Colter, whose families had moved from North Carolina to rural Indiana in the 1830s in search of safe haven. His mother died when he was six years old, and his father worked variously as an insurance salesman, actor, musician and regional director of the Central Indiana division of the NAACP. These jobs took the family from Noblesville to Greensboro, IN, and later to Youngstown, OH, where Colter attended a private school called Rayen Academy. He pursued his undergraduate degree at Youngstown University and Ohio State before moving to Chicago in 1936 to attend the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He received his law degree in 1940 and served a brief stint with the IRS before signing up for military service in 1942. On January 1, 1943, he married Imogene Mackay, a teacher and graduate of Northwestern University. They remained together until her death in 1984.

Colter returned from World War II in 1946 having risen to the rank of captain. He set up a private practice on the South Side of Chicago, where he had served as a board member at the Parkway Community Center and thus become acquainted with many of the writers and intellectuals associated with the Chicago Renaissance. In 1951, Colter was appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) by Governor Adlai Stevenson. The second black person ever to hold this position, Colter's twenty-three year tenure - serving under six Governors - became the longest in that agency's history. He was also involved in numerous civic groups in Chicago and served as board member for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Historical Society and Dalkey Archive Press.

In 1960, at the age of fifty, Colter reassessed his life's work and, with the encouragement of his wife, began to write. Colter published his first of many short stories, "A Chance Meeting," in an Irish magazine in 1960. After ten years of publications on a similar scale, Kurt Vonnegut selected Colter to receive the very first University of Iowa Award for Short Fiction for a collection of stories entitled The Beach Umbrella (1970). In the years that followed, Colter published an expanded volume of short stories called The Amoralists and Other Tales (1988) as well as five novels: The Rivers of Eros (1972), The Hippodrome (1973), Night Studies (1979), A Chocolate Soldier (1988), and City of Light (1993). Widely popular and critically praised, his works have been translated into German, Italian, Hungarian, Danish, French, and Japanese.

Colter resigned from the ICC in 1973 in order to accept a professorship in Northwestern University's newly established Department of African-American Studies. A year later, he was named the first Chester D. Tripp Professor of the Humanities, a post he held until his retirement in 1978. Not only was he made chairman of the department, he was also the first African-American to hold an endowed professorship at the school. Colter died at the age of 92 at the Wagner Health Center in Evanston, IL, on April 17, 2002.

Throughout his lifetime, Colter received countless accolades, including an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in 1977. In addition to the prestigious Iowa Award, Beach Umbrella won two further awards from the Chicago Friends of Literature and the Society of Midland Authors in 1971. Night Studies also won the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library in 1980. In 1990, Colter's name was engraved on the frieze of the new Illinois State Public Library, alongside such esteemed literary figures as Ernest Hemingway, Saul Bellow and Gwendolyn Brooks. Colter's lifetime achievements were honored with the first ever TriQuarterly Award in 1991 and in 1998 he was inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Bibliography

Davis, Thadious M. and Trudier Harris. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 33: Afro-American Fiction Writers After 1955. Ann Arbor, MI: Gale, 1984. Eifling,Sam. "CYRUS COLTER, 92; Lawyer became author, Northwestern professor." Chicago Tribune, 19 April 2002, North Sports final ed., obituaries: 8. Henderson, Ashyia N. Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 36: Profiles from the International Black Community. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2003. Metzger, Linda. Black Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1989. Salzman, Jack, David Lionel Smith and Cornel West. Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, Vol. 2. New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1996. Strauss, Alex and Janet C. Olson. Finding Aid for the Cyrus Colter (1910-2002) Papers, 1935-1995. Northwestern University Archives. February-June 1998. 20 September 2005. http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives/findingaids/cyrus_colter.pdf.

Scope and Content

The Cyrus Colter Papers consist mainly of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, clippings and other printed matter that pertain to Colter's forty-year career as a writer and educator; a smaller body of material pertains to Colter's thirty-year legal and political career and his personal life. As the collection originally possessed only the most rudimentary of arrangements, it has been rearranged and divided into twelve series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Clippings, Serials, Publicity, Teaching Materials, Miscellaneous, Legal Career, Musical Interests, Photographs, Oversized Materials and Memorabilia. Any original order that was disrupted by this reorganization will be noted where relevant, as will the methodology employed to restore materials to a usable arrangement. A small quantity of duplicate materials was discarded.

Another set of Cyrus Colter's papers is housed in the Northwestern University Archives. These materials will be referred to below where they represent significant gaps in the holdings of this collection.

Manuscripts, 1963-1994: The bulk of the Cyrus Colter Papers are made up of a variety of manuscripts, including a number of galleys and proofs, and numerous drafts of Colter's two final novels, Chocolate Soldier and City of Light. The collection also contains two versions of Rivers of Eros, an early version of Hippodrome, drafts of several short stories, one poem and two reviews (one of Maya Angelou's All God's Children Need Walking Shoes and several tortured drafts that review Ralph Ellison's Going to the Territory). Unfortunately, the collection of Colter's stories and poetry is incomplete and, aside from one galley, there are no manuscripts of Night Studies. Another significant manuscript collection of Colter's works - containing two short stories, two unpublished works, the complete Imogene Poems, and further drafts of Chocolate Soldier and City of Light - can be found in the Northwestern University Archives. That archive also contains in its clippings file photocopies of Colter's short stories as they were originally published. In addition, it appears that at least one manuscript of Night Studies is available in the Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (1921-1992) Papers, 1870-1991, located in the Special Collections of Hoskins Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Colter's manuscripts were originally distributed throughout the collection, though single works were generally grouped together and different drafts divided into separate envelopes. Where multiple drafts existed, their chronological development was identified by comparing them alongside the published version and looking for changes that had been absorbed into subsequent texts. These methods led to the identification of two complete and four largely complete versions of Chocolate Soldier. Although most were undated, one version was sent to (and presumably rejected by) Chicago Review Press (University of Chicago) in 1985, and another sent to New Letters (University of Missouri, Kansas City) in 1986. The book was eventually published by Thunder's Mouth Press in the summer of 1988. The latest near-complete manuscript in the collection is from January of that year, although there are two pages present from a later manuscript that are nearly identical to the published version. There is reason to believe that the novel was begun prior to the publication of Night Studies in 1979, although it is unknown whether or not the drafts in this collection date back that far.

