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Russell Atkins collection

 Collection — Box: 1-6
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0011
This collection gives a glimpse into Atkins's life and work. The collection spans from 1935 until the late 1979. The bulk of the items date in from 1950 to 1979. The focus of the collection is correspondence related to the Free Lance Press and writings by Atkins. The items written by Atkins contain both typescripts and published materials. Included are anthologies where his works were published and printing paste-ups. Handwritten corrections are on some of these items. Also included are some literary writings by others. Of interest are articles about Atkins that address information about his poetry readings. A few items from his childhood make up the personal ephemera series.

Dates

  • 1926-1988

Creator

Rights Statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information, please contact archives@auctr.edu.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Biographical timeline and note

Russell Atkins (b. 1926) is a poet, composer, editor and teacher in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as a consultant to, and on panels for, many creative agencies in the Cleveland area. He ran and participated in many writers workshops and collaborated with poets and musicians on a variety of his works. Some notable collaborators include composer Hale Smith and poet Langston Hughes. Atkins founded the Free Lance Press in 1950 and served as editor and as a contributor throughout its 30 year history. Free Lance was a small press magazine for poetry and prose committeed to publishing emerging African American poets.
Biographical Timeline
25 February 1926
Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Perry Kelly and Mamie Belle Atkins
1944
Attended the Cleveland School of Arts on scholarship
1944-1945
Attended Cleveland Institute of Music
1950-1979
Founded and edited Free Lance Magazine
1953-1954
Affiliated with the Iowa University Workshop for Writers
1956
Created the new music theory he called The Theory of Psychovisual Composition at the Darmstadt Festival of Avant Garde Music in Germany, and was introduced by the composer Stefan Wolfe
1957-1960
Was the publicity manager and assistant to the director of the Sutphen School of Music, Cleveland, Ohio
1963-1965
Lectured for the Poets' Alliance, an organization in Cleveland, Ohio
1968
Lectured and read at the Cleveland Summer Arts Festival
1972-1973
Consultant to the Cleveland Board of Education
1972-1986
Creative writing instructor at Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio
1973
Writer in residence at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
1976
Honorary doctorate awarded from Cleveland State University
1978
Received supporting grant for creative works from the Ohio Arts Council
1988
Participated in the Artists in Education Program with the Cleveland Board of Education

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into seven series including Correspondence, Writings about Atkins, Writings by Atkins, Writings by others, Organizational affiliations, Personal ephemera and Photographs.
Title
Russell Atkins collection, 1926-1988
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Alexandra Bernet, 2001 July.
Date
2001 July
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository

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