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Watts Writers Workshop Book Collection

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Budd Schulberg (center) and members of the Watts Writers Workshop 


Photo Credit: Dartmouth College's Rauner Special Collections Library Repository, Budd Schulberg papers, Box 108 Folder 56


Words to Live By: At the Watts Writers Workshop, poets turned social issues into art. Thirty years later, language still consumes them." - Erin J.    Aubrey (Los Angeles Times, 1995). 

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"Watts Writers Workshop: A Blueprint to Fit Today's Needs?" - Robert Epstein (Los Angeles Times, 1992)

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"Looking Back at the Birth of Watts Writers Workshop" - Ray Loynd (Los Angeles Times, 1987)

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"Writing Watts: Budd Schulberg, Black Poetry, and the Cultural War on Poverty." - Daniel Widiner (Journal of Urban History, 2008)

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Archival Materials 

Budd Schulberg Papers at Dartmouth Library 

  • Of note are materials on the Watts Writers Workshop, which Schulberg helped to create in response to the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965.

Watts Writers Workshop stories, lesson books, and other material at USC Library

  • The Watts Writers’ Workshop was founded in 1965 by Budd Schulberg. This collection contains clippings about the workshop and works by Jimmie Sherman, one of the Workshop’s members.

Quincy Troupe Papers at New York Public Library

  • The Quincy Troupe papers, dating from 1915 to 2008, mainly document the writer's career from 1970 to 2008. They also hold a small set of family papers and the scrapbooks of Quincy Trouppe, Sr. The collection's strongest points are its documentation of Troupe's writings and other projects, particularly his books on Miles Davis, James Baldwin, and Chris Gardner; The Miles Davis Radio Project; his editorial work for the arts journal Black Renaissance Noir and Code magazine; and his published and unpublished poetry and essays.

Wanda Coleman Papers at UCLA Library

  • The collection contains work produced by Coleman between 1960 and 2013, including manuscripts and drafts of her published poetry and prose, journalism, writing for film and television, and spoken word recordings, as well as many unpublished writings. In addition, there is a wealth of correspondence with major literary figures and institutions, activist materials, and ephemera relating to Coleman's professional and personal life.

Louis Meriwether Papers at Emory University Library

  • Papers of African American activist and author Louise Meriwether including writings, correspondence, professional papers, photographs, and printed material.


"The Rise and Fall of the Watts Writers Workshop" - Peter and Stuart Shulberg

  • 10 minute clip of the documentary about the origins and downfall of the workshop.

"Ex F.B.I. Informant Talks Infiltration of Black Culture"

  • 50 minute interview with Darthard Perry, the F.B.I. informant who helped destroy the workshop from the inside.