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Shirlene Holmes papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Holmes, Shirlene
Title: Shirlene Holmes papers
Dates: 1972-2007
Quantity: 35.19 Linear feet 50 boxes and 5 oversize boxes
Identification: aarl011-006

Biographical/Historical Note

Shirlene Holmes, daughter of Vadis Holmes Jackson, was born on March 7, 1958, in Bronx, New York. Soon after, Ms. Jackson moved her two daughters, Shirlene and Annette, to Queens, where the children were raised and attended school. Holmes earned her B.A. in English from York College of the City University of New York in June 1980. In 1982, she premiered her first solo biographical drama, "Ain't I A Woman!" a play based on the life of Sojourner Truth, an African American abolitionist and pioneering women's rights activist. The following year Holmes left New York to pursue a M.F.A in Theatre and Playwriting at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. After completing the program in 1985, she remained and earned her doctorate in Speech (Performance Studies) in 1992.

In 1989, Holmes continued her work in solo biographical drama, writing and performing "No Detours Ahead," which was based on the life of American jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday. The same year, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, after accepting a position as faculty in the Communication Department at Georgia State University. There, she began teaching Speech, Theatre, Women Studies and African American Studies courses, while continuing theatrical endeavors. In 1990, for example, she wrote, "Current Events," which consisted of five vignettes, each exploring contemporary women's responses to social oppression. Also that year, Holmes wrote "Oh Slavery Days," a play that used oral narratives, spirituals, and dance to address the history of American slavery.

For the past two decades while at Georgia State University, Holmes has written, performed, and directed solo dramas, plays, and other theatrical forms, which have been staged locally, nationally, and internationally. Many of her creative works address identity and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and class. Her play, "Conversation with a Diva," opened in 1995 at the Nexus Contemporary Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The next year her full length play, "A Lady and A Woman," was published in Amazon Allstars: 13 Lesbian Plays. Holmes is also an accomplished poet, having published two books of poetry, "Coming Into Being" and "Afterpiece," as well as individual poems in various magazines and other publications. She also played the role of Lena Younger in On Stage Atlanta's 1991 production of "A Raisin in the Sun."

As a playwright, poet, scholar and speaker, Dr. Shirlene Holmes has attended and participated in numerous professional conferences, as well as civic engagements. These include the 4th Annual International Women Playwright Conference in Galway, Ireland (1997), where she was the only African American playwright, and the Mt. Sequoyah Play Retreat in 1994. Throughout her career, Holmes has received numerous awards, such as the Carbondale chapter of the NAACP Image Award in the Arts (1989), the Appreciation Award from the Black Togetherness Organization at Sothern Illinois University in Carbondale (1991), the Nancy Dean Distinguished Playwright Award from Sisters Onstage (1997), and the Lorraine Hansberry Scriptwriting Award from the Literary Exchange (2000). In addition, Holmes attended the Barbara King School of Ministry in Atlanta, where she was ordained in June 1999.


Scope and Content Note

The Shirlene Holmes papers, 1972-2007, documents her professional and personal life through correspondence, diaries, journals, scrapbooks, photographs, print materials, publications, audio-visual formats and ephemera. The primary focus of the collection is her work as a playwright, which includes drafts, rewrites, scripts and related printed material. Unless otherwise noted, all plays are written by Holmes. Also documented is Holmes’s career as a professor at Georgia State University and her various ties to artist, African American, women’s, and lesbian and gay communities, primarily in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work in the Communications and Theater departments at GSU include course syllabi and assignments, and student papers. Scope and content notes per series follow.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged by series.

Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: Personal Papers Series 3: Professional Papers Series 4: Georgia State University Series 5: Subject Files Series 6: Printed Material and Publications Series 7: Audio-Visuals Series 8: Awards, Plaques, and Decorative Plate Series 9: Textiles and Buttons


Index Terms

African American lesbians--Georgia--Atlanta--Social life and customs--20th century
African American women college teachers--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
African American women dramatists--Georgia--Atlanta
African American women--Georgia--Atlanta.
American drama--20th century.
Georgia State University. -- Faculty
Holmes, Shirlene -- Correspondence
Holmes, Shirlene -- Diaries
Holmes, Shirlene -- Manuscripts
Theater--Study and teaching (Higher)--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was donated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library by Dr. Shirlene Holmes in 2006.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Requests to publish or reproduce materials must be submitted through the Archives Division.


Container List

 

Series 1: Correspondence

This series contains Shirlene Holmes's professional and personal correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, ranging from 1974-2007. The letters include personal letters to pen pals, as well as memos and edits regarding her plays. Folders are arranged chronologically, and in some cases contain description information in parentheses provided by the donor.