The manuscripts for City of Light, which was composed during the onset of Colter's Alzheimer's disease, posed something of a processing challenge. Pages were distributed throughout the collection, often as chapters but sometimes in groups of no more than five or ten pages. Pages from one version were often removed and turned into pages in a later version, resulting in many gaps, and there were multiple versions of certain chapters while very few versions of others. Some drafts appear to be marked with clearly erroneous dates (such as an early version dated the year of publication), and two drafts feature changes that did not make it into subsequent drafts. The manuscripts have been grouped into the most reasonable order determinable based on pagination, typescript, handwritten changes and the absorption of those changes. Where pages had been amended by stapling new sections on top of old ones, everything has been photocopied and clipped together such that one can track the development. Because whole chapters were often missing, however, it was occasionally impossible to determine whether two chapters were from the same manuscript or only occupied the same relative position in relation to earlier and later manuscripts. The version numbers for this novel are thus estimated to the best of our abilities; everything within a given folder, however, is relatively certain to belong together.

The collection includes six primary versions - or typescripts - of City of Light, along with several alternate versions of some of those typescripts. Versions 1, 2 and 3 are reasonably straightforward, except for the fact that version 2 consists of only chapters 1 and 7; thus, although the typescript is similar and both chapters clearly precede those in version 3, it is not certain that they are, in fact, from the same manuscript. Version 4 refers to an unmarked typescript of which we have only fragments. Version 4a is that typescript with handwritten changes which were then either lost or rejected. Version 4b is the same typescript (version 4) with a different set of handwritten changes; these changes were then absorbed into the typescript of version 5. Version 5a is almost identical to version 5 but with a few handwritten instructions and minor changes that appear to be directed towards Colter's editor. Version 6 is the published version, featuring changes made by Colter's editor, where version 6a is a few pages that were rejected and rewritten for that manuscript, and version 6b is a photocopy of version 6 that features a few additional changes (changes that did not make it into the published version).

In addition to these drafts of Colter's published works, the collection includes twelve journal entry style pages titled "Tomorrowland" and one typed page that could not be identified. It may be worthwhile to compare these pages to the book sketch of Renaissance or the unknown book draft that can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

Correspondence, 1970-1994: This series consists mainly of correspondence to and from Colter's publishers - Swallow Press/Ohio University Press (1972-1984) and Thunder's Mouth Press (1988-1993) - and the Robert P. Mills literary agency (1970-1975). Further correspondence with Colter's publishers can be found in the Northwestern University Archives, while further correspondence with Colter's literary agent can be found in the Robert Park Mills (1920-1986) Papers, ca. 1961-1983, at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

This series also includes correspondence pertaining to awards and events that Colter won or participated in, fan letters, rights requests and rejection letters, and a series of letters from a woman named Patricia B. Gibbs, who took an interest in Colter's work and did extensive research into his familial background in rural Indiana. The collection also includes correspondence from Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ossie Davis (and his wife, Ruby Dee), George P. Elliot and Toni Morrison - most of which is written in praise of specific works by Colter. One letter, written by Daniel J. Boorstin, refers to a speech that can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

All correspondence is filed alphabetically by correspondent. Correspondence that was originally grouped together in single envelopes has been photocopied and filed both as found and within folders organized by correspondent. Any other materials enclosed within letters (such as publicity and photographs) have also been photocopied and stored both with those letters and separately according to their format.

Clippings, 1892-1994: The clippings collection, organized by publication, spans the entirety of Colter's literary career and consists primarily of: reviews of Colter's works; articles on Colter's awards or achievements; advertisements for Colter's books or events; and articles or reviews written by Colter. A small number of clippings pertain to Colter's publishers and friends, or to his family and hometown of Nobelsville, IN. Further clippings, including photocopies of Colter's short stories as they were originally published, can be found in the Northwestern University Archives. Otherwise, the two collections likely contain a number of duplicate reviews and articles, as the bulk of the Northwestern clippings collection was compiled independently by the University.

Most of the clippings in this collection were found grouped together, though in no particular order. Those that originally accompanied letters or were within particular serials have been photocopied and added to the clippings file, as well as retained in their original place.

Serials, 1959-1999: For the most part, the serials in this collection contain articles or reviews written by or about Colter, all of which have been photocopied and filed as clippings. The exceptions include Chicago History, a publication of the Chicago Historical Society, for which Colter served as board member; Harmony, which represents Colter's lifelong love of music and involvement with the Orchestral Institute and other like organizations; and TriQuarterly, with which Colter had a long-term literary acquaintance. The remaining serials pertain to Colter's literary/academic career with the exception of Daily Traffic News, which features an article on Colter's involvement with the ICC.

Publicity, 1970-1992: This series contains a variety of publicity materials pertaining to Colter's literary career, including: pamphlets, flyers, invitations and programs for events; publisher catalogues, pamphlets and dust jackets; documents pertaining to Colter's involvement in the Great Black Books Group and the Illinois Art Alliance; and a 1986 version of Colter's curriculum vita. Several letters pertaining to Colter's appearance at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum were removed from their original grouping alongside related publicity materials and filed in the correspondence series under the museum's name. The remaining materials have been arranged in chronological order to reflect their original grouping by subject or event.

Teaching Materials, [?]-1988: Almost all of the teaching materials contained within this collection pertain to Colter's teaching position in the Fiction Writing program at Columbia College Chicago in 1987 and 1988. One undated document seems to pertain to his earlier position in the African-American Studies department at Northwestern University. All clippings and serials from Northwestern University publications have been filed according to their format. It appears that no further teaching materials can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

Miscellaneous, 1981: This series contains a stage adaptation of Colter's novel, Hippodrome by G. E. Oscar Griffin, copyrighted 1981. It is unknown whether the play was performed, or whether Colter was involved with or supportive of the adaptation.

Legal Career, 1953-2002: This series contains a variety of materials - including manuscripts, correspondence, clippings and awards - that relate to Colter's legal career and lifelong engagement in commerce and politics, including Colter's work with the ICC and the Commission on Individual Liberty and Personal Privacy, and his voluntary involvement with the senate's monopoly cases against the Illinois Bell Company in 1974 and 1978. These materials have been arranged chronologically to reflect their original grouping by subject or event.

Musical Interests, 1950-2002: This series consists primarily of programs, catalogues, publicity materials and correspondence pertaining to musical events and associations in which Colter had a lifelong interest and involvement. Two items of particular interest include Colter's correspondence with E. Norman Staub of the Orchestral Association, in response to the racism of one of the orchestra's conductors, Georg Solti. Although this correspondence is incomplete, it is known that Colter eventually won his dispute. A letter to the editor on a similar theme can be found in the Chicago Daily News (10 April 1971), located within this collection's clippings series.

