Scope and arrangement
The Julian Mayfield Papers document Mayfield's career as a writer, educator and actor, and his activities as a political expatriate in West Africa and Guyana. His early career up to 1965 is poorly documented due to the confiscation of his papers in the aftermath of the 1966 military coup in Ghana. There was no discernible order in the collection. An artificial arrangement into six series was therefore imposed.
The Julian Mayfield papers are arranged in six series:
PERSONAL PAPERS, 1942-1984 (1.2 lin. ft.)
Divided into five subseries and several ungrouped files. The Biographicalsubseries includes some ephemera (newspapers clippings, loose scrapbook pages and theater programs) from Mayfield's early career in the theater. General articles and obituaries about the author are also located here. The Autobiographicalsubseries consists of episodic notes the author was compiling toward an autobiography. Included are recollections of his association with Paul Robeson, his activities in Puerto Rico and Ghana, and a brief handwritten journal of a return trip to his native Greer, South Carolina, in the early 1980s. The file Diaries and Notes includes a journal entry on his return trip to the United States after his six-year voluntary exile in Ghana and Europe, various reflections on the possibility of a revolution in the United States and on “Becoming a Revolutionary,” and pages from a later notebook on Langston Hughes. The Familysubseries consists for the most part of personal and professional correspondence and other documents pertaining to Joan Cambridge and her activities in Guyana during Mayfield's stay in that country.
The extensive Financialsubseries includes publishers' contracts, royalty statements and bankruptcy files. The pre-1965 files provide the only documentation for several unknown aspects of the author's life, including a 1959 novel, “Dowell,” his association with the television series Johnny Staccato under the pseudonym of Gerald Orsini, a collection of short stories, “Duncan Street,” slated for publication in 1959, and translation rights to his early work. Consultancy and Projectsrelate mostly to Chaka Productions and the stage production of Black Hands, and to Time Capsule, Inc., an umbrella organization that published a journal of prison literature, Time Capsule,and several other magazines.
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1953-1984 (2.2 lin. ft.)
The General Correspondence is divided into Alphabeticaland Chronologicalfiles, and a Publishers and Agentssubseries. The alphabetical files comprise incoming and outgoing letters with attachments. Significant correspondents include his friends and fellow African-American expatriates Maya Angelou, Herman Kofi Bailey, Sylvia Boone, William Branch, Tom Feelings, David DuBois, Preston King, Jim Lacy, Calvin and Elinor Sinnette, and Alice Windom. Other prominent correspondents in this series are John Henrik Clarke, the filmmaker Jules Dassin, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, James Forman, Richard Gibson, Gloria Joseph, Woodie King, Paul Mann, William Marshall, Truman Nelson, and Conor Cruise O'Brien.
The Maya Angelou correspondence is very personal in tone and relates to family matters, common friends, the Black Power movement and various projects. Herman Kofi Bailey discussed the development of his craft as an artist, his return to the United States in the early days of the anti-Nkrumah coup and Mayfield's influence on the development of his consciousness. He also wrote of his impressions of the “Black Revolution,” his conversion to Islam, and his apprenticeship with Charles White and the Hungarian master Francis de Erdely. The Sylvia Boone file includes an 18-page letter on the Ghana coup and its repercussions on the expatriate community. William Branch was a long-time friend of the author. His letters touched on his many activities in the 1970s as a successful playwright, television producer and award-winning filmmaker, and on their respective academic careers in the early 1980s. John Henrik Clarke's letters discussed his association with Freedomways,the fall of Nkrumah and politics in general. The Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee file touches on the screenplay for Mayfield's novel The Hit,the 1969 W.E.B. DuBois Centennial commemorative program, and the PBS series “With Ossie and Ruby.” David DuBois's letters brought news of his mother Shirley Graham DuBois in Cairo, of African-American militants in North Africa, of his own involvement in efforts to restore Nkrumah to power, and of his first novel And Bid Him Sing.The author also corresponded with Mrs. DuBois for a brief period after the Ghana coup.
