Gabbin, Joanne V. Papers, 1930-2017 [bulk 1960-2017] *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Gabbin, Joanne V. (Joanne Veal), 1946-
Title:
Joanne V. Gabbin Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0296
Date:
1930-2017 (bulk 1960-2017)
Extent:
42 boxes, 12.54 Cubic Feet
Extent:
216 digital files, 134 Megabytes
Language of the Material:
English .
Abstract:
The Joanne V. Gabbin Papers, 1930-2017 [bulk 1960-2017], contain the professional, academic, and personal papers of Joanne V. Gabbin, professor of English at James Madison University and director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Joanne V. Gabbin Papers, 1930-2017 [bulk 1960-2017], undated, SC 0296, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

A professor of English at James Madison University, Joanne Gabbin earned her B.A. from Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1967, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1970 and 1980, respectively. Gabbin taught at Roosevelt University, Chicago State University, and Lincoln University before she was hired at James Madison University in 1985 as a Commonwealth Visiting Professor. She became the director of the Honors Program (now the Honors College) in 1986, where she served for 19 years and founded many programs that define the Honors College today.

In 1994, she organized the first Furious Flower Poetry Conference, which she held at JMU and in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks. The event was considered historic and likely the largest gathering of African American poets and literature scholars to that date. After a second successful conference a decade later, JMU chartered the Furious Flower Poetry Center in 2005, the nation's first academic center devoted to Black poetry.

The author/editor of numerous books and founder of the Wintergreen Women Writers' Collective, Gabbin's contributions to the academic field of African American poetry have been acknowledged with awards and honors from such organizations as the HistoryMakers Archives, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the College Language Association and the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, among many others. Her publications include Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition (1985), which was reissued in 1994 by the University Press of Virginia and the children's book I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum (2004). She also edited The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry (1999), Furious Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present (2004), Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (2020), Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers (2009), and Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy (2009).

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Scope and Content

The Joanne V. Gabbin Papers, 1930-2017 [bulk 1960-2017], contain the professional, academic, and personal papers of Joanne V. Gabbin, professor of English at James Madison University and director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center. The materials chiefly relate to her professional role as an influential figure in the African American literary community and include manuscripts she wrote or edited, notes and materials from events where she spoke or was featured, and her correspondence with publishers, professional organizations, and other members of the African American literary community. Other materials include articles for research or teaching purposes, syllabi, documents and correspondence related to her role as professor and head of the JMU Honors College, personal correspondence, and documents related to her role as director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in six series. Each series is arranged chronologically except for Series 1: Manuscripts which is arranged alphabetically. Exceptions to this arrangement scheme were made in order to group like materials (e.g. photographs, newspaper clippings) together. As a result chronological arrangements are approximate. In order to maintain original intellectual order, photographs and correspondence, for example, may be found across multiple series.

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1930-2015

Series 2: Research, 1960-2016

Series 3: Professional Activities, 1963-2017

Subseries 1: General, 1963-2017

Subseries 2: Honors College, 1985-2006

Subseries 3: Furious Flower Poetry Center, 1993-2017

Series 4: Teaching Materials, 1971-2013

Series 5: Personal Papers, 1967-2016

Subseries 1: General, 1967-2013

Subseries 2: Correspondence, 1968-2016

Series 6: Printed Ephemera and Photographs, 1961-2013

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. Staff have taken special care to identify and remove sensitive materials, particularly those relating to students' academic records, found within this collection. However, in rare instances, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of this collection. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within this collection, and further agree not to publish or disclose such information for any purpose. Researchers agree to alert Special Collections staff if potentially privacy protected information is found within this collection. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by Joanne V. Gabbin in September 2017.

Appraisal Information

Two boxes filled with empty file folders were recycled prior to processing.

Processing Information

Collection was donated in clearly labeled folders housed in multiple cubic boxes. In Feburary 2017, Cardinal House experienced a flood as a result of plumbing issues. Materials in this collection were affected and may exhibit water damage. Processors used labels as direction for series arrangement, and focused on discards of duplicates and assessing water-damage materials. Afterwards, materials were moved to hollingers and additional accruals were integrated into the existing arrangement.

