Richard Durham Papers

Richard Durham Papers, 1939-1999
Dates: 1939-1999
Size: Original donation: 14 archival boxes, 12 linear feet. Addendum: 91 compact discs; five archival boxes, 6 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628
Collection Number: 1998/02
Provenance: Donation of Clarice Durham (June, November and December 1998). See Note on the Provenance.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Richard Durham Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Mapping the Stacks Staff: Melissa Barton, Doron Galili, Moira Hinderer, Celeste Day Moore, Traci Parker, Christine Petersen, Marcia Walker.
Supervised by: Michael Flug, Senior Archivist, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, CPL.

Note on the Provenance

Clarice Durham, wife of Richard Durham, donated the Richard Durham Papers to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection in June, November and December of 1998.

Richard Durham created Destination Freedom , a groundbreaking radio series that dramatized the struggle for civil rights in America. Destination Freedom aired on WMAQ, a Chicago radio station, on Sunday mornings from 1948 to 1950. In March 2005, Clarice Durham donated the 91 audiotapes to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Portions of this collection are available on the online archives section of the Museum of Broadcast Communications website and the complete collection is available for listening at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, located at 400 N. State Street, Suite 240, Chicago, IL 60610.

Richard Durham’s essay, “Don’t Spend Your Money Where You Can’t Work” (1938?), from the Negro Newspaper Study, is located in the Illinois Writers’ Project collection, Box 41, Folder 7. This essay borrows its title from a slogan of the Chicago Whip newspaper and describes the movement that used the black consumer boycott as part of an appeal for economic justice.

Several documents relating to the appearances of the Destination Freedom cast at the George Cleveland Hall Branch of the Chicago Public Library are located in the Hall Branch Library Archives, Box 3.

Dr. J. Fred MacDonald, radio historian and author of Richard Durham’s “Destination Freedom:” Scripts from Radio’s Black Legacy, 1948-1950 (1989) donated audio recordings (CD) of 91 Destination Freedom series radio broadcasts to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection in March 2009. Along with these he also donated CD recordings of interviews he conducted with Richard Durham, Homer Heck and Oscar Brown, Jr. John Dunning also participated as an interviewer. All of these recordings have been added to the Richard Durham Papers, with the approval of Clarice Durham, donor of the Richard Durham Papers.

MacDonald is professor of history, emeritus, at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Most of his nearly three decades of university life were spent researching and teaching the history of U.S. popular culture, particularly the social-cultural history of U.S. television and radio. His seven published books include (in addition to the work listed above) Blacks and White TV: Afro-Americans in Television Since 1948 (1984, 1992), and Don’t Touch that Dial! Radio Programming in American Life, 1920-1960 (1979). His historical collection, MacDonald and Associates, provides an historical film archive of wide scope and an audio archive that covers more than a century of recorded sound including radio programs, speeches, interviews and vintage musical performances.

MacDonald may be reached via his website, J. Fred MacDonald .

Biographical Note

Richard Durham was born on September 6, 1917 in Raymond, Mississippi, a small rural community in Hindes County. His father, a farmer, aspired to a better life outside of the South and moved the family to Chicago when Durham was seven years old. Durham attended Hyde Park High School and Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Durham joined the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration and received training and experience as a radio scriptwriter. When this project ended, Durham joined the staff of the Chicago Defender . Durham’s first major experience with radio came between 1946 and 1948 when he wrote scripts for a series on black achievement, Democracy U.S.A., which aired on WBBM, a CBS station. A workplace injury unexpectedly began Durham’s writing career. While working at a shade cleaning plant, he injured his foot by standing in a chemical solution with shoes that were not waterproof. While he was recovering, his sister gave him a typewriter and he began to write poetry and soon won first prize in a poetry contest. Durham created and wrote all the scripts for Here Comes Tomorrow , a black soap opera that aired on WJJD. Destination Freedom , a dramatic radio series on WMAQ in Chicago, brought the freedom struggles of African Americans to Chicago listening audiences on Sunday mornings between 1948 and 1950. Durham’s prolific writing career would span four decades and would extend far beyond radio: Durham edited the official publication of the Nation of Islam, Muhammad Speaks in the 1960s; he created the television series Bird of the Iron Feather in the early 1970s; he co-authored The Greatest , the autobiography of boxing champion Muhammad Ali, which was published in 1977; and he wrote numerous speeches for Chicago’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington, in the 1980s.

The premier of Destination Freedom on June 27, 1948 signaled a landmark in African American broadcasting history. Drawing on the talents of young intellectuals and entertainers including Oscar Brown Jr., Studs Terkel, Janice Kingslow, Wezlyn Tilden, Fred Pinkard and Vernon Jarrett, Durham developed scripts that captured the lives and struggles of everyday men and women as well as prominent African Americans. Unlike the typical radio fare of its time, Destination Freedom featured social dramas that eloquently appealed for racial justice. As Durham explained, “the real-life story of a single Negro in Alabama walking into a voting booth across a Ku Klux Klan line has more drama and world implications than all the stereotypes Hollywood or radio can turn out in a thousand years.” In striking contrast to the hackneyed images of blacks and as a remedy to the gross underrepresentation of blacks in radio production, Durham cast black actors in leading roles and told the stories of activists and leaders including Frederick Douglass, Toussaint L’Ouverture and Mary Church Terrell; writers and artists including Richard Wright, Katherine Dunham and Gwendolyn Brooks and cultural legends such as Stackalee and John Henry.

Hours of careful research at the George Cleveland Hall Branch of the Chicago Public Library with Vivian Harsh’s assistance, close readings of autobiographies, monographs and speeches and skilled scriptwriting brought these historical and contemporary figures to life in poignant detail on Destination Freedom . Certain of the redemptive power of black history and education, Durham went beyond recounting the biographies of these figures and focused on the ways that they overcame racial injustice through resistance. Durham challenged network protocols to ensure that the series featured black women as equally important, history-making figures. The series lacked a sponsor for most of the time it aired on WMAQ, but by relying on his earlier connections, Durham persuaded the Chicago Defender to fund the first weeks of the broadcast and the Urban League sponsored several broadcasts in 1950. Despite Durham’s efforts to exercise authorial control over the series, WMAQ edited, controlled final script approval and rejected the more controversial stories of the lives of Nat Turner and Paul Robeson. Despite these conflicts, the station recognized the import and the success of the show when in 1949, it won a prestigious first-place award from the Institute for Education by Radio. On the anniversary of its first episode, Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson commended the program for its efforts in increasing racial tolerance and in educating the public on the contributions of African Americans. Despite these accolades, WMAQ canceled Destination Freedom in 1950, just as the rising tide of anti-Communist conservatism began to adversely affect radio and the arts.

Durham remained actively involved in civil rights struggles throughout his life. In the 1950s, he worked as the national program director of the United Packinghouse Workers of America. Durham was hired to write a pamphlet on the accomplishments of the union’s anti-discrimination department. The pamphlet, “Action Against Jim Crow: UPWA’s Fight for Equal Rights,” described the progressive work of the union to end job discrimination and to elevate women to equal status and equal pay in the workplace. The union was so pleased with Durham’s work that they hired him as the head of the program office and he wrote and developed materials to publicize the union’s programs and events. But conflict arose as Durham continued to put pressure on the union to support and to prioritize black advancement. In 1957, he was forced to resign.

