Thomas, Peter (1928-1997)
Scope:
The collection of Peter Thomas includes manuscripts, correspondences, printed materials, professional materials, photography, and audio materials.

The manuscripts of Peter Thomas include proofs and drafts of his poetry, short stories, plays, articles, reviews, lectures, and the books Sun Bells (1974) and Revealer of Secrets (co-written with Philip Bordinat, 1972). Thomas’ poetry collections consist of works from 1969 to 1997, including the poetry sequences The Conscious Stream; Against Self Slaughter; The Long Haul Back; Exit Emeritus; Sonnets for Sheba; and Letters to the Living.

The short story manuscripts include eleven works published between 1970 and 1999. Scripts include "The Fall of Man" (1971) and "Ride Me Memories" (1972). Articles and books reviews range from 1966 to 1994 and are published in journals and magazines such as The Evening News, Poetry Venture, Africa Report, The Conch, Illinois Quarterly, Detroit News, Ba Shiru, and Rolling Stone. Lectures include "Death and Everyman" (1971), a collection of talks given at Michigan State University.

Correspondences include professional and personal letters from 1966 to 1980. Notably, the collection includes 56 letters with Vantage Press editors and readers regarding Poems from Nigeria, as well as letters from William G. Milliken, a previous governor of Michigan and author Jesse Stuart.

Printed materials in the collection consist of magazines and newspaper clippings containing works by Peter Thomas; two poetry anthologies edited by Majorie Schuck and Dr. Krishna Srinivas; miscellaneous flyers and pamphlets regarding events important to Thomas; and a review of Poems from Nigeria in Books Abroad.

Professional materials include an inventory of works and publicity regarding Peter Thomas from between 1971 and 1972.

Photographic material consists of Peter Thomas taken November 1969.

Audio material consists of 25 cassettes labeled "Thomas on Thomas" and other cassettes labeled "Music of America," "Happy Holidays," "Hollywood Gold," "America," and two homemade tapes by Thomas.

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Notable Figures
1. Thomas, Peter
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Poetry Subject Guide