Duplicate newspapers, newsletters, brochures, articles, etc. were discarded. Financial records including receipts, credit card and bank statements, and travel reimbursements were not retained and were discarded. Student records containing personally identifiable information (student identification numbers, GPAs, grades, etc.)—beyond what is considered directory information—were removed and discarded.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Material

Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, 1990-2014, UA 0017, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records, 1970-2015, UA 0018, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Separated Materials

Three poetry broadsides printed in 2017 at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center for the Virginia Festival of the Book - Heavenly Madrigal, Seasons Change Before We're Ready, and Zombie Blues Villanelle - were removed from the collection and cataloged individually. These broadsides are held by Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Corporate Name

  • Furious Flower Conference (1st ) (Location of meeting: James Madison University). Date of meeting or treaty signing: 1994 :.)
  • Furious Flower Conference (2nd ) (Location of meeting: James Madison University). Date of meeting or treaty signing: 2004 :.)
  • Furious Flower Conference (3rd ) (Location of meeting: James Madison University). Date of meeting or treaty signing: 2014 :.)
  • Furious Flower Poetry Center (1999-2004)
  • James Madison University. Furious Flower Poetry Center
  • James Madison University. Honors College
  • James Madison University. Honors Program

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Manuscripts (documents)
  • Research notes
  • Photographs
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Pamphlets
  • Brochures
  • Personal papers
  • Articles
  • Syllabi
  • Poetry
  • Faculty papers
  • Newsletters
  • Newspaper clippings

Subject

  • English language -- Study and teaching (Higher)
  • Poetry -- Black authors
  • African Americans -- Poetry
  • African American poets
  • Poets, Black

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1930-2015

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1930-2015, includes manuscripts authored by Gabbin and her colleagues. The majority of the series is made up of edits and drafts of the anthology manuscript that would be come to known as Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers. This manuscript would be the culmination of works by Gabbin and her colleagues after their annual Wintergreen Women's Writer's retreat. Also of note in this series is Gabbin's dissertation on Sterling Brown, written during her time at the University of Chicago as she pursued her master's degree and PhD.