After leaving the union, Durham worked as a freelance journalist. In the 1960s, he became the editor of Muhammad Speaks, the weekly publication of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. Durham sought to provide an international perspective to the newspaper and included several articles on the independence struggles of African nations in the 1960s. In 1971, Durham created a television series, Bird of the Iron Feather , which aired on WTTW, a local PBS station in Chicago. Described as a “soul drama” and funded by the Ford Foundation, this series was praised for introducing more authentic television programming and for portraying African American life in a more realistic fashion. Given the dearth of blacks in television production, Bird of the Iron Feather broke new ground by being almost exclusively written, directed and produced by blacks. While working as an editor for Muhammad Speaks , Durham was asked to assist Muhammad Ali in writing his autobiography, The Greatest , which was published in 1977.

Richard Durham met Clarice Davis in the early 1940s while both were volunteering with the National Negro Congress. Clarice was born in Mobile, Alabama and moved to Chicago when she was eleven years old. She attended Wendell Phillips High School until it was temporarily closed because of a fire. She graduated from DuSable High School where she was the valedictorian of her class. The couple married in 1942. During their married life, Ms. Durham was an early childhood educator. She also made significant contributions to Durham’s work by reading, editing and typing many of the Destination Freedom scripts. Mrs. Durham has remained a lifelong human rights activist. After working for the National Negro Congress, she was a member of the Progressive Party in Chicago in the late 1940s. Mrs. Durham continues to be an activist for the Chicago chapter of the National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression and has campaigned for freedom for Mark Clements, a victim of police torture. Richard and Clarice Durham have one son, Mark Durham.

Richard Durham died on April 27, 1984 while on a business trip in New York. At the time of his death, Durham was researching the life of Hannibal, the illustrious Carthagenian warrior who planned to conquer Rome. Mayor Harold Washington delivered the eulogy at his memorial service and a number of famous Chicagoans including historian Dempsey Travis, entertainer and former Destination Freedom cast member Oscar Brown Jr. and Congressmen Charles Hayes and Gus Savage attended the service.

In August 2007, Richard Durham was selected for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Scope and Content Note

The Richard Durham Collection is comprised mostly of manuscripts and primarily includes scripts written for the Destination Freedom and Bird of the Iron Feather series. Additional manuscript material includes scripts written for Democracy, U.S.A. as well as the page proofs for the autobiography of Muhammad Ali, The Greatest , published in 1977. The collection also contains clippings, correspondence, photographs and serials. The collection is organized into the following three series: Manuscripts, Photographs and Audiovisual Materials, and Serials.

Manuscripts, Boxes 1-12 (1939-1978)

The manuscripts series comprise the lion’s share of the collection. Boxes 1-4 consist of Destination Freedom scripts, which are organized by airdate. These scripts include the stories of numerous African American leaders, activists and cultural figures including W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Richard Wright, John Henry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and “Fats” Waller. The scripts from a two-part series exploring racial prejudice and racial violence and a program on housing inequality in Chicago are also included. A folder in Box 4 titled “ Destination Freedom memorabilia” consists of correspondence from May 1949 regarding the appearance of the cast at the Parkway Community House as well as a first anniversary program and materials on “ Destination Freedom Week,” a series of events promoted by the Chicago Radio Listeners Appreciation Guild. Box 5 consists of scripts that Durham wrote while he was a member of the WPA’s Writers’ Project. These scripts, from the Great Artists Series, were broadcast on WGN between 1940 and 1942 and include stories on Spanish painter Francisco Goya, Mexican painter Jose Orozco, and French painter Henri Matisse. Clippings of articles about racial injustice written by Richard Durham for the Chicago Defender are also contained in Box 5, such as: “Crump Thinks Negroes Given Fair Treatment,” in which Durham interviewed Edward Crump, the head of Memphis’ Democratic political party (April 8, 1944); an article about a bellboy who was flogged by a deputy in a county jail in Belleville, Illinois (August 5, 1944); and an article about Owosso, Michigan, the hometown of Governor Thomas Dewey, the Republican nominee for President, in which residents boasted of “never allowing a Negro to stay overnight” (August 22, 1944). While working as the national program director of the United Packinghouse Workers of America, Durham created a pamphlet, “Action Against Jim Crow: UPWA’s Fight for Equal Rights.” Included in Box 5, this pamphlet tells the story of an experienced packinghouse worker who could not get a job at Swift & Company because of racial discrimination. The worker’s experiences are juxtaposed with her son’s service in the armed forces during the Korean War. The worker’s son wonders why black men are dying overseas for a country that refuses to provide decent jobs for all of its citizens.

Box 6 contains Durham’s research notes taken while he was writing the scripts for Destination Freedom and a copy of Earl Dickerson’s speech for the ASP Negro Rights Forum given in the 1940s. This box also consists of various correspondence including letters regarding Muhammad Ali’s autobiography, The Greatest and letters that discussed the television series Bird of the Iron Feather . Of particular interest is a handwritten note from artist Jacob Lawrence dated May 17, 1949 that provides Lawrence’s biographical information and a list of his achievements. Letters from Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, to government officials requesting copies of all documents listed under the name of Emmett Till’s father, Louis Till, are also included. Durham helped Mobley to draft these letters and urged her to submit them before access to such information, granted by the Freedom of Information Act, was curtailed by the Reagan administration. Poetry by Richard Durham, including poems published in the Chicago Defender in 1937 and 1938, are also included. One letter is of special note: Durham corresponded with Langston Hughes and received a letter dated September 10, 1939 regarding Hughes’ comments on Durham’s poetry. Copies of Durham’s poems with Hughes’ handwritten notations accompany the letter.

Box 7 includes scripts from Democracy, U.S.A. and Bird of the Iron Feather . Box 8 contains fragments of scripts and a biographical sketch of Durham. Materials related to Durham’s lawsuit against NBC comprise Box 9. Durham filed suit to gain NBC’s admission that Destination Freedom was Durham’s exclusive creation and property. After Destination Freedom was canceled, the network used the same title to broadcast a show that aired at the same time with a similar format. Box 10 includes scripts from Bird of the Iron Feather , and Boxes 11 and 12 contain typescript and page proofs from Muhammad Ali’s autobiography, The Greatest .

Photographs and Audiovisual Materials, Box 13 (1949, 1970, 1999, 2007)

This series includes twenty-nine photographs, mostly of the cast members of Destination Freedom . These photographs capture the cast reading scripts and participating in community programs. Individual photographs feature the following actors: Louise Pruitt, Fred Pinkard, Oscar Brown, Jr., and Janice Kingslow. Other photographs capture Richard Durham sitting at his typewriter, writing Destination Freedom . This series also contains a reprint of Destination Freedom publicity materials, a photograph of Richard Durham while he is being interviewed about Bird of the Iron Feather , historical photographs of Ida B. Wells Barnett, a reproduction of a page from a script on Harriet Tubman and an honorable withdrawal card from the American Newspaper Guild.

This series also includes two audiovisual materials: a VHS tape, “The Sound of Freedom,” by Afaf Qayyum from the 1999 Chicago Metro History Fair and an interview with Clarice Davis Durham and Charles Durham recorded by StoryCorps Griot in July 2007.

Serials, Box 14 (1964-1975)

This series includes copies of Muhammad Speaks , the publication of the Nation of Islam, which Durham edited. Durham brought an international perspective to the newspaper and included several articles on the independence struggles of African nations in the 1960s. Also contained in this series are the oversized, bound editions of Muhammad Speaks , published between September 1964 and April 1967.

Addendum, Boxes 15-19 (1948-1987)
This series includes 91 compact discs of the radio series Destination Freedom , donated by J. Fred MacDonald. (See Note on the Provenance.) It is arranged chronologically by airdate of the radio broadcasts.

