Piri Thomas papers,

Title
Piri Thomas papers, 1957-1980.
Author
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011.
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Box 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 180 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
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Additional Authors
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011.
Description
4 lin. ft. (10 archival boxes)
Genre/Form
Manuscripts.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Terms of Use (note)
  • Materials may not be used for publication, reproduction, or other forms of copying except for single copies for research purposes without written permission of
Source (note)
  • Thomas, Piri
Biography (note)
  • Author, poet and playwright, Piri Thomas is best known for his autobiography, "Down These Mean Streets" (1967) which deals with his early years growing up in East Harlem, the challenges of his Afro-Puerto Rican/Cuban heritage, and his involvement with drugs and gangs. His second and third books "Savior, Savior, Hold My Hand" (1972) and "Seven Long Times" (1974) are accounts, respectively, of the two years he spent in East Harlem following his release from prison and his incarceration. In addition to autobiographies, Thomas also wrote plays, screenplays, short stories and poetry. He was influential in the Nuyorican Movement as an author and poet and is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of spoken word poetry, a form of poetry performance.
Call Number
Sc MG 180
Author
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011.
Title
Piri Thomas papers, 1957-1980.
Summary
The Piri Thomas Papers document several areas of Thomas' professional activities including his writings and his work with and involvement in social justice organizations from 1957 to 1982. The collection consists primarily of manuscripts for his books, films and plays, in addition to correspondence with and files on a variety of organizations focusing on artistic, social justice and educational issues.
The series, Personal Papers, 1967-1979 includes writings by and about Thomas, some prepared for publicity purposes, and an interview conducted in 1967 which provides extensive insight into his thinking at the time. The Manuscripts series, 1960s-1981 includes drafts in various stages of Thomas' published and unpublished work. There is associated correspondence, news clippings and reviews for his books, plays, screenplays and miscellaneous writings. The most complete documentation exists for "Down These Mean Streets," consisting of manuscript drafts and post-publication files. Of interest are files related to the banning of this book in the 1970s. There are drafts for his other autobiographies "Savior, Savior, Hold My Hand" and "Seven Long Times" as well as his 1978 book "Stories From El Barrio." Included in the collection are drafts of two unpublished book length manuscripts, "God's Gotta Know I'm Trying" and "In the Temple of the Child-Like Mind." A play script for "The Golden Streets," screenplay for "Petey and Johnny" and two teleplays, "The World of Piri Thomas" and "Repetitions of Indignity" form part of the series. There are also examples of Thomas' short stories, poetry and lyrics.
The Correspondence series, 1962-1980, includes numerous requests to speak at public schools, colleges, prisons and organizations as well as requests to participate in conferences and other events. The Organizations/Agencies series, 1957-1980 documents Thomas' activism with organizations and government agencies on behalf of Puerto Ricans, youth and prisoners. Printed Material, 1962-1982 contains programs for his plays, films, poetry readings and recitations, and speaking engagements.
Terms Of Use
Materials may not be used for publication, reproduction, or other forms of copying except for single copies for research purposes without written permission of Piri Thomas or his representatives.
Biography
Author, poet and playwright, Piri Thomas is best known for his autobiography, "Down These Mean Streets" (1967) which deals with his early years growing up in East Harlem, the challenges of his Afro-Puerto Rican/Cuban heritage, and his involvement with drugs and gangs. His second and third books "Savior, Savior, Hold My Hand" (1972) and "Seven Long Times" (1974) are accounts, respectively, of the two years he spent in East Harlem following his release from prison and his incarceration. In addition to autobiographies, Thomas also wrote plays, screenplays, short stories and poetry. He was influential in the Nuyorican Movement as an author and poet and is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of spoken word poetry, a form of poetry performance.
Source
Thomas, Piri Gift 1981 SCM 81-26
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Local Subject
Black author.
Added Author
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011. Down these mean streets.
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011. Savior, savior, hold my hand.
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011. Stories from El Barrio.
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011. Golden streets.
Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011. Seven long times.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 180
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