Title/Description Instances
After Winter, Prologue, 2008 box 1 folder 1
After Winter, part 1, 2008 box 1 folder 2
After Winter, part 2, 2008 box 1 folder 3
After Winter, part 3, 2008 box 1 folder 4
After Winter, part 4, 2008 box 1 folder 5
After Winter, part 5, 2008 box 1 folder 6
After Winter, part 6, 2008 box 1 folder 7
After Winter, part 7, 2008 box 1 folder 8
Amiri Baraka Manuscript, undated box 1 folder 9
Askia Toure Manuscript, 1981 box 1 folder 10
A Blooming in the Valley, Introduction (Folder 1 of 3), undated box 1 folder 11
A Blooming in the Valley, Furious Flower Signature Poems (Folder 2 of 3), undated box 1 folder 12
A Blooming in the Valley, Emerging Drum Voices, undated box 1 folder 13
A Blooming in the Valley, Unfinished Manuscript, undated box 1 folder 14
Collier Manuscripts, 1980 box 2 folder 1
The Chocolate Story, Draft, undated box 2 folder 2
Darrel Stover Manuscripts, undated box 2 folder 3
Defining Moments: Essay Drafts, 2007 box 2 folder 4
Defining Moments: Essay Drafts, 2007 box 2 folder 5
Defining Moments: Introduction-Part 2, undated box 2 folder 6
Defining Moments: Part 3, undated box 2 folder 7
Defining Moments: Part 4, undated box 2 folder 8
Defining Moments: Part 5, undated box 2 folder 9
Defining Moments: Part 6, undated box 2 folder 10
Defining Moments: Part 7, undated box 3 folder 1
Defining Moments: Part 8, undated box 3 folder 2
Defining Moments: Contributors, undated box 3 folder 3
Defining Moments: Manuscript Edit 1, undated box 3 folder 4
Defining Moments: Manuscript Edit 1, undated box 3 folder 5
Defining Moments: Manuscript Edit 2, undated box 3 folder 6
Defining Moments: Manuscript Edit 2, undated box 3 folder 7
Defining Moments: Manuscript Edit 3, undated box 3 folder 8
Dictionary of Literary Biography, Askia Toure, 1981 box 3 folder 9
Dolores Kendrick Manuscript, 2011-2015 box 4 folder 1
Ed Bullins Manuscript, undated box 4 folder 2
Furious Flower Anthology Manuscript, undated box 4 folder 3
Furious Flower Anthology Manuscript, undated box 4 folder 4
Manuscript, Greening the Spirit Defining Moments in the Lives of African American Women Writers, circa 2003 Digital-materials SC0296-SET-001
Preservation master optical disc, circa 2003 Media Cabinet 1 Drawer 6 CD-R SC0296-OP-004
Preservation master optical disc, circa 2003 Media Cabinet 1 Drawer 6 CD-R SC0296-OP-005
Greening the Spirit: Parts 1 and 2, undated box 4 folder 5
Greening the Spirit: Part 3, undated box 4 folder 6
Greening the Spirit: Part 4, undated box 4 folder 7
Greening the Spirit: Part 5, undated box 4 folder 8
Greening the Spirit: Part 6, undated box 4 folder 9
Greening the Sprirt: Part 7, undated box 5 folder 1
Greening the Spirit: Parts 8 and 9, undated box 5 folder 2
Greening the Spirit, Complete Edit, undated box 5 folder 3
Greening the Spirit, Incomplete Edit, 2003 box 5 folder 4
Greening the Spirit, Incomplete Edit 2, undated box 5 folder 5
Greening the Spirit, Incomplete Edit 3, undated box 5 folder 6
Inner Reflections, undated box 6 folder 1
Jihan Crowther Manuscript, undated box 6 folder 2
Joanne V. Gabbin Article Manuscripts, 1992-1993 box 6 folder 3
Josephine Baker Museum Manuscripts, undated box 6 folder 4
Joesphine Baker Museum Manuscripts, undated box 6 folder 5
Joesphine Baker Museum Manuscripts, undated box 6 folder 6
Larry Neal Manuscript, 1976 box 6 folder 7
Laying On of Hands Manuscript, undated box 7 folder 1
Manuscript Permissions, 1996-1998 box 7 folder 2
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1997-1999, undated box 7 folder 3
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 2008, undated box 7 folder 4
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, undated box 7 folder 5
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, undated box 7 folder 6
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, undated box 7 folder 7
Modernism and Material Culture and Art of African Diaspora Manuscript, 2002 box 8 folder 1
Mourning Katrina Manuscript, 2008 box 8 folder 2
My Father's Passage Manuscript, undated box 8 folder 3
Opal Moore Manuscripts, 1990 box 8 folder 4
Revonne Manuscript, 1986 box 8 folder 5
Shaping Memories Complete Manuscript, 2008 box 8 folder 6
Shaping Memories Complete Manuscript 2, 2009 box 8 folder 7
Shaping Memories Manuscript Edit, 2009 box 8 folder 8
Shaping Memories Manuscript Edit, 2009 box 9 folder 1
Shaping Memories Draft, undated box 9 folder 2
Shaping Memories Draft, undated box 9 folder 3
Shaping Memories Draft (2), undated box 9 folder 4
Shaping Memories Complete Manuscript, undated box 9 folder 5
Shaping Memories Complete Manuscript (2), undated box 10 folder 1
Shaping Memories, Second Edit, undated box 10 folder 2
Shaping Memories, Second Edit, undated box 10 folder 3
Sid Williams Poem, undated box 10 folder 4
Sundra Govan Manuscript, 1999 box 10 folder 5
Shernye's Poetry Reflections, undated box 10 folder 6
Sonia Sanchez Manuscript, ca. 1980s box 10 folder 7
Sonia Sanchez Manuscript Research, 1975-1985 box 10 folder 8
Sonia Sanchez Manuscript Research, 1979-1986 box 11 folder 1
Sterling Brown Full Dissertation, 1980 box 11 folder 2
Sterling Brown Full Dissertation (2), 1980 box 11 folder 3
Sterling Brown Full Dissertation (3), 1980 box 11 folder 4
Sterling Brown Research, 1930-1972 box 12 folder 1
Tafathora P. Mahoso Materials, 1979 box 12 folder 2
Ureka Washington Manuscript, 1981 box 12 folder 3
Wassebohr Manuscript, undated box 12 folder 4
Webb Poetry Manuscript, 1996 box 12 folder 5
Wintergreen Materials, 1987 box 12 folder 6
Wintergreen Interview Transcripts, 1987, 2005 box 12 folder 7
Wintergreen Miscellaneous Materials, 1987-1998 box 12 folder 8
Wintergreen Miscellaneous Materials, 1987-1999 box 12 folder 9
Wintergreen Miscellaneous Materials, 1994-2006 box 12 folder 10
Wintergreen Photographs, 1995 box 13 folder 1
Wintergeen Miscellaneous Materials, 2000-2009 box 13 folder 2
Wintergreen retreat photographs, Barbados, May 20-26, 2007 Digital-materials SC0296-SET-001
Preservation master optical disc, 2007 Media Cabinet 1 Drawer 6 CD-R SC0296-OP-001
Preservation master optical disc, 2007 Media Cabinet 1 Drawer 6 CD-R SC0296-OP-002
Preservation master optical disc, 2007 Media Cabinet 1 Drawer 6 CD-R SC0296-OP-003