Container List

Clipping: "Dixie Comes to Chicago: ’Unholy 3’ Fight Wacs in ’Black Ghetto’ Plot," by Richard DurhamPage proofs: various pages

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1939-1978
Box 1 Folder 1 Radio Log: Destination Freedom, 1948-1950 Radio log, list of programs airing on Destination Freedom between 1948 and 1950
Box 1 Folder 2 "Crispus Attucks," 6/27/48, Dest. Freedom Script for program on Crispus Attucks
Box 1 Folder 3 Harriet Tubman, 7/4/48, Dest. Freedom Script for program, "Railway to Freedom, The Story of Harriet Tubman"
Box 1 Folder 4 "Dark Explorers," 7/11/48, Dest. Freedom Script for program on Negro explorers
Box 1 Folder 5 "Saga of Denmark Vesey," 7/18/48, Dest. Freedom Script for program on Denmark Vesey
Box 1 Folder 6 Frederick Douglass, Part I, 7/25/48 Script for "The Making of a Man" program on Frederick Douglass
Box 1 Folder 7 Frederick Douglass, Part II, 8/1/48 Script for Part II of Frederick Douglass program
Box 1 Folder 8 U.G. Dailey and Daniel Hale Williams, 8/8/48 Script for "The Heart of Geo. Cotton," The Story of Dr. U.G. Dailey and Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
Box 1 Folder 9 Sojourner Truth, 8/15/48 Script for "Truth Goes to Washington," The Story of Sojourner Truth
Box 1 Folder 10 Matthew Henson, 8/22/48 Script for "Arctic Autograph," The Story of Matthew Henson
Box 1 Folder 11 Sen. Charles Caldwell, 8/29/48 Script for "The Story of 1875," The Life and Death of Senator Charles Caldwell
Box 1 Folder 12 James Weldon Johnson, 9/5/48 Script for "Poet in Pine Mill," The Story of James Weldon Johnson
Box 1 Folder 13 "’Father of the Blues’ -- W.C. Handy," 9/12/48, Dest. Freedom
Script for program on W.C. Handy
Box 1 Folder 14 J. Ernest Wilkins, 9/19/48
Script for "Boy with a Dream," The Story of Dr. J. Ernest Wilkins
Box 1 Folder 15 "Shakespeare of Harlem -- Langston Hughes," 9/26/48, Dest. Freedom
Script for program on Langston Hughes
Box 1 Folder 16 "Citizen Toussaint," 10/3/48, Dest. Freedom
Script for program on Toussaint L’Ouverture
Box 1 Folder 17 Little David (Joe Louis) 10/10/48 Script for program on Joe Louis
Box 1 Folder 18 George Washington Carver, 10/17/48 Script for program, "The Boy Who Was Traded for a Horse," The Story of George Washington Carver
Box 1 Folder 19 Duke Ellington, 11/7/48, Dest. Freedom Script for "Echoes of Harlem," The Story of Duke Ellington
Box 1 Folder 20 Mary McLeod Bethune, 11/14/48, Dest. Freedom Script for "One Out of Seventeen," The Story of Mary McLeod Bethune
Box 1 Folder 21 Jackie Robinson, 11/21/48, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Rime of the Ancient Dodger," The Story of Jackie Robinson
Box 1 Folder 22 Walter White, 11/28/48, Dest. Freedom Script for "Investigator for Democracy," The Story of Walter White
Box 1 Folder 23 Dorie Miller, 12/5/48, Dest. Freedom Script for "Autobiography of a Hero," The Story of Dorie Miller
Box 1 Folder 24 Albert Merritt, 12/12/48, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Pied Piper vs. Paul Revere," The Story of Albert Merritt
Box 1 Folder 25 Marian Anderson, 12/19/48, Dest. Freedom Script for "Choir Girl from Philadelphia," The Story of Marian Anderson
Box 1 Folder 26 Willard Motley, 12/26/48, Dest. Freedom Script for program on Willard Motley
Box 2 Folder 1 Oscar DePriest, 1/2/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Maiden Speech," The Story of Oscar DePriest
Box 2 Folder 2 William Hastie, 1/9/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Boy Who Beat the Bus," The Story of William H. Hastie
Box 2 Folder 3 Hazel Scott, 1/16/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Chopin Murder Case," The Story of Hazel Scott
Box 2 Folder 4 Jesse Owens, 1/23/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "World’s Fastest Human," The Story of Jesse Owens
Box 2 Folder 5 332nd Fighter Group, 1/30/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Last Letter Home," The Story of the 332nd Fighter Group
Box 2 Folder 6 W.E.B. DuBois, 2/6/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Search for History," The Story of W.E.B. DuBois
Box 2 Folder 7 "Death of Aesop," 2/13/49, Dest. Freedom Script
Box 2 Folder 8 Ralph J. Bunche, 2/20/49, Dest. Freedom "Peace Mediator," The Story of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche
Box 2 Folder 9 Paul Williams, 2/27/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The House that Paul Built," The Story of Paul Williams
Box 2 Folder 10 "Life of Canada Lee," 3/6/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Do Something-Be Somebody," The Life of Canada Lee
Box 2 Folder 11 Booker T. Washington, 3/13/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Up from Slavery," The Story of Booker T. Washington
Box 2 Folder 12 Richard Wright, 3/20/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Black Boy," The Autobiography of Richard Wright
Box 2 Folder 13 Charles R. Drew, 3/27/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Transfusion," The Story of Dr. Charles R. Drew
Box 2 Folder 14 Countee Cullen, 4/3/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Pagan Poet," The Story of Countee Cullen
Box 2 Folder 15 Ida B. Wells, 4/10/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Woman with a Mission," The Story of Ida B. Wells
Box 2 Folder 16 Paul Laurence Dunbar, 4/17/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Before I Sleep," The Story of Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Box 2 Folder 17 "Apostle of Freedom -- Richard Allen," 4/24/49, Dest. Freedom Script for program on Richard Allen
Box 2 Folder 18 Josh White, 5/1/49, Dest. Freedom "Help the Blind," The Story of Josh White
Box 2 Folder 19 Satchel Paige, 5/15/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Ballad of Satchel Paige"
Box 2 Folder 20 Benjamin Banneker, 5/22/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Secretary of Peace," The Story of Benjamin Banneker
Box 2 Folder 21 Henry Armstrong, 5/29/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Saga of Melody Jackson," The Story of Henry Armstrong
Box 2 Folder 22 Rev. Archibald Carey, 6/5/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Anatomy of an Ordinance," The Story of Reverend Archibald Carey
Box 2 Folder 23 Lena Horne, 6/12/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Negro Cinderella," The Story of Lena Horne
Box 2 Folder 24 Roscoe Dunjee, 6/19/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Ghost Editor," The Story of Roscoe Dunjee
Box 2 Folder 25 "Harriet’s Children," 1st anniversary program, 6/26/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Story of the Negro in American History"
Box 2 Folder 26 Dorothy Maynor, 7/3/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Norfolk Miracle," The Story of Dorothy Maynor
Box 2 Folder 27 "Tales of Stackalee," 7/17/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Story of the Negro Paul Bunyan"
Box 2 Folder 28 "The John Henry Story," 7/24/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Legend of the Famous Steel Driver"
Box 2 Folder 29 Louis Armstrong, 7/31/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Story of Louis Armstrong, King of the Trumpeters"
Box 3 Folder 1 Mary Church Terrell, 8/7/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Long Road: The Story of Mary Church Terrell"
Box 3 Folder 2 Henri Christophe, Part I, 8/14/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Black Hamlet," The Story of Henri Christophe, Part I
Box 3 Folder 3 Henri Christophe, Part 2, 8/21/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Black Hamlet," The Story of Henri Christophe, Part II
Box 3 Folder 4 "Segregation-Incorporated," 8/28/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Segregation-Incorporated"
