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                      Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for
                         Archives & Special Collections

                 James C. Kilgore Collection
                          MSS# 56

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

      Author:       James C. Kilgore

      Title:        James C. Kilgore Collection

      Date: 1967-1982

      Abstract:     Manuscripts, letters, printed material, and memorabilia

      Quantity:     .6 cu. ft.


BIOGRAPHY OF

      James C. Kilgore was born in Jackson Parish, (Ansley) Louisiana on May 2, 1928
to James Wilson and Ruth (Bell) Kilgore. He married a teacher, Alberta Gunnels, in
June of 1960. They had three children; Kenneth, Steven, and Sheila. He died on
December 16, 1988 in a house fire in Beachwood, Ohio.

       Kilgore is referred to as a poet and essayist. He earned his B.A. in English at
Wiley College and his M.A. at the University of Missouri. He taught English at high
schools in Arkansas, New Jersey, and Missouri. He was also an assistant professor of
English at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and an adjunct
professor of Afro-American literature at the University of Akron.

       A veteran of army service, Kilgore served as a telegrapher (1952-1954) in Italy,
Austria, and Germany. He was a member of the Modern Language Association of
America, the Renaissance Society of America, National Council of Teachers of English,
Ohioana, and the Ohio Poets Association. Some of his works include: The Big Buffalo
and Other Poems: A Sampler of the Poetry of James C. Kilgore (1970), Midnight Blast
and Other Poems (1971), A Time of Black Devotion (1971), Let It Pass (1976), Until I
Met You (1978), and African Violet, Poem for a Black Woman: New and Selected
Poems (1982). He also published poems and essays in such publications as: The Prairie
Schooner, Kansas City Star, Negro Digest, The Green Apple, and Phylon: The Atlanta
University Journal of Race and Culture. He received fellowships from Case Western
Reserve University in 1964, University of Nebraska in 1966, and University of California,
Santa Barbara in 1968. In 1982, he was named Ohio Poet of the Year.


SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

       There are two boxes of material contained in this collection, covering the years
1967-1982. The material is arranged according to subject: (1) Manuscripts "by" Kilgore,
(2) manuscripts "about" Kilgore, (3) "special" letters, (4) "general" letters, (5)
correspondence, (6) printed material "by" Kilgore, (7) printed material "about" Kilgore,
(8) memorabilia, and (9) a collection of "duplicate" materials. This collection does not
contain "published" works by James C. Kilgore. Those are catalogued in the Ohioana
Collection of Archives and Special Collection.


ORGANIZATION OF THE COLLECTION

      These records are organized into the following series:

                    Series I:     MANUSCRIPTS
                    Series I: 1   Manuscripts by Kilgore
                    Series I: 2   Manuscripts about Kilgore

                    Series II:    LETTERS AND CORRESPONDENCE

                    Series III:   PRINTED MATTER
                    Series III: 1 Printed Matter by Kilgore
                    Series III: 2 Printed Matter about Kilgore

                    Series IV:    MEMORABILIA

                    Series V:     DUPLICATES

      Abbreviations with in content list:

             TLS - Typed letter, signed
             TL - Typed letter
             CTLS - Copy of typed letter, signed
             ALS - Handwritten letter, signed


RELATED MATERIALS

      Contemporary Authors, Vols. 33-36, p. 469
    Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2005. Reproduced in
         Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.:
         Thomson Gale. 2005.
         http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC

    The Ohio Poets' Association, Vol. 3

    The Wristers Directory, 1980-1982, p. 679

    See ALICE and OhioLINK under Kilgore, James C.


ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

    Restrictions:              The collection is open under the rules and regulations
                               of the Ohio University Libraries.

    Preferred Citation:        Researchers are requested to cite the collection name,
                               collection number, and the Ohio University Libraries,
                               in all footnotes and bibliographical references.

    Accession Number:          Unknown

    Provenance:                The Ohio University Archives received the collection
                               as a gift from James C. Kilgore on July 8, 1980.

    Property Rights: Ohio University retains all property rights to the collection.

    Copyrights:                Ohio University retains all copyrights unless retained
                               by the donor, other correspondents, or other artists.

    Photoduplication:          Ohio University will entertain requests to photocopy
                               reasonable amounts of material from the collection
                               for the convenience of individual researchers.

    Processing:         Charlie Rotunno processed the collection in July 1986.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

    Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and
    box numbers shown below.
                              CONTAINER LIST
Box/Folder Description

                 Series I: MANUSCRIPTS
                 Series I: 1 Manuscripts by Kilgore
1    /     1     "As Years Rain On," Typescript, 3 pgs.
                 "Intro. to James Baldwin," Typescript, 4 pgs.
                 African Violet, New and Selected Poems Spanning
                        Ten Years, Typescript, 43 pgs.
                 "A Partial Biography of James C. Kilgore,"
                        Typescript, 7 pgs.
                 "A Partial Biography of James C. Kilgore,"
                        Typescript, 7 pgs.

                 Series I: MANUSCRIPTS
                 Series I: 2 Manuscripts about Kilgore
           2     "James C. Kilgore," Typescript, 1 pg.
                 "My Tall Black Oak Tree," Typescript, 1 pg.
                 "For James Kilgore," Typescript, 1 pg.
                 "To James," Typescript, 1 pg.
                 "A Day in English," Typescript, 1 pg.