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Series 2: Research, 1960-2016

Series 2: Research, 1960-2016, includes a wide variety of materials that relate to Gabbin's research during her time as a student in the master's and doctorate program at the University of Chicago and research for the manuscripts she wrote and contributed to later in her life. The content mostly consists of articles from academic journals and books written on the subject at hand (e.g. Sonia Sanchez and Sterling Brown), with some interesting items including legal pads and spiral notebooks containing personal notes and thoughts on the topic being researched.

Title/Description Instances
Research-University of Chicago, 1960-1968 box 13 folder 3
Research-University of Chicago, 1973-2000 box 13 folder 4
General Research, 1970-1986 box 13 folder 5
Research-Book Recommendations, 1970-2005 box 13 folder 6
Research Notes and Pedagogical Material (folder 1 of 3), 1971 box 13 folder 7
Research Notes and Pedagogical Material (folder 2 of 3), 1973-1997 box 14 folder 1
Research Notes and Pedagogical Material (folder 3 of 3), 1981-1982 box 14 folder 2
Miscellaneous Articles, 1971-1978 box 14 folder 3
General Research, ca.1980 box 14 folder 4
General Research (folder 1 of 2), 1981-1982 box 14 folder 5
General Research (folder 2 of 2), 1981-1982 box 14 folder 6
Research, Newsletters, Magazines, and Manuscripts, 1981-1986 box 14 folder 7
General Research, 1986 box 14 folder 8
The Southern Imagination of Sonia Sanchez Research, 1987 box 15 folder 1
Research and Professional Materials, 1996-2016 box 15 folder 2
"Making of an African American Village" Research, 1999 box 15 folder 3
Literature Printouts, Alice Walker, 2005 box 15 folder 4
Miscellaneous Articles, 2006-2007 box 15 folder 5
Research-Howard African American Literature, undated box 15 folder 6
General Research (folder 1 of 11), undated box 15 folder 7
General Research (folder 2 of 11), undated box 16 folder 1
General Research (folder 3 of 11), undated box 16 folder 2
General Research (folder 4 of 11), undated box 16 folder 3
General Research (folder 5 of 11), undated box 16 folder 4
General Research (folder 6 of 11), undated box 16 folder 5
General Research (folder 7 of 11), undated box 16 folder 6
General Research (folder 8 of 11), undated box 17 folder 1
General Research (folder 9 of 11), undated box 17 folder 2
General Research (folder 10 of 11), undated box 17 folder 3
General Research (folder 11 of 11), undated box 17 folder 4
Pedagogical Notes, undated box 17 folder 5
Research and Personal Notes, undated box 17 folder 6

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Series 3: Professional Activities, 1963-2017

Series 3: Professional Activities, 1963-2017, comprises three subseries: general material, materials relating to the honors college at JMU, and material related to the Furious Flower Poetry Center. The items in this series relate to Gabbin's numerous speaking engagements and events held by the poetry center and honors college. This can include professional correspondence, promotional material, and invitations and programs to events held over the years.

