Scope and arrangement
Maya Angelou Papers consist of original manuscripts, computer generated typescripts, galleys and proofs including "I Know why the Caged Bird Sings," "Hallelujah the Welcome Table," "Cookbook," "I Shall Not Be Moved," "A Song Flung Up to Heaven," "Heart of a Woman," and "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes," as well as manuscripts for unpublished work and dozens of poems. Of interest is a voluminous file on Angelou's inaugural poem "On The Pulse of Morning" from creation to public reaction. There is also personal and professional correspondence with James Baldwin, Dudley Randall, Hoyt Fuller, Chester Himes, Mari Evans, Rosa Guy, and Malcolm X, Gordon Parks, jazz singer Abby Lincoln, Sarah Wright, Frank Marshall Davis, and her editors among others.
A considerable amount of the collection contains material about Angelou and includes newspaper clippings, magazine articles, reviews, and other printed material regarding her publications and appearances. Also significant are requests to read or perform her work at universities and organizations. Additionally, there are office files and materials pertaining to Angelou's the Hallmark greeting card series, as well as other projects.