Photographs, 1890-1994: This series contains over a hundred photographs that both precede and span Colter's life. The photographs can be grouped loosely into the following eight subject categories: portraits of Colter; family photos; holiday photos; the Colters at home; the Colters with friends; publicity photos; photos sent by Patricia B. Gibbs; and Illinois Commerce Commission photos.

The family photos include several early photographs of Colter's parents and grandparents, a number of images of Colter in uniform with a young Imogene, and a beautiful Scurlock photograph of Colter's sister, Mary Elizabeth, in her wedding dress. Publicity photos include a number of images of Colter with David Ray and Robert Farnsworth at a 1972 literary event at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, as well as a photograph of Colter with Gwendolyn Brooks at the Illinois State Library opening ceremony in 1990. There is also a 1972 photograph of the Colters at Nelson Algren's home in Chicago, and several of the ICC photos feature Colter alongside Governor William Stratton. Although dates are often uncertain, the portraits appear to span several decades.

Since many of the photographs were undated and unmarked, some investigatory methods were employed to arrive at approximate identifications. For example, the year of a trip to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Ebenezer Baptist Church was found by checking the day and date on the notice board outside the church in a world atlas. A photo of Colter, speaking at the Palmer House in Chicago, has been tentatively identified as corresponding with the 1964 Conference for the Midwest Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners held at that location with which the ICC was involved. The date of Colter's visit to the Illinois State Library was determined by reference to letters inviting Colter and the other honored writers to the library's opening ceremony. The photograph of Colter's maternal grandfather, Reverend Miles Bassett, at home in New Albany, IN, was identified with reference to a portrait in Our Baptist Ministers and Schools, which can be found in the clippings series. All tentative decades were estimated with reference to other photographs and the relative age and appearance of those appearing within. Unfortunately, some locations and friends remain unidentified. Photocopies have been made and left in lieu of any photographs that were removed from letters in order to be placed in this series.

Oversized Materials, 1940-1995: In addition to one galley of Night Studies and several photographs that have been separated from their appropriate series due to size constraints, this series contains three audio/visual items - all of which pertain to Colter's literary career - including a radio adaptation of his first published story, "A Chance Meeting."

Memorabilia, 1927-1999: This series contains: graduation robes; medals, degrees and certificates; travel brochures and keepsakes; and a signed copy of The Near-Johannesburg Boy by Gwendolyn Brooks. The great majority of Colter's diplomas, certificates, plaques, medals and awards can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1963-1994: Handwritten and typescript drafts, galleys and photocopies of Colter's works are arranged chronologically by publication date. The series begins with Colter's published literary work (short stories, novels and poetry), followed by his published non-fiction (articles, interviews and reviews), one unpublished work, and finally one unidentifiable manuscript page.

INVENTORY

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1963-1994

Box 1

Folder 1

"Beach Umbrella" photocopy from Soon, One Morning, pub. 1963

Box 1

Folder 2

"A Gift" mss., pp. 1-19, pub. 1966-67, [n.d.]

Box 1

Folder 3

"A Man in the House" mss., pp. 1-17, pub. 1967, [n.d.]

Box 1

Folder 4

"Girl Friend" mss., pp. 1-16, pub. 1970, [n.d.]

Box 1

Folder 5

"An Untold Story" mss., pp. 1-13, pub. 1970, [n.d.]

Box 1

Folder 6

Beach Umbrella galley, pp. 1-225, pub. 1970, [n.d.]

Box 1

Folder 7

"A March" mss., pp. 1-18, pub. 1971, [n.d.]

Box 1

Folder 8

Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 1-4, pp. 1-108, 110-129, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 1

Folder 9

Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 5, pp. 1-43, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 1

Folder 10

Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 6, pp. 1-18, 20-37, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 1

Folder 11

Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 7, pp. 1-40, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 1

Folder 12

Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 8, pp. 1-31, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 1

Folder 13

Rivers of Eros mss., version 2, not published version, pp. 1-301, pub. 1972, 6 April 1971

Box 1

Folder 14

"The Amoralists" galley, published in University Review 37.4 (University of Missouri, Kansas City), Summer 1971

Box 14

Night Studies galley, 1-389 (pp. 1-778), pub. 1979, 6 November 1978

see oversized box: 14

Box 2

Folder 1

Hippodrome mss., early version pp. 1-277, pub. 1973, [n.d.]

Box 2

Folder 2

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 1, pp. 1-223, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 2

Folder 3

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 1-112, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 2

Folder 4

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 120-229, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 2

Folder 5

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 231-260, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 2

Folder 6

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 262-342, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 2

Folder 7

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 344-353, 355-361, pub 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 2

Folder 8

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2a, corrected pages for mss. sent to Curt Matthews at Chicago Review Press (a mss. likely identical to version 2), pub 1988, 17 August 1985 (fragment)

Box 3

Folder 1

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 1-76, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 3

Folder 2

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 81-169, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 3

Folder 3

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 170-259, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 3

Folder 4

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 260-361, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 3

Folder 5

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 4, pp. 1-119, pub. 1988, [n.d.]

Box 3

Folder 6

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 4, pp. 120-241, pub. 1988, [n.d.]

Box 3

Folder 7

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 4, pp. 242-361, pub. 1988, [n.d.]

Box 3

Folder 8

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 1-72, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)

Box 4

Folder 1

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 79-137, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)

Box 4

Folder 2

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 145-237, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)

Box 4

Folder 3

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 238-367, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)

Box 4

Folder 4

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 238-367, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)

Box 4

Folder 5

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, handwritten corrections, pub. 1988, 25 August 1986 (fragment)

Box 4

Folder 6

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 6, pp. 1-189, pub. 1988, 17 January 1988

Box 4

Folder 7

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 6, pp. 190-368, pub. 1988, 17 January 1988

Box 4

Folder 8

Chocolate Soldier mss., version 7, not published version, pp. 362-363, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 4

Chocolate Soldier proof copy, Thunder's Mouth Press, pub. May 1988

Box 4

The Amoralists proof copy, Thunder's Mouth Press, pub. November 1988

Box 5

Folder 1

"Breakfast Burning" mss., published as part of "Four from Imogene Poems," TriQuarterly 82, Fall 1991

Box 5

Folder 2

City of Light mss., version 1, pp. 1-97 (ch. 1), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 3