Tom Feelings lived the expatriate experience with Mayfield in Ghana and Guyana. He wrote about his expulsion from Ghana, his first impressions of Guyana and the difficulties of resettling in the United States before and after Guyana. James Forman, one-time chairman of SNCC and author of the “Black Manifesto” sent pages from a diary he kept while convalescing in Puerto Rico in 1968, and wrote about forming a Frantz Fanon Society in the United States. Also included are speeches and position papers Forman wrote for SNCC and a 23-page carbon copy of a letter to Bobby Seale on SNCC and Black Panther Party relations. The Hoyt Fuller file includes a manuscript of the author's short story, “The Most Beautiful Fishermen in the World Come from Winneba,” and several drafts of an essay-review of Fuller's book Journey to Africa.Richard Gibson, a London-based African-American expatriate wrote about Robert Williams and the coup in Ghana, and about his own political activities in Algeria, Cuba and China. The Gloria Joseph correspondence provides a close up view of Mayfield's activities in Guyana. A specialist in elementary school guidance, Joseph also discussed her writings on black women and the feminist movement, and her efforts to launch a Third World women's publication with Johnetta Cole in the 1970s. Preston King's letters deal with personal matters related to Mayfield's departure from Ghana, his own pessimism about Africa's future, and the failure of pan-Africanism as an ideology. King is an African-American political scientist and expatriate who taught at Sheffield University in England and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He also wrote about his book The Fear of Powerand other works he edited, about his efforts to end his political exile, and about the black power movement in the United States.
Woodie King's file relates exclusively to his adaption of several of Mayfield's works for motion pictures or television. The Jim Lacy file contains a “friendly review” of Mayfield's play Fount of the Nation. The actor and director Paul Mann wrote several lengthy letters to Mayfield in 1967 and 1968 about his work, his socialist upbringing, and his association with several prominent black actors. The film project on the life of Henri Christophe is the central theme in the correspondence between Mayfield and William Marshall. The Marshall file also includes some correspondence with John Henrik Clarke on development of the script and with Sidney Poitier on the business side of the production. The author Truman Nelson credits Mayfield's 1961 review in The Nationwith advancing his career after publication of his novel The Surveyor.His later correspondence with Mayfield relates to John Brown's impact on the Civil War and the Reconstruction period, and to the role of whites in a black revolution in the United States. Conor Cruise O'Brien, the “sixth best-known living Irishman” according to an Irish poll in the 1970s, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana during the Nkrumah years. His June 5, 1965 letter to Mayfield offers critical appreciation of the African Reviewand biting criticism of Consciencism or Nkrumahism. His post-Ghana letters (and Mayfield's replies) concern O'Brien's play, Murderous Angels,on the United Nations' role in the Katanga Secession in the Congo. Other O'Brien letters are located in the Academic series.
The Robert Slater File reflects his long friendship and sometime business partnership with Mayfield. Calvin & Elinor Sinnette spent several years in Nigeria in the 1960s. Their letters to Mayfield focused on their experiences in Africa, on the killing of Ibos and the ensuing civil war in Nigeria, and on issues of incompetence and corruption among African governments. Other topics discussed include health matters in Africa and in black communities across the United States. Alice Windom's correspondence with Mayfield evenly spanned the years between 1966 and 1984. Two early reports in letter form, written in 1963 and 1964 respectively, provided detailed accounts of African-American mobilization and protest at the U.S. Embassy in Accra on the occasion of the historic 1963 March on Washington, and of Malcolm X's visit to Ghana the following year. Writing variously from Addis Ababa, Cairo, Lusaka and the United States, she discussed the aftermath of the 1966 military coup in Ghana and its repercussion on the African-American expatriate community there, political developments throughout Africa, interracial relationships and revolutionary morality among African-American activists, and the activities of mutual friends.