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11Correspondence, outgoing, 1974
2Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1977-1978
3Correspondence, outgoing, 1972-1978
4Correspondence, outgoing, 1978-1981
5Correspondence, incoming, 1979
6Correspondence, outgoing, 1979 January-February
7Correspondence, outgoing, 1979 March-May
8Correspondence, outgoing, 1979 May-August
9Correspondence, outgoing, 1979 August-September
10Correspondence, outgoing, 1979 October-December
11Correspondence, incoming, 1980
12Correspondence, outgoing, 1980

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21Correspondence, incoming, 1981
2Correspondence, outgoing, 1981 January-July
3Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1982
4Correspondence, outgoing, 1981-1983
5Correspondence, incoming, 1983
6Correspondence, outgoing ("Ain't I a Woman?"), 1983
7Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1984
8Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1985
9Correspondence, incoming, 1986
10Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1987
11Correspondence, incoming and outgoing ("Sojourner"), 1987
12Correspondence, incoming (students), 1987
13Correspondence, incoming, 1988
14Correspondence, incoming (John Doss), 1988-1990
15Correspondence, incoming, 1989
16Correspondence, incoming and outgoing (Ira Aldrige and Shirlene Holmes Scholarship Award), 1989-1990
17Correspondence, incoming, 1990
18Correspondence, incoming, 1991
19Correspondence, incoming, 1992
20Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1993

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31Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1994
2Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1995
3Correspondence, outgoing, 1996
4Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1997
5Correspondence, incoming (National Black Arts Festival), 1997-1998
6Correspondence, incoming (Sandy Francis), 1997-1998
7Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1998
8Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1998
9Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1999
10Correspondence, incoming, 2000
11Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 2001
12Correspondence, incoming, 2002
13Correspondence, incoming and outgoing ("Dark Irish"), 2002
14Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 2003
15Correspondence, incoming (5th International Women Playwrights Conference, Mexico), 2003
16Correspondence, incoming (Redelia Shaw), 2003

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41Correspondence, incoming and outgoing (Senior Collaborative Seminar), 2003
2Correspondence, incoming and outgoing ("Since '76"), 2003
3Correspondence, incoming, 2004
4Correspondence, incoming (notes/"Cuba Today"), 2004
5Correspondence, incoming and outgoing (Dr. Carolyn C. Denard), 2004-2005
6Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 2005
7Correspondence, incoming, 2006
8Correspondence, outgoing, 2007
9Correspondence, envelopes, 1979-1998
10Correspondence, incoming, undated
 

Series 2: Personal Papers

This series, ranging from 1972 to 2005, contains Shirlene Holmes's personal papers, which include artwork, biographic information, diaries, journals, notebooks, school work, scrapbooks and Jackson 5 memorabilia. Folders have been arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

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411Artwork, 1975
12Artwork, 1984
13Artwork, 1988

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51Artwork, 1997
2Awards, 1980-1990
3Bible, undated
4Biographic information, 1976-1995
5Biographic information, 1995-2005
6Biographic information, undated
7Cards, 1983-2002

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61Certificates, 1979-1985
2Conferences (general), 1980-1989
3Diary, 1973
4Diary, 1974
5Diary, 1974
6Diary, 1978
7Diary, 1983-1989
8Diploma, 1980
9Diploma (copy), 1980
10Diploma, 1986
11Diploma, 1992
12Diploma (copy), 1999
13Drawings, 1976-1978

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71Education, John Bowne High School, coursework and college recommendation, 1974-1975
2Education, York College, activities and coursework, 1977-1979
3Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, MFA coursework, 1983-1985
4Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, MFA program qualifications, 1984
5Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, MFA thesis proposal, 1983-1984
6Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, PhD correspondence, 1987-1989
7Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, PhD coursework, 1986-1988
8Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, PhD preliminary exam, 1987
9Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, PhD dissertation draft, 1991
10Education, Barbara King School of Ministry, senior project, 1999
11Ephemera, undated
12Invitations, 1997-2001

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81Jackson 5, buttons, undated
2Jackson 5, magazines, 1973-1991
3Jackson 5, magazines, 1972-1982
4Jackson 5, memorabilia, 1971-1981
5Jackson 5, newspaper clippings, undated
6Jackson 5, newspaper, undated
7Jackson 5, photograph, undated

Box

OV2Jackson 5, publications, printed materials and scrapbook

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88Jackson 5, The Soul of the Jackson 5, 1973

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91Journal, 1975-1976
2Journal, 1976
3Journal, 1978-1979
4Journal, 1984
5Journal, 1986-1987
6Journal, 1989

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101Journal, 1989-1990
2Journal, 1990
3Journal, 1993
4Journal, 1994
5Journal, 2001
6Journal, 2003

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111Notebooks, 1984
2Notes, 1985
3Notes, 1987-1988
4Postcards (blank), undated
5Writings, 1975-1979
6Writings, 1980-1982
7Writings, 1984-1990
8Writings, 1992
9-10Writings, undated
11Yearbook, 1972

Box

12Poetry (7 notebooks), 1975-1976

Box

13Poetry (8 notebooks), 1976-1986
Photo album, undated

Box

14Scrapbooks (6), 1975-1980

Box

15Scrapbooks (2), 1980-1989

Box

16Scrapbooks (3), 1989-1991
 

Series 3: Professional Papers

The largest of the series, the professional papers document Holmes's work as a playwright and writer through drafts, scripts, photographs, and printed material for more than 100 plays, monologues, and poetry, ranging from 1975 to 2006. The series also contains conference speeches and budget files. Folders have been arranged alphabetically.

