Bruce Jackson papers
Scope and Contents
The collection includes manuscripts and working drafts of Jackson's books, The Negro and His Folklore, Thief's Primer, In the Life; Versions of the Criminal Experience,and Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues.Also included are notes and correspondence concerning his books and published articles as well as field notes and transcriptions from prison studies, inmate rap sheets, and music notations.
- Jackson, Bruce (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
The Bruce Jackson Papers, 1964-1971, are open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
Bruce Jackson is the Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture and State University of New York Distinguished Professor of English. Having taught at UB for nearly forty years, and the author or editor of 22 books, Jackson has produced documentary films, important folkloric recordings, photographs, and articles addressing aspects of American culture, including southern work songs, prison reform, drug culture, and racial politics. In 2002, the government of France named him Chevalier in L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's highest award in the arts and humanities. Jackson is also editor of the web journal, buffaloreport.com.
2.71 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)
Papers of Bruce Jackson, Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture and State University of New York Distinguished Professor of English. Included are manuscripts, working copies, drafts, notes, related correspondence, and tape transcripts for three of Jackson's published works: The Negro and His Folklore, Thief's Primer, In the Life; Versions of the Criminal Experience,and Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues.
This collection is arranged in five series: I. The Negro and His Folklore in Nineteenth Century Periodicals,1967, II. A Thief's Primer,1969, III. Articles, 1964-1968, undated, IV. Wake up dead man: hard labor and Southern blues,1971, and V. A thief's primer,1969.
This collection is organized by date of accession. Folder titles remain original, however many are missing dates. Folders in Box 5 are not titled, titles described in this finding aid for Box 5 derive from a transmittal list, prepared by Jackson (1971).
Donated by Bruce Jackson, in multiple accessions dating January 1968, March 1971 and August 1971.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Archives staff, circa 1970's.
- Drafts (documents)
- English literature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
- Fieldwork (research)
- Folk songs -- Texas
- Jackson, Bruce -- Archives
- Jackson, Bruce -- Correspondence
- Manuscripts (document genre)
- Music in prisons
- Prison -- Fieldwork
- Prisons -- Songs and music
- State University of New York at Buffalo -- Archives
- State University of New York at Buffalo. English Department -- Faculty
- State University of New York at Buffalo. English Department (Contributor, Organization)
- University Archives (Repository, Organization)
- Finding Aid for the Bruce Jackson papers
- Finding aid prepared by Archives staff.
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