The Letters Sentsubseries begins with a lone file for 1953-1954. There is a gap for the next five years which Mayfield spent in Puerto Rico, and a similar gap for 1961-1965 when the author resided in Ghana. The 1953-1954 file is very instructive in terms of Mayfield's early association and work in the theater, and his membership in the Committee for the Negro in the Arts. In a letter to his parents (1953), he shared news that his play 417 had been produced “a couple of times” that summer, and his reaction to the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In other letters to Charles Blackwell, a theater producer, and to a partially identified friend (“Dear Max”), he expounded on his views on the theater and his belief that “the next important theater in the country will be in the Negro community.” Other letters touched on his activities at Camp Unity in Wingate, New York where he performed in Down in the Valley and directed his own play 417. There are also glimpses of his living arrangement in Harlem and the difficulties blacks had in finding apartments on the Upper West Side of Manhattan unless they could find a white friend to front for them.
The 1960-1969 file holds a single letter for 1960, about Fidel Castro's visit to Harlem that year, and another for 1961 about Robert Williams's confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan in Monroe, South Carolina. Mayfield's letters from Ibiza, Spain (1966-1967) deal abundantly with the Ghana coup and his various writing projects. Included are letters to Nkrumah soliciting an interview, and to General J.A. Ankrah, chairman of the National Liberation Council in Ghana, soliciting Dr. T.R. Makonnen's release from detention. Makonnen was released and given seven days to leave the country. There are also various letters to publishers and literary agents regarding adaptation rights to his novels, including an unauthorized stage adaptation of his novel The Hitunder the title Mr. Hubert. Mayfield clarified his relationship with Nkrumah in a reply to an unspecified review of Lewis Nkosi's book Home and Exile,which portrayed him as a “close adviser of ex-President Nkrumah.” “I was never either a close or distant adviser to Dr. Nkrumah, nor a ghost writer of any of his books,” Mayfield wrote on that occasion (Nov. 3, 1966).
Following his return to the U.S. in 1967, Mayfield's correspondence dealt with the production of the film Uptight, his many speaking engagements, a short film project based on Margaret Walker's poem, “For My People,” the 1968 conviction of Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) for allegedly assaulting two white guards at a Newark bank, and the author's own review-essay of Harold Cruse's book Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.The correspondence for the next three years is concerned with the production of Black Hands, his projected autobiography and an anthology of short stories by black writers, his quest for a job in 1971 as a writer-in-residence, and his subsequent relocation in Guyana. Mayfield's letters from Guyana relate mostly to efforts to secure publication of his works in the United States, and to his film project with William Marshall. In 1973, he became embroiled in a controversy around the deportation of two African-American supporters of the Guyanese opposition leader Eusi Kwayana, and wrote to Fidel Castro about the possibility of a scholarship for one of his sons in Cuba.
After his return to the United States in late 1974, the author's main preoccupations were with finding employment and his application to the Fulbright Commission. Letters in this subseries for the remainder of the decade relate mostly to the stage production of Fount of the Nation in 1978 and to his screenplay Jesse Mae. His Fulbright correspondence (1976-1977) in this series and the letters he wrote in the 1980s are more general in tone and content.