City of Light mss., version 2, pp. 1-99d (ch. 1), pub. 1993, December 1992 [?] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 4

City of Light mss., version 2 [?], pp. 416-463 (ch. 7), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 5

City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 1-31, 47-62 (ch. 1), see version 6b for pp. 32-46, pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 6

City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 63-125 (ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 7

City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 126-177 (ch. 3), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 8

City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 178-275 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 9

City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 276-341 (ch. 5), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 10

City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 344-424 (ch. 6), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 11

City of Light mss., version 4, pp. 56-66 (ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 12

City of Light mss., version 4, pp. 133-159 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 13

City of Light mss., version 4, odd pages between pp. 371-482 (ch. 8), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 14

City of Light mss., version 4a, pp. 257-323 (ch. 6), not all changes make it into version 4b, pub. 1993, 24 April 1993 [?] (fragment)

Box 5

Folder 15

City of Light mss., version 4a, pp. 324-370 (ch. 7), not all changes make it into version 4b, pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 1

City of Light mss., version 4a, pp. 397-484 (ch. 8), not all changes make it into version 4b, pub. 1993, 21 November 1992 (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 2

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp.1-46 (ch. 1), pub. 1993, 6 January 1993 (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 3

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 47-87 (ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 4

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 91-128 (ch. 3), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 5

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 129-200 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 6

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 229-230 (insert for ch. 5), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 7

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 278-289, 314-319, 322-323 (insert for ch. 6), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 8

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 1-17 (insert for ch. 7), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 9

City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 371-429 (ch. 8), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 10

City of Light mss., version 5, odd pages of 4b changes (insert for ch. 5, 6 & 7), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 11

City of Light mss., version 5a, odd pages of 4b changes, with instructions (insert for ch. 1), pub. 1993, 1 February 1993 (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 12

City of Light mss., version 5a, pp. 55-65, 83-87 (insert for ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 13

City of Light mss., version 5a, pp. 129-200 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, 26 March 1993, (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 14

City of Light mss., version 5a, pp. 201-256 (ch. 5), pub. 1993, 1 March - 24 April 1993 (fragment)

Box 6

Folder 15

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 1-53 (ch. 1), published version, pub. 1993

Box 6

Folder 16

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 54-98 (ch. 2), published version, pub. 1993

Box 6

Folder 17

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 100-143 (ch. 3), published version, pub. 1993

Box 6

Folder 18

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 144-210 (ch. 4), published version, pub. 1993

Box 7

Folder 1

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 211-269 (ch. 5), published version, pub. 1993

Box 7

Folder 2

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 275-335 (ch. 6), published version, pub. 1993

Box 7

Folder 3

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 336-384 (ch. 7), published version, pub. 1993

Box 7

Folder 4

City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 385-455 (ch. 8), published version, pub. 1993

Box 7

Folder 5

City of Light mss., version 6a, pp. 247-264, 251, 428 (rejects from version 6), pub. 1993, [n.d]

Box 7

Folder 6

City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 1-53 (ch. 1), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 7

Folder 7

City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 54-98 (ch. 2), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 7

Folder 8

City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 100-143 (ch. 3), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 7

Folder 9

City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 144-209 (ch. 4), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 7

Folder 10

City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 211-269 (ch. 5), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 7

Folder 11

City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 270-335, 428, 437 (ch. 6 & fragment of ch. 8), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)

Box 7

Folder 12

"The Writer in Chicago: A Roundtable" mss., published in TriQuarterly 60, Spring/Summer 1984

Box 7

Folder 13

Review of All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou, published in the Chicago Sun-Times, 23 March 1986

Box 7

Folder 14

Review of Going to the Territory by Ralph Ellison, multiple versions, published in Chicago Sun-Times, 17 August 1986

Box 7

Folder 15

"Cyrus Colter: A Special Section" mss., pp. 56-103, published in Callaloo 14.4, Winter 1991

Box 7

Folder 16

"Tomorrowland" mss., pp. 1-12, unpublished, 12 August - 26 October 1994

Box 7

Folder 17

Unidentified mss. page, [n.d.]

Series 2: Correspondence, 1970-1994

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically - either by last name of the sender or addressee (in the case of private correspondence) or by the name of the business or organization concerned (in which case the names of individual correspondents will occasionally appear in parentheses). Letters both from and to each correspondent are intermixed and arranged chronologically within each correspondent's folder. Letters that are neither from nor to Cyrus Colter have been filed under the name of their sender rather than their addressee; where possible, the recipient will appear in parentheses.

Box 8

Folder 1

Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 23 June 1988 - 28 October 1988

Box 8

Folder 2

Nelson Algren, 21 December 1972

Box 8

Folder 3

Agenzia Letteraria Internazionale, Royalty Statements for River of Eros, 13 February 1978

Box 8

Folder 4

Artisjus, Royalty Statements for Beach Umbrella, 8 June 1976 - 3 January 1978

Box 8

Folder 5

Black World (June A. Rinehart), 8 April 1987

Box 8

Folder 6

Daniel J. Boorstin, Library of Congress (Chicago Historical Society), 16 May 1985

Box 8

Folder 7

Boston University Special Collections (Howard B. Gotlieb), 27 July 1972

Box 8

Folder 8

Gwendolyn Brooks, 15 April 1973

Box 8

Folder 9

Callaloo (Rosanna Demps), 11 December 1991

Box 8

Folder 10

Chicago Sun-Times (Harry Kisor), 17 June 1986

Box 8

Folder 11

Cliff Dwellers (Roy Berg), 9 October 1970

Box 8

Folder 12

Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, 13 November 1972 - 18 December 1972

Box 8

Folder 13

Dianne Donovan, 20 February 1991

Box 8

Folder 14

Elaine Markson Literary Agency Inc., 9 January 1985 - 1 May 1985

Box 8

Folder 15

George P. Elliot, 8 June 1970 - 27 April 1973

Box 8

Folder 16

Epoch (Baxter Hathaway), 15 April 1970

Box 8

Folder 17

Patricia B. Gibbs, fan-letters, 19 June 1993 - 1995

Box 8

Folder 18

Henrietta Glick, fan-letter, 1 March 1974

Box 8

Folder 19

Illinois Humanities Council, 21 May 1989 - 21 July 1989

Box 8

Folder 20

Illinois State Library (Jim Edgar), 18 July 1989 - 5 April 1990

Box 8

Folder 21

John Farquaharson Ltd. (Vanessa Holt), 14 March 1973

Box 8

Folder 22

McIntosh and Otis Inc. (Julie Fallowfield), 7 December 1984

Box 8

Folder 23

Toni Morrison (to Swallow Press), 7 May 1979

Box 8

Folder 24

Howard W. Muller, fan-letter, 15 November 1971

Box 8

Folder 25

Nat Sobel Associates, 25 July 1985 - 30 July 1985

Box 8

Folder 26

New Letters (Glenda McCrary), [n.d.]

