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Cave Canem records

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 130

Scope and Contents

The Cave Canem Records contain correspondence (including electronic mail), organizational records, photographs, financial records, computer files, and audiovisual recordings that document the activities of the Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and its founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady. The organization's governance, fundraising, publicity, and operations are documented as well as its publishing activity, fellowship program, and Legacy Conversations series, which features poets and scholars who have played historic roles in African American poetry. The collection serves as a resource for scholarship on African American poetry, literature, and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Dates

  • 1995 - 2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 28 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 29 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 30: Restricted until 2033 August 1. Consult the appropriate curator for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Cave Canem Records is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from James S. Jaffe Rare Books on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund and the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts & Letters Fund, 2013.

Arrangement

Organized into eight series: I. Operations, Fundraising, and Governance, 1997-2012. II. Programs, 1996-2011. III. Publishing, 1996-2011. IV. Promotional Material and Collateral Literature, 1996-2011. V. Photographs, 1997-2010. VI. Audiovisual Material, 2002-2011. VII. Digital Media. VIII. Restricted Material.

Related Materials

Toi Derricotte Papers (JWJ MSS 207). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Cornelius Eady Papers (JWJ MSS 146). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Extent

27.29 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.cave

Overview

The Cave Canem Records contain correspondence (including electronic mail), organizational records, photographs, financial records, computer files, and audiovisual recordings that document the activities of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and its founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady. The organization's governance, fundraising, publicity, and operations are documented as well as its publishing activity, fellowship program, and Legacy Conversations series, which features poets and scholars who have played historic roles in African American poetry. The collection serves as a resource for scholarship on African American poetry, literature, and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Cave Canem (Organization)

Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets, was founded in 1996 by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing in 2014, including rehousing and minimal organization. Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Cave Canem Records
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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Location

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New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.