Subseries 1: General Professional Activities, 1963-2017

Title/Description Instances
Awards, 1963-1967 box 18 folder 1
Professional Correspondence, 1970-1973 box 18 folder 2
Fellowship/Professorship Search, 1975-1985 box 18 folder 3
International and Afro-American Articles/Materials, 1979 box 18 folder 4
General Professional Activities, 1981-1983 box 18 folder 5
General Professional Activities, 1981-1986 box 18 folder 6
General Professional Activities, 1981-1993 box 18 folder 7
General Professional Activities, 1981-2010 box 18 folder 8
Sterling Brown Tribute, 1982 box 19 folder 1
Professional Activities, 1982-2011 box 19 folder 2
Lincoln University, 1984 box 19 folder 3
Philadelphia Writer's Convention, 1984 box 19 folder 4
Professional Correspondence, 1986-1988 box 19 folder 5
General Professional Activities, 1986-2011 box 19 folder 6
Research, Correspondence, and Notes, 1987-1988 box 19 folder 7
Portz Grant Application, 1988 box 19 folder 8
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1989 box 19 folder 9
"Teaching Community" Grant Proposal, 1989 box 19 folder 10
Professional Involvement, 1989-1998 box 20 folder 1
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Visit, 1990-1991 box 20 folder 2
General Professional Activities, 1990-2012, bulk 1990-1996 box 20 folder 3
Project Prime Program, 1991 box 20 folder 4
Women's Issues Material, 1991-1993 box 20 folder 5
Valley Arts Network, 1992 box 20 folder 6
Letters of Recommendation for Outstanding Faculty Award, 1992-1993 box 20 folder 7
Professional Correspondence, 1992-1993 box 20 folder 8
Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Coroporation, 1992-1993 box 20 folder 9
Chicago State University Conference, 1993 box 21 folder 1
Commission on Community, 1993 box 21 folder 2
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1993 box 21 folder 3
Professional Correspondence, 1993 box 21 folder 4
Val Gray-Ward, Nikki Giovanni Program Materials, 1993 box 21 folder 5
Virginia Gubernatorial Election Material, 1993 box 21 folder 6
Professional Correspondence, 1993-1994 box 21 folder 7
Joanne Gabbin Speeches and Articles, 1993-2002 box 21 folder 8
Shenandoah Shakespeare Express Correspondence, 1994-2002 box 21 folder 9
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Grant, 1994-2014 box 21 folder 10
Brazil Professional Activities, 1995 box 21 folder 11
College Language Association, 1996 box 21 folder 12
University of Virginia Press, 1996 box 21 folder 13
Virginia for the Humanities Materials, 1996 box 21 folder 14
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Grant, 1996 box 21 folder 15
To Kill a Mockingbird Television Special, 1996-1997 box 21 folder 16
Virginia Festival of the Book, 1997 box 22 folder 1
Margaret Walker Memorial Program and Poems, 1998 box 22 folder 2
Amen Corner, 1999 box 22 folder 3
Janus Adams Resume Packet and Photographs, 1999 box 22 folder 4
Professional Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1999 box 22 folder 5
Professional Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1999 box 22 folder 6
Publishing Permissions, 1999 box 22 folder 7
Cave Canem Materials, 2001-2016 box 22 folder 8
Speaking Engagements, 2004-2007 box 22 folder 9
Speaking and Writing Engagements (folder 1 of 2), 2004-2012 box 22 folder 10
Speaking and Writing Engagements (folder 2 of 2), 2004-2012 box 22 folder 11
Academic Membership, 2005-2006 box 22 folder 12
Joanne V. Gabbin Planner, 2006-2007 box 22 folder 13
Recommendation Letters, 2006-2007 box 22 folder 14
Cave Canem Materials (folder 1 of 2), 2006-2008 box 23 folder 1
Cave Canem Materials (folder 2 of 2), 2006-2008 box 23 folder 2
Joanne Gabbin Recommendations (folder 1 of 2), 2006-2009 box 23 folder 3
Joanne Gabbin Recommendations (folder 2 of 2), 2006-2009 box 23 folder 4
Cave Canem Materials (folder 1 of 2), 2007 box 23 folder 5
Cave Canem Materials (folder 2 of 2), 2007 box 24 folder 1
Literature Festival Symposium, 2007 box 24 folder 2
Miscellaneous Professional Materials, 2007-2008 box 24 folder 3
General Professional Activities, 2007-2016 box 24 folder 4
Wintergreen Women Writer's Collective Event Poster, 2009 box OV 1
Foundation for Historic Africana Materials, 2011 box 24 folder 5
General Professional Activities, 2011-2013 box 24 folder 6
James Madison University Professional Activities, 2014 box 24 folder 7
Maya Angelou Tribute, 2016 box 24 folder 8
General Professional Activities, 2016-2017 box 24 folder 9
Professional Correspondence, undated box 24 folder 10
Women of Color Constitution, Old and New, undated box 24 folder 11

