Notes about review of interview transcripts with Carmichael, Ezell Blair, Lucy Thornton, and Jean Wheeler.
Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives
Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives
Warren asks Tom Rose for permission to quote from his dissertation.  A postscript mentions that Warren has found the dissertation "very useful indeed, very valuable" and inquires whether it is to be published. Related documents:  Rose to RPW Letter 8/7/64 Rose to RPW Letter  9/12/64
Rosanna Warren provides childhood recollections of Robert Penn Warren's work to write the book, including traveling in secret, receiving visits from civil rights leaders, and receiving death threats.
Explaining events that included his arrest following a demonstration in which he did not participate, Stokely Carmichael describes his experience of reading Warren's book while in jail in Lowndes County, Alabama.
Stokely Carmichael continues his correspondence with Warren.  He has read some of Warren's recent work and notes his own views have changed since that interview.  He acknowledges receipt of a copy of Who Speaks for the Negro?, discusses his travel plans, and mentions an appointment with Warren that was never confirmed.
Stokely Carmichael continues his correspondence with Warren, mentioning his travel plans and his desire to hear Warren in Tuskegee.  A manuscript note at the bottom of the letter requests additional paperback copies of Who Speaks for the Negro?.
David M. Rothman and Loren Miller, Jr., write to the editor of Commentary concerning Robert Penn Warren's 1965 article "Two for SNCC."  They critique remarks by Stokely Carmichael that appeared in the article, claiming Carmichael misrepresented a 1962 article by Loren Miller, Sr.  They discuss black nationalism and white liberalism.  They also comment upon a...
Mike Thelwell, the director of the SNCC Washington office, requests Warren's presence on a panel that will evaluate the need for federal protection against violence for COFO summer workers in Mississippi; the panelists' recommendation could influence President Johnson's decision.  Thelwell mentions Stokely Carmichael's personal request that Warren participate.  ...
Searching for information about Reverend Joe Carter's voter registration process.
Seeking information regarding voter registration of Reverend Joe Carter.
Warren introduces himself and requests a meeting
Note regarding interview transcripts and request for Clark's comment on "the big Harlem project"
Provides several possible dates for meeting
Warren writes to Frank Dendas regarding the transcription of eight tapes.  He also mentions the situations and locations of some other tapes.  He encloses payment. Related document: Notes on Transcriptions, May, 1964  
Harvey responds to RPW's questions about the temporary closing of Southern University.
Felton G. Clark tells Warren of his intent to return the transcript soon and discusses the sorts of revisions he is making.  He hopes Warren will return soon to Southern University. Related Documents: Harrison to RPW Letter 11/25/64 Harrison to RPW Letter 1/23/65
Felton G. Clark acknowledges a date and mentions the tapes.
E. C. Harrison, the Dean of Southern University (the institution at which Warren's interviewee Felton G. Clark was president) invites Warren to speak at a lecture series.  Harrison mentions that several Southern University students have read Warren's work and "virtually all" are aware of him and his achievements.   Related Documents: Clark to RPW Letter 4/4/64...
E. C. Harrison, Dean of Southern University (where Warren's interviewee Felton G. Clark is president) sends regrets that Warren is unable to speak at their 1964-5 lecture series and hopes that he will be able to come the following year.  Speakers for 1964-5 include Whitney Young (one of Warren's interviewees). Related Documents: Harrison to RPW Letter 11/25/64 Clark to RPW...
Warren's notes regarding those assigned to transribe tapes.  Transcribers mentioned include Frank Dendas, Myrtle Turner, and Mary Resnick. Related document: RPW to Dendas Letter 5/2/64
Lolis Elie, standing next to a statue of a Maroon, a slave who  refused to be enslaved by the French in the Caribbean, 1984. 
Steven Rubin writes to thank Warren for some information he sent regarding Who Speaks for the Negro? and Flood.  He sends regards from Collins, Douglas and Elie. See related correspondence in Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren, Vol. 4, edited by Hendricks and Perkins (Louisiana State University Press, 2008), page 521.
Requests that Ralph Ellison interview tapes be sent to Ellison
Notes about tapes of interviews with Clark, Roy Wilkins, and Ralph Ellison
Ellison describes his early years, family, education, and the start of his writing career.
Ralph Ellison acknowledges receiving tapes and transcripts for review and plans to send corrections soon.  He discusses several items related to his work and to his and Warren's personal lives.
Ralph and Fanny Ellison thank Warren for a recent dinner engagement and hope that he received "the frank criticism" he desired.  The topic of the criticism is unnamed, but it may be signifiant that the note is dated from roughly the time of publication of Who Speaks for the Negro?.  The note suggests a continuing close relationship between Warren and the Ellison family.
RPW asks about Evers's position on nonviolence regarding statements printed in the Nashville Banner
Evers acknowledges receipt of interview tape.
Warren confirms meeting time and asks Farmer to lunch
Warren introduces himself, lists other interview he's conducted for Who Speaks, and requests a meeting

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