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171Awards, 1996-1997
2Budget, GSU Players, 1998-1999
3Business cards, undated
4Calendar, 2003 January-February
5Certificates, 1996-2005, undated
6Commencement training, 2004
7Committees, 1997
8Conference, Acting Out! Lesbian Theatre Conference, 1997
9Conference, International Women Playwrights', 1997

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OV1Conference, International Women Playwrights', 1997

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1710Conference, International Women's Writing Guild, 1994
11Conference, general, 1992-2001
12Conference, National Black Lesbian Conference, 1991-2001
13Consent to register applications, 2001
14Courses, 2001
15Course assignments, 1993-2006
16Course assignments and evaluations, 1986-2006
17Course development, 1997-2002
18Course exams, 1999-2006
19Course readings, undated

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181Photographs, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), 1999
2Photographs, contact prints and sheets, undated

Box

OV1Photographs, contact prints and sheets, undated

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183Photographs, groups (unidentified), undated
4Photographs, Holmes, Shirlene, 1978, undated
5Photographs, Holmes, Shirlene and groups, 1994, undated
6Photographs, Morehouse College, undated
7Photographs, negatives, undated
8Photographs, stage performances, 1985, undated
9Photographs, unknown, undated

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191Plays, "A Family Tree" (draft 1A), 1993
2Plays, "A Family Tree" (draft B), 1993
3Plays, "A Family Tree" (final draft), 1993
4Plays, "A Family Tree" (notes and flyers), 1993
5Plays, "A Frog Story, 1998
6Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (contracts), 1999-2001
7Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (draft), 1990
8Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (draft), 1990
9Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (draft), 1995
10Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (notes and correspondence), 1991
11Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (printed materials), 1991-1996
11Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (2 bound copies), 1990

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201Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (revision), 1995
2Plays, "A Lady and a Woman" (various scenes and revisions), 1990-1992
3Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (images), undated
4Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (newspaper clippings), 1981-1991
5Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (notes and printed materials), 1982-1991
6Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (performances), 1986-1997
7Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (photographs), undated
8Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (script), 1982
9Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (script), 1982
10Plays, "Ain't I a Woman!" (transparencies), 1982
11Plays, "All for Honor" (draft), 1993
12Plays, "All for Honor" (draft 1), 1993
13Plays, "All for Honor" (draft 2), 1993

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211Plays, "All for Honor" (notes and flyers), 1993
2Plays, "All for Honor" (various drafts, first half), 1993
3Plays, "All for Honor" (various drafts, second half), 1993
4Plays, "Amazing Grace" (draft 1), 1986
5Plays, "Amazing Grace" (draft 2), 1986-1989
6Plays, "Amazing Grace" (notes and printed materials), 1986
7Plays, "A Tale of Two Thieves, undated
8Plays, "As Unto Christ, 2003
9Plays, "A War Between Friends, 2003
10Plays, "Barbara Crossing Over Jordan", 1998
11Plays, "Becoming Something Beautiful", 1985-1986
12Plays, "Becoming Something Beautiful" (notes), 1986

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221Plays, "Becoming Something Beautiful" (drafts), 1986-1989
2Plays, "Beep! Beep!", 1997
3Plays, "Bitter Crop" (drafts), 1988
4Plays, "Blood", 2001
5Plays, "Bridging Lace", 1996
6Plays, "Brown in Black and White" (draft), 1991
7Plays, "Brown in Black and White" (notes and printed materials), 1991
8Plays, "Brown in Black and White" (photographs), undated
9Plays, "Butch and Femmie", 1995
10Plays, "Café Apres", 2000
11Plays, "Cage", 1993
12Plays, "The Calling" (drafts), 1999-2000
13Plays, "The Calling" (flyers), 2001
14Plays, "Cheap Air", 2000
15Plays, "Cherry Blue", 1996
16Plays, "Chloe", 2001

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231Plays, "Cock" (drafts and notes), 2003
2Plays, "Code of Silence", 1991
3Plays, "Come Sunday", 1999
4Plays, "The Comedy Show", 1993
5Plays, "Coming Clean", 1999
6Plays, "Coming Home", 1998
7Plays, "Conversation with a Diva" (draft), 1994
8Plays, "Conversation with a Diva" (draft), 1994
9Plays, "Conversation with a Diva" (notes and printed materials), 1996-2004
10Plays, "The Cotsville Stories" (drafts), 1991-1995
11Plays, "The Cotsville Stories" (printed materials), 1991-1995

