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 Number
- Judy Juanita papers
- Juanita, Judy
- 3 Linear Feet, 4 boxes; 1 oversize folder
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
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.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
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Use & Permissions
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Judy Juanita Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Full manuscript and correpsondence for "Blue Jeans, Black Fist" later to be renamed "Virgin Soul"
Incomplete manuscript for what appears to be an early draft of "Virgin Soul"
Published volume of the Crab Orchard Review with short story "The Hand" (page 70)
Excerpts and character studies of Gee, Eddie (Woodie), and Allwood
Notes on short story "Hometown" which later became published story "Between General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz"
Spring 2002 edition of "Good News" a journal from Laney College
Draft and published version of "Bling" in edited volume "Turning a Train of Though Upside Down"
In Spring 2009 issue of "Good News", Laney College literary journal
Photocopies of book related to student uprisings at San Fancisco State University
Book by Michael Newton with notes and annotations
Research on Huey Newton, including FBI reports and law enforcement documents
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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- Black Panther Party
- John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
- San Francisco State University. Black Studies Department
The Judy Juanita Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2017.
Processed by David Romine, Oct. 2017
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0136, 2017-0168