Guide to the Judy Juanita Papers, 1967-2016


Judy Juanita (b. 1946) is a poet, author, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This collection includes drafts and other materials from her debut novel, Virgin Soul, as well as correspondence and subject files from her research and activism in the Black Panther Party.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Judy Juanita papers
Juanita, Judy
3 Linear Feet, 4 boxes; 1 oversize folder
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The first series, Biographical Materials, contains material related to Juanita's public appearances, coursework, transcripts, resume, and personal correspondence. The MFA coursework contains early writing that she did under the name "Judy Hart."

The second series, Writing, is primarily made up of content related to her novel, Virgin Soul, and includes notes, fragments, rough drafts, character sketches, reviews, and financial information. Further writings include novel drafts, play scripts, poetry, and short stories. In addition to handwritten and typewritten drafts, many works contain final, published drafts.

The third series, Subject Files, includes research materials related to Virgin Soul, including the history of West Oakland and of San Francisco State University during the 1960s. Also in this series are notes on writings, interviews with Juanita, press clippings, and posters.

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Contents of the Collection

Public Appearances, 1986-2015

Flyers and notes on public apperances

Box 1
Correspondence, 1986-2014
Box 1
Work Diary, 1996-1998
(2 folders)

Notes on writing progress and ideas

Box 1
SFSU Transcripts, undated
Box 1
Peralta College, 2005

Application and hiring information

Box 1
Resume, 1993
Box 1
MFA Coursework, 1967-1970

From BA and MFA coursework at San Francisco State University

Box 1
Notes from MFA Course, 1992
Box 1
Blue Jeans, Black Fist, 2011
(3 folders)

Full manuscript and correpsondence for "Blue Jeans, Black Fist" later to be renamed "Virgin Soul"

Box 1
Junior for Real, undated
(2 folders)

Incomplete manuscript for what appears to be an early draft of "Virgin Soul"

Box 1
The Hand, 2012

Published volume of the Crab Orchard Review with short story "The Hand" (page 70)

Box 1
Virgin Soul paperback, 2013
Box 1
Virgin Soul synopsis and cover proofs, 2013
(2 folders)
Box 2
Virgin Soul interviews and notes, undated
(5 folders)
Box 2
Virgin Soul character studies, undated
(6 folders)

Excerpts and character studies of Gee, Eddie (Woodie), and Allwood

Box 2
Anatomy of a Virgin Soul, 2014

"Anatomy of a Virgin Soul" essays on writing of novel

Box 2
Feedback and student papers, undated
(4 folders)

Feedback and student papers

Box 2
Virgin Soul correspondence and financials, 1992-2016
(2 folders)
Box 2
Between General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz, 1998-2016
(2 folders)

Notes on short story "Hometown" which later became published story "Between General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz"

Box 3
De Facto Feminism, 2016
(2 folders)

Advanced review copy and notes, drafts

Box 3
When did Cassius Clay Become Muhammad Ali, 2002

Spring 2002 edition of "Good News" a journal from Laney College

Box 3
Not a Through Street, 2015
(2 folders)

Notes, draft, and published version of story

Box 3
Poetry, undated
Box 3
Aunt Jemima What Took You So Long, undated
Box 3
Bling, 2012

Draft and published version of "Bling" in edited volume "Turning a Train of Though Upside Down"

Box 3
We've Got Work to Do, 2007

Poetry Collection

Box 3
Counter-Terrorism, 2003

A one woman play written and performed by Juanita

Box 3
Literacy Through Drama, Poetry and Prose, 2015

Teaching packet

Box 3
The Streetwalker, 1980

Poem published in "Bergen Poets" journal

Box 3
Literacy and Homage to the Black Arts Movement, 2016

Teaching packet

Box 3
The Gun as the Ultimate Performance Poem, 2014

Pamphlet and printed versions

Box 4
A Place Called California, 2009

In Spring 2009 issue of "Good News", Laney College literary journal

Box 4
Violence The First Time, 2007

In Summer 2007 issue of "Speak No Evil"

Box 4
Making Room and Hometown, 2010

Self-published packet with "Hometown" and "Making Room"

Box 4
Theodicy, 2006

Script for play and research material on slavery

Box 4
The Crusader, 1965

Photocopies of "The Crusader"

Box 4
College in Crisis, 1970

Photocopies of book related to student uprisings at San Fancisco State University

Box 4
An End to Silence, 1971

Photocopy of book sections on, includes notes and annotations

Box 4
Research on Black Panthers, 1992

Handwritten notes from research at Merritt College Library

Box 4
Interview with Judy Juanita, 2002

From Laney Tower newspaper

Box 4
Bitter Grain: Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party, 1991

Book by Michael Newton with notes and annotations

Box 4
Huey Newton, undated

Research on Huey Newton, including FBI reports and law enforcement documents

Box 4
SFSU Research, undated

Research material and writings on San Francisco State University

Box 4
Notes on Writing, undated

Photocopies of pieces related to writing

Box 4
CVs, undated

Curriculum Vitae of others

Box 4
Miscellaneous Research material, undated
Box 4
Posters, Interview, and short story, undated

Large covers from "Virgin Soul", poster from Berkeley Food Institute, and "On the Menu" short story from Juanita

Oversize-folder 1

Historical Note

Judy Juanita was born Judith Hart in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. Graduating from high school at 16, she enrolled in Oakland City College and took classes there for two years before transferring to San Francisco State University as a junior. While at Oakland, she joined the Black Student Union (BSU) and later became involved with the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPP) in San Francisco. Invited to edit the Panthers' newspaper, "The Black Panther," Juanita lived in one of the group's homes in Potrero Hill during 1967 while working on the Free Breakfast for Children Program. Graduating with a BA in psychology in 1969, she completed an MFA in creative writing in 1971 after teaching Black Psychology and Black Journalism at the first Black Studies program in the United States.

She became a published poet in 1980 and has published numerous poems since. Since the 1980s, Juanita has written and performed over 17 original plays. In 2013, her debut novel, Virgin Soul, was published by Viking Press. The following year, she published a volume of essays entitled, De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Out Oakland." She is currently a writing instructor at Laney College (formerly Oakland City College) a school within the Peralta Community College District.

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The Judy Juanita Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by David Romine, Oct. 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0136, 2017-0168