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241Plays, "Cousins" (draft 1), 1993
2Plays, "Cousins" (final performance script), undated
3Plays, "Cousins" (notes and printed materials), 1994
4Plays, "Cousins" (various drafts), 1994 (1 of 3)
5Plays, "Cousins" (various drafts), 1994 (2 of 3)
6Plays, "Cousins" (various drafts), 1994 (3 of 3)
7Plays, "Cousins" (various drafts), undated
8Plays, "C. R. S.", 2001
9Plays, "Current Events" (drafts), 1990 (1 of 3)
10Plays, "Current Events" (drafts), 1990 (2 of 3)
11Plays, "Current Events" (drafts), 1990 (3 of 3)

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251Plays, "Current Events" (printed materials), 1991-1994
2Plays, "Current Events" (photograph), undated
3Plays, "Current Events" (various scenes), 1991
4Plays, "Da Grinch Can't Steal Our Joy!", 2001
5Plays, "Damn You, Mahalia Jackson!", 1996
6Plays, "Dark Irish" (drafts and various scenes), 2002
7Plays, "Dark Irish" (notes), 2001-2002
8Plays, "Daughters" (drafts), 1999
9Plays, "Daughters" (notes and public relations), 2002-2003
10Plays, "Dewey and Dottie,", 2000
11Plays, "Dig a Little Deeper", 1996
12Plays, "Dirty Glass", 2002-2003
13Plays, "Dobby", 1993
14Plays, "Dorothy", 2001
15Plays, "Dreamers", 1998
16Plays, "Eagle Flies with the Dove,", 1999
17Plays, "East of Eden", 1994
18Plays, "Edmonia Lewis", 2003

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261Plays, "Elle" (drafts and printed materials), 1993
2Plays, "Erotique Noire" (notes), 1998
3Plays, "Erotique Noire" (scripts), 1998
4Plays, "Fatal" (draft), 1992
5Plays, "Femme Fantasia" (draft), 1998
6Plays, "Femme Fantasia" (notes, excerpts, and printed materials), 1998-1999
7Plays, "Flowers for Rosa", 1996
8Plays, "Getting Bi", undated
9Plays, "Grand Mamas" (notes), 1992
10Plays, "Group Therapy" (draft), 2003
11Plays, "Ham and Judah" (drafts), 1992
12Plays, "Ham and Judah" (notes and scenes), 1992

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271Plays, "Handling My Business", 2004
2Plays, "Harbor Me", 2004
3Plays, "Hatitude!"(draft), 2002
4Plays, "Henry Artis Hallman Monologue", 1985
5Plays, "Hits", 2002
6Plays, "Honey, Hush" (drafts), 1992
7Plays, "Honey, Hush" (printed materials), 2001
8Plays, "Hush", 1996
9Plays, "I'm Going Crazy with You", 2001
10Plays, "In Women's Rooms" (drafts), 1989-1994
11Plays, "In Women's Rooms" (images), undated
12Plays, "In Women's Rooms" (notes and printed materials), 1989-1994
13Plays, "In Women's Rooms" (scenes), undated
14Plays, "Jiffy Cornbread Scholarship Monologue", 1993
15Plays, "Jubilee!" (drafts, notes, and printed materials), 1998
16Plays, "Killin' at the Black Diva Revue" (drafts), 1998
17Plays, "Killin' at the Black Diva Revue" (notes), 1995-1998

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281Plays, "The Landmons" (drafts), 2001
2Plays, "The Landmons" (notes), 2003
3Plays, "Last Days" (drafts), 1994
4Plays, "Leroy and His Wonderdog Pinto" (printed materials), undated
5Plays, "The Lesson", 1999
6Plays, "The Life Celebration of Robert Bennett", 1998
7Plays, "Living in the Shadow" (draft), 1993
8Plays, "Marginal Women", 1997
9Plays, "Middle Passage", 1999
10Plays, "Mo' Antiques", 2000
11Plays, "Moms at the Gate", 2003
12Plays, "Mr. Sweets", 2001
13Plays, "My Last Girlfriend, Goddamn!", 1996
14Plays, "Neighbors", 1993
15Plays, "Nijah and the Brother", 1991
16Plays, "No Detours Ahead" (drafts), 1988
17Plays, "No Detours Ahead" (notes and printed materials), 1989-1992
18Plays, "No Detours Ahead" (postcards), undated
19Plays, "No More, No Less" (drafts and notes), 2000
20Plays, "Nothing Funny" (drafts), 1996

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291Plays, "The Occasion", 2001
2Plays, "Oh Mary", undated
3Plays, "Oh Slavery Days" (drafts), 1986-1989
4Plays, "Oh Slavery Days" (notes and printed materials), 1989-1990
5Plays, "On Purpose", 2001
6Plays, "Open Up a Can!", 2001
7Plays, "Out!", 1998
8Plays, "Out Loud", 1996
9Plays, "P.A.", 1999
10Plays, "Paid in Full", 2001
11Plays, "Painting", 2001
12Plays, "Pathways" (draft 1), 1996
13Plays, "Pathways" (draft 2), 1996
14Plays, "Pathways" (draft 3), 1996
15Plays, "Pathways" (printed materials and scenes), 1996-2003
16Plays, "Peaches", 1993
17Plays, "Pearl and Majesty", 1990
18Plays, "Phyllis", 2003