The Chronological Correspondencesubseries consists of occasional letters, both incoming and outgoing. Correspondents prior to 1966 include the Puerto Rican playwright and political activist Rene Marques; Robert Sharpe who wrote the screenplay The Long Night;Gordon Lewis, a Caribbean scholar; John A. Davis, editor of AMSAC's African Forum;Bessie Herd, South African novelist; Richard Hart, one of the founders of the People's National Party in Jamaica; and the African-American journalist William Worthy. Topics discussed include the journal African Review,and film projects based on Mayfield's books. Another correspondent during that period was Kwasi Kumah, a former associate at the African Review.Occasional correspondents for that year include Ayi Kwei Armah, Alphaeus Hunton, Robert Lee and Leslie Alexander Lacy. Non-Ghana-related letters in this file relate to the production of “Mr. Hubert” and to Mayfield's publishing projects. Occasional correspondents over the next several years include his personal friend Ivan Spense; the Scandinavian specialist on Africa, Zdenek Cervenka; Dona Richards; the filmmaker Kay Bourne; Rosa Guy; Alice Childress; and Geoffrey Bing. The correspondence for 1968 is mostly personal in nature, with frequent references to Mayfield's acting and teaching careers. His lectures on Black Power and black writing are discussed at length over the next two years. The remaining years in the general correspondence are less substantive, though somewhat informative as to the latter part of the author's life.
Mayfield's Correspondence with Publishers and Agentsprovides many insights in the development of his work, and his efforts to get them published. Letters that relate specifically to a particular work are filed with that work in the Writings series. Ruth Aley, Mayfield's agent for many years, handled the Ghana manuscripts and most of his writings until 1975. Bart/Levy Associates handled his contract for the movie adaption of The Hit,while the Tony Ford Agency handled the property rights for The Long Night.Ronald Hobb's file includes a seven page letter from Mayfield on a proposed book dealing with issues raised in Harold Cruse's Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.Ellen Newald represented the author for his screenplays Sammy and Christophe, while another literary agent, Carol Mann, provided critical comments on the “Gang in Suite 16” manuscript. The entire Hill and Wang file concerns Nkrumah and his overthrow. In a letter to publisher Lawrence Hill, the author explained his reasons for leaving Ghana and some of the reasons behind the coup: “You can't have a little revolution, a little socialism - it's like being a little pregnant.” Paula Giddings was Mayfield's editor at Howard University Press; her correspondence in this file offers extensive comments on the proposed biography of Forbes Burnham. Finally, the Other Publishers and Agents file deals with Japanese and Czech translations of The Grand Paradeand holds some correspondence with the anthologist Addison Gayle.
WRITINGS, 1951-1984 (6.2 lin. ft.)
The Writings series is divided into the following categories: Novels, Short Stories, Ghana and Guyana Manuscripts, Play Scripts, Radio Scripts, Screenplays, Articles and Essays, Conferences and Speeches,and Other Authors.Materials within each subseries are arranged chronologically. Mayfield's writings prior to 1966, published and unpublished, are for the most part not present this collection. The manuscripts for his first two novels, the plays and essays he wrote in the 1950s, his articles published in Puerto Rico and Ghana were reputedly destroyed during the Ghana coup.
The Novelssubseries begins with separate files of correspondence and reviews for Mayfield's first two published works, The Hitand The Long Night.A complete typescript of The Grand Parade,with editorial suggestions and author's corrections and additions, is included here. The author's novel of Broadway and Harlem life completed in 1963 was first entitled “Those Were the Days” and later “Look Pretty for the People.” Typescripts of both versions are present in this series. “Death at Karamu,” an unpublished detective novel begun in Ghana and completed in Spain, includes the author's handwritten first draft in a spiral notebook, a second draft with author's corrections and additions and the complete version of a third draft sent to his agent. The manuscript for the author's latter novels of suspense and college life are for the most part present in the collection. Included in these files are synopses and drafts, revisions and outlines, and correspondence.
Mayfield's Short Storiesare filed together alphabetically, except where multiple drafts or correspondence and other attachments justify an individual folder. The oldest short story in the collection, “The Last Days of Duncan Street” was rejected by the New Yorkermagazine but was published in Spanish in the Cuban literary magazine Calle de Revolucion.This is followed by several files of story ideas, notes, book projects and fragments, some dating from the last months of the author's life. The “Black Abolitionists” folder includes detailed outlines of a juvenile history trilogy on the anti-slavery movement and a 47-page treatment of a volume on “Black Men in the Civil War.”