Box 3 Folder 5 Blanche K. Bruce, 9/4/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Saga of Blanche K. Bruce," United States Senator from Mississippi
Box 3 Folder 6 761st Tank Batallion, 9/11/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Tiger Hunt," The Story of the 761st Tank Batallion
Box 3 Folder 7 Gwendolyn Brooks, 9/18/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Poet in Bronzeville," The Story of Gwendolyn Brooks
Box 3 Folder 8 Prejudice Series, Part I, 9/25/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "A Garage in Gainesville," # 1 in a series of two on prejudice
Box 3 Folder 9 Prejudice Series, 10/2/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Execution Awaited," Number Two in a Series of Two on Prejudice
Box 3 Folder 10 Adam Clayton Powell [Sr. + Jr.], 10/9/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Father to Son," The Story of A. Clayton Powell, Senior & Junior
Box 3 Folder 11 Albert Ammons, 10/16/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Of Blood and the Boogie," The Story of Albert Ammons
Box 3 Folder 12 Jane Edna Hunter, 10/23/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Diary of a Nurse," The Story of Jane Edna Hunter
Box 3 Folder 13 Hugh Mulzac, 10/30/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Keeper of the Dream," The Story of Captain Hugh Mulzac
Box 3 Folder 14 Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, 11/6/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Man Who Owned Chicago," The Story of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable
Box 3 Folder 15 Dean Dixon, 11/13/49, Dest. Freedom Script for "Blind Alley Symphony," The Story of Dean Dixon
Box 3 Folder 16 Kenneth R. Williams, 11/20/49, Dest. Freedom
Script for "The Tale of the Tobacco Auctioneer," The Story of the Election of the Reverend Kenneth R. Williams to the City Council of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Box 3 Folder 17 Judge Joseph Homer Rainey, 12/4/49, Dest. Freedom
Script for "Joe Rainey vs. the Status Quo," The Story of Judge Joseph Homer Rainey
Box 3 Folder 18 Urban League, 1/15/50, Dest. Freedom "The Birth of a League," The Story of the Urban League
Box 3 Folder 19 William Henry Huff, 1/22/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Lawyer of Liberty," The Story of William Henry Huff
Box 3 Folder 20 Bill (Bojangles) Robinson, 1/29/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Portrait of Bill Robinson," The Story of Bojangles Robinson
Box 3 Folder 21 "Housing: Chicago," 2/5/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Housing: Chicago," including interview with Dr. Frank S. Horne, Assistant to Fed. Housing Adm.
Box 3 Folder 22 Carter G. Woodson, 2/12/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Recorder of History," The Story of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Founder of "Negro History Week"
Box 3 Folder 24 Brotherhood Week, 2/19/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Brotherhood Begins at Home," celebrating the start of Brotherhood Week
Box 3 Folder 25 Todd Duncan, 2/26/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Umfundisi of Ndotsheni," The Story of Todd Duncan
Box 3 Folder 26 E. Franklin Frazier, 3/5/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Atlanta Thesis," The Story of E. Franklin Frazier
Box 3 Folder 27 "Premonition of a Panther -- Sugar Ray Robinson," 3/12/50 Script for "Premonition of a Panther," The Story of Sugar Ray Robinson
Box 3 Folder 28 Lonnie Johnson, 3/19/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Making of a Balladier," The Story of the Guitarist-Singer Lonnie Johnson
Box 3 Folder 29 William Lloyd Garrison, 3/26/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Liberators," Part I, The Story of Abolitionist Lloyd Garrison
Box 4 Folder 1 Wendell Philipps, 4/2/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Liberators," Part II, The Story of Abolitionist Wendell Philipps
Box 4 Folder 2 Buddy Young, 4/9/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Buddy Young Story"
Box 4 Folder 3 Kinzie Bleuitt, 4/16/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Fifth District Story"
Box 4 Folder 4 Katherine Dunham, 4/23/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Katherine Dunham Story"
Box 4 Folder 5 Jane Bolin, 5/7/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Judge Jane Bolin Story"
Box 4 Folder 6 "Story of Spirituals," 5/14/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Story of Spirituals"
Box 4 Folder 7 John Hope, 5/21/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The John Hope Story"
Box 4 Folder 8 Isaac Murphy, 6/4/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Isaac Murphy Story"
Box 4 Folder 9 "Fats" Waller, 6/11/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Fats Waller Story"
Box 4 Folder 10 Richard Westbrooks, 6/18/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Case of the Congressman’s Train Ride"
Box 4 Folder 11 Ruth Blue Turnquist, 6/25/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "The Angel of Federal Street . . . ."
Box 4 Folder 12 Nat King Cole, 7/2/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Kansas City Phone Call"
Box 4 Folder 13 William Nickerson, Jr., 7/9/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Mr. Jerico Adjusts a Claim"
Box 4 Folder 14 Charlotte Hawkins, 7/16/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Test by Fire"
Box 4 Folder 15 Pruth McFarlin, 7/23/50, Dest. Freedom Script for "Sing a Song for Children"
Box 4 Folder 16 Destination Freedom memorabilia Letter dated June 6, 1949 re: WMAQ NBC in Chicago carrying Destination Freedom Letter dated May 21, 1949 re: Destination Freedom cast appearing at Parkway Community House in Chicago Destination Freedom First Anniversary Program Clippings from Chicago Defender :"Children’s Author on Coffee Hour," and "Coffee Cooler Adds Sociality to Air Shows” (April 16, 1949); "Dramatize Life of Ida B. Wells," and “Janice Kingslow, Wezlynn Tildon, Louise Pruitt, Dorothy Torkel, Guest of Honor,” re: cast of Destination Freedom celebrating the first anniversary of show [n.d.] Announcement card for Destination Freedom WMAQ matchbook
Box 5 Folder 1 Great Artists Series, WGN radio, 12/18/40 Script on the life and work of Auguste Rodin by Frederick Lawton
Box 5 Folder 2 Great Artists Series, WGN Radio, 12/18/40-1/6/42 Script for "The Black Chip"
Box 5 Folder 3 Great Artists Series, WGN Radio, 2/11/41 Script for "Goya: The Disasters of War"
Box 5 Folder 4 Great Artists Series, WGN Radio, 11/4/41 Script for "Jose C. Orozco"
Box 5 Folder 5 Great Artists Series, WGN Radio, 1/6/42 Script for "Matisse in Morocco"
Box 5 Folder 6 Art Institute of Chicago scripts, WMAQ, 12/5/42-4/10/43 3 scripts from series, "Art for Our Sake"
Box 5 Folder 7 Art Institute of Chicago scripts, WMAQ, 1/16/43-4/10/43 3 scripts from series, "Art for Our Sake"
Box 5 Folder 8 "Legends of Illinois," WAAF, 6/23/40 Script for "Mormon Miracle," part of "Legends of Illinois" series
Box 5 Folder 9 Chicago Defender, 4/8/44 Clipping, "Crump Thinks Negroes Given Fair Treatment"
Box 5 Folder 10 Chicago Defender, 7/22/44 Clipping: "Biggest Text Book Buyer Never Got to College," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 11 Chicago Defender, 8/5/44 Clipping: "Jailer Flogs East St. Louis Bellboy, Claims He’s Not Really ’Brutal Type’" by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 12 Chicago Defender, 8/19/44, [n.d.] Two clippings: "Texas Revolution of Lily-Whites is Short-Lived" (8/19/44), and "FDR Favors Ban on Army Jim Crow-Dawson" [n.d.]