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301Plays, "The Pillar and the Pillow", undated
2Plays, "Pomp and Circumstance", 2004
3Plays, "The Price", 2002
4Plays, "Pride Cycle", 1992-1998
5Plays, "Reilly Gunn and Mrs. Leatha" (draft), 1985
6Plays, "Reilly Gunn and Mrs. Leatha" (scenes), 1984
7Plays, "Remember Rosa Parks" (draft), 1990
8Plays, "Remember What I Say" (draft 1), 1996
9Plays, "Remember What I Say" (draft 2), 2004
10Plays, "Remembering Urbano Gomez", undated
11Plays, "The Request", 1997
12Plays, "Resolution: A Visitation" (drafts), 1998

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311Plays, "Robert: Presenting Myself" (drafts), 1998
2Plays, "Robert: Presenting Myself" (notes and printed materials), 1998-1999
3Plays, "Saata" (drafts and notes), 1983
4Plays, "Serving Two Masters", 1994
5Plays, "The Set", 1996
6Plays, "Shit Baby", 2002
7Plays, "Shut-In" (drafts and notes), 1994
8Plays, "Silences" (drafts 1 and 2), 1991
9Plays, "Silences" (drafts), 1991-1993
10Plays, "Since '76" (drafts), 2001-2003
11Plays, "Since '76" (images), undated
12Plays, "Since '76" (notes and printed materials), 2001-2002
13Plays, "Since '76" (scenes), 2003
14Plays, "Sister Sayrah and the Prize", 2002
15Plays, "Something Something", 2001
16Plays, "Sonny's Day", 2003

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321Plays, "Short Plays", 1997-2001
2Plays, "Split Tale Reflection", 2000-2003
3Plays, "Strangers", 1994
4Plays, "Strong Arms", 2004
5Plays, "Subject: Men", 2003
6Plays, "Testing Testing", 1992
7Plays, "That's All I Know", 2002
8Plays, "Tray and Deborah" (drafts), 1995
9Plays, "Underground Atlanta Tour" (drafts), 2004
10Plays, "Underground Atlanta Tour" (notes), 2004
11Plays, "Unwelcomed Voices" (notes), 1996
12Plays, "Unwelcomed Voices" (drafts), 1996
13Plays, "Up and Bounce", 2002
14Plays, "Waiting", 1999
15Plays, "Walking Out" (drafts), 1993
16Plays, "Walking Out" (notes), 1993
17Plays, "Walking Talking Integrity", 1996
18Plays, "Wanda" (drafts), 1992-1997
19Plays, "Who's Rockin' Me", 1999
20Plays, "The Widow Tisa Blows Arnie", 2002
21Plays, "Willie", 2002

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331Plays, partial typescripts, 1996-2001
2Plays, "Railing It Uptown" (Shirley Lauro), 1995
3Plays, Senior Collaborative Seminar (Lisa Babb), undated
4Plays, "The Soul has Hankerings for Immortality" (Sharon Harris), 1988
5Plays, "There's Graffiti in the Bathroom Stalls" (Sharon Harris), 1993
6Plays, "The Tragedy of Alba-Eire-Africa in America" (author unknown), undated
7Plays, "What'z it Gonna Be" (Daphne Wright), 1996
8Plays, "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Rob Jerome Jones), 1998

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341Poetry, Bennett, Robert, 1991
2Poetry, Holmes, Shirlene, poems, 1975-1979
3Poetry, Holmes, Shirlene, poems, 1981-1989
4Poetry, Holmes, Shirlene, poems, 1991-1993
5Poetry, Holmes, Shirlene, published poems, 1979-1985
6Poetry, 1981-1983
7Poetry, programs, 1979-1980
8Poetry, women writers, 1976-1990

Box

OV1Proclamation, Morehouse College, 2003
 

Series 4: Georgia State University

Included in this series are materials that document Shirlene Holmes's work as an educator, primarily as a faculty member at Georgia State University. Ranging from 1988 to 2007, it contains course syllabi, student papers and departmental communications. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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351Course syllabi, 1992-2006
2Course work, 2002-2007
3Departmental communications, 1998-2004
4Drama handbook, Georgia Department of Corrections, 1993
5Essays, Christ Church School 3rd Grade, 1988
6Essays, Robert Bennett, 1995-1998
7Invoices and receipts, 1995-2000
8Itinerary reminder, 2001
9Letters of recommendation, 1998-2003
10Lists, undated
11Notes, 1988-2006
12Notes, undated
13Proposals, undated
14Public Communication Search Committee, 2000-2002

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361Research, undated
2Solo drama, 1996
3Student advisement, 1993-1997
4Student bios, undated
5Student papers, 1975-2004
6Summer Play Development Project, 1994
7Theater faculty meetings, 1996-2001
8Thesis, Cassandra Hollis, 1999
9Thesis, Redelia Shaw, 2003
10Transparencies, undated
11Upward Bound Program, 1988-1990
12Writings, 1990-1993
13Writings, 1995-1998
14Writings, 2001-2004
 

Series 5: Subject Files

This series includes materials collected by Shirlene Holmes for personal and professional reference in her plays, courses, other writings and more. Included are various subjects ranging in dates 1979-2005. Materials about Atlanta's African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community are contained in box 37, folders 4, 15, 17, and 26, as well as box 38, folders 3 and 16.