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Folder 27

Natalie Petesch, 20 April 1978

Box 8

Folder 28

Judith Prince, fan-letter, 12 July 1974

Box 8

Folder 29

Random House Inc. (Erroll McDonald), 14 February 1985

Box 8

Folder 30

Robert P. Mills Ltd., 22 April 1970 - 11 December 1975

Box 8

Folder 31

Roosevelt University (Theodore L. Gross), 7 May 1992

Box 8

Folder 32

Irwin Ross, fan-letter, 18 August 1972

Box 8

Folder 33

Prairie Schooner (Bernice Slote), 10 April 1970

Box 8

Folder 34

Lynn Schoenewey, fan-letter, 6 June 1968

Box 8

Folder 35

Society of Midland Authors (Peggy McPhaul), 2 April 1971

Box 8

Folder 36

Swallow Press, Royalty Statements for Beach Umbrella, 1972-1975

Box 8

Folder 37

Swallow Press, Royalty Statements for Hippodrome, 1973

Box 8

Folder 38

Swallow Press, Royalty Statements for Rivers of Eros, 1972-1973

Box 8

Folder 39

Swallow Press, 14 February 1974 - 19 December 1979

Box 8

Folder 40

Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 20 February 1980 - 6 April 1984

Box 8

Folder 41

Thunder's Mouth Press, Royalty Statements for The Amoralists, 1988, 1990-1992

Box 8

Folder 42

Thunder's Mouth Press, Royalty Statements for Chocolate Soldier, 1988, 1990-1992

Box 8

Folder 43

Thunder's Mouth Press, 8 July 1988 - 14 October 1993

Box 8

Folder 44

TriQuarterly, 22 December 1983 - 24 November 1993

Box 8

Folder 45

University of Illinois Chicago Circle (Donald H. Riddle), 19 May 1977

Box 8

Folder 46

University of Iowa Press, 23 December 1969 - 23 May 1990

Box 8

Folder 47

Warner Bros. Inc. (Mimi Moody to Robert P. Mills Ltd.), 26 February 1973

Box 8

Folder 48

Sarah Welsch, 26 August 1997 [?]

Clippings are arranged alphabetically by publication, and then chronologically within each folder.

Box 9

Folder 1

African American Student Affairs (Northwestern University), May 1998

Box 9

Folder 2

Alton Democrat (Iowa), 31 December 1970

Box 9

Folder 3

American Libraries 4.2, February 1973

Box 9

Folder 4

Bar News (Illinois State), November 1970

Box 9

Folder 5

Best Sellers (University of Scranton, PA), 1 June 1972 - 1 June 1973

Box 9

Folder 6

Black X-Press, 7 July 1973

Box 9

Folder 7

Book Week, 27 May 1973

Box 9

Folder 8

Boston Globe, 3 June 1973

Box 9

Folder 9

Callaloo 14.4, 1991

Box 9

Folder 10

Cedar Rapids Gazette, 18 April 1971

Box 9

Folder 11

Chicago 37.6, June 1988

Box 9

Folder 12

Chicago Daily News, 3 April 1963 - 4 March 1978

Box 9

Folder 13

Chicago Defender (Daily), 22 June 1970 - 20 July 1976

Box 9

Folder 14

Chicago Maroon (University of Chicago), 6 April 1973

Box 9

Folder 15

Chicago Review [?] (University of Chicago, 2 April 1973

Box 9

Folder 16

Chicago Sun-Times, 15 July 1970 - 22 September 1991

Box 9

Folder 17

Chicago Today (Family Today), 7 July 1972

Box 9

Folder 18

Chicago Tribune, 15 June 1970 - 8 April 1990

Box 9

Folder 19

Chicago Tribune Magazine, 18 August 1974

Box 9

Folder 20

Choice (Middletown, CT), March 1973

Box 9

Folder 21

Christian Century, 23 March 1977

Box 9

Folder 22

Daily Iowan, 31 July 1970

Box 9

Folder 23

Daily Northwestern (Northwestern University), 28 September 1976 - 31 May 1978

Box 9

Folder 24

Des Moines Sunday Register, 19 July 1970

Box 9

Folder 25

Economist, 1 June 1991

Box 9

Folder 26

Essence 19.4, August 1988

Box 9

Folder 27

Fiction Midwest, 1973

Box 9

Folder 28

Historicalog (Henry Co. Historical Society), circa 15 February 1993 [?]

Box 9

Folder 29

Huntington Advertiser (Huntington, WV), 2 December 1973

Box 9

Folder 30

Hyde Parker 4, April-May 1973

Box 9

Folder 31

Hyde Park Herald, 3 November 1971

Box 9

Folder 32

Jet Magazine, 19 August 1976

Box 9

Folder 33

Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN), 29 June 1979

Box 9

Folder 34

Reprinted from Journal of the National Medical Association 42.2, March 1950 (place and date of reprinting unknown)

Box 9

Folder 35

Kansas City Star, 11 June 1972 - 6 May 1973

Box 9

Folder 36

Kliatt, September 1991

Box 9

Folder 37

Lake Shore News, September 1976

Box 9

Folder 38

Library Journal, circa 1970 [?]

Box 9

Folder 39

Literary Quarterly of African American Students 3.2 (Northwestern University), May 1978

Box 9

Folder 40

Memo (Northwestern University), October 1975 - September 1976

Box 9

Folder 41

Milwaukee Journal, 27 September 1970 - 18 April 1971

Box 9

Folder 42

Minnesota Daily 75.15, 7 August 1973

Box 9

Folder 43

Nation, May 1972 - 5 June 1972

Box 9

Folder 44

National Observer, 8 July 1972

Box 9

Folder 45

New Letters 48.1, Fall 1981

Box 9

Folder 46

New Statesman (UK), 23 June 1972

Box 9

Folder 47

Newsweek, 27 July 1992

Box 9

Folder 48

New York Times, 5 March 1967 - circa February 1989 [?]