Box 5 Folder 13 Chicago Defender, 8/22/44 Clipping: "Dewey Home Town Lily White -- Mother Anti-Semitic," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 14 Chicago Defender, 8/26/44 Clipping: "Barbados Natives Find U.S. Strange Indeed," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 15 Chicago Defender, 10/7/44 Clipping: "It’s True What They Say About Peoria: Kluxer’s Kin Defies Jim Crow, Sets Town on Ear," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 16 Chicago Defender, 10/14/44 Clipping: "Toussaint Author Favors Race Inter-Marriage," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 17 Chicago Defender, 10/21/44 Clipping: "Dunbar Outgrows New Building in Two Years," by Richard Durham, in the Chicago Defender
Box 5 Folder 18 Chicago Defender, 1/8/45 Clipping: "Europe’s Skies Prove Jim Crow’s Graveyard," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 19 Chicago Defender, 2/3/45 Clipping: "War or No War, East . . . Keeps its No-Negro. . . ," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 20 Chicago Defender, 2/24/45 Clipping: "Millionaire Plots Tighter Noose on ’Black Ghetto,’" by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 21 Chicago Defender, 4/14/45 Clipping: Four Seabees Flogged; Navy Outs Commander
Box 5 Folder 22 Chicago Defender, 5/5/1945 Clipping: "Delegates Juggle Colonial Question; White, DuBois Ask Equality of Races," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 23 Chicago Defender, 5/12/45 Clipping: "Soviet Demand Wins Okay for Amendments"
Box 5 Folder 24 Chicago Defender, 5/26/45 Clipping: "Full Independence Opposed by Parley"
Box 5 Folder 25 Chicago Defender, 6/2/45 Clipping: "White Writers Duck Negro Issue -- But Lahey Loves It"
Box 5 Folder 26 Chicago Defender, 10/6/45 Clipping: "Gary Strikers Like their Equality White," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 27 Chicago Defender, 11/10/45 Clippings: "Talk, Songs Win Applause But Walkout Still on," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 28 Chicago Defender, 1/9/46 Clipping: "First Century’s The Hardest: Negro Needs Atom Bomb More Than Russians, Says Ex-Slave"
Box 5 Folder 29 Chicago Defender, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 30 Chicago Defender, n.d. Clipping: "Chinese Leader Invites Negroes to China, Hits American Jim Crow," by Richard Durham
Box 5 Folder 31 Source unknown, n.d. Clipping: "Truman’s Stand on Jim Crow Told Defender Scribe"
Box 5 Folder 32 "Action against Jim Crow," UPWA Anti-Discrimination Dept, [1952?] Booklet
Box 6 Folder 1 Research -- American History
Reports on Crispus Attucks and the Boston Massacre
Box 6 Folder 2 Published and Unpublished Essays "Sounds at Night," published in Pittsburgh Courier (6/1/38) Review of "How to Win Friends and Influence People," by Dale Carnegie, published in Northwestern Review , (9/1/38) "Churches and Poverty" "Lincoln Steffens’ View of Education" "Free Speech and Propaganda"
"Prejudice and People"
Box 6 Folder 3 E. Dickerson speech for ASP Negro Rights Forum, 1940s
Notes on reaction to A. Philip Randolph and Earl Dickerson’s speeches
Dickerson speech for ASP Negro Rights Forum
Box 6 Folder 4 Analysis of "DF" by Hugh Cordier "A History and Analysis of Destination Freedom" by Hugh Cordier for a seminar, "Problems in Radio," at Northwestern in 1949
Box 6 Folder 5 Correspondence (1) Various correspondence including: letter and article re: John Dunning, authority on old-time radio, May 17, 1982; Durham was interviewed on his show Invitation to speak to the National Association of Media Women (September 18, 1969) Letter from Muhammad Ali re: producing a video program on Ali’s career (March 10, 1982) Letter from Alderman Ralph Metcalfe re: crime in black community (Sept 2, 1970) Letter to Mrs. Roscoe C. Beach supporting her petition to demand the removal of J. Edgar Hoover (August 13, 1970) Letter from the Chicago Committee of Black Churchmen re: arranging a meeting with Elijah Muhammad (Sept 11, 1970) Letter from Jacob Lawrence re: biographical information (May 12, 1949) Letter from Robert Waters at Profile Public Relations re: marketing Destination Freedom and Democracy U.S.A. programs to companies that want to reach the Negro market (Feb 22, 1967) Copies of letters from Mamie Till Bradley to Office of the Secretary of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of Defense and the Director of the FBI re: obtaining a copy of all documents re: Emmett Till’s father, Louis Till (March 29, 1982); Louis Till had been executed on charges of rape Letter from Elijah Muhammad re: Nation of Islam’s paper Letter to Rick Cluchey requesting copy of a script of "The Cage," a prison drama (Oct 2, 1969) Letter to Robert Hunt, assistant circulation director of the Chicago Tribune, re: being called "boy" and "Rich" by a Tribune salesman (April 14, 1970) Letter to Luther James re: possible submissions to "On Being Black" (Dec 28, 1969)
Box 6 Folder 6 Correspondence Letter from G. Ashanti Witherspoon dated May 24, 1981 re: personal profile and an appeal for his sentence to be reduced by the Louisiana Board of Pardons Letter from ? Dated Jan 18, 1963 re: script, outline and copy of Stuart Chase’s Story of Toad Lane Letter from Izzy dated April 25, 1944 to Pfc. Hayward Kirkpatrick re: Boss Crump Letter to Caldwell (undated) from ? re: C.G.’s condition Letter to Earl (undated) from Iz (?) re: a Duke Ellington concert Letter to Clotilde (undated) re: the writing process Letter to Andrew (undated) re: the army and the treatment of colored soldiers Letter to Andrew (undated) re: organizing and the race problem Letter to Hay dated May 25, 1944 re: Uncle Toms in Washington, D.C. Letter to Izzy from Paschal (Sept 8, 1943) re: request for Daily News Almanac Letter to RD from Paschal (Sept 29, 1943) re: soldiers at a camp in Alabama Letter from Lloyd Daly (Feb 8, 1961) re: chapter on Aesop Letter to the Editor of The Chicago Sun (June 6, 1943) re: importance of teaching children that no race is inherently superior in the postwar period Letter to Bill (undated) re: white supremacy
Letter to RD from Hank August (?) (May 20, 1982) re: synopsis of autobiographical work
Letter to RD from G. Ashanti Witherspoon (Sept 8, 1980) re: desire to be a writer Letter to Witherspoon from RD (undated) re: Witherspoon’s letter and publication
Box 6 Folder 7 Corresp.-1948
Letter to Homer Heck, dated June 27, 1948 re: Negro characterizations; letter from Charles Chignbard (?) of NBC praising Durham’s writing
Box 6 Folder 8 John Hay Whitney Foundation, 1951 Corresp. Various correspondence between RD and Robert Weaver (and Weaver’s secretary, Georgine Lovesky) (April 25, Sept 21, Aug 28, April 12, March 23, Feb 13, 1951; June 20, 1950) to RD from Robert Weaver (April 25, 1951) re: Opportunity Fellowship; essay on RD’s credentials;
Box 6 Folder 9 News Clippings 1950 – 81 Clippings including: "Soul Soap Opera" on Durham’s Bird of the Iron Feather , "Birth of the Bird: New soap opera ’will be blacker and more soulful than anything else of TV,’" "Demise of TV ’Soul Series’ is Explained"
Clippings including: newspaper poetry clippings, photograph of Mrs. Chanie Durham, Durham’s mother, viewing a photography display featuring Durham’s work, awards won by Durham and "Destination Freedom," an article by Durham including "Negro Needs Atom: First Century the Hardest, Ex-Slave Finds."
Box 6 Folder 10 "Notes on the Union: Conflicts, Characters…" Script for "The Unions: The Hot and the Cold," and series of notes including: "Of Travis Sange," "The Union Inner Group," "The Poker Ritual," "The Chief," "Issues and Contradictions in Fight." Also includes a memo to all Swift Chain Locals from Swift Local #28, UPWA-AFL-CIO re: the nomination of Sidney Johnson for vice president of UPWA-AFL-CIO to replace Russell Lasley