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371Actor resumes, undated
2Affirmations, 1998
3African American history, 1991
4African American Lesbian Gay Alliance, undated
5Afrikan Street Carnival Program, 1982
6Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1990
7Alvin Ailey, undated
8Andrea Carson Coley lecture, 1993-2003
9The Arts Exchange, 1991-1992
10Assata Shakur, 1979
11Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, 1988-1994
12Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, 1995
13Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, 1998-2005
14Atlanta Drama Group, 1998
15Atlanta Lambda Community Center, undated
16BKSM Graduation and Orientation, 2001
17Black and White Men Together (Atlanta), 1993-1996
18Black Liberation Army, undated
19Black Student Theatre Ensemble, 1996-2004
20Brown, Hattie, undated
21Brown, Lucinda, 2000
22Concerned Parents of Jamaica, 1983
23Cuba Today, 2004
24East-Cultural and Education Center for People of African Descent (Brooklyn, NY), undated
25Eastern Connecticut State University, 1995
26Friends, 1993
27Gross, Roger, undated

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381Hillside Divinity Drama Ministry, 1995-1999
2Hillside Divinity Drama Ministry, 1997-1998
3Hospitality Atlanta, 1993
4Kilgour, Gregory, eulogy, 1995
5Kwanzaa, 1996
6Mt. Sequoyah, 1994
7Not Merely Players, 1998
8Prince, Arnold, 2004
9R.A.V.E.S., 2003-2005
10ROOTS Homecoming Festival, 2000
11Senior Theatre League of America, 2003
12Shange, Ntozake, 1977-2006
13Silver Finger Productions, 1999-2000
14Sista Fruit, undated
15Sojourner home, undated
16Southeastern Arts, Media and Education (SAME), 1991-1993
17Storytelling, 1989
18The Weeksville Society, 1982-1992
19York College, 1980-1993
 

Series 6: Printed Material & Publications

Ranging from 1975 to 2007, this series includes a variety of print materials that document Shirlene Holmes's creative endeavors and professional work, including plays and poetry. Other materials in the series relate to subjects of interest to Holmes, as well as events she attended. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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391Brochures, A-C, 1991-2007
2Brochures, D-F, 1998-2004
3Brochures, G-I, 1993-2007
4Brochures, J-L, 1989-1993
5Brochures, M-O, undated
6Brochures, P-R, 1993-2001
7Brochures, S-V, 1991-2007

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OV1Calendar, "I Dream a World", 2000

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398Catalogues, 1990-2005
9Flyers, Georgia State University, 1994-2006
10Flyers, miscellaneous, 1981-2007
11Flyers, Shirlene Holmes events, 1983-2007
12Flyers, various theaters, 1981-2006

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401Journals, American Film, 1976
2Journals, Amethyst, 1992-1996
3Journals, Black Books Bulletin, undated
4Journals, Black Lines, 1999
5Journals, Chrysalis, 1996-1997
6Journals, In Print, 1985
7Journals, International Journal of Africana Studies, 2002
8Journals, Iris, 1993
9Journals, Living Buddhism, 2001
10Journals, Source, undated
11Journals, Theatre Insight, 1995
12Journals, Theatre Journal, 1994
13Journals, Unbridled Lust!, 1990
14Journals, Voices From the Basement, 1978-1979
15Journals, Women of the Land, 1988

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OV1Magazines, Atlanta Good Life, 2001, 2005

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411Magazines, Atlanta Show Guide, 2005
2Magazines, Black World, 1971
3Magazines, California Newsreel, 2001
4Magazines, Callboard, 1989
5Magazines, Catalyst, 1986
6Magazines, CUNY Gifts to the World, 1995
7Magazines, Dramatics, 1996
8Magazines, Encore, 2001
9Magazines, Etcetera (ETC), 1992-1995
10Magazines, Family, 2002
11Magazines, Georgia State University Magazine, 1993
12Magazines, Jamaica Times, 1981
13Magazines, Jet, 1976-1991
14Magazines, MW, 1996
15Magazines, Nightlines, 1999
16Magazines, Ovation, 2003
17Magazines, Poets & Writers, 2000
18Magazines, Ruth Ellis Project, 2001
19Magazines, Sojourners, 1986

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421Magazines, Southern Alumni, 1998
2Magazines, Spirit, 1976-1979
3Magazines, Theatre News, 1978
4Magazines, TV Week, 1979
5Magazines, Winsome Way, undated
6Newsletters, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, 1992-2003
7Newsletters, churches, 1976-2004
8Newsletters, colleges and universities, 1976-2001
9Newsletters, dance, theater and writing, 1997-2006
10Newsletters, high school, 1976
11Newsletters, various, 1977-2007
12Newspaper clippings, Donny Hathaway, 1979
13Newspaper clippings, plays, 1982-2002
14Newspaper clippings, Shirlene Holmes articles, 1978-1999

