Weaver, Afaa Michael (1951- )
Scope:
The Afaa Michael Weaver collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, printed material, photographs, film and video, audio recordings, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts in the collection include various drafts of Weaver's poems, plays, essays, and short stories.  Included are: drafts numerous poems, dating from 1970 onwards; a draft of Multitudes: Magician and Mandala: New and Selected Poems (1998-1999); translations, including bilingual Chinese-English poems by Weaver; theater scripts; memoirs; essays; interviews; speeches; lectures; notebooks; journals and diaries; and other items.  The collection also holds manuscripts by others, including works by Roger Allen Jones, Christa Hulburt, Tess Onwueme, Sam Cornish,  Major Jackson, Samuel Hazo, Diane Scharper, Joan Cussack Handler, James Taylor, Eric Mader, and Sam Hamill, and others; as well as manuscripts from various poetry workshops (2006-2007).

Correspondence in the collection includes general correspondence (1970s-2000s); professional correspondence (1980s-2010); and personal correspondence (1981-2010).  Notable correspondents in the collection include Alvin Aubert, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Ossie Davis, Henry Louis Gates, Marilyn Hacker, Pinkie Gordon Lane, W.S. Merwin, "Tess" Osonye Onwueme, M.L. Rosenthal, Arnold Rampersad, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith, Alan S. Trueblood, and others.  

Professional material includes administrative material from various universities, colleges, and workshops under Weaver's direction.  The material includes correspondence, syllabi, printed items, research, and other items by Weaver and others. Institutions include Brown University, Bucknell University, New York University, Rutgers University, and Simmons College.  There are also files related to Ways of Black Folk, a poetry anthology compiled by Weaver and Sam Cornish, with submissions by fifty-six poets.  Also included are items regarding poetry readings, poetry festivals, and poetry workshops; book launches; flyers, newsletters, pamphlets, and programs.  There are also travel files which hold photographs, correspondence, memorabilia, notes, and itineraries.

Printed material in the collection includes a number of proofs from various publications Weaver was involved with, including Blind Alleys and Obsidian III, periodicals edited by Weaver; as well as a CD-ROM containing material related to the literary journal Obsidian; Obsidian II; and Obsidian III, Volumes I and II, edited by Weaver.  There are also tear sheets of poems and articles by Weaver pulled from newspapers and various journals: The Baltimore Sun, the Kenyon Review, Obsidian, Salmon, Calaloo, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the Journal of New Jersey Poets (1980-1997).  There are also various poetry journals with poems by Weaver (1970s-2003); poems and reviews published by Weaver (1975-1992); newspaper articles by or about Weaver (1980s-2000s); various posters and flyers advertising readings by Weaver; programs from various events and performances by him; posters regarding Weaver, signed by his family members; and other material.  

Photographs in the collection include numerous black and white and color prints; a photo album; and a CD-ROM with Weaver's "preferred publicity photo" (2007).  

Film and video holdings in the collection include a number of VHS cassette tapes of shows featuring Afaa Michael Weaver, dating from the 1990s; and a DVD dated 2010.

Audio recordings include cassettes of poetry readings by Weaver and others; a digital audio tape of a radio interview with Weaver on WLIP, as well as music by various recording artists; and compact disc recordings.  

Memorabilia in the collection consist primarily of awards, including: medals from the U.S. Chinese Kuoshu Federation; plaques and certificates, including a framed plaque conferring a martial arts title to Weaver and a framed "Certificate of Disciple, Tian Shan Pai" to Weaver; a certificate of appreciation from the Black Student Organization of Simmons College (2010); a certificate of appreciation from the Dr. Catherine Ellison-Rosa Parks Early Education School (2010); and a certificate of invitation to the World Congress of Poets Crane Summit 21st Century International Forum (2010).  The collection also contains souvenirs from Weaver’s foreign travels, particularly China.  There is a World Congress of Poets for Peace windchime, a gift to Weaver from Rachel Bradbury, daughter of noted author Ray Bradbury.
Notable Figures
1. Weaver, Afaa M. (Afaa Michael), 1951-
Associated Subjects
1. African American Collections -- Poetry Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Poetry Subject Guide