Courlander, Harold (1908-1996)
Scope:
The Harold Courlander collection consists of manuscripts, photographs, printed material, legal material, artwork, and correspondence.

Manuscripts in the collection include drafts of several works of fiction and non-fiction by Courlander.  Titles include The African (Crown, 1967); The Son of the Leopard (Crown, 1974); The Mesa of Flowers (Crown, 1977; republished as A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Recollections, Legends, Tales, Songs, Religious Beliefs, Customs, Sayings, and Humor of Peoples of African Descent in the Americas); Big Falling Snow, written with Albert Yava (Crown, 1978); and others.

One section of the collection consists of material produced by and regarding the painter David Courlander, Harold Courlander's father.  These items include paintings, photographs, printed material, and other items.

Several items in the collection pertain to the lawsuit Margaret Walker Alexander v. Alex Haley, Doubleday & Co., Inc., and Doubleday Publishing Company.  This material (mostly photocopies) includes affidavits, court proceedings, and other legal documents.  Also present are materials written by Courlander describing the details and degree of the plagiarism with which he charged Haley.

Correspondence in the collection includes professional letters between Courlander and various literary agents, as well as his correspondence with Makonnen Desta, the Ethiopian Minister of Education.
Notable Figures
1. Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Political anthropology
3. Historians
4. Folklore
5. Agriculture
6. Anthropologists
7. Farmers
8. American literature--20th century
9. Photographs