The Ghana and Guyana Manuscriptsbegin with “The Living Ghana,” a joint unfinished project for a reader on modern Ghana. A detailed outline of that work and what appear to be several completed chapters on agriculture, labor, infrastructure, politics, and foreign policy are located here. The Correspondence file for Mayfield's next Ghana project. “The Lonely Warrior” includes letters to and from John Henrik Clarke, St. Clair Drake, and the publisher Angus Cameron. A first and second draft of this manuscript, along with comments, revisions and additions are filed here, as well as the complete text of the author's latter rewrite of the book under the title “When Ghana Was Ghana.” The “Tales of the Lido” manuscript is complemented by detailed grant proposals submitted in 1981 to the Guggenheim Memorial Fund and the Ford Foundation. These files offer further biographical details on the author's life. The Burnham Biographyincludes several corrected drafts and the final manuscript submitted to Howard University Press. There are also several letters in these files to Forbes Burnham, one of them outlining the book project and raising several questions for the Prime Minister to answer later in a face to face interview. The surviving chapters of Mayfield's autobiography are also located here.
The Play Scriptssubseries includes the one-act play &The Other Foot, Alberta, a comedy in three acts written by Mayfield in 1952, and a mimeographed copy of the one-act play 417. There are several drafts of Fount of the Nation, complete with author's notes, revisions, correspondence, and reviews. This section is complemented by several unfinished scripts, including a projected prose drama based on the life of David Walker and Ballet of the Reconstruction, a program of gospel music and dance. Also included are several radio scripts, among them “Black Men at War” written for the Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Story Hour (1975); and “News Talks,” a sample of the radio commentaries Mayfield wrote for Ghanaian radio in 1963.
The Screenplayssubseries includes works for both movies and television. The Uptight files consist of a first draft entitled “Betrayal” prepared by Jules Dassin; the second draft written by Mayfield, Dassin and Ruby Dee; correspondence between Mayfield's agent Lily Veidt, Dassin and Paramount Pictures; and publicity materials. Child of Anger, otherwise entitled Mr. Vance or The Bradley Arms is an unfinished screenplay written in 1968 on growing up black in Harlem. The Christophe files comprise annotated drafts, revisions and additions, research notes, plot development materials, correspondence with William and Sylvia Marshall, and an earlier adaptation by Marshall and Sylvia Gussin. Mayfield's screenplay The Long Night based on his novel by the same title and Ron Milner's adaptation of The Hitcan also be found here. Jessie Mae, Mayfield's last finished screenplay was completed during his residency in Germany. His television work comprises “Black Drama,” a narrative on the Harlem Renaissance he wrote for the CBS-TV “Black Heritage” series, and several scripts prepared for Educational Audio Visual Inc. between 1969 and 1982.
Mayfield's Articles and Essaysare grouped together in an A-Z file, except where the bulk or the number of attachments warranted an individual file. Book reviews and related correspondence are filed separately. The A-Z file includes the author's major essay “On Revolutionary Nationalism” written in 1968, a mimeographed copy of “You Touch My Black Aesthetic and I'll Touch Yours,” “And Then Came Baldwin” published in the Spring 1963 issue of Freedomways,an article on African-American involvement in the Congo published in Muhammad Speaks(1965), an unfinished essay entitled “A United States of Africa, Pipe Dream or Possible,” and photocopies of articles published in Ghana and Guyana. The author's Speaking Engagementsare represented with handwritten notes, correspondence, printed matter and several drafts of a conference paper, “The Great Disturber of the Peace: DuBois as Progenitor of Negritude” (1980). Other lecture notes are located in the Academic series.
Also located in the Writings series are manuscripts and correspondence from authors whose works are published in the anthology of short stories edited by Mayfield in 1971. The Ten Times Blackcorrespondence file includes writers Hank Gay, Etheridge Knight, Sam Greenlee, and editors at Bantam Books. Works by Other Authorsinclude Hank Gay's novel The Well and Gloria Joseph's Black Challenge to the White Campus: the Black Student's Handbook. Also included are various drafts of Joan Cambridge's autobiographical novel, Show Me the Way to Stay Home.
