Scope and Contents
The Cornelius Eady Papers contain writings, correspondence, electronic records, audiovisual material, and printed material created and accumulated by American poet and educator Cornelius Eady, documenting his life and work as well as literary organizations including Cave Canem, and African American arts and letters broadly.
The Cornelius Eady Papers contains writings, correspondence, printed material, electronic files, and audiovisual material that document the professional activities of African American poet, author, and educator Cornelius Eady. Writings span the length of Eady's career from his first published book of poetry, Kartunes (West Orange, N.J.: Warthog Press, 1980), to the collection Hardheaded Weather (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008). In addition to poetry, writings include numerous drafts and associated material documenting his collaborative works of musical theater: You Don’t Miss Your Water, Running Man, Fangs, and Brutal Imagination.
Other papers in the collection document Eady's involvement in American arts and letters through his contributions to educational and professional organizations, especially Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cultivation of African American poets. Correspondence and Writings of Others include numerous poetry manuscripts accumulated by Eady in the course of his activities as a teacher and mentor to other poets.
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Boxes 37-40 (computer discs and audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 41 (Student evaluations): Restricted until 2094. Consult the appropriate curator for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Cornelius Eady Papers 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, 2013.
Not arranged in any particular order, as received by the Beinecke Library.
38.96 Linear Feet (42 boxes)
The Cornelius Eady Papers contains writings, correspondence, printed material, electronic files, and audiovisual material that document the professional activities of African American poet, author, and educator Cornelius Eady.
Cornelius Eady (1954-)
Cornelius Eady, American poet, born 1954. In 1996 he co-founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cultivation of African American poets.
This collection contains files for the Community of Writers. The Community of Writers previously used the oppressive and harmful term "squaw" in its name, based on its location in what was formerly known as "Squaw Valley," California, now called Olympic Valley. This language has been retained due to its use at the time the materials were created and to promote searchability and discoverability of the collections. The use of this name is not an endorsement of the language it contains.
- African American poets
- African American poets -- United States -- 20th Century
- African American poets -- United States -- 21st century
- American poetry -- 20th Century
- American poetry -- 21st century
- American poetry -- African American authors
- Audiovisual materials -- United States -- 20th Century
- Audiovisual materials -- United States -- 21st century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Authors, American -- 21st century
- Authors, American -- 21st century -- Archives
- Born digital -- United States -- 20th Century
- Born digital -- United States -- 21st century
- Cave Canem (Organization)
- Eady, Cornelius, 1954-
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Photographs -- United States -- 21st century
- Poets, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Poets, American -- 20th century
- Poets, American -- 21st century
- Poets, American -- 21st century -- Archives
- Guide to the Cornelius Eady Papers
- by Beinecke Staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- 2023-08-07: Finding aid revised to contextualize oppressive and harmful descriptive language. See the processing note for more information.
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