Box 6 Folder 11 "Notes on Characters"
Various notes on characters and scripts
Box 6 Folder 12 "Poetry by Richard" Various poems by Durham; copy of Opportunity magazine (Sept 1939) that includes poem by Isadore (Richard) Durham; correspondence from New Masses dated April 18, 1938 re: acceptance of Durham’s poem, "Hell’s Kitchen," booklet labeled Verne Durham with clippings in German and note from Langston Hughes about how he would like the poems in English as he can not read German
Box 7 Folder 1 "Democracy, USA" script, 8/31/46 The story of Harry B. Deas, the only Negro police captain in Chicago
Box 7 Folder 2 "Democracy, USA" script, 9/29/1946 The story of Walter White, author, columnist and executive secretary of the NAACP
Box 7 Folder 3 "Democracy, USA" script, 10/13/1946 "Dr. Dailey and the Living Human Heart"
Box 7 Folder 4 "Democracy, USA" script, 12/1/46 "Dr. J. Ernest Wilkins – Master Mathematician"
Box 7 Folder 5 "Democracy, USA" script, 12/22/46 "Colonel B.O. Davis, Commander of the 332nd Fighter Squadron"
Box 7 Folder 6 "Democracy, USA" script, 1/12/47 "Albert W. Williams -- President of the Unity Mutual Insurance Company"
Box 7 Folder 7 "Democracy, USA" script, 2/9/47 Dr. Charles Wesley, president of Wilberforce University
Box 7 Folder 8 "Democracy, USA" script, 3/30/47 The story of Rabbi Jacob Weinstein of the K.A.M. Temple
Box 7 Folder 9 "Democracy, USA" script, 8/17/47 The story of artist Charles Dawson
Box 7 Folder 10 "Democracy, USA" script, 8/31/47 The story of Melvin Walker, Olympic athlete and international high jump champion
Box 7 Folder 11 "Democracy, USA" script, 11/16/47 The story of Charles Drew, head of Howard University School of Surgery and former director of the American Red Cross’ first blood bank
Box 7 Folder 12 "Democracy, USA" script, 2/15/48 The story of Indiana’s Albert Merrit
Box 7 Folder 13 "Democracy, USA" Biography sketches Biographical material about subjects of "Democracy, USA"
Box 7 Folder 14 "Democracy, USA" Mayor Kelly script drafts
Box 7 Folder 15 Bird of the Iron Feather-Characters list List and description of characters
Box 7 Folder 16 Bird of the Iron Feather -- Storyline Description of the storyline of Bird of the Iron Feather
Box 7 Folder 17 Bird of the Iron Feather, chap. 1 Chapter 1: "Prescription for a Pallbearer"
Box 7 Folder 18 Bird of the Iron Feather Chapter VI: "Speaking of Dreams"
Box 7 Folder 19 Bird of the Iron Feather Chapter IX: "The Hard Way to Play the Blues"
Box 7 Folder 20 Bird of the Iron Feather Chapter VIII: "Theme for Unfinished Faces"
Box 7 Folder 21 Bird of the Iron Feather "Of Music and My Father," Part I, "One Man’s Hands, Another Man’s Soul"
Box 7 Folder 22 Bird of the Iron Feather "Piano Lesson"
Box 7 Folder 23 Bird of the Iron Feather ("Sermon") "The Sermon"
Box 7 Folder 24 Bird of the Iron Feather Excerpts from script
Box 8 Folder 1 Script draft fragments
Box 8 Folder 2 Durham-Biog. Sketch and Works, written by Clarice Durham (1999)
Box 8 No folders 4 black leather notebooks "Transitions," various notes and script drafts, descriptions of people, conversations, letters of Lincoln Steffens, notes on psychology
Box 9 Folder 1 Durham vs. NBC (1) (1946-1956) Contract for Radio Show "Democracy USA" between the Chicago Defender and Durham; correspondence, memoranda, legal documents re: lawsuit between Durham and NBC; newspaper clippings re: "Here Comes Tomorrow" cast
Box 9 Folder 2 Durham vs. NBC (2) (1948-1957) Correspondence between William Rossmoore (Durham’s lawyer) and Durham re: Durham’s lawsuit against NBC; correspondence between Metropolitan Mutual Assurance Company of Chicago and Durham re: sponsorship of "Destination Freedom;" exhibits from lawsuit (newspaper clippings and Broadcasting magazine article about awards won by Destination Freedom; announcement for a community social after the broadcast of "Destination Freedom;" WMAQ announcement re: debut of Destination Freedom on WMAQ; newspaper clippings with program schedule for "Destination Freedom;" advertising for WMAQ and Destination Freedom
Box 9 Folder 3 Durham vs. NBC (3) (1943-1978) Press releases re: return of "Destination Freedom," Durham’s lawsuit against NBC Copies of Destination Freedom scripts (Nathan Hale, three Latvians immigrating to America, "Weapons for Peace")
Correspondence re: Destination Freedom from the New York Public Library (Sept 11, 1978)
Copy of "Radio’s Black Heritage" by J. Fred MacDonald; Freedom Foundation awards booklet; posters of WMAQ program schedules (including reprint of article, "Meet the Stars Who Bring You ’Destination Freedom’); legal materials re: lawsuit between Durham and NBC; Isadore Durham’s certificate from the Summer Radio Institute; Richard Durham’s certificate from the National Negro Museum and Historical Foundation; list of station awards
Box 9 Folder 4 Durham vs. NBC (4) (1947-1978) Clippings re: "Here Comes Tomorrow" and "Destination Freedom;" notecards re: Durham’s programs, publications and awards; copy of article, "Radio’s Black Heritage: Destination Freedom, 1948-1950," by Dr. J. Fred MacDonald, published in Phylon (March 1978); press release re: Durham’s lawsuit against NBC
Box 9 Folder 5 Durham vs. NBC (1954-1955) Correspondence between William Rossmoore and Durham re: Durham’s lawsuit against NBC and list of press releases about "Destination Freedom," handwritten note titled "Stuff for article on Destination," small notebooks with notes pertaining to Destination Freedom and lawsuit
Box 9 Folder 6 Durham v. NBC Destination Freedom scripts: Dorie Miller, Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens
Box 9 Folder 7 Durham v. NBC Overview of Destination Freedom including discussion of "why your company should sponsor ’Destination Freedom’"
Box 9 Folder 8 Durham v. NBC Description of "Destination Freedom," and scripts: Canada Lee and Dr. V. G. Dailey and Dr. Daniel Williams
Box 10 Folder 1 Birds of the Iron Feather, TV Scripts List of TV scripts in this series
Box 10 Folder 2 Untitled folder Script: "Jonah and the Whales"
Box 10 Folder 3 Untitled folder Script: "Prescription for Pallbearers"
Box 10 Folder 4 Untitled folder Script: "Clients for the Castrated Crocodile," Part I & II
Box 10 Folder 5 Untitled folder Script: "Cry of the Silent"
Box 10 Folder 6 Untitled folder Script: "Theme for the Unfinished Faces"
Box 10 Folder 7 Untitled folder Script: "Day of the Exterminators"
Box 10 Folder 8 Untitled folder Script: "Crossroads"
Box 10 Folder 9 Untitled folder Script: "The Last Payment" Script: "The Target"
Box 10 Folder 10 Untitled folder Script: "Tomorrow, in Name Only"
Box 10 Folder 11 Untitled folder Script: "Cry of the Silent"
Box 10 Folder 12 Untitled folder Script: "The Contract Prisoner"
Box 10 Folder 13 Untitled folder Script: "Rotten Apples"
Box 10 Folder 14 Untitled folder Script: "The Young Coffins"
Box 10 Folder 15 Untitled folder Script: "The Hospital"
Excerpt from Chapter 21 Titled: Crime, The Original
Box 10 Folder 16 Untitled folder Script: "One of the Worst Days in My Life"
Box 11 Folder 1 "The Greatest," final typescript Passage to insert, drafts of title, copyright, dedication and table of contents pages
Box 11 Folder 2 Untitled folder Typescript of "Shorty is Waiting," pages 1-101
Box 11 Folder 3 Untitled folder Typescript continues, pages 102-199
Box 11 Folder 4 Untitled folder Typescript continues, pages 200-267B
Box 11 Folder 5 Untitled folder Revised sample pages of "Shorty is Waiting;" typescript continues, pages 3- 34; typescript of "Archie-Am I Too Old," various pages
Box 11 Folder 6 Untitled folder Typescript of "This Message is Not for the Coward," pages 368-511
Box 11 Folder 7 Untitled folder Typescript of "Preparations for the Second Coming," pages 513-653 and for "The Contract," pages 517-530