ACADEMIC, 1966-1984 (2.4 lin. ft.)
The Academic series begins with correspondence with Conor Cruise O'Brien and Max Black, directors of programs in the humanities at New York and Cornell universities, who first interested Mayfield in teaching. Included are course outlines and syllabi, lecture notes, correspondence, administrative documents and student papers, arranged chronologically by campus. Mayfield's extensive correspondence and other materials related to his Senior Fulbright Fellowship in Germany are also part of this series. The NYU and Cornell courses served primarily as an introduction to the black experience and the so-called black revolution of the late 1960s. Using his own experience and research, the author outlined in his lectures an imperative for radical social change in American society. His curriculum at Howard was less challenging in comparison, and consisted for the most part of introductory and remedial courses in writing, English and Afro-American literature.
During his junior fellowship at Cornell University(1967-68), the author led an experimental seminar on “Negro Writers of the 20th Century” in which he discussed the works of Sterling Brown, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes and contemporary writers like John Killens, Amiri Baraka, Lorraine Hansberry and Ossie Davis. Mayfield returned to Cornell in 1970 as a lecturer in the Africana Studies and Research Center where he taught seminar courses in “Black Writing and Politics” and “Black Techniques of Survival.” Included in the Cornell files are student applications for the seminar on black writers, a notebook of lecture notes and random thoughts, course outlines, and minutes of faculty meetings related to the establishment of a Distinguished Lecture Series proposed by the author. At New York University,he taught two interdisciplinary courses on “The Black Writer in America” and “Contemporary Writing in Africa.” These files include letters and course outlines by Conor Cruise O'Brien, student questionnaires, lecture notes, course outlines and syllabi, and Mayfield's description of a proposed graduate seminar on “Crime and Punishment in the United States.”
Resuming his academic career in 1975 as a lecturer in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Marylandat College Park, Mayfield developed major courses on “Black Culture in the United States” and the life and work of W.E.B. DuBois, and conducted a “Workshop on Black Writers.” The University of Maryland files include correspondence with Al-Tony Gilmore, president of the Afro-American Studies Department, correspondence relating to the termination of Dr. Andrew Goodrich as director of minority student education and to Mayfield's own termination, presumably for his support of Goodrich, and correspondence and by-laws of the Frederick Douglass-Paul Robeson Union co-founded by Mayfield. The course outlines and lecture notes for “Black Culture in the United States” are by far the most comprehensive in the collection. Included are lecture notes on the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, the Booker T. Washington and DuBois controversy, Marcus Garvey, the Harlem Renaissance, the Depression, blacks after World War II, black leadership, the Monroe incident, and black literature and politics. Some of the lecture notes were adapted by the author from other courses.
The Fulbright Fellowshipsubseries is divided into administrative documents, correspondence, curriculum materials and lecture notes for the two courses on black literature and culture Mayfield developed in Germany, and a selection of papers from his European and North African lectures organized by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Information Service. Included is the author's correspondence with the Fulbright Commission, other Fulbright scholars and Dr. B. Carstensen of the literature department at the Paderborn Institute. The correspondence illuminates some of the attitudes of Germans toward blacks in the 1970s. Mayfield also lectured on “Dominant Trends in American Literature” and conducted a seminar on classical American literature. Some of the lecture notes in this subseries relate to the works of Emily Dickenson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. Also included are notes prepared for two seminars in Berlin and Tunis on “Black Voices in Contemporary Literature” and “The Social Responsibility of the Writer and Artist.”