Box 9

Folder 49

New York Times Magazine, 4 October 1970

Box 9

Folder 50

Noblesville Ledger, 25 January - 25 November 1994

Box 9

Folder 51

Northern Star (Northern Illinois University), 12 December 1972

Box 9

Folder 52

North Shore magazine, May 1992

Box 9

Folder 53

Northwestern Alumni News (Northwestern University), September 1978 - circa January 1994 [?]

Box 9

Folder 54

Northwestern Football Magazine, 23 October 1976

Box 9

Folder 55

Old Northwest 6.4, Winter 1980-81

Box 9

Folder 56

Oregon Journal (Portland), 25 March 1967

Box 9

Folder 57

Our Baptist Ministers and Schools by A.W. Pegues (Willey & Co., Springfield, MA), 1892

Box 9

Folder 58

Panache (Princeton, NJ), circa 1970-71 [?] - 1973

Box 9

Folder 59

Peninsula Bulletin (Palo Alto, CA), 9 October 1976

Box 9

Folder 60

Post (Loves Park, IL), 19 August 1972

Box 9

Folder 61

Publishers Weekly, 11 September 1972 - 27 August 1979

Box 9

Folder 62

RAP (University of Chicago), 11 December 1972

Box 9

Folder 63

Renaissance (Roosevelt University, President's Annual Report), 1992

Box 9

Folder 64

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5 December 1971 - 10 June 1973

Box 9

Folder 65

San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, 6 May 1973

Box 9

Folder 66

Saturday Review, 22 August 1970 - 27 May 1972

Box 9

Folder 67

Spectator, March 1970

Box 9

Folder 68

Story Quarterly 11, 1980

Box 9

Folder 69

Studies in Black Literature 4.2, Summer 1973

Box 9

Folder 70

Sun News (De Land, FL), 20 May 1973

Box 9

Folder 71

Syracuse University Record, 26 October 1972

Box 9

Folder 72

Technology and Human Affairs 5.2, Summer 1973

Box 9

Folder 73

Times-Democrat (Davenport), 1 February 1970

Box 9

Folder 74

Trentonian (Trenton, NJ), 2 June 1973

Box 9

Folder 75

University of Chicago Radio (WBBM-AM, WHPK-FM), 1 June 1973

Box 9

Folder 76

[?] (University of Missouri, Kansas City), 16 November 1972

Box 9

Folder 77

Unidentified clippings [n.d., n.p.]

Series 4: Serials, 1959-1999

Serials are arranged alphabetically by publication. There are two sections from the Chicago Sun-Times, which are arranged chronologically.

Box 10

Callaloo 14.4, 1991

Box 10

Chicago 37.6, June 1988

Box 10

Chicago History 29.1, Summer 2000

Box 10

Chicago Daily News: Panorama, 28-29 April 1973

Box 10

Chicago Sun-Times: Show, 6 June 1976

Box 10

Chicago Sun-Times: Arts & Show, 22 September 1991

Box 10

Chicago Tribune: Books (Section 14), 8 April 1990

Box 10

Chicago Tribune Magazine (Section 9), 18 August 1974

Box 10

Daily Traffic World (Washington, DC), 13 July 1959

Box 10

Essence 19.4, August 1988

Box 10

Harmony: Forum of the Symphony Orchestra Institute 9, October 1999

Box 10

Hyde Parker 4, April-May 1973

Box 10

Literary Quarterly of African American Students 3.2 (Northwestern University), May 1978

Box 10

New Letters 48.1, Fall 1981

Box 10

Story Quarterly 11, 1980

Box 10

Studies in Black Literature 4.2, Summer 1973

Box 10

Technology and Human Affairs 5.2, Summer 1973

Box 10

TriQuarterly 106, Fall 1999

Series 5: Publicity, 1970-1992

Publicity materials are arranged chronologically, regardless of format.

Box 11

Folder 1

University of Iowa Press catalogue, Spring 1970

Box 11

Folder 2

Beach Umbrella pamphlet (University of Iowa Press), published 1970

Box 11

Folder 3

Beach Umbrella dust jacket (University of Iowa Press), published 1970

Box 11

Folder 4

Iowa Award pamphlet for 1969-73 (University of Iowa Press), released Fall 1971

Box 11

Folder 5

Invitation to open house following Colter reading at UMKC, 16 November 1972

Box 11

Folder 6

Hippodrome clipping from Swallow Press catalogue, circa 1973

Box 11

Folder 7

Publicity material for Colter in Chicago Review Speaker Series (University of Chicago), 9 April 1973

Box 11

Folder 8

Invitation to Hippodrome book-signing (Swallow Press), 8 June 1973

Box 11

Folder 9

Publicity material for Chicago Writers at Harper College, 25 April 1975

Box 11

Folder 10

Program for Eleventh Annual Women's Day (Northwestern University), 15 October 1975

Box 11

Folder 11

Night Studies dust jacket (2 copies), published 1979

Box 11

Folder 12

Excerpts from reviews of Beach Umbrella, Rivers of Eros & Hippodrome (Swallow Press), 21 May 1979

Box 11

Folder 13

Night Studies clipping from Swallow/Ohio University Press catalogue, circa 1980

Box 11

Folder 14

Publicity material for Conversations with Chicago Authors (Chicago Public Library), 14 November 1985

Box 11

Folder 15

Curriculum Vita, 1 October 1986

Box 11

Folder 16

Thunder's Mouth Press catalogue, Spring 1988

Box 11

Folder 17

Publicity material for Meet the Author Event (Guild Books), 9 October 1988

Box 11

Folder 18

Publicity material for events at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 1985 - December 1988

Box 11

Folder 19

Publicity material for Colter appearance at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 20 October 1988

Box 11

Folder 20

Program for Public Humanities Award Dinner honoring Colter (Illinois Humanities Council), 20 October 1989

Box 11

Folder 21

Invitation and program for the Chicago Tribune Literary Awards, 7 September 1989

Box 11

Folder 22

Publicity material for Illinois Authors on the Illinois State Library, June 1990

Box 11

Folder 23

Program for Chicago's Sixth Annual Printers Row Book Fair, 16-17 June 1990

Box 11

Folder 24

Roster and schedule for the Great Black Books Group, September - 21 October 1990

Box 11

Folder 25

Iowa Award: The Best Short Stories from Twenty Years dust jacket (University of Iowa Press), published Spring 1991

Box 11

Folder 26

Invitation to TriQuarterly Award ceremony (awarded to Colter), 18 October 1991

Box 11

Folder 27

Invitation to 50th Anniversary Gala Literary Arts Ball (Chicago Public Library, 9 November 1991

Box 11

Folder 28

Catalogue from Dalkey Archive Press (funded and advised by the Illinois Arts Council), Spring/Summer 1992

Box 11

Folder 29

Publicity material for New Letters: On the Air program, [n.d.]