Subseries 2: Honors College, 1985-2006

Title/Description Instances
Department Notes, 1985 box 25 folder 1
James Madison University Honors College Materials, 1985 box 25 folder 2
Honors College Research, 1988-1987 box 25 folder 3
James Madison University Informational Material, 1985-1991 box 25 folder 4
Faculty Recruitment, 1985-1993 box 25 folder 5
James Madison University Honors College Materials, 1985-1994 box 25 folder 6
James Madison University Honors College Materials, 1989-1993 box 25 folder 7
Honors College Materials, 1985-2004 box 25 folder 8
Honors College Materials, 1986-1993 box 26 folder 1
JMU Honors Newsletter, 1988-2000 box 26 folder 2
The Brown Bag Lecture Series Posters, 1989-1997 box 26 folder 3
Honors English 300, 1990 box 26 folder 4
Virginia Collegiate Honors College Conference, 1990 box 26 folder 5
Honors College Materials, 1990-1995 box 26 folder 6
College for Integrated Science and Technology Materials, 1991 box 26 folder 7
Honors College Sign-In Sheets, 1991 box 26 folder 8
Honors Scholars Orientation, 1991-1992 box 26 folder 9
Graduate Studies Materials, 1991-1993 box 26 folder 10
Honors College Study Abroad, 1991-1996 box 26 folder 11
Honors Program Handbooks, 1991-1996 box 27 folder 1
Faculty Search/Affirmative Action, 1991-1997 box 27 folder 2
JMU Honors Program and Epilogues, 1991-2003 box 27 folder 3
College for Integrated Science and Technology Materials, 1992 box 27 folder 4
Faculty Recruitment, 1992 box 27 folder 5
Honors Seminar, 1992-1993 box 27 folder 6
Honors College Study Abroad, 1992-1993 box 27 folder 7
The Brown Bag Lecture Series Correspondence, 1992-2003 box 27 folder 8
Grant Proposal, 1993 box 27 folder 9
Honors College, London, 1993 box 27 folder 10
National Collegiate Honors Council, 1993 box 27 folder 11
Honors College/Faculty award, 1993-1994 box 27 folder 12
Honors College, 1993-2006 box 28 folder 1
Affirmative Action Materials, 1994 box 28 folder 2
Honors Courses (folder 1 of 2), 1994-1995 box 28 folder 3
Honors Courses (folder 2 of 2), 1994-1995 box 28 folder 4
Honors Committee, 1995-1996 box 28 folder 5
Honors College Orientation, 1997 box 28 folder 7
James Madison University Honors Budget, 1997 box 28 folder 8
Honors College Program, 1997-1998 box 28 folder 9
James Madison University Poetry Club, 1998-2006 box 28 folder 10
James Madison University Honors Newsletter, 2000-2003 box 28 folder 11
The Brown Bag Lecture Series Posters, 2001-2003 box 28 folder 12

Subseries 3: Furious Flower Poetry Center, 1993-2017

Title/Description Instances
Furious Flower Materials, 1993-2016 box 28 folder 13
Transcripts of Furious Flower Interviews, 1994 box 29 folder 1
Furious Flower Poetry Center Materials, 1994-2017 box 29 folder 2
Furious Flower Expenses, 2000 box 29 folder 3
Furious Flower Poetry Center Materials, 2004-2014 box 29 folder 4
Furious Flower Poetry Conference Poster, 2004 box OV 1
Furious Flower Promotional Material, 2005 box 29 folder 5
Furious Flower Poetry Center Materials, 2005-2016 box 29 folder 6
Furious Flower National Projects, 2007 box 29 folder 7
Tell Me Your Names Seminar Photograph (Lucille Clifton), 2009 box OV 1
Donation Records, 2009-2011 box 29 folder 8
Middle School Furious Flower Poetry Centrer Projects, 2012 box 29 folder 9
Furious Flower Poetry Center Materials, 2012-2015 box 29 folder 10
Quilt Exhbit Materials, undated box 29 folder 11

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Series 4: Teaching Materials, 1971-2013

Series 4: Teaching Materials, 1971-2013, includes items related to Joanne Gabbin's teaching career at James Madison University. The majority of this series comprises syllabi from the English classes Gabbin taught, all relating to Black Literature. Scattered throughout the series are also course evaluations, in which the majority of her students give her high marks for her enthusiasm for the material and accessible teaching style, and miscellaneous pedagogical materials likely used to inform instruction.

