Series II: Writings, 1890-1974
Scope and Contents
Major Works consists of material relating to Johnson's book length manuscripts across various genres including poetry. Essays and Articles includes his work as a writer and editor for The New York Age as well as short pieces for other newspapers and magazines (such as The Crisis and The American Mercury). The subseries Single Poems contains individual poems some of which were published on their own and others that were published as part of Johnson's book-length poetry compilations. Johnson's work as a lyricist is documented in both Dramatic Works and Song Lyrics. In addition to operas and romantic comedies, the Dramatic Works subseries also demonstrates Johnson's work on playscripts for various dramas. Johnson's lecture tours and speaking engagements are documented in Addresses and Publicity. Johnson's teaching career at Fisk University and New York University is reflected in Teaching Materials, which contains lecture notes and other course-related material. The subseries Broadcasts and Interviews contains drafts and scripts relating to Johnson's appearances on the radio. Reviews consists of Johnson's critiques of other's writings (reviews of Johnson's own writing are located with the particular piece under review). Johnson's translation projects (such as Goyescas) are found in Translations (translations of Johnson's work, like reviews, are located with the writing translated). Johnson's holograph notebooks contain ideas and early drafts for various writings and like material in Other Writings contains Johnson's notes and drafts for some undeveloped compositions. Other Writings contains Johnson's report on Haiti for the N.A.A.C.P. as well as notes for various writing projects.
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