Box 12 Folder 1 "The Greatest," page proofs Page proofs: chronology, copyright, acknowledgement and table of content pages; pages 3-57
Box 12 Folder 2 Untitled folder Page proofs: "The First Coming," pages 1-23
Box 12 Folder 3 Untitled folder Page proofs: "The Prophecy of Sell-Out Moe," pages 58-83; "The Induction," pages 84-106; "God Bless the Child," pages 107-133; "Old Friends and Dinosaurs," pages 134-183; "Dinosaurs in a Park," pages 167-183
Box 12 Folder 4 Untitled folder Page proofs: "Dinosaurs in a Park," pages 184-190; "Resurrection," pages 191-196; "Gyms Before Judgment," pages 197-214; "The Second Coming," pages 215-239
Box 12 Folder 5 Untitled folder Page proofs: "For the Victims," pages 240-250; "The Dinosaurs Meet," pages 251-261; additional pages, 261a-261p
Box 12 Folder 6 Untitled folder Page proofs: "The Contract," pages 262-269; "The Bossman Comes," pages 270-283; "Bomaye," pages 284-304; "About Richard Durham"
Box 12 Folder 7 Untitled folder Page proofs: table of contents, pages 17-181
Box 12 Folder 8 Untitled folder Page proofs: pages 182-303
Box 12 Folder 9 Untitled folder Page proofs: pages 304-405
Box 12 Folder 10 Untitled folder Page proofs: pages 268, 300, 413-414, dedication page, table of contents, pages 11-14, various pages
Box 12 Folder 11 Untitled folder
Box 12 Folder 12 Untitled folder
Page proofs: various pages
Series 2: Photographs and Audio-Visual Materials, 1949, 1970, 1999, 2007
Box 13: Photographs
Box 13 Durham 001 Destination Freedom cast, 1949
Box 13 Durham 002 Destination Freedom, Community Program, 1949,[VGH on left]
Box 13 Durham 003 "Bird of the Iron Feather" interview, 1970
Box 13 Durham 004 "Bird of the Iron Feather" interview
Box 13 Durham 005 Louise Pruitt, actress, Destination Freedom, 1949
Box 13 Durham 006 Destination Freedom, 1949, Fred Pinkard
Box 13 Durham 007 Destination Freedom, "Community Coffee Sip," 1949
Box 13 Durham 008 Destination Freedom, 1949, Technician
Box 13 Durham 009 Oscar Brown, Jr., Destination Freedom, 1949
Box 13 Durham 010 Destination Freedom, 1949, Janice Kingslow
Box 13 Durham 011 Destination Freedom set, NBC Studio, 1949
Box 13 Durham 012 Richard Durham writing "Destination Freedom," 1949
Box 13 Durham 013 Destination Freedom, 1949, Technician
Box 13 Durham 014 Destination Freedom, 1949, "Community Coffee Sip"
Box 13 Durham 015 Destination Freedom publicity
Box 13 Durham 016 "Destination Freedom Coffee Cooler"
Box 13 Durham 017 Destination Freedom musician
Box 13 Durham 018 Destination Freedom, 1949, Richard Durham
Box 13 Durham 019 Janice Kingslow, Destination Freedom, 1949
Box 13 Durham 020 Destination Freedom, 1949, Homer Heck
Box 13 Durham 021 Louise Pruitt (?), Destination Freedom, 1949
Box 13 Durham 022 Destination Freedom actors
Box 13 Durham 023 Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Box 13 Durham 024 Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Box 13 Durham 025 Destination Freedom, Janice Kingslow behind the camera, 1949
Box 13 Durham 027 Harriet Tubman script, page 2
Box 13 Durham 028 Honorable withdrawal card, American Newspaper Guild
Audiovisual Materials
Box 13 VHS tape "The Sound of Freedom," by Afaf Qayyum, 1999 Chicago Metro History Fair
Box 13 CD Interview with Clarice Davis Durham and Charles Davis recorded by StoryCorps Griot in July 2007
Series 3: Serials, 1960-1975
Box 14 Serials Muhammad Speaks, Vol., No. 1 Muhammad Speaks, April 18, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, April 11, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, April 4, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, January 31, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, January 24, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, January 17, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, February 14, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, January 10, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, January 3, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, February 21, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, June 27, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, June 20, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, June 6, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, July 4, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, June 11, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, July 18, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, August 1, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, August 8, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, August 15, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, September 19, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, September 5, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, May 23, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, May 16, 1975 Muhammad Speaks, April 25, 1975 Large copies of May 1960 issue; reprint of "Christianity is Not a Religion for You and Me"
Unboxed Materials—Oversize
Bound copies of Muhammad Speaks: Volume IV (September 1964-September 1965), VI-A (February 1966-March 1967), VI-B (March-April 1967)
Richard Durham Papers – Addendum Container List for Audio Recordings of Destination Freedom Radio Plays
Box AV CD Date Title
Box 15 1 June 27, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Knock-Kneed Man (Crispus Attucks)
Box 15 2 July 4,1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “Railway to Freedom,” the Story of Harriet Tubman
Box 15 3 July 11, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “Dark Explorer” (Black explorers accompanying the Spanish conquistadores)
Box 15 4 July 18, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Denmark Vesey
Box 15 5 July 25, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Frederick Douglass/Part I “Making of a Man”
Box 15 6 August 1, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast
Frederick Douglass/Part II
“Key to Freedom”
Box 15 7 August 8, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Ulysses Grant Dailey and Daniel H Williams “The Heart of George Cotton”
Box 15 8 August 15, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Sojourner Truth “Truth Goes to Washington”
Box 15 9 August 22, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Matthew Henson “Arctic Biography”
Box 15 10 August 29, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Charles Caldwell “Story of 1875”
Box 15 11 September 5, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast James Weldon Johnson “Poet of Pine Mill”
Box 15 12 September 12, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast W.C. Handy “Father of the Blues”
Box 15 13 September 19, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast J. Ernest Wilkins “Boy with a Dream”
Box 15 14 September 26, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Langston Hughes “Shakespeare of Harlem”
Box 15 15 October 3, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast The Story of Toussaint L’Overture “Citizen Toussaint”
Box 15 16 October 10, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast The Story of Joe Louis “Little David”
Box 15 17 October 17, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast The Story of George Washington Carver “The Boy Who Was Traded for a Horse”
Box 15 18 November 7, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Duke Ellington “Echoes of Harlem”
Box 15 19 November 14, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Mary McLeod Bethune “One out of Seventeen”
Box 15 20 November 21, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Jackie Robinson “Rime of the Ancient Dodger”