Box 11

Folder 30

Information on the Business and Civic Advisory Committee of the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, [n.d.]

Box 11

Folder 31

Pamphlet from the Illinois Arts Alliance, [n.d.]

Series 6: Teaching Materials, [?]-1988

Teaching materials are arranged chronologically, regardless of format. The three undated items have been placed at the beginning of the series rather than at the end because it is apparent that they precede the other items in the series.

Box 11

Folder 32

Mean factor ratings by department, including African American Studies (Northwestern University [?]), [n.d.]

Box 11

Folder 33

Program for Fiction Writing (Columbia College Chicago), [n.d.]

Box 11

Folder 34

Handouts for Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago), [n.d.]

Box 11

Folder 35

Roster and lecture notes for Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago), Spring 1988

Box 11

Folder 36

"Parallel Lines" by Brian Robert Dunne for Fall 1987 Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago), 14 January 1988

Box 11

Folder 37

Fourth week class lists for Spring 1988 Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago), 11 March 1988

Box 11

Folder 38

Story proposals from students in Spring 1988 Fiction Seminar, 25 April 1988

Box 11

Folder 39

Memo from Shawn Shiflett (Columbia College Chicago), 13 May 1988

Box 11

Folder 40

Memo from John Schultz (Columbia College Chicago), 17 May 1988

Box 11

Folder 41

Memo from Robin and John Schultz (Columbia College Chicago), 18 May 1988

Box 11

Folder 42

Memo from John Schultz (Columbia College Chicago), 18 May 1988

Box 11

Folder 43

Handwritten note from Robin with Fall 1988 course descriptions (Columbia College Chicago), 20 May 1988

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1981

Box 11

"Hippodrome: an adaptation for the stage in three acts" by G. E. Oscar Griffin, copyright 1981

Series 8: Legal Career, 1953-2002

Materials pertaining to Cyrus Colter's legal career are arranged chronologically, regardless of format.

Box 12

Folder 1

Clipping from Chicago Tribune, 30 January 1953 - 11 September 1971

Box 12

Folder 2

Clipping from Daily Traffic World (Washington, DC), 13 July 1959

Box 12

Folder 3

Clipping from Chicago Daily News, 17 July 1959

Box 12

Folder 4

Northern Illinois Gas Company, 4 February 1966

Box 12

Folder 5

Correspondence from Otto Kerner, Governor of Illinois, 14 February 1968

Box 12

Folder 6

Correspondence from Chicago-Kent College of Law (Robert G. Hanson), 7 March 1973

Box 12

Folder 7

Election by Chicago-Kent Honor Council of Cyrus Colter as Fellow, 1 May 1973

Box 12

Folder 8

Correspondence from Museum of Science and Industry (D.M. MacMaster, 31 May 1973

Box 12

Folder 9

Correspondence from William J. Scott, Illinois Attorney General, 25 July 1973

Box 12

Folder 10

Clipping from Illinois Truck News, August 1973

Box 12

Folder 11

Correspondence from Samuel H. Shapiro, former Governor of Illinois, 20 August 1973

Box 12

Folder 12

Correspondence from Daniel Walker, Governor of Illinois, regarding the Governor's Commission on Individual Liberty and Personal Privacy, 11 June 1974

Box 12

Folder 13

Appointment by Governor Daniel Walker to Commission on Individual Liberty and Personal Privacy, 24 June 1974

Box 12

Folder 14

Statement of Cyrus J. Colter for Subcommittee on Antitrust & Monopoly mss., 27 June 1974

Box 12

Folder 15

Correspondence from Subcommittee on Antitrust & Monopoly (Philip A. Hart), 17 July 1974

Box 12

Folder 16

Correspondence from Subcommittee on Antitrust & Monopoly (C.C. Owen, Commissioner of Alabama), 22 August 1974

Box 12

Folder 17

Pamphlet from Illinois Bell on Antitrust & Monopoly case, 26 August 1974

Box 12

Folder 18

Statement of Cyrus J. Colter for Communications Subcommittee mss., 22 August 1978

Box 12

Folder 19

Membership directory of the Commercial Club of Chicago, 2001-2002

Series 9: Musical Interests, 1950-2002

Materials pertaining to Cyrus Colter's musical interests are arranged chronologically, regardless of format.

Box 12

Folder 20

Catalogue from Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra tour, 14 April - 27 May 1950

Box 12

Folder 21

Program for Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chicago Civic Opera House, 17 May 1950

Box 12

Folder 22

Program for Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Chicago Orchestra Hall, 11 February 1951

Box 12

Folder 23

Catalogue from Mozart Memorials in Salzburg, 19 May 1967

Box 12

Folder 24

Correspondence from Orchestral Association (Board of Trustees), 3 March 1983

Box 12

Folder 25

Correspondence to Orchestral Association (E. Norman Staub), 16 March 1983

Box 12

Folder 26

Correspondence from Orchestral Association (E. Norman Staub), 18 March 1983

Box 12

Folder 27

Chicago Symphony Orchestra 9.1 (newsletter), Fall 1990

Box 12

Folder 28

Correspondence from Orchestral Association (Richard L. Thomas), 29 May 1991

Box 12

Folder 29

Notebook: The Program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 4 October 1997

Box 12

Program for the Symphony Center Inaugural Festival (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), 4-25 October 1997

Box 12

Folder 30

Invitation to Chicago Chamber Musicians event (originally unopened), 12 December 1999

Box 12

Folder 31

Publicity material for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, 2001-2002

Series 10: Photographs, [?]-1994

Photographs are grouped loosely into the following eight subject categories: Portraits (1-5); Family Photos (6-20); Holiday Photos (21-44); the Colters at Home (45-66); the Colters with Friends (67-69); Publicity Photos (70-87); Patricia B. Gibbs Photos (88-96); and Illinois Commerce Commission Photos (97-111).

Box 14

Cyrus Colter portrait, mid-1960s [?], see also oversized box: 14

Box 13

Cyrus Colter portrait (photo by Koehne), circa 1954

Box 13

Cyrus Colter portrait, late 1950s - early 1960s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter portrait, mid-1960s - early 1970s [?]

