Scope and arrangement
The Richard Wright Collection is composed of two primary groups of material. The first contains the corrected typescripts of his works Native Son, The Long Dream, and Savage Holiday (originally entitled Monument to Memory.) The second group is actually the research material gathered by Constance Webb Pearlstien, a close friend of Wright's and author of Richard Wright, a biography by Constance Webb (G. P. Putnam, 1968). This group contains copies of correspondence between Wright and a number of friends, members of his family, and business associates during the period 1939-1959. It includes typescripts of a number of Wright's articles and speeches which served as sources for Webb's work, comments by various people on various aspects of Wright's life and personality, and reactions to Webb's drafts of the biography, and, finally, the corrected typescript of the biography itself.
The Wright correspondence is arranged alphabetically, the typescripts by title - first books, and then the articles and speeches. The comments about Wright and other general documents follow the typescripts. Finally correspondence to Webb about various aspects of Wright's life and the biography appears along with the corrected typescript of the work itself.
Except for the typescripts, most of the material is not in original form, but consists of transcripts, carbons, and photographic copies.
Papers organized into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Typescripts - Books; III. Typescripts - Articles, Speeches, etc.; and IV. Constance Webb Research Material