Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The James, C.L.R. mss., ca. 1942-1974, consist of correspondence and writings of West Indian writer and political activist Cyril Lionel Robert James, 1901-1989. The earliest correspondence in the 1940s centers around James' efforts to have an article published in the Socialist Workers Party journal The New International. A more extensive correspondence file, 1962-1973, is between James and New York bookseller Walter Goldwater. Goldwater owned University Place Book Shop and acted on James' behalf as unofficial literary agent. A third, smaller, correspondence folder consists of letters to Constance Webb, James' former wife, from Eric R. James and from C.L.R. James as well as two letters from Webb to Walter Goldwater.

Among the writings by James present are a typescript of "From Toussaint Louverture to Fidel Castro" and a 1967 mimeograph copy of "The Black Jacobins" with holograph additions and changes. The printed materials include a number of Socialist Workers Party bulletins with pieces by James, all from the 1940s, and a few individual issues of magazines and newspapers with articles or book reviews by James, all from the 1960s, most of them with notes to his son, C.L.R. James, Jr., appended. Two undated, but probably from the 1940s, articles by J.R. Johnson, a pseudonym used by James, complete the collection.

A folder list is available.

Purchase. Lame Duck Books. Boston, MA 2002

Collection size: 78 items

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