Chester Himes Collection

The Chester Himes Collection contains materials related to Himes’ writings and films adapted from his works that were part of the blaxploitation genre. The materials, dating from 1932 to 1978, include transcripts, screenplays, publicity, correspondence, photographs, and critiques of Himes’ works. The collection includes transcripts of speeches, typescripts of articles by Himes that explore racism in America. The collection also contains screenplays for “Baby Sister,” “Night Hunt,” and “Cotton Comes to Harlem” and publicity materials for “Cotton Comes to Harlem” and “Come Back Charleston Blue.”
Chester Himes (1909-1984) was an American author whose work included If He Hollers Let Him Go and a series of Harlem Detective novels. Many of Himes’ writings explore racism and the experience of African Americans in the United States. He also wrote essays about civil rights, riots and the relationship between black communities and law enforcement.