Scope and arrangement
The Richard Newman/Laura Adorkor Kofey Research Collection is divided into two series: Writings and Research File. The first includes seven drafts of Newman's article, “Laura Adorkor Kofey and the African Universal Church.” These drafts are arranged chronologically in order of revisions, the final one being almost identical to the final essay which appears in Newman's book. The drafts contain handwritten annotations throughout. They illustrate Newman's editing process leading to his final product.
The second series of the collection is the Research File. This series contains several files: Newman's correspondence from 1972-81 concerning his research on Kofey and the AUC; his grant application to Boston University; clippings that he used in his research; photocopies of telegrams between UNIA officials and Marcus Garvey concerning Laura Kofey; pamphlets and information concerning the AUC; and lastly Newman's handwritten notes, which are somewhat difficult to decipher.
The Laura Adorkor Kofey research collection is arranged in two series: