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David Leeming Collection of James Baldwin Research

Call Number: JWJ MSS 172

Scope and Contents

The papers contain audiocassettes, videocassettes, photographs, correspondence, and printed material related to David Leeming's biography of James Baldwin, James Baldwin: A Biography. The audiocassettes contain interviews with various family, friends, and colleagues of James Baldwin and his close friend and mentor, Beauford Delaney. The videocassettes contain television programs and an anthology of films on Baldwin. The photographs depict portraits of Baldwin and snapshots of Baldwin alone and with friends in his Saint-Paul-de-Vence residence and at other locations. Other Papers includes correspondence regarding Leeming's research and permissions for his biography on Baldwin, James Baldwin's autograph signature, and two published books by Leeming.


  • 1950 - 2002


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 1-8 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from David Leeming on the Sinclair Lewis Fund, October 2016.


Arranged into four series: I. Audiocassettes, II. Videocassettes, III. Photographs, IV. Other Papers.


2.63 Linear Feet (9 boxes )

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

David Leeming, born February 26, 1937 in Peekskill, New York. Leeming is professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Connecticut. He wrote James Baldwin: A Biography and Amazing Grace: A Life of Beauford Delaney .

David Leeming Collection of James Baldwin Research
Molly Wheeler
January 2017
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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