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431Newspaper clippings, various articles, 1975-2004
2Newspaper clippings, Verna Jackson, 1977

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OV3Newspapers, A-D

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OV4Newspapers, E-W

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433Playbills, 1976-1999
4Playbills, 1990-1999

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441Playbills, 2000-2006
2Playbills, 2000-2006, undated

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OV1Posters, 1981-2006

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443Programs, Annual Dr. Archibald F. Glover Memorial Luncheon, 1983
4Programs, churches, 1980-1998
5Programs, colleges and universities, 1980-2004

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451Programs, Community Through Unity, 1996
2Programs, high schools, 1986-1989
3Programs, individual plays, 1978-2006
4Programs, individual plays, 1994-2001
5Programs, Life Celebration of Robert Bennett, 1997
6Programs, NAACP Image Awards, undated
7Programs, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., 1982-1983
8Programs, National Council for Black Studies, Inc., 2003
9Programs, National Women's Music Festival, 1987-1997
10Programs, Paul Robeson Awards, 1983-1988
11Programs, A Simple Matter of Justice, 1993
12Programs, theatrical companies, 1984-2005
13Programs, wedding of David Thurman and Duncan Teague, 2003
14Tickets, 1981-2006
 

Series 7: Audio-Visuals

Chief among this series are cassette tapes, VHS recordings of play performances and student projects, floppy disks of projects, and topics of general interest (black nationalism, women's rights, civil and human rights, race relations), which range from 1976-2001. Titles derive from donor generated labels.

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46A Lady and A Woman, undated
African Presence in Early America, Speaker I. Van Sertima, undated
"Ain't I a Woman" Shirlene Holmes, interview for WPFW-FM, 1983 May 5
"Alba-Eire-Africa I" Play, undated
"Alba-Eire-Africa 2" Play, undated
"The Black Family" Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, undated
"Black Women in Antiquity" Orator: Ivan Van Sertima, undated
Blk Student Retention in 4th Annual Conference, General Sessions IV, undated
Brother Hycel's First Sermon, 1988 November 21
"Challenging the Columbus Myth" Ivan Van Sertima, 1987 July 7
Difficult Dialogues: Build Bridges Not Walls, 1990 March 2
"Education: A Catalyst for Success" Dr. Na'im Akbar, undated
"Egypt Revisited" Orator: Ivan Van Sertima, undated
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship, Speaker: David Kithcart, 1986 March 13
John Coltrane Special Tribute to Sojourner Truth, undated
Great African Thinkers, vol.1, undated
Gen. Kilcott, 1986 March 9
Honey, Hush, undated
Kevin, 1986 August 24
The Lady Lives, side A; BH: Greatest Hits, side B, undated
Life Celebration of Robert Bennett, 1998 January 3
Mathis, 1987 November 16
Minister Louis Farakhan, "Black Global Solidarity", undated
Minister Louis Farakhan, "Eulogy for the Slaves", 1985 July 7

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47Minister Louis Farakhan, "The National Black Agenda", undated
Minister Louis Farakhan, "Stop the Killing", undated
"No Detours Ahead", 1989 April 1
"No Detours Ahead," All of Me, Strange Fruit, Billie Blues, Them There Eyes, undated
Oh Slavery Days!, 1990 January 19
"Our Time Has Come" J. Jackson, undated
"The Power of Self Knowledge," BAC Educational Series, undated
Push, tape 1, undated
Push, tape 2, undated
Response session, 1989 April 1
Rev. Jesse Jackson at SIU-C, 1988 March 14
Sis Rose, Ain't Gonna Let, We Shall Overcome, undated
"The Struggle for the Black Kind" Ava Mohammed, undated
"Unification at the Roots" Dr. Na'im Akbar, undated
WRFG 89.3 Radio, John Coltrane Special Tribute for MLK Jr. 1 and 2, undated
WRFG 89.3 Radio, John Coltrane Special Tribute for MLK Jr. 3 and 4, undated
WRFG 89.3 Radio, John Coltrane Special Tribute for MLK Jr. 5 and 6, undated
WRFG 89.3 Radio, John Coltrane Special Tribute for MLK Jr. 7 and 8, undated
Women #1, 7/13/01, case only, tape missing, undated
"Women Free by God" Shirlene Holmes, 1983 October 30
unlabeled, undated
unlabeled, undated