Box 14

Cyrus Colter portrait (in uniform), 1940s, see oversized box: 14

Box 13

Reverend Miles Bassett (maternal grandfather) with family at home, New Albany, IN, late 19th century [?]

Box 13

Alexander and Francis Colter homestead, Rockport, IN, circa 1890s

Box 13

Ethel Bassett (mother), 8 October 1902

Box 13

Ethel Bassett Colter (mother), Noblesville, IN, [n.d.]

Box 13

J. A. Colter (father), Noblesville, IN, [n.d.]

Box 13

Mary Lucy Bassett (maternal grandmother [?]) at age 82 in Youngston, OH, 14 September 1935

Box 13

Mary Lucy Bassett (maternal grandmother [?]) in Cleveland, OH, 20 July 1941

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at YMCA, 1942

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter, circa 1943-44 [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter with her mother and sister, 1940s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus with J. A. Colter (father) [?] in New Castle, IN, 19 April 1944

Box 13

Cyrus and Mary Elizabeth Colter (sister) in New Castle, IN, 19 April 1944

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter,1945 [?]

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter,1945 [?]

Box 14

Mary Elizabeth Colter (sister) wedding portrait (Scurlock, Washington D.C.), [n.d.], see oversized box: 14

Box 13

Imogene Colter, week of 1 October 1951

Box 13

Cyrus Colter, week of 1 October 1951

Box 13

Cyrus Colter, week of 1 October 1951

Box 13

Cyrus Colter, 1963

Box 13

Imogene Colter, 1963

Box 13

Imogene Colter, 1963

Box 13

Imogene Colter, 1964

Box 13

Imogene Colter, 1964

Box 13

Italy, Summer 1967

Box 13

Imogene Colter in Italy, Summer 1967

Box 13

Cyrus Colter in Italy, Summer 1967

Box 13

Cyrus Colter in Rome, Summer 1967

Box 13

Italy, Summer 1967

Box 13

Cyrus Colter in Italy, Summer 1967

Box 13

Imogene Colter in Italy, Summer 1967

Box 13

Cyrus Colter in Italy, Summer 1967

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter, Summer 1967

Box 13

Ebenezer Baptist Church, Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA, July 1978

Box 13

Imogene Colter at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA, July 1978

Box 13

Fountain at Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978

Box 13

Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978

Box 13

Imogene Colter at Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter at Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978

Box 13

Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center, Atlanta, GA, July 1978

Box 13

Colter home, Chicago, circa 1960s [?]

Box 13

Colter home, Chicago, circa 1960s [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1970s [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1970s [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1970s [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1978

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1978

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1980

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1980 [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1980 [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter, "a candid shot," post-1964

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter at Nelson Algren's house, Chicago Summer 1972

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter (with two friends) at home in Dearborn Park, Chicago, circa 1980s [?]

Box 13

Slide: Cyrus Colter on Chicago St. with Beach Umbrella graphic; cover of Beach Umbrella, second printing, Swallow Press, 1970 (originally marked: Chicago magazine #59 - 98173)

Box 13

Cyrus Colter "lecturing on Wright, Ellison and Baldwin," 1967

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Farnsworth, David and Judy Ray and children at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus and Imogene Colter with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Farnsworth, David and Judy Ray and children at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with son of David Ray at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with David Ray at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with Robert Farnsworth at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with Robert Farnsworth at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with Robert Farnsworth at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at UMKC, November 1972

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with David Ray (taken by Judy Ray) at the University of Chicago, circa 1990s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with Gwendolyn Brooks at the Illinois State Library Dedication Ceremony, Springfield, IL, 20 June 1990

Box 13

Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL, 20 June 1990

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with interviewer [?], 24 September 1994

Box 13

Cyrus Colter, 24 September 1994

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with interviewer [?], 24 September 1994

Box 13

Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994

Box 13

Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994

Box 13

Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994

Box 13

Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994

Box 13

Patricia and Dick Gibbs with daughters Pam Gibbs Ferber and Kay Gibbs Taylor at Gibbs' 40th Anniversary, 12 March 1990

Box 13

Gravestone of Ethel B. Colter (1885-1916), Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994

Box 13

Gravestone of Ethel B. Colter (1885-1916), Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994

Box 13

Gravestone of Ethel B. Colter (1885-1916), Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994

Box 13

Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994

Box 13

Cyrus Colter, Illinois Commerce Commission talk, mid-1950s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter, speaking at Palmer House, Chicago, Conference for the Midwest Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners, 6-9 July 1964 [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with [?], mid-1960s - early-1970s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with ICC and Governor William Stratton, 1953 [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter, mid-1960s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with ICC, mid-1960s [?]

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with ICC, 1965-66

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with ICC, 1965-66

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with ICC, mid-1960s (originally marked: Chicago magazine #61 - 98173)

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with ICC, final Colter session, 1973

Box 13

Cyrus Colter with ICC, final Colter session, 1973

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 12 June 1973

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 12 June 1973

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 12 June 1973

Box 13

Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry with Governor William Stratton, Chicago, 12 June 1973

Series 11: Oversized Materials, 1940-1995

This box contains one manuscript (cross-listed between Box 1 and Box 2) and three photographs (cross-listed in Box 13), as well as three audio/visual items pertaining to Colter's literary career, which are listed in chronological order below for the first time.

Box 14

Night Studies galley, 1-125 (pp. 1-249), published 1979, 6 November 1978

Box 14

Night Studies galley, 126-249 (pp. 250-499), published 1979, 6 November 1978

Box 14

Night Studies galley, 250-389 (pp. 500-778), published 1979, 6 November 1978

Box 14

Cyrus Colter photograph portrait, mid-1960s [?]

Box 14

Cyrus Colter photograph portrait (in uniform), 1940s

Box 14

Mary Elizabeth Colter (sister) wedding photograph portrait (Scurlock, Washington D.C.), [n.d.]

Box 14

Audio Cassette: Cyrus Colter lecturing in class taught by Professor John Knoepfle at Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield) [?], recorded by G. Crawford, 21 March 1973

Box 14

Audio Cassette: "A Chance Meeting" audio dramatization by Yuri Rasovsky, aired on Chicago Radio Theater (WFMT), 1976

Box 14

Video Cassette: Cyrus Colter program at Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (Chicago Public Library), 20 May 1995

Series 12: Memorabilia, 1927-1999

Box 15

Contains: graduation robes; medals, degrees and certificates; travel brochures and keepsakes; and a signed copy of The Near-Johannesburg Boy by Gwendolyn Brooks.