Scope and arrangement
The Lucy Terry Prince Collection, 1967-1973, of manuscript drafts and research materials on black pioneer, Lucy Terry Prince was assembled by writers Bernard and Jonathan Katz as supporting documentation for their book Black woman; a fictionalized biography of Lucy Terry Prince(Pantheon, 1973). The collection documents not only the life and activities of Lucy and Abijah Prince but also includes a great deal of background information on eighteenth century New England history. In addition, the collection provides insight into the research methods of the authors, Bernard and Jonathan Katz.
The collection itself consists of manuscript drafts, correspondence between the Katzes and various sources of relevant information, research notes from both published works and archival sources, and copies of pertinent documentation and printed material. The material has been arranged into three series: Manuscript Drafts, Research File and Research Notes.
The Lucy Terry Prince collection is arranged in three series:
MANUSCRIPT DRAFTS, n.d.,includes three complete and two partial drafts of the Prince biography. The drafts are mostly typescript with considerable handwritten annotation.
The RESEARCH FILE, 1967-1973,consists of an alphabetical subject file of research material. The topics covered range from specific incidents, such as Abijah's Death and research on individual subjects, including “Deerfield Research” to correspondence with publishers and sources of information. Of particular note are the letters exchanged between the Katzes and Mary Adams Ball of Deerfield; Martha Wright of Northampton, Massachusetts; James M. McCabe, who was a research assistant for the Katzes; James K. Owens, archivist at the Federal Records Center in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Charles Hallam, librarian of the Library of the U.S. Supreme Court. The latter two groups of letters can be found under the heading, “Correspondence - U.S. Supreme Court.”
RESEARCH NOTES, n.d.are composed of two subseries of catalog cards containing notes on particular topics and citations to both primary and secondary sources. Each series of cards is arranged in alphabetical order by subject. Within each subject, the original order of the cards has been retained.