                 Series II: LETTERS AND CORRESPONDENCE
           3     Letters (General letters plus special letters of
                        Ralph J. Bunche, Barbara H. Nicks, Coretta
                        Scott King, George McGovern, and Louis
                        Stokes) 1970-1980, 32 letters (25 TLS, 1 TL,
                        4 ALS, 2 CTLS)
           4                   -Bunche, Ralph J. TLS, April 29, 1971, 1
                                      pg.
                               -Hicks, Barbara H. TLS, April 22, 1971,
                                      1 pg.
                               -King, Coretta Scott, TLS, April 5,
                                      1971, 1 pg.
                               -King Coretta Scott, TLS, June 28, 1972,
                                      1 pg.
                               -McGovern, George, TLS, May 7, 1971, 1
                                      pg.
                               -Stokes, Louis, LTLS, July 26, 1976, 1
                                      pg.

           5     Correspondence (Conference collection) 1974-1980,
                       2 letters, LTLS
    Series III: PRINTED MATTER
    Series III: 1        Printed Matter by Kilgore
6   "Let It Pass," Back Talk, November 1977

    "Nikki Giovanni," Black Ascensions, Winter 1974

    "The Lambs," Black Ascensions, Winter 1974

    "My Chocolate Love," Black Ascensions, Winter 1974

    "If I Listen," Black Ascensions, Summer-Fall 1975


    "The Hooves of a Powerful Horse," Dark Tower,
          Winter 1976

    "It's Thundering Again," Dark Tower, Winter 1976

    "Ambrosial Brim," Essence, February 1976

    "XYZ," Everyman '72, 1972

    "Nail," Everyman '72, 1972

    "The Long White Hill," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Night Ride," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Waiting," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Light Blast," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Storm in Kansas City," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Heart Boom," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Of Modern Man," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Assassination," The Green Apple, 1969

    "Nails," The Green Apple, 1969

    "What Color Are You?" Ju-Ju, Winter 1974
              "I Am Programmed for Heartbreak," Negro American
                    Literature Forum, Summer 1976

              "It's Thundering Again," Negro American
                      Literature Forum, Summer 1976

              "The Hooves of a Powerful Horse," Negro American
                    Literature Forum, Summer 1976

        7     "Little Will be Done," The Commentator, March 28,
                      1968

              "A Black Bicentennial," The High Point, November
                     19, 1975


               "Prof. Kilgore Gives Views on Library," The High
        Point, February 11, 1976

              "Bennie's Last Season," Montu Drum, January 20,
                    1972

              "Waiting," Montu Drum, January 20, 1972

1   /   8     "The Big Buffalo," WCLV Cleveland Guide, April
                    1974

              "Of Modern Man," WCLV Cleveland Guide, April 1974

              "Violated," WCLV Cleveland Guide, April 1974

              "What Color Are You?" Four Poets, March 7, 1974

              "Night Song," Four Poets, March 7, 1974

              "Nails," Four Poets, March 7, 1974

              "Ripe Plum Lips," The Dream of '76, April 9, 1976

              "The Hooves of a Powerful Horse," The Dream of
                    '76, April 9, 1976

              "A Lonesome Time," The Dream of '76, April 9, 1976
           "A Late Monsoon Rain," The Dream of '76, April 9,
                 1976

           "It's Thundering Again," The Dream of '76, April
                   9, 1976

           "Doors," The Dream of '76, April 9, 1976

           "The African," And There Was Poetry, April 20,
                 1978

           "Until I Met You," And There Was Poetry, April 20,
                  1978

           "That Black Reef," And There Was Poetry, April 20,
                 1978

           "I Shall Remember You," And There Was Poetry,
                  April 20, 1978

           "When I Was a Child," And There Was Poetry, April
20, 1978

      8    "Not Even an Echo," And There Was Poetry, April
                 20, 1978

           "Sometimes," And There Was Poetry, April 20,
                1978

           "Return to Tribal Life," And There Was Poetry,
                 April 20, 1978

           "Meditation #1," And There Was Poetry, April 20,
                 1978

           "Examination," Read Out Read-In, April 1971

           ”Desert Places," Read Out Read-In, April 1971

           "A Time of Black Devotion," Read Out Read-In,
                 April 1971

           "Temple Time," The Strong Voice, April 1972
            "He Had Waited," The Strong Voice, April 1972

            "When It's Freezing," The Strong Voice, April 1972

            "The Thunder and the Rain," The Strong Voice, May
                  1973

            "En Route to Toledo, The Strong Voice, May 1973

            "The White Hen," The Strong Voice, May 1973

            "Day Broke Gray," The Strong Voice, May 11, 1974

            "Search," The Strong Voice, May 11, 1974

            Series III: 2 Printed Matter about Kilgore
        9   Printed Matter about Kilgore, 1967-1982, 42 items
2   /   1   (Continued) Printed Matter about Kilgore, 1967-
                  1982, 42 items
        2   (Continued) Printed Matter about Kilgore, 1967-
                  1982, 42 items
        3   (Continued) Printed Matter about Kilgore, 1967-
                  1982, 42 items

            Series IV: MEMORABILIA
        4   Memorabilia (Brochures, articles, flyers), 16
                  items

            Series V: DUPLICATES
        5   Duplicates, 27 items
        6   (Continued) Duplicates, 27 items

				
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