Title/Description Instances
General Teaching Materials, 1971-2013 box 30 folder 1
General Teaching Materials, 1977 box 30 folder 2
Black Literature Materials, 1980-1986 box 30 folder 3
English 248 Class Material, 1985 box 30 folder 4
Gabbin Tenure Pack, 1986-1989 box 30 folder 5
Courses List, 1986-1995 box 30 folder 6
English 302 Class Material, 1988 box 31 folder 1
Gabbin Tenure Pack, 1989 box 31 folder 2
English 302a Final Exam, 1989 box 31 folder 3
Englsih 302b Pedagological Materials, 1989 box 31 folder 4
General Teaching Materials, 1989 box 31 folder 5
English 361 Pedagogical Materials, 1989 box 31 folder 6
English 361 Pedagogical Materials, 1989 box 31 folder 7
Student Works, 1989-1990 box 31 folder 8
General Teaching Materials, 1989-2007 box 31 folder 9
English 260 Class Material, 1990 box 32 folder 1
Pedagogical Materials, 1990, undated box 32 folder 2
Pedagogical Materials, 1990, undated box 32 folder 3
Coursework, 1991-2013 box 32 folder 4
Course Evaluations, 1992 box 32 folder 5
Classroom Material, 1993 box 32 folder 6
English 260 Class Material, 1995 box 32 folder 7
English 260 Class Material, 1996 box 32 folder 8
English 410 Class Material, 1996 box 32 folder 9
English 260 Class Material, 1997 box 32 folder 10
English 360 Class Material, 1997 box 32 folder 11
"From the Mouths of Babes" Coursework, 1997 box 32 folder 12
English 260 Class Material, 1998 box 32 folder 13
English 672 Class Material, 1998 box 33 folder 1
English 360 Class Material, 1999 box 33 folder 2
English 412 Class Material, 2000 box 33 folder 3
English 360 Class Material, 2001 box 33 folder 4
English 260 Class Material, 2002 box 33 folder 5
English 360 Class Material, 2002 box 33 folder 6
Melissa Baker Thesis and Research, 2002 box 33 folder 7
English 260 Class Material, 2003 box 33 folder 8
English 362 Class Material, 2004 box 33 folder 9
English 412 Class Material, 2004 box 33 folder 10
English 260 Class Material, 2005 box 33 folder 11
English 260 Class Material, 2006 box 33 folder 12
English 412 Class Material, 2006 box 33 folder 13
Survey of African American Literature, 2006 box 33 folder 14
English 260 Class Material, 2007 box 33 folder 15
English 362 Class Material, 2008 box 34 folder 1
English 362 Class Material, 2009 box 34 folder 2
English 260 Class Material, 2010 box 34 folder 3
English 412 Class Material, 2010 box 34 folder 4
English 361 Class Material, 2011 box 34 folder 5
English 412 Class Material, 2012 box 34 folder 6
English 362 Class Material, 2013 box 34 folder 7
English 260 Class Material, undated box 34 folder 8
English 360 Class Material, undated box 34 folder 9
Class Poems, undated box 34 folder 10
English 302b Class Material, undated box 34 folder 11
Pedagogical Materials (folder 1 of 4), undated box 34 folder 12
Pedagogical Materials (folder 2 of 4), undated box 34 folder 13
Pedagogical Materials (folder 3 of 4), undated box 34 folder 14
Pedagogical Materials (folder 4 of 4), undated box 35 folder 1

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Series 5: Personal Papers, 1967-2016

Series 5: Personal Papers, 1967-2016, is made up of two subseries: general personal materials and personal correspondence. Personal items cover a variety of material, which include: essays written by Gabbin when she was a student at Morgan State College and the University of Chicago (some marked up by her professors), drafted manuscripts, and a folder containing numerous drafts and illustrations for her children's book I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum. The personal correspondence is made up of letters written to Gabbin from former students she has had over the years (seen through numerous holiday cards and announcements), from collaborators on the manuscripts she has worked on over the years, or notes and letters written to her husband Alexander Gabbin as she attended the University of Chicago.