Box 15 21 November 28, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Walter White “Investigator for Democracy”
Box 15 22 December 5, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Dorie Miller “Autobiography of a Hero”
Box 15 23 December 12, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Albert Merritt “The Pied Piper versus Paul Revere”
Box 15 24 December 19, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Marian Anderson “Choir Girl from Philadelphia”
Box 15 25 December 26, 1948 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Willard Motley “Mike Fex”
Box 16 1 January 2, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Oscar DePriest “Maiden Speech”
Box 16 2 January 9, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast William H. Hastie “The Boy who Beat the Bus”
Box 16 3 January 30, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast 332nd Fighter Group “Last Letter Home”
Box 16 4 February 20, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Ralph J. Bunche “Peace Mediator”
Box 16 5 February 27, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Paul Williams “The Story of the House That Paul Built”
Box 16 6 March 6, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Canada Lee “Do Something! Be Somebody!”
Box 16 7 March 13, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Booker T. Washington “Up from Slavery”
Box 16 8 March 20, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Richard Wright “Black Boy”
Box 16 9 March 27, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Charles R. Drew “Transfusion”
Box 16 10 April 3, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Countee Cullen “Pagan Poet”
Box 16 11 April 10, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Ida B. Wells “Woman with a Mission”
Box 16 12 April 17, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Paul Laurence Dunbar “Before I Sleep”
Box 16 13 April 24, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Richard Allen “Apostle of Freedom”
Box 16 14 May 1, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Josh White “Help the Blind”
Box 16 15 May 15, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “Ballad of Satchel Paige”
Box 16 16 May 22, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Benjamin Banneker “The Secretary of Peace”
Box 16 17 May 29, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Henry Armstrong “The Sage of Melody Jackson”
Box 16 18 June 5, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Archibald Carey “Anatomy of an Ordinance”
Box 16 19 June 12 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Lena Horne “Negro Cinderella”
Box 16 20 June 19, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Roscoe Dungee “Ghost Editor”
Box 16 21 June 26, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast First Anniversary Program “Harriet’s Children”
Box 17 1 July 3, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Dorothy Maynor “Norfolk Miracle”
Box 17 2 July 17, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Henry Armstrong “Tales of Stackalee”
Box 17 3 July 24, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “The John Henry Story” the Legend of the Famous Steel Driver
Box 17 4 July 31, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Louis Armstrong “The Trumpet Talks”
Box 17 5 August 7, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Mary Church Terrell “The Long Road”
Box 17 6 August 14, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Henri Christophe “Black Hamlet” Part I
Box 17 7 August 21, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast
Henri Christophe
“Black Hamlet” Part II
Box 17 8 August 28, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “Segregation—Incorporated” [study of Washington, D.C.]
Box 17 9 September 4, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Saga of Blanche K. Bruce
Box 17 10 September 11, 1 949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast 761st Tank Battalion “The Tiger Hunt”
Box 17 11 September 18, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Gwendolyn Brooks “Poet in Bronzeville”
Box 17 12 September 25, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast {Prejudice Series. Part I} A Garage in Gainesville
Box 17 13 October 2, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast {Prejudice Series. Part II} Execution Awaited
Box 17 14 October 9, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Jr. “Father to Son”
Box 17 15 October 16, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Albert Ammons “Of Blood and the Boogie”
Box 17 16 October 23, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Jane Edna Hunter “Diary of a Nurse”
Box 17 17 October 30, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Hugh Mulzac “Keeper of the Dream”
Box 17 18 November 6, 1949 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable “The Man Who Owned Chicago”
Box 18 1 January 15, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “The Birth of the Urban League”
Box 18 2 January 22, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast William Henry Huff “Lawyer of Liberty”
Box 18 3 February 12, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Carter G. Woodson “Recorder of History”
Box 18 4 February 19, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “Brotherhood Week Begins at Home”
Box 18 5 March 12, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Sugar Ray Robinson “Premonition of a Panther”
Box 18 6 March 26, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast William Lloyd Garrison “The Liberators”/Part I
Box 18 7 April 2, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast William Lloyd Garrison “The Liberators”/Part II
Box 18 8 April 9, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “The Buddy Young Story”
Box 18 9 April 16, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Kinzie Bleuitt “Crime Fighter”
Box 18 10 April 23, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Katherine Dunham “Dance Anthropologist”
Box 18 11 May 7, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Jane Bolin “The Case of Samuel Johnson”
Box 18 12 May 14, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast “The Sorrow Songs” (Spirituals)
Box 18 13 June 4, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Isaac Murphy “The Grave Diggers’ Handicap
Box 18 14 June 11, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Thomas “Fats” Waller “The Shy Boy”
Box 18 15 June 18, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Richard Westbrooks “The Case of the Congressman’s Train Ride
Box 18 16 June 25, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Ruth Blue Turnquist “The Angel of Federal Street”
Box 18 17 July 2, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast Nat King Cole “Kansas City Phone Call”
Box 18 18 July 9, 1950 Destination Freedom Radio Broadcast William Nickerson, Jr. “Mr. Jericho Adjusts a Claim”
Later Productions of Destination Freedom
Box 19 1 August 4, 1957 “The Heart of the Man” CBS Radio Workshop
Box 19 2 August 4, 1957 “Sweet Cherries in Charleston” CBS Radio Workshop
Box 19 3 February 1987 Destination Freedom [#1 of 4 shows] “Harriet Tubman”
Interviews about Destination Freedom
Box 19 4 February 1975 Interview of Richard Durham
By J. Fred MacDonald
Box 19 5 February 1975 Interview of Oscar Brown, Jr. By J. Fred MacDonald
Box 19 6 Summer 1975 Interview of Lawrence “Bud” Freeman By J. Fred MacDonald
Box 19 7 June 13, 1980 Interview of Richard Durham, 6/13/1980 by J. Fred MacDonald and John Dunning (Denver, CO Radio) Interview of Homer Heck, 6/12/1980 By John Dunning (Denver, CO Radio)
Box 19 8 January 16, 1983 Interview of Richard Durham 1/16/1983 by John Dunning (Denver, CO Radio)
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