Name and location of repository
Level of description
Gordon Parks papers
- 1964-1971 (Creation)
4.00 Linear Feet, 3.00 Boxes
Name of creator
Gordon Parks was born on November 30, 1912 at Fort Scott, Kansas. He was a well-known African American photographer, jazz pianist, composer, writer of poetry and novels, painter, and filmmaker. Parks used his talents to tell the story of poverty, racism, and social injustice. He was the first African American to write and direct a major Hollywood film: The Learning Tree. Throughout his lifetime, Parks received honorary doctorates and awards for his work and in 2002 was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. Gordon Parks died on March 7, 2006.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
This collection is composed of literary productions and photographs from between 1964-1971. The included literary production records are made up of correspondence (1964), notes, editor's notes, early drafts, fourth draft for A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks, as well as the original manuscript for Whispers of Intimate Things by Gordon Parks (1971). The included photographs are largely focused around the filming of the Learning Tree. This box includes images of Gordon Parks, crew and cast, filming sites, and others. There is also a box of photo slides as well.
System of arrangement
The collection is arranged in four boxes. 1) Literary Productions, 2) Photographs, 2A) Photo Slides, 3) mounted black and white photographs.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
The researcher assumes full responsibiltiy for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Alternative finding aid found here: https://web.archive.org/web/20210602162359/http://www.lib.k-state.edu/depts/sc_rev/findaids/pc1985-02.php
Acquisition and appraisal elements
It received accession number P1985.02.
Immediate source of acquisition
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Gordon Parks papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
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Description control element
Rules or conventions
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Processing Info: Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate research assistant, June 2015.
Publication Date: 2015-06-17