The Howard Universityfiles comprise administrative memoranda from the dean of the English Department, appointment letters, correspondence with students and colleagues, grant applications for research in Africa, minutes of faculty meetings, lecture notes, course outlines and printed matter. The correspondence file includes a two page letter with attachments in response to a John Hopkins University survey on black faculty relations. The letter also discussed the Andrew Goodrich incident which led to Mayfield's departure from the University of Maryland.
GUYANA, 1971-1975 (1.8 lin. ft.)
The Guyana series is divided into Personal Papers, Correspondence, Writings, Ministry of Information and Culture materials, Projects, and Printed Matter. The Personalfile consists for the most part of administrative correspondence related to Mayfield's employment, settlement and departure from Guyana, his efforts to purchase or lease land for farming or animal husbandry, and other aspects of expatriate life in a developing country. Included are government contracts, financial, health and travel documents, and some materials related to Joan Cambridge. The Correspondenceis divided into letters to Minister of Information and Culture Elvin McDavid, letters to Forbes Burnham and a general file.
The McDavid file consists of memoranda and draft letters written by Mayfield for McDavid's signature dealing with a broad range of issues, including Guyana's participation in the Sixth Pan-Africanist Congress in Dar-es-Salaam in 1974, parliamentary opposition to black American expatriates in Guyana, tensions between blacks and Asians, Guyana's communication needs, and possible attempts to overthrow the Burnham government. The Burnham file relates in part to film projects on the Carifesta Festival (1972) and a Nonaligned Conference in Guyana (1973), to a plan to attract professional black Americans to Guyana, and to secure friendlier coverage of Guyana in the black press in the United States. Included are letters from Marvin X of Muhammad Speaksand the text of an interview he conducted with Burnham, and a draft “Public Relations Programme for National Unity” prepared by Mayfield, to combat racial polarization and neutralize Eusi Kwayana's opposition to Burnham. The General Correspondence file comprises letters to and from the Consulate of Guyana in New York and from various ministers and other officials in the Guyanese government. Also included are copies of letters to Nathan Hare, Hoyt Fuller, Paula Giddings and other African-American activists and scholars, relating to the Kwayana opposition and various writing projects, letters to Kwayana and Cheddie Jagan on Mayfield's book project on Burnham, and correspondence with Jimmy Mannas, co-producer of the projected documentary on the Non-aligned Conference, and with Bill and Marjorie Carr on the political situation in Guyana after Mayfield's departure (1978).
The Writingssubseries begins with drafts of Mayfield's articles on the Kwayana opposition and the 1973 general elections in Guyana, an article on Rhodesia and Ghana, and several press releases and detailed memoranda. Also included are typescripts of addresses and other writings by Burnham, Elvin McDavid and other ministers; documents of the People's National Congress's 15th Congress (1972). The Ministry of Information and Culturefiles include discussion papers prepared by the Graphics and Design department on the role of broadcasting and films in national development in Guyana, documents prepared by Mayfield on public relations abroad and for the training of new Information Officers, and publications and promotional materials for a government outreach project in the Eccles/Ramsburg and Mocha/Arcadia communities. The Projectsfiles comprise Mayfield's files for The New Caribbean, New Nation International,Carifesta and Guyana's National Service. Included are correspondence, speeches, public relations materials, working papers and a partial treatment for a documentary film on Burnham, “Man of the People.” These files are complemented by printed matter on Co-operative Socialism, a clipping file of articles on Guyana published abroad, published speeches by Burnham, and other government documents.
GHANA, 1960-1966 (0.6 lin. ft.)
The Ghana series consists for the most part of printed matter on the 1966 military overthrow of the Nkrumah government. Included are a selection of articles on Ghana written by Mayfield; speeches and miscellaneous writings by Nkrumah; clipping files from the Ghanaian Times,the Ghana Evening Newsand the Daily Graphicin Ghana, from publications in the United States and from the magazine West Africa.Also included is a small file of carbon copies of letters sent to Mayfield and others by an unidentified correspondent in Accra, chronicling events during the coup and their repercussions on associates and friends.