Scope and arrangement
Claudia Jones Memorial Collection 1935-1998 (bulk 1955-1964) consists primarily of printed matter apparently owned by Jones. There is a relatively small volume of material relating to Jones' personal and political activities. Bon-voyage postcards, letters and telegrams sent to her on her departure from the United States following deportation are the only documents that deal with her life in the United States. The collection also contains poems Jones wrote while in prison and during her voyage to England.|||There are several notebooks chronicling her experiences during trips she took to China and Japan. A folder on Paul Robeson includes a booklet "Paul Robeson goes to Washington," and a transcript of his appearance before the Smith Act Congressional Hearing Committee. Also contained in the Robeson folder are promotional material for his appearances in London from 1956 through 1962, correspondence between the Robesons' and Jones, and a transcript of a speech by Jones delivered at a reception for the Robesons held in London, and Robeson speech notes.|||A folder labeled "Bailey, Frank /Manchanda, Abhimanyu /Jones, Claudia controversy" contains letters, notes and other information concerning charges that were filed against Jones and Manchanda by Frank Bailey, a member of Communist Party, who was also involved in working with the Afro-Caribbean community in London. The printed matter consists of booklets and monographs on a variety of subjects including race and gender. Authors include James Allen, Herbert Aptheker, Ben Davis, George W. Crockett, Elizabeth Flynn Gurley, James Ford, Harry Haywood, and Claudia Jones.