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Terri L. Jewell papers

Identifier: MSS 220

Scope and Contents

The Terri L. Jewell papers consist of approximately 15.6 linear feet of material dating approximately from 1968 to 1996. The collection consists of manuscripts of poetry, manuscripts of anthology projects, notebooks, reviews, interviews, research material, photographs, correspondence, obituary, and memorial program.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1996

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room. Researchers are limited to accessing one folder at a time for security.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. No publication or reproduction is available at this time, for more information please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Terri Lynn Jewell (1954-1995) was described in her Lansing State Journal obituary as a "radical black lesbian feminist activist, poet, speaker and writer." Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Jewell was a longtime resident of Lansing, Michigan. She belonged to the League of Lesbian Writers (Louisville, Kentucky branch), the Kentucky State Poetry Society, and was a founder of the Black Lesbian Network, Yahimba, and the Pat Parker/James Balwin Society. Her work can be found in more than 70 publications including the African American Review, The American Review, Azalea, Black American Literature Forum, Calyx, Colorlines magazine, Lavender Letter, Lesbian Alliance, NOW! Magazine, Obsidian II, Onyx, Sinister Wisdom, Telewoman, What She Wants, and the Women’s Quarterly Review.


15.6 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in 9 series:

1. Biographical Material 2. Correspondence 3. Reviews, Interviews, and Portafolios 4. Writings 5. Research 6. Photographs 7. Yahimba 8. Media and Realia 9. Printed Materials

The collection is primarily arranged in chronological or alphabetical order depending on the series, with a few exceptions left as found to contextualize materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Lee Michael Sayles in 1996, with an accrual donated in 2018.

Processing Information

Originally processed in 1996. Boxes 1-5 reprocessed along with 2018 accrual by Eli Landaverde in October 2019.

Terri L. Jewell papers
4 Published And Cataloged
Eli Landaverde
October 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2019-10: Finding aid revised to reflect 2018 accrual which included missing items, revised access policy, and refinement of chronological folder arrangement.

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA