Chester Himes Papers

The Chester Himes Papers consist of original manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and artwork that document his long career as a writer. The manuscripts offer insight into Hime’s creative process and many of them represent the original versions and original titles for works that were later altered for publication. The bulk of the correspondence reveals Himes relationship with the publishers and editors of his books and offers a glimpse of the author’s thoughts on his own work. The photographs and artwork document Himes’s life with his family, friends and colleagues.