This microfilm collection contains the research notes, correspondence, and manuscripts generated by authors Bernard and Jonathan Katz for their book on a free black pioneer of eighteenth-century Massachusetts. Black Woman: A Fictionalized Biography of Lucy Terry Prince (Pantheon, 1973) follows the fascinating life of a former slave who became a substantial landowner and is considered the earliest African-American poet. The Katzes' notes and papers provided here form an excellent starting point for any research into Lucy Terry Prince, while also documenting the authors' working methods.
The materials are divided into the following sections: successive typescript drafts of Black Woman; the Katzes' research file (1967-1973) covering specific incidents, such as "Abijah [Prince's] Death," and correspondence with publishers and sources; research notes on two series of catalog cards arranged in alphabetical order by subject and citing primary and secondary sources.
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