Subseries 1: General Personal Papers, 1967-2013

Title/Description Instances
Joanne V. Gabbin Student Papers, 1967-1972 box 35 folder 2
Joanne V. Gabbin Essays, 1969, undated box 35 folder 3
Joanne V. Gabbin Essays, 1969-1970 box 35 folder 4
Miscellaneous Personal Papers, 1970-2013 box 35 folder 5
Joanne V. Gabbin Personal Papers and Notes (folder 1 of 2), 1976-2010 box 35 folder 6
Joanne V. Gabbin Personal Papers and Notes (folder 2 of 2), 1976-2010 box 35 folder 7
Joanne V. Gabbin Manuscripts, 1982-2006 box 36 folder 1
Personal Papers, 1986-1987 box 36 folder 2
Newspaper Articles, 1987 box 36 folder 3
Miscellaneous Personal Papers, 2003-2010, undated box 36 folder 4
I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum Manuscript and Correspondence, 2004-2007 box 36 folder 5
Personal Notes, 2007 box 36 folder 6
Miscellaneous Personal Papers, 2010-2013 box 36 folder 7
Joanne V. Gabbin Manuscripts, undated box 36 folder 8
Joanne V. Gabbin Personal Papers and Notes, undated box 37 folder 1
Joanne Gabbin Personal Notes, undated box 37 folder 2
Personal Notes, undated box 37 folder 3
Personal Papers, undated box 37 folder 4
University of Chicago Notebooks, undated box 37 folder 5

Subseries 2: Correspondence, 1968-2016

Title/Description Instances
Correspondence, 1968-1993 box 37 folder 6
Alexander Gabbin Correspondence, 1971-1975 box 37 folder 7
Correspondence, 1973-2006 box 38 folder 1
Correspondence, Photographs, 1976-2008 box 38 folder 2
Correspondence, 1981-1992 box 38 folder 3
Correspondence, 1985-2014 box 38 folder 4
Correspondence, 1987-2011 box 38 folder 5
Correspondence, 1988-2005 box 39 folder 1
Correspondence, 1990-1991 box 39 folder 2
Correspondence, 1996-2014 box 39 folder 3
Kalamu ya Salaam Emails, 1998-1999 box 39 folder 4
Correspondence (Outgoing), 1999-2002 box 39 folder 5
Correspondence, 2013-2016 box 39 folder 6

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Series 6: Printed Ephemera and Photographs, 1961-2013

Series 6: Printed Ephemera and Photographs, 1961-2013, comprises chiefly newsletters, newspapers, and pamphlets. Most of the newspapers are national titles, such as the Washington Post, with the Daily News-Record also being represented. Most of the articles center on events concerning African American issues. Of interest is a small pamphlet entitled "Race and Psychology," dated 1961, in which the author details the history of psychological intelligence tests and how different racial/ethnic groups scored in comparison to each other. This series also contains several folders of photographs, documenting Gabbin's personal and professional life. Photographs of poets Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Nikki Giovanni are included.

Title/Description Instances
Race and Psychology Pamphlet, 1961 box 39 folder 7
Newsletters, 1970-1985 box 39 folder 8
Newsletters, 1980-1999 box 39 folder 9
Photographs, 1975-2008, undated box 39 folder 10
Photographs, 1981-2010, undated box 39 folder 11
Photographs, 1990-2002, undated box 40 folder 1
Photographs and Drawings, 1995, undated box 40 folder 2
Photographs, 1999-2010, undated box 40 folder 3
Photographs, undated box 40 folder 4
Promotional Material, 1976-1983 box 40 folder 5
Newspapers and Newsletters, 1978-2009 box 40 folder 6
Newspapers and Newsletters, 1979-2013 box 40 folder 7
Newspapers and Newsletters, 1983-1987 box 40 folder 8
Newspapers and Newsletters, 1989-2003 box 41 folder 1
Pamphlets and Brochures, 1986-1993 box 41 folder 2
Pamphlets and Newsletters (folder 1 of 2), 1986-1999 box 41 folder 3
Pamphlets and Newsletters (folder 2 of 2), 1986-1999 box 41 folder 4
Newspaper (The Breeze), 1989 box 41 folder 5
Newspaper Clippings, 1989-1999 box 41 folder 6
Newspapers, Newsletters, and Pamphlets, 1991-1998 box 41 folder 7

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