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Komozi Woodard Amiri Baraka collection

Identifier: aarl01-001

Scope and Content Note

This collection of Amiri Baraka materials was made available by Dr. Komozi Woodard. The collection consists of rare works of poetry, organizational records, print publications, over one hundred articles, poems, plays, and speeches by Baraka, a small amount of personal correspondence, and oral histories. The collection has been arranged into eighteen series. These series are: (1) Black Arts Movement; (2) Black Nationalism; (3) Correspondence; (4) Newark (New Jersey); (5) Congress of African People; (6) National Black Conferences and National Black Assembly; (7) Black Women's United Front; (8) Student Organization for Black Unity; (9) African Liberation Support Committee; (10) Revolutionary Communist League; (11) African Socialism; (12) Black Marxists; (13) National Black United Front; (14) Miscellaneous Materials, 1978-1988; (15) Serial Publications; (16) Oral Histories; (17) Woodard's Office Files; and (18) Audio Visual. Dr. Woodard collected these documents during his career as an activist in Newark, New Jersey.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1960-1988
  • Bulk, 1960-1988 1913-1998 1960-1988


Restrictions of Access

Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use the UAP microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Historical Sketch

Dr. Komozi Woodard was born July 7, 1949 in Newark, NJ. He is the son Theodore and Helen Collier Woodard. His father was a meatpacker and his mother a school teacher. He began his college work at Dickinson College where her received his B.A. in 1971 He continued at Rutgers University (1984-86). Woodard also attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his M.A., and Ph.D. Dr Woodard's dissertation which is entitled The Making of the NewArk: Imamu Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) The Newark Congress of African People, and The Modern Black Convention Movement: A History of the Black Revolt and The New Nationalism, 1966-1976 exemplifies Dr. Woodard's tremendous interest in African American history, politics, and culture. He places an emphasis on ghetto formation and anti-colonial movements. Woodard is professor of American history at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and the author of A Nation Within: Baraka and Black Power Politics. During the Black Power Movement, Woodard served as head of economic development for the Temple of Kawaida in Newark, New Jersey, as editor of Unity and Struggle, the organ of the Congress of African People; and ultimately as the leading academic scholar of Baraka's political career.


12.0 Linear feet




The collection consists of materials from the years 1913 through 1998 that document African American author and activist Amiri Baraka and were gathered by Dr. Komozi Woodard in the course of his research. The extensive documentation includes poetry, organizational records, print publications, articles, plays, speeches, personal correspondence, oral histories, as well as some personal records. The materials cover Baraka's involvement in the politics in Newark, N.J. and in Black Power movement organizations such as the Congress of African People, the National Black Conference movement, the Black Women's United Front. Later materials document Baraka's increasing involvement in Marxism.


Organized into eighteen series:
  1. (1) Black Arts Movement
  2. (2) Black nationalism
  3. (3) Correspondence
  4. (4) Newark (New Jersey)
  5. (5) Congress of African People
  6. (6) National Black Conferences and National Black Assembly
  7. (7) Black Women's United Front
  8. (8) Student Organization for Black Unity
  9. (9) African Liberation Support Committee
  10. (10) Revolutionary Communist League
  11. (11) African socialism
  12. (12) Black Marxists
  13. (13) National Black United Front
  14. (14) Miscellaneous materials, 1978-1988
  15. (15) Serial publications
  16. (16) Oral histories
  17. (17) Woodard's office files
  18. (18) Audio visual


Purchased by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, Archives Division in 2001.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Available in microfilm as part of The Black power movement. Part 1, Amiri Baraka, from Black arts to Black radicalism; University Publications of America, Bethesda, Md.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Martin
Inventory of the Komozi Woodard Amiri Baraka Collection aarl01-001aarl01-001
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303