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481CD, "Daughters" art, 2002 October 24
1Diskette, "The Landmons", 2001 (2)
1Disk, Working Art (verbatim), undated
1Disk, As Per Your Request, undated
1Disk, "Beautiful", 1993
1Disk, "Beautiful Purple", undated
1Disk, BH, undated
1Disk, BH/Rewrite, undated
1Disk, correspondences, 1992
1Disk, Faybell, correspondences, undated
1Disk, Faybell, Pearl, SP150, 1991
1Disk, Faybell, Tracey & Chapter 1, undated
1Disk, Georgia State, undated
1Disk, Glenn: Holmes Vitae, undated
1Disk, "Goldie", 1991
1Disk, "Ham and Judah", undated
1Disk, Johnson, Frank, undated
1Disk, "A Lady and a Woman", undated
2Disk, "Neighbors", undated
2Disk, plays, undated
2Disk, Reilly #1, 1985
2Disk, "Silences", "Honey Hush", undated
2Disk, SPC150, 1990
2Disk, SPC150, 1991
2Disk, SPC150, TH420, classes, 1991
2Disk, TH304, undated
2Disk, unlabeled (6), undated
2Disk, "use this disk to print a file", undated
2Disk, Word Perfect 4.2, undated
2Disk sleeves, empty (3), undated
2DVD, Wendell Brown, "Wrong Place, Wrong Time", 1998
2Record, "For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf", 1976
2U-Matic tape, Dimension Feminister, undated
2VHS, A Change Model Video Series, undated
2VHS, "Ain't I a Woman!: Sojourner Truth", undated
2VHS, "College Life: The Black Experience", undated
2VHS, "Daughter 5", undated
2VHS, Divinity Drama Ministry: An Evening of Divine Truth through Drama, Music, and Dance, 1997
2VHS, Divinity Drama Ministry: An Evening of Divine Truth, 1998
2VHS, "Faces of York", undated
2VHS, "A Family Tree", 1998 May 30
2VHS, "Femme Fantasia", 1999
2VHS, "For Colored Girls," and "Go Tell it on the Mountain", 1989
2VHS, Hillside Divinity Drama Ministry: Stories from the Diaspora, undated
2VHS, "A Lady and a Woman", undated
2VHS, NASPA, "When a Dawn Reveals a New Landscape...", 1996
2VHS, "Sam Johnson", undated
2VHS, "Since '76", 2006 October 13
2VHS, SPCH 150, "The End of Summer", 1995
2VHS, Theater 2210: Spring 1994 (tape 1), 1994
2VHS, Theater 2210: Spring 1994 (tape 2), 1994
2VHS, This Is My Day Job! Conversations with Atlanta Artists, undated
2VHS, This Is My Day Job! Conversations with Atlanta Artists: John R. Williams, undated
2VHS, unlabeled (3), undated
2VHS, "Unwelcome Voices", undated (2)
2VHS, "Visual Ethnography by Latesia Coleman", 1998
 

Series 8: Awards, Plaques, and Decorative Plate

This series contains several awards and plaques that Shirlene Holmes received from 1973-2006, including a lifetime achievement award and four appreciation awards.

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4921st Annual BTO Cultural Festival: Guest Speaker Appreciation, 1991
CUNY, York College: Keynote Speaker Appreciation, 1993
Fred L. McDowell Award: Outstanding Scholarship in Higher Education, 1987
Georgia State University Black Student Theatre Ensemble: Lifetime
Achievement Award, 2006
GSU African American Student Services Heritage Award, 1992
GSU Players: In Appreciation, undated
NAACP, Carbondale Branch: Contribution in Art, 1989
National Black Herstory Task Force, Inc.: Lucy Terry Prince Award, 2005
St. Albans Club: Annual Man of the Year Award (for Gerald W. Deas), 1982
St. Croix: Appreciation, 1990
Southern Illinois University Black Affairs Council: Community Service, 1986
University Women's Professional Advancement: Women Student of Distinction, 1989
Wooden plaque holder
Wooden plaque stems (2)

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OV5Jean Baptist Point Du Sable, decorative plate, 1973
 

Series 9: Textiles and Buttons

The series contains various undated ephemera, including a collection of buttons and shirts.

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50Bag, Black Queer Studies in the Millennium
Button, The Afrikan Theatre, Inc.
Button, "Ain't I A Woman" (2)
Button, Billie Holiday (2)
Button, Black Feminism Lives!
Button, Black Spectrum Theatre Co. (2)
Button, Buy Black
Button, Colors of Black Nationalism
Button, Do the Right Thing
Button, Dump Koch
Button, Forward Ever Backward Never
Button, I and I
Button, I is a College Student
Button, I Love Min. Louis Farrakhan
Button, Madam C.J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower
Button, Michael Jackson
Button, "My People Must Go Free"
Button, Nelson Mandela
Button, Respect and Protect the Black Woman
Button, Shirlene Holmes as Sojourner Truth (3)
Button, Sojourner Truth (5)
Button, Sojourner Truth Congregation
Button, A Thousand Splinters (2)
Button, We Still Have a Dream
Button, Win Jesse Jackson
Button, York Enlists Support
Shirt, "Animalism"
Shirt, Black Student Theatre Ensemble
Shirt, "The Cotsville Stories"
Shirt, "In Women's Rooms"
Shirt, "Since '76"
Stole